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Hullabaloo Over Balochistan

Mani Shankar Aiyar in the Indian Express:

Nothing could be more damaging or counter-productive than any Indian attempt to interfere in Balochistan’s internal affairs...

...What would India gain by infiltrating this maelstrom? We would not even know where to begin or whom to support. It is for the Baloch and the Baloch alone to make their destiny and for Pakistan, not us, to ensure its integrity. No outside force, certainly not India, stands a chance of influencing the outcome. That is why the “dossier” allegedly given by Pakistan to Britain and the US several years ago has evoked only quiet sniggering. And that is perhaps the reason why India was given no dossier. India has neither interfered in Balochistan, nor should India ever do so

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And as Siddharth Varadarajan points out in the Hindu:

History will pass judgment on the wisdom of allowing a reference to the rebellious province in the joint statement. But what matters most is not the reference but the reality. If Indian agencies are not involved, no “Kasabs” will ever be found and Pakistan will get little traction from raising the B-word in bilateral or international forums. But if an Indian Kasab is ever found there, the absence of a reference will provide New Delhi no protection from the charge of involvement. The Prime Minister said India has nothing to hide. There is no reason to imagine he was whistling in the dark.

Read the full piece here

Mani Shankar Aiyar in the Indian Express:

Nothing could be more damaging or counter-productive than any Indian attempt to interfere in Balochistan’s internal affairs...

...What would India gain by infiltrating this maelstrom? We would not even know where to begin or whom to support. It is for the Baloch and the Baloch alone to make their destiny and for Pakistan, not us, to ensure its integrity. No outside force, certainly not India, stands a chance of influencing the outcome. That is why the “dossier” allegedly given by Pakistan to Britain and the US several years ago has evoked only quiet sniggering. And that is perhaps the reason why India was given no dossier. India has neither interfered in Balochistan, nor should India ever do so

Read the full article: Provinces of a debate

And as Siddharth Varadarajan points out in the Hindu:

History will pass judgment on the wisdom of allowing a reference to the rebellious province in the joint statement. But what matters most is not the reference but the reality. If Indian agencies are not involved, no “Kasabs” will ever be found and Pakistan will get little traction from raising the B-word in bilateral or international forums. But if an Indian Kasab is ever found there, the absence of a reference will provide New Delhi no protection from the charge of involvement. The Prime Minister said India has nothing to hide. There is no reason to imagine he was whistling in the dark.

Read the full piece here

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