HOW strange! Advani somersaulted on Kashmir. The PM somersaulted on Ayodhya. Advani appeased Musharraf. The PM appeased the rss. A Kashmir settlement would avert the threat of nuclear war. A saffron India would perpetuate Indo-Pak hostility. Both developments would suit China. rss and Musharraf despise each other. Both befriend China.
Earlier, Musharraf desperately sought talks with India. He was becoming isolated internationally and unpopular domestically. But our government would talk with Pakistan only if Islamabad ended cross-border terrorism. Slowly but surely the strategy worked. Pakistan weakened internationally. India gained internationally.
But Musharraf remained a prisoner of extremist groups. He continued to project Pakistan-backed Afghan mercenaries as Kashmiri freedom-fighters. He continued to depend on China for military hardware against India. Then, without apparent reason, India changed its winning strategy.
After the Ramzan ceasefire, the terrorists continue to kill innocents in Kashmir. Despite that Advani said: The ceasefire is not only addressed to militants but also to Pakistan.
Pakistan foreign minister Abdus Sattar generously reciprocated: Pakistan will exercise maximum restraint on the LoC. The snows will ensure Pakistan's restraint anyway!Musharraf declared: If India maintains the ceasefire, we can talk after Ramzan.
The roles are now reversed. India is on probation. Pakistan will consider whether or not to talk with us. So, what will our overnment's initiative achieve? It will legitimise Musharraf while he remains firm on Pakistani support to terrorists.
The timing of the Indian initiative is puzzling.
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