‘Friendly Neighbor’ gives Pakistan a really hard choice over Kashmir

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ISLAMABAD – Friendly neighbor India seems to offer an odd choice to Pakistan if later wishes to kick start the much awaited peace dialogues. Pakistan has always maintained to involve Kashmiri leaders in dialogue process but the choice offered by India is nonetheless to ignore Kashmiri leadership.

The Indian Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley called it a ‘conscious choice’ for Pakistan to make if it really wants to start negotiations with India. He was talking to national media persons in union’s capital on Wednesday.

Jaitley, in pure ‘Indian big brother-ness’, clearly said “India is prepared to enter dialogue with Pakistan and normalise relations but there are a few red lines. We create the environment, we fix up a dialogue at the level of foreign secretaries, our foreign secretary is to visit Pakistan [and] literally a few hours before that they invite the separatists for a dialogue to their high commission [in New Delhi].”

“So unless Pakistan makes the conscious choice, a dialogue with Pakistan will not be possible,” he said.

Though no official statement from Pakistani authorities have yet been received but Pakistan has always openly desired and asked to involve Kashmiri Huriyat (Indepedence) Leaders in the dialogue process.

“Any dialogue process without the involvement of Kashmiri leadership from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) – military red line that separates Kashmir – would be meaningless,” Sartaj Aziz, Foriegn Affairs adviser to Prime Minister once said in an interview.

Not to forget that India has violated the ceasefire many times at LoC earlier this year. In the most recent incident three adolescent children lost their lives during Indian shelling near Sialkot border. However, Jaitley never forgot to put all blame on Pakistan. He said the consequences of Pakistan’s “misadventure” like firing on a civilian population and the uprooting of a village, “would be an unaffordable cost for Pakistan.”

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