Precious Kashmir Desk
Srinagar, Nov 13: Reports that United States is trying to intervene to make India and Pakistan talk to each other have surprised many people who believe that both the countries have moved far away from each other and there are bleak possibilities about bilateral dialogue being resumed.
Pakistani daily quoting sources said the US is quietly nudging Pakistan and India to re-engage as the Trump administration seeks to defuse tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours. “Americas objective to normalize ties between the two South Asian rivals is part of its efforts to have a more focused approach on the Afghan endgame,” the report stated.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took up the issue with the leadership of both Pakistan and India during his recent visit to the two countries, report quoted officials and diplomatic sources as having said.
“Behind the scenes, efforts appear to have started paying dividends since Tillersons visit, as there has been a noticeable reduction in violence along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir region,” the report claimed. Sources said that hardliners in New Delhi are of the opinion that holding talks with Pakistan at this point of time would mean pampering the neighboring country and it would prove detrimental for BJP in the 2019 parliamentary polls, the sources claimed.
They said that the Trump administration wanted to see a lowering of tensions between the two neighbours but many people in Delhi are not in favour of once again giving Pakistan a chance to reconcile. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying a surprise visit to Pakistan in 2015 December was a bold step towards offering a hand of friendship to Pakistan. PM Modi even went to the residence of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and attended the marriage party briefly. Unfortunately soon after PM Modi’s visit to Pakistan, the militants attacked the airbase at Pathankot and reversed the entire process,” said an official.
He said New Delhi has already conveyed its concerns to United States and has made it clear that no talks can be held in the present circumstances with Pakistan. “If the United States succeeds in convincing Pakistan to stop promoting violence from its soil against India then some breakthrough could be achieved,” the official added.
Quoting a senior official the Pak newspaper said that Tillerson had informed Pakistan that the Trump administration was willing to encourage a rapprochement between Islamabad and New Delhi. “The surprise decision by Pakistan to allow a meeting between convicted Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife was also being linked to the quiet efforts by the US. Pakistan, however, publically insisted that the offer was made purely on the humanitarian grounds,” the Pak daily said.
An official in New Delhi said that India won’t like any third party mediation and has already expressed its reservations about any mediation by any country. “India and US enjoy very cordial relations but first we have to safeguard our own interests,” the official added.