India must give diplomacy a last chance before it’s too late

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Senate standing committee for the interior has unanimously passed a resolution condemning the recent attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi, carried out by Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) a known proxy of Indian RAW. “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government owe an explanation to Pakistan and the international community for their continued support to the BLA and other separatists in Balochistan,” the resolution stated. It urges India to immediately halt its covert anti-Pakistan operations.

The head of the standing committee Rehman Malik categorically stated that effort was to sabotage the relations between Pakistan and China with the aim of negatively effecting China Pakistan economic corridor.

The committee through another resolution asked the government to beef up security for Chinese citizens in Pakistan.

The committee through another resolution asked the government to beef up security for Chinese citizens in Pakistan. It noted that the act of terrorism was against both Pakistan and China and was meant to harm the CPEC. It is not the first instance that the Pakistani parliament has passed a resolution condemning the atrocities caused via fueled Indian insurgency inside Pakistan, but one wonders how it is going to help in the broader context.

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A Failure of Narrative Shaping

Indian support for Baloch insurgents is no longer a covert enigma or a mystery. One of the latest Netflix original “Sacred Games”, a tv show based on the intelligence and India law enforcement portrayed a special RAW cell in one of the scenes where Intel and support were shown to be fed to the Baloch insurgents. The idea has become mainstream after the open confessions of Ajit Doval, the Indian National Security advisor and a few instances, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself.

The most recent addition is the surfacing of the image of the mastermind behind the attack on Chinese consulate being treated in the Max hospital situated in India. Despite all the substantial evidence behind the bloodbath in Pakistan pointing toward India, Islamabad has been unsuccessful in building a narrative on the international level to support its cause.

The idea has become mainstream after the open confessions of Ajit Doval, the Indian National Security advisor and a few instances, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself.

It is a blatant violation of International laws to fuel the unrest in the sovereign state, something which has been confessed time and again by Indian officials. Yet the diplomacy, which was to play the pivotal role, has been strangled to make the world believe that Pakistan is sincere to the global security even after losing thousands of civilians and law enforcement personnel. After the attack on the Chinese consulate, all the wings of government pointed and condemned India for being the sponsor of the attack but no high commissioner was summoned and no formal channels were used to launch the protest.

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Instead, an invitation was extended to the Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to attend the groundbreaking at the Kartarpur crossing, which she once again declined. The need for peace in the region is imminent, and the initiatives like Kartarpur crossing are certainly necessary as the icebreakers. But at the same time, the priority regarding national security and subsequent planning to make use of the information mechanisms to deter incidents like the attack on Chinese consulates should be in place.

A Robust International Advocacy

Pakistan needs to devise a broad scale strategy involving the diplomatic mission in the European and other countries which have a say in the global statecraft to remove the stigmas and present the real picture of the country. Even after sacrificing so much for global peace, the country has not been able to convincingly deliver the message that the world needs to undertake the national interest of Pakistan into consideration as well.

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