Indo Pak relations have always been rocky. The U.S. offered mediation on the matter, and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs categorically rejected any such move.
The Trump administration expressed desire to play peacemaker between the two counties. India stood firm stating that it was a bilateral issue which would be solved by the two countries concerned. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said,
Government’s position for bilateral redressal of all India-Pakistan issues in an environment free of terror and violence hasn’t changed.
India further stated that if U.S. really wanted to intervene in Indo Pak relations, it should urge Pakistan to dismantle terror infrastructure – an accusation India has thrown around wildly. Baglay said,
We, of course, expect the international community and organizations to enforce international mechanisms and mandates concerning terrorism emanating from Pakistan, which continues to be the single biggest threat to peace and stability in our region and beyond.
U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said that the U.S. would intervene in Indo Pak relations in an effort to defuse tensions between the two nations. President Trump also expressed his desire to be a mediator however, India continues to reject any third-party intervention. On the other hand, Pakistan has welcomed U.S.’ role as a mediator to further peace between the two countries. Former diplomat Yogendra Kumar was speaking with Sputnik,
Being a bilateral issue, India will not, in any case, appreciate a third country’s mediation. In fact, India had earlier also rejected the idea of mediation by the U.S. There are, in fact, two reasons for it, first it that India has stated policy that Kashmir and other outstanding issues with Pakistan will be solved through dialogue without any outside mediation. Secondly, India does not want to align with any particular bloc for strategic reasons. Russia knows India’s aspirations therefore they mainly insisted on solving the issues with Pakistan on a bilateral basis.
While India’s firm stand on Indo Pak relations being a bilateral issue is not illogical however, India continues to steer away from actual dialogue. Instead, it continues to accuse Pakistan of terror breeding.
Of course, Indo Pak relations will continue to remain somewhat hostile until a powerful third-party intervention or at least a productive bilateral dialogue.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.