Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that India is avoiding dialogue with Pakistan because of her domestic issues. He said that the general elections are around the corner in India and the Indian government is confused over holding talks with Pakistan.
The Minister added that India backtracked on its commitment to a meeting of foreign ministers of the two countries on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session. He said the Indian attitude regarding dialogue has disappointed the United States and other countries desiring resumption of dialogue between the two countries.
It is worth mentioning here that India refused to hold a meeting of the foreign ministers of both states at sidelines of the United Nations session. On the eve of 21st September, Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed that the expected meeting has been called off.
Indian official pointed fingers at Pakistan’s intentions and the role of PM Khan. “It is obvious that behind Pakistan’s proposal for talks to make a fresh beginning, the evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed and the true face of the new Prime Minister Imran Khan has been revealed to the world in his first few months in office,” he said. “Any conversation with Pakistan in such an environment would be meaningless.”
Later on, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Mr. Shah termed the development as unfortunate and reaffirmed Pakistani narrative that the country was ready to take two steps if India takes one.
PM Modi using Pakistan as a scapegoat?
Analysts in Pakistan point out that PM Modi is doing all this for his vested political interests. Indian is all set to hold the general election in the next year and PM Modi is making all his efforts to retain the office. He is known for his nationalist, extremist and anti-Muslim policies across the world. He is now using anti-Pakistan narrative to maintain his political base which will help him win the general elections.
Moreover, there is also another perspective that since India is using force to suppress the voice of Kashmiris and trying to eliminate the freedom movement, it does not afford any friendly relation with Pakistan. According to details, the United Nation’s office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued its first-ever report on the situation in Kashmir June 14.
The report highlights the protests after the killing of Burhan Wani in 2016 and the brutal use of pellet guns against protesters among the human rights violations in Indian-held Kashmir. PM Modi does not afford cooperation and peace with Pakistan if he is certain to maintain his extremist version of politics. This is, however, not in the interest of Indian society which is highly heterogenous and complex.