SAARC victim of India’s antagonism

FEELING the pinch of the diplomatic offensive by Pakistan aimed at exposing Indian brutalities in Occupied Kashmir, New Delhi has taken a series of measures to put pressure on Islamabad to back down. The latest is the announcement by External Affairs Ministry that India would not attend the 19th SAARC Summit, which was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November this year on the pretext that increasing cross border terrorist attacks in the region have created an environment that is not conducive for successful holding of such a conference.
History tells us that ever since SAARC was established in December 1985 in Dhaka it was only and only India, which not only delayed and obstructed its march forward but also caused cancellation of its summits on frivolous grounds. The world community and especially other member states of the Association would not buy the argument being advanced by India about its non-participation in the Summit as it is now an open secret that Uri army base attack was an engineered drama enacted to malign Pakistan. It is because of this that except routine renunciation of the ‘terrorist attack’ not a single country in the world accepted India’s allegation that it was sponsored by Pakistan. Therefore, there was absolutely no justification for running away from the Summit on this pretext. However, the Indian move is understandable as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been boasting of isolating Pakistan diplomatically and therefore, the decision to boycott the Summit, as the non-participation of even one member causes cancellation of the event. India has miserably failed in isolating Pakistan and would fail in future as well. Despite Indian propaganda, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had high profile meetings in New York, OIC and several other countries fully supported Pakistan’s point of view on Kashmir, Russia rejected Indian requests to cancel joint military exercises with Pakistan, which are now underway and Iran is eager to join CPEC. Therefore, cancellation of the Summit would not help achieve the objective of isolating Pakistan diplomatically as the country has best or normal ties with rest of the member states. Indian decision is another serious blow to SAARC and regional cooperation and hopefully other members of the Association would take serious notice of the antagonism by India.

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