Major Policy Shift by India on Pakistan - Part II
The Indian side was very quick to rubbish the entire plan. The Indian External Affairs Ministry out rightly criticized it. The Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj in her address in the United Nations rejecting Sharif’s 4-Point Plan asserted that demilitarizing Kashmir was not the answer for achieving peace but deterrorising Pakistan was. India also bluntly called Pakistan a ‘prime sponsor of terrorism’. Later Mrs. Swaraj not only criticized the international community for overlooking and ignoring Pakistan issue over the years but also the UN which has wasted a lot of time in giving just the ‘definition of terrorism’. For losing out the advantage at UNGA, Nawaz Sharif has been increasingly facing criticism at hands of Pakistani media and public at large.
But the most stark and important point of Indian External Affairs Minister at UNGA was the demand of complete Pakistani withdrawal from and handover of PoK. This is the first time that India has so aggressively and vehemently made this demand. It was here that the major aggressive and affirmative change was observed in the Indian Policy on Pakistan. Coinciding with this has been the incident of videos of Pakistani atrocities in PoK and demand by locals of PoK of integration with India going viral on social networking sites and news agencies, the happening of which is denied by Pakistan.
In what seems like a series of tit-for-tat immature responses from Pakistan it has alleged that India has been fomenting terror in the Pakistani areas of Balochistan, FATA and Karachi. Pakistan has reportedly filed a complaint about the same with Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. But Pakistan has failed to name or produce any proofs in front of the media to support its claims and hence has faced media ire. The India hate-mongering did not limit itself only to diplomacy and military. Recently Shahryar Khan, the Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board warned India of boycotting all matches against it if it does not resume bilateral cricketing relationship with Pakistan.
It appears that these responses of Pakistan are stemming not just from its bilateral relationship with India but from the growing and ever-increasing stature of India in the international community which Pakistan cannot even dream of. Countries friendly with Pakistan too have been lately welcoming India with more open hands as compared to Pakistan. India’s economy, its scientific, technological and military progress and might has been giving sleepless nights to Pakistani government in the last few months. Summing this entire thing up, The aggressive change in India’s stance towards the unjustified occupation of Kashmir by Pakistan should be welcomed by all Indians.
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