Pakistan is facing difficulties in handling India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Islamabad has also failed to ‘normalise’ ties with India in the Modi era. The view has recently been expressed by the most widely read English-language Pakistani daily ‘Dawn’ in an editorial piece.
Referring to the Kashmir issue, Dawn wrote in its editorial on June 30 that the Indian premier managed to win the US and the Western world’s support by discussing the sensitive issue with top global leaders. However, the Nawaz Sharif administration failed to properly present its view on the Kashmir issue to the world. The daily has pointed out that the government-army relation, the stubbornness of Pak security agencies and reluctance of the Sharif government to send any strong and clear message to the world are main reasons for this failure.
The editorial, titled ‘IHK: questionable US action’, stressed on the Indo-US ‘friendship’, saying: “Historically, the US has encouraged Pakistan and India to engage in dialogue on all disputes and issues between the two countries. But that encouragement is now meaningless if the US aligns itself with India on the Kashmir dispute.”
(The Dawn Editorial)
In the context of Kashmir, Dawn also wrote that India managed to suppress the people of Kashmir even after the three-decade movement. However, it has resulted in a change. The editorial clearly mentioned that the consequences of India’s aggression could be horrific.
The daily even criticised the US State Department for designating Syed Salahuddin, the Pakistan-based chief of Hizbul Mujahideen and United Jihad Council, as a global terrorist. On June 28, the State Department said in a statement: “Department of State has designated Mohammad Yusuf Shah, also known as (AKA) Syed Salahuddin, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.”
Meanwhile, Salahuddin admitted on July 2 that he had carried out many ‘operations’ (terror attacks) in India, saying that he could strike the country “at any time”. He told a Pak news channel: “Till now, our focus was on Indian occupation forces. All the operations that we have done or are underway, we focus only on the installations of these occupational forces. We have support and we can target any place in India, at any time.”
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