By Lalit K Jha:
A diplomat closely following the massive lobbying efforts being undertaken by Pakistan in last few days said that Pakistan is being clearly told that the onus for maintaining peace and stability in the region is on them
PAKISTAN, which has launched a major lobbying effort, particularly in Washington and the United Nations, after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s Special Status, has received little traction on the issue, according to diplomatic sources here. Islamabad is being bluntly asked not to use the development in Kashmir for cross border terrorism or infiltration across the Line of Control, a diplomat closely following the massive lobbying efforts being undertaken by Pakistan in the last few days said on Friday.
“They have got a little international traction,” the diplomat said. India has said that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and the issue was strictly internal to the country. Led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, top Pakistani leadership have been calling world leaders and its top diplomats have been meeting US lawmakers and senior officials in Washington and New York to ascertain their position and telling them that it is headed for a war if there is no mediation by them.
Pakistan is being clearly told that the onus for maintaining peace and stability in the region is on them, the sources said. “They (international community) has called upon Pakistan to ensure that they do not take steps, including cross border infiltration, that would be detrimental to peace and security,” they said, adding that this is what the US and other major players are working on to prevent Pakistan from unleashing non-state actors.
Indian-Americans support scrapping of J&K’s Special Status
HUNDREDS of Indian-Americans assembled outside the Indian Consulate here on Saturday in support of India’s decision revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s Special Status and bifurcating the State into two Union Territories. Indian Americans, under the aegis of the Houston chapter of Friends of India Society International (FISI) and the Houston chapter of Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora (GKPD), raised slogans like “hail Indian democracy”, “hail Indian secularism”. They were carrying banners like “Article 370, draconian, discriminatory”, “Pakistan - stop manufacturing terrorists” and “Pakistan let us live in peace”. The gathering also thwarted a protest march by Islamic Society of Greater Houston to show solidarity with Pakistan. The FISI hailed the “visionary leadership” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the “landmark decision”.