A 2nd round defeat for India!!!

January 16, 2009

The following news shows that India has been patted by its western friends to change its tone towards Pakistan and start acting like adults. Moreover, David Miliband’s on Kashmir has sent shock wave across India. Its looks like India will be planning another misadventure to divert worlds attention from Kashmir issue.

Parnab Mukherjee "A rising voice from India"

Parnab Mukherjee "A rising voice from India"

India softens stance on extradition of suspects
By Jawed Naqvi
NEW DELHI, Jan 15: A news conference on Thursday where Prime Minister’s Adviser on Interior Affairs, Mr Rehman Malik, announced a crackdown on suspected terrorist groups has not gone down too well with India as it wants these matters to be discussed with it, preferably through diplomatic channels.

“We have seen statements in the media by the Interior Adviser of Pakistan assuring India of unconditional support in the Mumbai probe, urging India to use direct diplomatic channels with Pakistan, and saying that Islamabad needs more information from India in order to proceed with its own investigation,” Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.

“The material linking the terrorist attacks to Pakistan was handed over formally to the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi on January 5, 2009,” he said. “Instead of being informed through the media, I would be happy to receive a direct response from Pakistan through existing diplomatic channels, and to see Pakistan implementing her words.”

Earlier, softening its stand that Pakistan should hand over the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks and other fugitives it claims are sheltered in Pakistan, India said it would have no objection if they are put through “fair trial” in Islamabad itself.

“It would be ideal if they (Pakistan) can hand over the fugitives from India to us. If that is not possible, there should at least be a fair trial of these fugitives in Pakistan,” Mr Mukherjee was quoted as telling a private TV channel.

He said it should not be a “mock trial” but a “transparent and demonstrated” one. PTI said his statement marked a softening of India’s position that the fugitives should be handed over to face “Indian justice”.

The shift in India’s approach followed comments by visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband that Pakistan’s judicial system was robust enough to try terror suspects at home.  


Indian soldiers guarding the Line of Control (L.O.C)

Indian soldiers guarding the Line of Control (L.O.C)

Miliband urges settlement of Kashmir: Dispute resolution to deny militants ‘call to arms’

By Our Special Correspondent    http://www.dawn.com/2009/01/16/top3.htm


LONDON, Jan 15: Foreign Secretary David Miliband who is currently visiting India believes that the resolution of Kashmir dispute “would help deny extremists in the region one of their main calls to arms”.

In an article in Thursday’s Guardian, Mr Miliband distanced Britain from the terror doctrine of the outgoing Bush administration declaring that the use of the phrase ‘war on terror’ as a western rallying cry since the September 11 attacks had been a mistake that might have caused “more harm than good”.

Mr Miliband wrote a comprehensive critique of Bush administration’s defining mission, saying that the war on terror was misconceived and that the West could not “kill its way” out of the threats it faced.

He said terror was not a monolithic threat but originated from different causes and had different roots and, therefore, different kinds of threats required different responses.

“The idea of a ‘war on terror’ gave the impression of a unified, transnational enemy, embodied in the figure of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. The reality is that the motivations and identities of terrorist groups are disparate. Lashkar-e-Taiba has roots in Pakistan and says its cause is Kashmir. Hezbollah says it stands for resistance to occupation of the Golan Heights. The Shia and Sunni insurgent groups in Iraq have myriad demands. They are as diverse as the 1970s European movements of the IRA, Baader-Meinhof, and Eta. All used terrorism and sometimes they supported each other, but their causes were not unified and their cooperation was opportunistic. So it is today.”

In this contest he specifically mentioned Kashmir and said resolution of the dispute over Kashmir “would help deny extremists in the region one of their main calls to arms, and allow Pakistani authorities to focus more effectively on tackling the threat on their western borders”.

“We must respond to terrorism by championing the rule of law, not subordinating it, for it is the cornerstone of the democratic society. We must uphold our commitments to human rights and civil liberties at home and abroad. That is surely the lesson of Guantánamo and it is why we welcome President-elect Obama’s commitment to close it.

“The call for a ‘war on terror’ was a call to arms, an attempt to build solidarity for a fight against a single shared enemy. But the foundation for solidarity between peoples and nations should be based not on who we are against, but on the idea of who we are and the values we share. Terrorists succeed when they render countries fearful and vindictive; when they sow division and animosity; when they force countries to respond with violence and repression. The best response is to refuse to be cowed.

“Seven years on from 9/11 it is clear that we need to take a fundamental look at our efforts to prevent extremism and its terrible offspring, terrorist violence. Since 9/11, the notion of a ‘war on terror’ has defined the terrain. The phrase had some merit: it captured the gravity of the threats, the need for solidarity, and the need to respond urgently — where necessary, with force. But ultimately, the notion is misleading and mistaken. The issue is not whether we need to attack the use of terror at its roots, with all the tools available. We must. The question is how.

“The “war on terror” also implied that the correct response was primarily military. But as Gen Petraeus said to me and others in Iraq, the coalition there could not kill its way out of the problems of insurgency and civil strife.

“This is what divides supporters and opponents of the military action in Gaza. Similar issues are raised by the debate about the response to the Mumbai attacks. Those who were responsible must be brought to justice and the government of Pakistan must take urgent and effective action to break up terror networks on its soil. But on my visit to south Asia this week, I am arguing that the best antidote to the terrorist threat in the long term is cooperation.”

Its seems like the west is finally getting to understand the importance of Kashmir issue being resolved. I hope the positives come out sooner rather than later…..


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