Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Oct 2017 14:06:04

THIS damning assertion about links of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has come from no less a person than General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the hearing of the all-powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee. General Dunford has stressed that not only has the ISI links with terrorists but also has its own foreign policy that may run as a parallel initiative beyond the officially stated foreign policy of the country. This reality has been known to the world, but now stands endorsed by a man of right credentials. There is no doubt that General Dunford aired official views of the American Joint Chiefs and did not mind its reporting in the media. This assertion has come close on heels of a recent lashing out of Pakistan by the US about how the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) goes through a disputed territory and how Pakistan is doing the wrong thing. If the US continues steadfastly with such stances, then it will surely impact the world opinion in due course of time. That will mark a new chapter in world affairs.


AN ABODE of peace, progress and prosperity. That was the dream seen by the founders of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation). Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan, the Speaker of Lok Sabha, harks back to that dream. Mrs. Mahajan had to remind the audience at the SAARC Speakers’ meet of that dream because that has remained unfulfilled. The reasons are many. But the most pervasive of them has been the one that has overwhelmingly to do with the endless Indo-Pak rivalry on various bilateral issues. With these two neighbours almost perpetually at war, the war that has been thrust on India, its dark shadow has prevented the SAARC from developing into a regional multilateral powerhouse, a powerhouse that could have rivaled the European Union. With such bilateral disputes taking centrestage, organisations like the SAARC are bound to suffer and would fail to deliver the objectives that they are meant to do. Unfortunately SAARC has been unable to realise the virtues of regional cooperation.