DIRTY POLEMICS

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Sep 2018 11:35:11

“POLEMICS” is the most accurate word India has used at the United Nations Security Council to describe Pakistan’s repeated effort to rake up Kashmir issue. It signifies correctly an effort to use falsehood to kick up controversy. Mr. Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, has rightly described the Pakistani effort as a failed approach, and expected the new regime in Pakistan to adopt a more sensible method to deal with India. Unfortunately, this reprimand is almost unlikely to shake Pakistan up to its senses.

Let us only hope that this raking up of Kashmir issue at the UNSC was only a habitual part of Pakistan’s diplomacy and might not have been fully endorsed by its new Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan (who might not have got used to the comprehensive ways the government functions in just the few days he has been in the hot seat). Let us hope that with passage of time, Mr. Imran Khan would come to a better understanding of the issue at hand and start learning a more mature method to deal with it.

Even though quite many sections of Pakistan-watchers in India and elsewhere love to describe Mr. Imran Khan as a handle of the Pakistani military, we still would cling to a faint hope -- at least a for a while more -- that as a man exposed to international culture accommodation which he might have inculcated as a sportsperson Mr. Imran Khan may have a better mindset to approach contentious issues. But until that happens, Mr. Akbaruddin’s words describe the reality on the ground accurately -- that Pakistan is “regurgitating a failed approach, which has long been rejected, (which) is neither reflective of pacific intent nor a display of pacific content”.

The use of words “pacific intent” and “pacific content” by the Permanent Representative indicates most accurately India’s desire for the shape of diplomacy to assume in the coming days. It displays a keen desire to have peace as a fundamental requirement for rectification of the flaws in bilateral relations. The reference is strong on the unfortunate reality of terror with which the whole world now relates Pakistan. As a state that officially sponsors terrorism as a tool to promote its diplomatic interests -- whatever those might be -- Pakistan is being seen as almost a rogue state by the rest of the world. With somebody not actually steeped in politics traditionally, Mr. Imran Khan is expected to realise how his country has messed up its own lasting interests. The phrases “pacific intent” and “pacific content” underline the actual missing component in Pakistani diplomacy.

The world has also noted how Pakistan responded to Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s suggestion in favour of a constructive engagement between the two countries. India is never averse to dialogue, but it believes that a dialogue becomes more meaningful if it is held against the background of constructive connect between the two countries. Without understanding this basic premise on which a healthier dialogue could be built, Pakistan harped only on talks with unplanned content. Naturally, in any such effort, negative disruption alone is the agenda and nothing substantial emerges, which India is fully aware of.

Mr. Syed Akbaruddin’s statement at the UNSC indicates all these components very correctly, and also exposes how Pakistan lacks the maturity that is expected to highlight any effort at that high level. It is unfortunate that Pakistan is refusing to learn the right lessons from history. Perhaps, it has felt that its sponsorship of terror has succeeded in creating disruptions in India, and so it must continue with it. This is a terrible shortsightedness for which Pakistan will keep paying dearly in the long run.

For the time being, India has to wait and watch how and how fast Mr. Imran Khan learns the ropes and starts dealing with India in actual terms. Until that happens, it will have to keep nailing the Pakistani lie in the most unequivocal manner, as has been done successfully by Mr. Syed Akbaruddin, showing how cantankerous and shallow Pakistan’s approach has been.