Sino-Pakistan nexus irks India

September 10, 2010

Bharati hawks want India needs to up the ante against Pakistan. The world to knows that Indian Occupied Kashmir is not an integral part of Bharat–rather it is disputed territory.

It is seldom that Azad Kashmir (Free Kashmir) and Gulgit-Baltistan (GB)comes under western media scrutiny. However, a report published in the New York Times has recently trained the spotlight on the area by disclosing that as many as 11,000 Chinese personnel have been stationed in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of the Pakistan, apparently to meet the challenges of the earthquake and floods. The New York Times opinion piece is written by Selig Harrison, a Pakistaphobic Neocon who has no credibility with reference to his opinions on Pakistan. The article tries to raise the red flag over GB and tries to create a tempest in a teapot, calling it a “quiet geopolitical crisis”. Pakistan has defacto and de jure control over Gigit Baltistan and defacto control over Azad Kashmir, which is a semi-independent state which is allied with Pakistan.

Mr. Harrison, obviously on the payroll of Bharat wants Bharat to take note of the Chinese presence in the region. It is amazing that the goons of the Bharati intelligence services had no clue about the Chinese presence and their response came after the NY Times article. While the article clearly describes that the Chinese are taking part in construction activities such as building dams, roads and other projects such as the broadening of the Karakoram highway in Pakistan, the hawks in the Bharati media has tried to use the article and play up Sino-Indian tensions.

The paranoid discussion in the aftermath of the report resulted in humorous article plastered all over the internet. Even a blind man knows that the Chinese presence–though nothing new, is based on the prevailing flood situation in Pakistan. The official Bharati response verges on the inane. The Bharati Ministry of External Affairs has states that apt measures would be initiated once these developments have been confirmed by an independent assessment. Amazingly several weeks have passed and Bharat has not been able to ascertain the reality in the GB and Azad Kashmir.

Statements from the South Block in Delhi reflect Bharat’s sensitivities on the developments in Azad Kashmir which is disputed territory. Of course Gilgit Baltistan was not part of the Dogra state, and lawfully acceded to Pakistan–threfore Gligit-Baltistan is an integral part of Pakistan and not part of any dispute. Both Pakistan and China have ignore Bharat’s opposition to the construction of the Bunji Dam with Chinese assistance in the Astore District. Pakistan considers it an internal matter and China supports this case.

The Karakoram Highway situated in Pakistan and Azad Kaskmir is the lifeline between Pakistan and China and no power on earth can sever these ties. This highway is pivotal for the Chinese agenda, and essential for Pakistan in hooking up to Western China and to the Central Asian Republics (CARs). China has intensified its engagement in Pakistan, starting with rebuilding and reconstruction activities after the earthquake of 2005. The growth of activities has grown exponentially.

China’s principled stand has always highlight the fact that Kashmir is a contested territory by issuing stapled visas to Kashmiris and denying a visa to a military general who was serving in Jammu & Kashmir. Pakistan Foreign office should coordinate its activities with the Chinese Foreign Minsitery and take similar stance on South Tibet which Bharat calls Arunchal Predesh.

The silly New York Times report has elicited wider attention in Bharat mainly because it is of western origin. The US State Department has pretty much ignored the controversy.

The Harrison report has important lessons for India–the new reality in Kashmir is no longer in Bharat’s favor. The report has stirred up the debate on Kashmir only in Bharat. The rest of the world has faced it with a big yawn. Bharat has tried to use any excuse to try to deflect attention from the quagmire it faces in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Bharat faces a failed foreign policy in Afghanistan and a bankrupt policy in Kashmir. It needs to evaluate its blunders in the overall encirclement of Bharat by its perceived and real enemies in the entire neighborhood.

Bharati hawks want India needs to up the ante against Pakistan. The world to knows that Indian Occupied Kashmir is not an integral part of Bharat–rather it is disputed territory. There is simmering unrest against Bharat in Indian Occupied Kashmir which is already highlighted across the globe. This needs to be put under the sunlight, especially amongst countries who are strong advocates of human rights and freedom. There are pertinent questions relating to the status of Indian Occupied Kashmir which need an answer: Why is that the sufferings of the local population in Indian Occupied Kashmir largely unnoticed by the world community? Why has Bharat deliberately kept the violent insurrection in Srinagar and the valley away from media attention?

Against the backdrop of the atrocities committed by Bharati soldiers in Indian Occupied Kashmir the barbarism can no longer be treated as one of the several issues pending between Bharat and Pakistan. The emergence of China in the picture has added a new dimension strengthens Pakistan’s just claim on Kashmir.

Bharat cannot refute the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir to justify the separatist argument that militarization of Indian Occupied Kashmir is adversely affecting the normalization and peace process in the valley.

Selig Harrison’s comments are of no consequences to the United States. China and Pakistan have ignored the tempest in a teapot and are moving ahead in expanding road and rail links through GB and Azad Kashmir.

Bharat has no choice but ignore the activities in a neighboring country. Bharat’s attempt to pull in China as a party tot he dispture holds no water–even the separatists do not talk about China as a party to the dispute.


One comment

  1. No wonder the India wants more control in Pakistan’s affairs by intervening matters such as the Baluch uprising – the facts are clear to the world.

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