Islamabad, June 29: Pakistan seems to be worried over the bonhomie between Indian and the United States of America in the recent days.
The way Pakistani Foreign Office (FO) reacted to the joint statement issued by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump it was clear that the Indian neighbour was concerned over the possible tensions arising out of this closeness between the two distant neighbours.
The Dawn News quoted the FO as saying, “The joint statement is singularly unhelpful in achieving the objective of strategic stability and durable peace in the South Asian region. By failing to address key sources of tension and instability in the region, the statement aggravates an already tense situation.”
The Indo-US joint statement titled “Prosperity through Partnership” was issued on Tuesday after the meeting between the two heads of the states at the White House.
The Pakistani FO expressed its concern over the ‘strong language’ on terrorist attacks that India alleged originated from Pakistan, and the US raising the issue of human rights violations in Kashmir besides the US sale of high-tech military hardware to India.
The Indo-US joint statement called on Pakistan “to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks” on other countries. It also called on Pakistan “to speedily bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot and other cross-border terrorist attacks carried out by Pakistan-based groups”.
Pakistan FO feels that the statement contained strongest wording so far on the alleged cross-border terror incidents and “Pakistan-based groups” as compared to the joint statements issued by the two countries earlier the same message notwithstanding.
The US had, ahead of the Trump-Modi meeting, listed Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, a move hailed by India as evidence of US cooperation against terrorism.
In declaring Syed Salahuddin as ‘Global Terrorist, Pakistan felt that the US was now speaking in India’s language. On Tuesday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also expressed the apprehension that the White House had started “speaking India’s language”.
“It seems that after Modi’s recent visit to the White House, the blood of Kashmiris is not at all important to the US, and international laws relating to human rights do not apply to Kashmir,” the interior minister said in a statement.
Accusing the Indian government of serious human rights violations in Kashmir and of trying to paint “freedom fighters as terrorists”, Nisar said: “Indian acts should concern every principled nation.”
He said that deliberately overlooking the worst kind of state terrorism in Kahmir had not only adversely impacted the values of justice and international principles, but also exposed the double standards of powers who claim to champion human rights and democratic values.
The minister said the Pakistani government would not compromise on the rights of Kashmiris, and that the struggle would continue until they received justice as defined in United Nations’ resolutions.
He said the nation was united in sending a message of solidarity to Kashmir, and remained firmly committed to providing Kashmir diplomatic, political and moral support.