Obama's India visit - Pakistan crying out for attention?

Lately, Pakistan has been more mischievous. There has been a marked increase in the number of ceasefire violations. During recent John Kerry's visit to Pakistan, its NSA threw a tantrum for Kashmir.

One can associate it to Pakistan's discomfort with US President Obama's visit to India, which is being seen as a major sign of the deepening ties between India and the US.

Barack Obama will be the first US President to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. And in what would have hurt Pakistan even more, PTI reported that the US has asked Pakistan to ensure that there is no cross-border terror incident during Obama's visit to India and hinted of consequences if any such attack is traced back to the country.

This further isolates the Pakistani establishment which has been ignored and cut off by India, in agreement with the international community, on the same issue.

In August, India had called off bilateral talks with Pakistan after the Pakistani high commissioner Abdul Basit met Kashmiri separatist leaders despite India's warning to not do so. With the rise in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in September and October, India had announced that it will not pursue talks with Pakistan till such time that the export of terror into the country and the ceasefire violations do not stop.

When Obama telephoned Nawaz Sharif the day he announced his decision to visit India, Sharif asked him to press India to resume talks. While at first it appears that Pakistan has been trying desperately to resume talks with India, they have been up to all mischiefs that indicate otherwise.

On January 13, while US Secretary of State John Kerry was still in Pakistan talking about the two neighbours to resume peace talks, Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan will not start any dialogue with India if Kashmir issue was not part of the agenda. Surprisingly, he also claimed that India was involved in unprovoked firing across the border.

The cross-border constant firing continuously provoked by Pakistan since last week of December, continued until as recently as January 12. It caused thousands of residents to flee border villages, and a number of deaths and injuries to armed forces and civilians.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army confirmed on January 15 that there were inputs about possibility of attacks by Pakistan-based terror outfits on 'soft targets' in Jammu & Kashmir ahead of US President Barack Obama's India visit this month.

General Officer Commanding (GOC), 16 Corps, Lt Gen KH Singh said, 'There are 200 terrorists waiting in 36 launching pads across the border on the other side of the Pir Panjal range to sneak into Indian side, we have so far been able to foil their attempts.'

Is this all about Pakistan crying for attention while Obama visits India? Well, there are proper ways to achieve the same. Why kill innocent on both sides of the border? Why not stop exporting terror to India? Why shelter and protect terrorists?

Courtesy Niti Central


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