Political leaders to endorse policy on Kashmir
ISLAMABAD: There will be hardly any change in the present effective, successful policy of Pakistan, responding to belligerent Indian strategy, as a result of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif-chaired deliberations of all parliamentary leaders on Monday as well as a joint session of the National Assembly and Senate two days later.
All these valuable discussions will rather strengthen and endorse the current official policy that has appropriately countered Indian propaganda and falsity about the Uri attack, “surgical strikes” on the Line of Control and matchless sacrifices being rendered by the Kashmiri freedom fighters.
After intensification of misinformation war and aggressive posturing by India, the prime minister focused on consultations with the top political and military leadership so that the nation comes out with one voice. The consensus is visible. However, voices have been raised calling on him to do more.
As Nawaz Sharif flew back to Pakistan from New York, he quickly held discussions with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and got an update on the border situation and the state of preparedness of the armed forces. While being abroad, he kept getting regular details on the developing regional situation. Two days later, he presided over a federal cabinet meeting and introduced a series of consultative initiatives.
Despite their shortcomings and differences on certain political issues, the beauty of Pakistan’s parliamentary democracy is that all parties put their heads together under one roof to mull over matters of national import like the counterterrorism National Action Plan (NAP), allowing military courts to try hardcore terrorists etc., to make public their accord and unanimity. Particularly, when it comes to India, there is not an iota of doubt that all players are always on the same page.
It is good to hear that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will also attend Monday’s deliberations. Imran Khan, who is unstoppable in articulating his opinion everywhere, at times in the National Assembly as well, on every issue under the sun was required to be part of this session. Though Shah Mehmood Qureshi will represent the PTI, Imran Khan’s presence would have carried its own weight and relevance and had not dented his political stature and standing in any way. This would have given a forceful message to India and other foreign countries. However, as per his own announcement he will speak in the joint parliamentary session on Wednesday.
It is also positive that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will also be in attendance. The event will provide him a good opportunity to learn how to seriously dilate on important national issues like the Kashmir cause. In fact, PPP chief and former President Asif Ali Zardari was invited to the moot and the prime minister wanted his presence, but the invitee couldn’t come to Pakistan for being abroad since June last year.
Some hard-line participants are expected to assert that India should be dealt with jingoistically as it understands such language. But Pakistan’s civil and military leadership has made it known repeatedly that it doesn’t want war with India but if it was imposed, New Delhi will get a stern reply.
The prime minister will brief the parliamentary leaders about his meetings with a number of key world leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York and the support he got for Pakistan’s stand on Kashmir. He will also talk about various initiatives his government has taken to aptly deal with the Indian propaganda.
Senior government leaders are likely to expose the hidden Indian motive behind the present tensions, which is actually meant to affect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects worth $51 billion. Consensus prevails in all segments of Pakistan that this game-changer must be completed apace come what may and all the plots against it must be annihilated with full force.