Pakistan, no more a good neighbour situation proved. Despite all efforts being taken from India ,no positive result is ever achieved.Still initiatives not shunned by India as yet .However ,Narendra Modi leadership protects the sentiments of the Indians.
The abrupt cancellation of the Indo-Pak talks marks a new phase in the proactive foreign policy drive initiated by New Delhi ever since the BJP-led dispensation came to power in May, and the move could hold the key to how the Narendra Modi government might deal with policy provocation in the future. Senior Indian diplomat Vivek Katju who has engaged with Pakistan closely in the past said Modi may have tried to draw a red line in conducting diplomacy when his government decided to call off the talks.
“Successive Indian PMs have shown flexibility with regard to Hurriyat over the past 25 years. Nowhere in the world has one government met separatist leaders before scheduled dialogue with another government that is opposed to these secessionist forces. There are certain red lines in the conduct of diplomacy and the Modi government has shown that with today’s decision,” Katju said.
Claiming that there is a method in Modi’s policy towards neighbours including Pakistan, Katju who is also a member of Track II dialogue with Pakistan, said, that the foreign secretaries were mandated to look into the modalities for better ties but it has to be done within normal diplomatic norms and not by engaging with separatist leaders.
Manoj Joshi, senior strategic affairs expert and distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation said that it may been a deliberate ploy by the Pakistan Army to pressurize the Sharif government to invite Hurriyat leaders for consultations ahead of the talks “The Pak Army may have calculated that the Modi government, which wants to be different from its predecessor, will react if Hurriyat leaders are invited and may scuttle the dialogue. The Pak Army by this strategy wants to control India policy and prevent Sharif from either reach out to India or meddle with the Army,” claimed Joshi.
Neelam Deo, a former diplomat who in the past has dealt with neighbours such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives and currently director at Mumbaibased think tank Gateway House, expressed disappointment with the government’s move.
“Pakistan has held meetings with separatists before; it is not necessary for India to allow itself to be provoked in this manner. Sharif ‘s government is already under pressure due to the marches and calls for resignation from Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri. India had agreed to the foreign secretary-level talks with Nawaz Sharif, and it would have been better at this juncture for India to be resolute in continuing with the talks with Pakistan’s civilian government,” suggested Deo.
Pakistan on Monday described India’s decision to call off foreign secretary-level talks as a “setback” to its efforts to promote good neighbourly relations with India.
“The Indian decision is a setback to the efforts by our leadership to promote good neighbourly relations with India,” the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement.
The statement came after India on Monday called off talks between Foreign Secretaries of the two countries scheduled to be held in Islamabad on August 25, telling Pakistan bluntly to choose between an Indo-Pak dialogue or hobnobbing with the separatists.
India cancelled the talks, raising strong objections to consultations held with separatist Hurriyat leaders by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit.
“It is a long-standing practice that, prior to Pakistan- India talks, meetings with Kashmiri leaders are held to facilitate meaningful discussions on the issue of Kashmir,” the Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson said.
Stressing that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has clearly articulated the vision of peace and development, the statement said it was in this spirit that the invitation of Prime MinisterNarendra Modi to attend his inaugural ceremony was accepted.
The meeting between the two Foreign Secretaries was scheduled at the directive of the two Prime Ministers, it said.
“Our High Commissioner in India has been informed by the Ministry of External Affairs that the Government of India, taking exception to the High Commissioner’s meetings with Kashmiri leaders, has decided to call off the Foreign Secretary-level talks,” the statement said.