Saudi Arabia’s counsel to Pakistan to talk to India for resolving issues, underscores validity of Article 370

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | April 09, 2024 IST

Pakistan

Arun Joshi

Pakistan’s  new Prime Minister Shehbaz  Sharif, during his first visit to Saudi Arabi  after assuming the office  has spoken of resolution of Kashmir “ dispute” via dialogue with  India  in a joint statement released after his meeting with Saudi crown prince and prime minister of  kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman.

The statement is simply worded  but with   a far larger  meaning than  it appeared to convey .. The joint statement read: “ The two sides ( Saudi Arabia and Pakistan) stressed the importance of  dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve outstanding issues between the two countries, especially the Jammu and Kashmir dispute to ensure peace  and stability in the region.”

As it comes out of this statement  that Saudi Arabia , the most influential  Islamic country in the world, impacting the world affairs economically and also in geo politics , seems to have told Pakistan that it has only one route  available  vis-à-vis India  and that is sitting across the table to resolve its issues from trade to  diplomatic ties . This  approach is borne out of the realism that has dawned in South Asia , in a particular reference to the abrogation of Article 370  that has fully  mainstreamed and integrated Jammu and Kashmir into India . So there  is no question of its integration being challenged through any external interference .

At the same time , when the joint statement laid stress on dialogue  between India and Pakistan , it was a diplomatic snub to Pakistan that it should stop all its intentions and actions of causing troubles in Jammu and Kashmir by using the tools of terrorism, which continue to be guns and bombs as also the  mischievous propaganda through cyber world..  The word dialogue is  rebuff to Pakistan , which keeps on making noises at the international forums over the unresolved Kashmir issue , seeking its solution through the implementation of the UN resolutions.

It is worth recalling that Saudi Arabia had not said even a word about the abrogation of Article 370 despite Pakistan requesting it, and later throwing tantrums that it could set up alternative group of OIC – Organisation of Islamic Cooperation .  The Kingdom did not like that, and Pakistan had to beseech for restoration of frayed toes. It had to apologize for its words .. This statement has cleared all doubts that the Kingdom has not tilted toward Pakistan  on Kashmir.

India  is very clear that there is no issue like Jammu and Kashmir  after the abrogation of Article 370  in August 2019 , and if at all there is an issue that concerns  Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir , the territory which is under the illegal  occupation of Pakistan . There has been a lot of narrative of assertion that “ PoJK for all reasons belongs to India  and therefore Pakistan should vacate it . This has been consistent stand of India , but after August 5, 2019, when the integration process of J&K and Ladakh with the rest of the country was completed , the issue of getting back PoJK has figured on the list of top items in the national narrative .

Union Home Minister Amit Shah  added a new and positive dimension , when  he stated that the entire population of PoJK , whether Muslims or Hindus belong to India,, as he reiterated that all of them were Indians . That meant that the government of  India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not interested in the territory under the occupation of Pakistan, but also the people . Ge demonstrated solidarity with the population on the other side of Line  of Control that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and  Pakistan  is also the Indian community .This was the  most pragmatic trajectory  unveiled  on PoJK. India is not having territorial ambitions  other than on the territory that constitutionally and  historically belong to India – in true sense of the history , entire Jammu and Kashmir as it existed in 1947 before the Pakistan-sponsored  invasion of the  princely state , belonged to India  as the last Dogra king Maharaja  Hari Singh acceded the state to India.

Now Jammu and Kashmir , after the August 5, 2019 abrogation of Article 370 , has added two dimensions to its status – one, it is fully integrated to  India and all the ifs and buts that existed because of  this controversial   provision in the constitution , and secondly it rejected all  questions about J&K being a bilateral issue between  India and Pakistan . Accordingly, the UN resolutions  of 1948-49 on Jammu and Kashmir , which envisaged plebiscite for the people of the state to make a choice about their nation of future  were flushed down the drain of history once and for all.

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