Kashmir has long irked India. Indigenous or otherwise jihadists have been a prevalent thorn for a while, but why has India decided to act and annex Kashmir now? Has India grown that powerful so as to not fear any repercussion? Or has the main adversary Pakistan become that much weaker in mounting a formidable response allowing India the opportunity to go ahead with her aggressive assault?

The chest-thumping post what was touted the most ‘successful’ US visit by any Pak administration and elation following retrieval of US arbitration on Kashmir hasn’t aged as well as some immaturely thought. The illusory impression of Bajwa-Imran regime that India, not Pakistan, was on the brink of isolation couldn’t last a week as we witnessed friend after ally abandon us in wake of Modi’s illegal, ill-thought, and potentially disastrous venture. Arabs blatantly sided with India, China raised concerns over Ladakh but didn’t bother about J&K and has reportedly turned down entertaining high level Pak delegation, while US flatly pulled out of its mediation offer by suggesting both countries should settle issues bilaterally. So in a span of a couple of weeks India has by flexing its diplomatic muscle gave Pakistan a harsh reality check.

How did it go so wrong so quick? Not quite. The changing of qibla didn’t happen over night. Once the almighty military establishment started exerting itself on economy or budgetary issues in mid 2017 and it was decided that now jailed former PM Nawaz Sharif, specifically his finance minister Ishaq Dar was a disaster for not allocating army enough of what it desired, ‘tabdeeli’ (change) became the need of the hour, despite our iron friend China’s reservations which by the had spent big, sought hospitable investment environment, smooth political transition, and unhindered continuation of its projects requiring succession of regime with which deals were initially penned. After fetching not enough of the CPEC pie and China turning down demands to increase CPEC security bills, Chinese investments were deemed burdensome loans and a policy shift back to the old aid aided economic model was pursued. COAS General Bajwa set out on a mission to fix relations with arab countries who were upset for being turned down for a change and to defrost critical military funds of western power-houses. In doing so regional allies were overlooked and formation of more conducive geo-political alliances dented with stagnation and regress. It comes as no surprize that despite Pakistan’s close ties to China and trust building exercises with Russia, both country’s with whom we should share geo-strategic advantages failed to soothe our latest troubles. And even though India is being questioned over human-rights abuses in the valley no one seems bothered by her outrageous occupation over fifteen million people.

Indian rightist government coming of a fresh substantial mandate know well with traditional comforters ached or uninterested pursuing a policy of diplomacy won’t yield a date for Pakistan. Plus an ailing IMF, FATF stricken economy and preposterously incompetent government with a General as head of state whose main concern is to appear all good-booky in western eyes so to insure a coveted service extension, the time is ripe to settle the ever so long standing issue by any means necessary.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s