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India has well-read Pakistan’s googly and hit it for a six : Opinion | Kartarpur corridor

  • 03 Feb 2019 00:43:41

Fast bowlers are not adept at bowling googlies and should refrain from doing so, else the repercussions could be catastrophic. What started as a pious and peaceful chapter in India-Pakistan ties soon turned out to be the same old wine in a new bottle. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's comment after the historic foundation laying ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor was uncalled for. If Pakistan is serious about peace, it needs to walk the talk and act responsibly. Much as it would like to win brownie points, its leaders must show some restraint.

The recent developments on the Kartarpur front were a breath of fresh air with regards to ties between the two neighbours. Unfortunately, the thaw was short-lived. For starters Islamabad shouldn’t have taken New Delhi’s diplomatic niceties for granted. The fact that politics was mixed with religion was what derailed the positive progress. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan missed the plot when he raked up the Kashmir issue during the foundation laying ceremony of the historic corridor on the Pakistani side.

Pakistan is clearly playing a double game. On the one hand it says it wants peace, on the other it refuses to crack down on terror. It’s a ploy by Khan and his government with the blessings of Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to show India in poor light. The idea behind the developments over last week is to send out a message to the international community that Pakistan is doing all it can bring peace to the region, but India is not keen to reciprocate. How can there be peace when the deep state continues to foment terror in Kashmir? The masterminds of 26/11 are still being harboured by Pakistan, despite repeated appeals made by India for action to be taken against them.