The might of 800,000 soldiers was not enough to suppress the freedom struggle of the brave men and women who sought freedom from dominance and repression. After implementing the worst torture, rape and murder on the innocent civilians of the Srinagar and the Valley, Delhi has had enough. After killing 100,000 Kashmiris, have the Indians lost the stomach to kill more? The announcement to accept defeat and withdraw was not a gesture of chivalry, it coincided with a visit to Delhi by William Burns, the US Under Secretary of State. Apparently his silver tongue and President Obama’s letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were enough to persuade India to pull troops back from Pakistan’s border and restart peace talks over Kashmir. India’s army and the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been brutally repressing Kashmir since 1989.
India’s predominantly Hindu troops in Kashmir have often been accused of raping, kidnapping, torturing, beating and killing Kashmiris with impunity, especially since the uprising began. Times
One letter from President Obama forced the Indians to withdraw their forces, shut down the consulates in Afghanistan and put a permanent halt to the nuclear tests. One test and the Nuclear deal is off. One ounce of Uranium unaccounted for and Delhi gets sent to purgatory. Politicians in Islamabad complain about the micromanagement of Pakistani affairs. The micromanagement of India is even worse. She was told to explode the nuclear devices by President Clinton and now she has been told by Obama to withdraw from Kashmir. Of course these diktats to Delhi did not come directly from Washington, they came from Beijing via Washington. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was informed by the Chinese to stop the destabilization of Pakistan. Now the same message was given to US Treasury Secretary who was recently in Beijing. This time the Chinese meant business. Thus the letter from President Barack Obama to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh clearly spelled out a plan for the Indian government, withdraw from Kashmir and stop the mercenary activity in Pakistan.
NEW DELHI: The US said on Thursday that it wants the Kashmir issue resolved in line with the aspirations of the people of Kashmir – a statement that reflects Pakistan’s stance on the long-standing dispute.
Addressing a press conference after meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns – on a three-day visit to India – stunned reporters by saying that the Kashmir issue had to be settled in line with the aspirations of Kashmiris. “It remains our view that a resolution of that issue has to take into account wishes of the Kashmiri people,” he said. Daily Times. US adopts Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir
We wrote about it in April 2009. We also continue to think that Richard Holbrooke is the US Ambassador for Kashmir, even though his official designation is “Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan” (”K” for Kashmir is silent in his porfolio). President Obama’s administration has to show the electorate some results before the 2012 elections and before the British and the Canadians withdraw from Afghanistan. Time is of the essence. Everything has to fall in place. The Pakistanis have to cooperate, the Chinese have to be listened to, Russia has to be kept at a distance, the Indians have to follow, and Iran has to be cajoled. The bellicose statements on Pakistan over the past few weeks was part of the US plan to assuage Delhi and make it seem like they were coming down hard on the Pakistanis. In actual fact the public statements had nothing to do with relaity. The US Army and the Pentagon is working very closely with the Pakistan Army. Several helicopters have already been transferred to Pakistan, and all the modern equipment to fight an insurgency, night vision glasses, bullet proof vests, and some drones have been handed over to the Pakistanis.
US undersecretary od state for political affairs William Burns said, “Any resolution of Kashmir has to take into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people.” This line is a traditional Pakistan favourite, but has not been heard during the past few years of the Bush administration. The Indian government preferred not to commen. Times of India
The Times of India in the understatement of the year, says that the US stance on Kashmir has put another crease on Indian brow. The fact is that Delhi has not recovered from the epileptic seizure which it went into after receiving the Obama letter. Delhi gets some goodies for giving up Kashmir. The US secretary of state Hillary Clinton will visit Delhi towards the end of July. She will begin the negotiations on a reprocessing agreement. The Indians should have seen this coming after France approved a Nuclear deal for Pakistan which will be consecrated in September. That is the carrot for Pakistan for being good.
There are many things going on in South and West Asia. President Barack Obama plans to exit from Afghanistan by 2011, but he has to show results on the ground. He cannot show results on the ground without the help of Pakistan. Islamabad’s help can be bought only if it feels secure on the Eastern front. Hence the movement of Indian troops and planes away from the Pakistani border. To hide the retreat, Delhi moved them on the Chinese border, knowing full well that many generations of Indian planes have rusted on the airfields near the McMohan line without threatening a single Chinese. The movement of the troops is also dictated by the abject failure of the Stephen Cohen’s concoction called the “The Cold Start Strategy”. In 2002 and 2008, Bharati forces threatened Pakistan but could not cross the border. As the old Western adages go, never threaten if you can’t deliver, never bring a knife to a gun fight, and never cock your gun if you don’t intend to use it. World War IV hasn’t arrived, and enemies are not fighting with sticks and stones yet. Nuclear Mutually assured destruction (MAD) convinces many enemies not to issue empty threats. Pakistan’s 2nd strike capability, Hydrogen bombs and potent missiles have convinced India that she cannot cross the Pakistani border. She can yell Failed state from the highest steeples of Gharibabad and the deepest hold of Dharavi but the Lankans have proven that they can form the right alliances and defeat Delhi’s terror. Pakistan of course has learned the same lesson.
The Kashmiris and Pakistanis have won a decisive victory. It has forced one of the most arrogant armies to accept defeat and withdraw. Dlehi has also agreed to review the hugely unpopular Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which has made life miserable for the civilian population. Kashmir had exploded a couple of weeks ago after the rape and murder of two sisters. India had no choice, she had to accept the verdict of the people who are chanting “bhago bhago lashkar aya”, and “bhooka nanga Hindustan, dil seh piyara Pakistan”, “tijarat to bahana hai, Rawalpindi to jana hai”.
The retreat was deliberately announced before the the Manmohan-Zardari meeting on the sidelines of the SCO summit but had been agreed upon between Pakistan and India track II diplomacy that has been going on for several years. The blueprint for Kashmir was laid down by President Musharraf. However Pakistan is demanding a plebiscite under the auspices of the appropriate UN resolution.
Although this was a sort of placing-cards-on-the-table kind of visit, it was quite apparent that both sides are groping for something to hang the relationship on. Sources said, off the record, that another visit with nothing to show would signal serious drift in India-US relations. Times of India
The Times of India is right, the US and Bharat are drifting apart. The schism was very apparent when President elect Obama, and then President Obama did not call Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a month. The rift was obvious when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton crossed out Delhi from her itinerary and visited China. Apparently the Chinese red her the riot act and asked her to stop destabilizing Pakistan, withdraw from Afghanistan and solve Kashmir. The Peoples Daily wrote several articles on the subject duly reported on this site.
President Barack Obama has taken some tough stances on issues. He is right on Palestine, and he is right on Kashmir.