CM’s right message to Pak

From Darbar of Baba Chamliyal, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti talked about bridging the gap between Indian and Pakistan, the two estranged neighbours. She was right when she said that the destiny of two nations is inseparable. The two have no option but to join hands and make Asia the abode of peace and security. But will Pakistan heed to the advice of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. If the past is any indicator, it is highly unlikely that Pakistani agencies would not be planning another mischief.
Inviting China to Gilgit-Baltistan is enough to indicate the intentions of Pakistan especially in the context of peace building in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan Army and the notorious ISI nurses a deep hatred towards India for varied reasons. Responsibility now lies on the shoulders of political establishment in Pakistan. It has to take a call whether to engage with India for permanent peace or allow ISI and Army to further antagonize Indian establishment by their mischievous acts.
With United States of America (USA), the biggest financer of Pakistan, realizing the strategic importance of India and seeking to congeal ties with world’s largest democracy, Pakistan has virtually no option but to make honest efforts in convincing India that it won’t allow use of its soil for terror acts. Another Pathankote or Mumbai like terror attack is likely to further jeopardize the relationships between the two nations. Onus is on Pakistan to improve relations with India since from the time immemorial, India has always desired to have friendly relationships with Pakistan.
But whenever an effort was made to improve the relationships, Pakistan not only backstabbed but left no stone unturned in driving two nations to brink of a nuclear war. Even in the present circumstances when Pakistan has been torn apart by terror acts, Pakistani agencies and army establishment never miss an opportunity to aid and abet anti-india forces. They should stop these activities and instead, help the political establishment in bridging the divide between the two nations.
From furious debate over the role of Indian spies inside Pakistan to the constant reassertion that the Kashmir dispute must be the centerpiece of any talks around which all other issues must resolve, the political environment inside Pakistan is not dialogue-enhancing at the moment.
The key for political establishment in Pakistan will be to find space for bilateral dialogue while reassuring the security establishment and hawkish elements in society that he intends to pursue talks on the basis of equality. The mutual interests of India and Pakistan are many-the political leadership here needs to do a better job of finding a way of articulating that through its policy and public relations, too.

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