January 20, 2010 1 Comment
Former COAS Gen (retd) Aslam Beg has rightly identified the most recent Indo-Pak peace movement as sponsored. As if to provide proof to this statement, which came in the course of a talk with a newspaper, the Indians violated the Working Boundary between Sialkot and Jammu by firing, making nonsense of all attempts of peace between the two South Asian neighbours. General Beg expressed grave doubts about the provenance of the current ‘Aman ki Asha’ (Peace Wish) campaign, and said it would be worth finding out who was behind it. Making his remarks around the time that the firing happened, General Beg was right when he mentioned the centrality of the Kashmir dispute, saying that the Indians would be ready to talk about it if there was a genuine Wish for Peace.
The firing was only stopped because of a befitting reply by the Rangers, and a Rangers spokesman said that no flag meeting was scheduled over the incident. While General Beg also pointed out the open support that India is getting from the USA, he said that the former should not allow its consulates on Pakistan’s Western border to be used against it, as was happening in Balochistan. And it should end its domination of Afghanistan. General Beg also noted that the Indian COAS had made threatening statements, which had to cease if there was to be peace. He said the current movement was meant to hide the serious crimes that India was committing and to throw dust into our eyes.
He was accurate in predicting that peace was only possible when the Kashmiri people get their right of self-determination, and the American occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan comes to an end.
No one in Pakistan, least of the government, should be fooled by the Peace Wish Movement, nor should they in any way use it as an excuse to weaken the Pakistani stand on Kashmir, which is both principled and practical. In fact, Pakistan should use this incident to distinguish friend from foe, and tailor its policy accordingly.