Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Feb 2019 09:56:10

PAKISTAN is at it again, playing its own dirty tricks to provoke diplomatic tensions over Kashmir issue. The call by Pakistan Foreign Minister Mr. Shah Mehmood Qureshi to separatist leader Mr. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to apprise him of the efforts being made by his government to highlight Kashmir issue on international forum is another brazen attempt to subvert the subject that is entirely India’s internal problem.

As India has shut out any chances of opening up a dialogue with the Pakistani establishments, Islamabad has once again resorted to the deplorable acts of inciting anti-India activities. This was the second attempt in last five years when Pakistan authorities reached out to separatists in Kashmir.

In 2014, Pak High Commissioner Mr. Abdul Basit had met separatist leaders that led to cancellation of a meeting between foreign secretaries of the two countries. Under Mr. Imran Khan this was the first open attempt to disturb Indian sovereignty. A strong diplomatic offensive at the UN and as other platforms must be revived by New Delhi to rein in the rogue state.



BY MAKING a political issue out of a courtesy visit to ailing Goa Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar, Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi has not behaved in a manner suiting a leader. Not just basic courtesy but common place human standards demand that an ailing person should not be dragged into unnecessary controversies. It may be a given that political leaders always look for opportunities to score brownie points against their rivals, but that should not come at the cost of basic human decency. For the Congress, the Rafale deal has become the focal point of all political debate.

Despite the Apex Court’s verdict and the present Defence Mini-ster’s point-by-point answers, the Congress is not letting go of the issue. But, Mr Gandhi’s visit to Mr Parrikar was a courtesy call and courtesy calls by their very nature are about civility and kindness. The incident again highlights need for those in political life to adhere to certain standards of behavioural propriety so that debate remains focused on the issue and not on the need for propriety.