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Why Pakistan’s Next Prime Minister Nawaz Has Soft Corner for India

No Word On Indian Terrorism in Samjota Express attack, the Indian propaganda, and full support to Indian positions on Mumbai and Kargil.

 By ANSAR ABBASI | The News International | 10 May 2013

imagesPML-N chief and the generally anticipated next elected prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s recent statements on Kargil and Mumbai incidents have raised many eyebrows and are seen as crossing the red lines.

In his bid to appease India or vent his pent up anger on the military establishment, days before the May 11 elections, Mian Nawaz Sharif have gone to the extent of committing that if he returns to power he would share the reports of commissions on Kargil and Mumbai incidents with New Delhi.

Like his other leading competitors including the PTI and the PPP, Nawaz however did not touch the issue of Kashmir in his election campaign or in his media interviews. Instead, Sharif who has served as the prime minister of Pakistan twice, promised to share with India his government’s findings on Kargil and Mumbai attacks.

He also did not utter a word about Samjhota express massacre of Pakistanis; the latest heroic handling of the Indian government and its ruling Congress party of the dead body of condemned terrorist and killer of 14 Pakistanis – Sarabjit Singh; the tit-for-tat murder of Sanaullah, a Pakistani prisoner in Indian jail; the recent matrydom of some Pakistani soldiers by Indian troops etc.

While Pakistani security agencies have been talking of the Indian role (besides other international powers) to fuel terrorism in Balochistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif assured New Delhi, “If I become the prime minister, I will make sure that Pakistani soil is not used for any such designs against India.” Nawaz Sharif, whose second government was dismissed unconstitutionally by former dictator General (R) Musharraf in October 1999 following differences on the Kargil issue, recently reiterated his party’s old stance of setting up a commission on Kargil to fix responsibility, surprised many by going to the limit of assuring India that he would share the findings of the report with New Delhi. He was also quoted to have given similar assurance about the outcome of the commission on Mumbai attacks. These statements of Nawaz reflect his anger on the basis of his past experience with the Pakistan Army and the security agencies but he apparently lost the balance by giving such an assurance India that could not be in the interest of Pakistan and its defence establishment.

How can a leader of his stature announce that if he becomes the chief executive of the country he would share with the Indians what should have been purely our internal matter and pertains to Pakistan Army? Such a pro-India stance of Nawaz Sharif where he talks everything that pleases India but ignores all those issues that could place New Delhi on the defensive is beyond comprehension.

Any talk on part of Pakistan and any of its leading political personalities on Mumbai attack, which according to Indian propaganda was the work of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, the ISI, requires extra caution. But here too, Nawaz Sharif promises a probe and sharing it with India.

Despite all sorts of Indian propaganda, there has been no sharing of any substantial evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the Mumbai attacks. The Wikileaks had even shown the US telling India that the latter has no evidence of Pakistan and its premier intelligence agency’s involvement in the Mumbai attack. India also implicates Hafiz Saeed in the Mumbai attacks but has not produced any evidence as such and because of the same reason Hafiz Saeed was released by the Lahore High Court after he was arrested soon after the Mumbai attacks.

While the political leaders are expected to understand the sensitivities involved in any such matter, President Asif Ali Zardari soon after his election as president of Pakistan had also shocked many here in Pakistan by telling India that Islamabad would pursue the no-first-use nuclear policy whereas Pakistan’s declared policy is of “nuclear deterrence”.