Pakistan’s army chief Nemesis has begun talks with India to secure an upcoming meeting between the prime ministers of neighboring countries, three people with direct knowledge said.
The UAE is designed to facilitate back-channel negotiations and reduce one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints, people said. Two years after the terrorist attacks in India brought the two countries together, steps towards reprocommunication were taken. On the brink of war.
General Kamar Javed Bajwa has told India’s national security adviser that he was ready for a moratorium on the war in Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan region that has been a battleground between Pakistan and India for decades.
Any lasting peace between nuclear-armed rivals will redefine the strategic map of Asia. 194 Pakistan and India have fought three major conflicts since independence in 1947. Islamabad has maintained that Muslim-majority Kashmir should be liberated from New Delhi’s rule.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and India’s Narendra Modi have strong incentives for peace.
Both need to recover their economies after the coronavirus outbreak while Modi is facing intense tensions as well. India’s border with China.
The latest initiative was launched by Bajwa in January and is supported by the ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his national security adviser. Shaykh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan February 25 marked a positive start with the ceasefire.
Next steps include resumption of border trade, epidemic response cooperation and India’s participation in counter-terrorism exercises in Pakistan. If successful, there could be a meeting between the prime ministers in the next 12 months.
“A senior-level dialogue is underway between Modi and Imran Khan to prepare for a possible meeting,” said a person with knowledge of the back channel’s efforts.
There have been multiple previous attempts at peace talks, sometimes due to terrorist attacks against India. After almost two years of Modi, Bajwa is moving towards peace Special status canceled The state of Jammu and Kashmir is allowed under the Constitution of India, which allows the region to run its own affairs.
Pakistan flop-flop last week over trade promises, announcing it will be allowed to import sugar and cotton from India, followed by backtracking, Saying Trade will resume once Kashmir’s special status is restored.
Shirin Mazari, Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights, Dr. Khan announced that there would be no normalization of relations with India until 2014 The situation in Kashmir Came back to “stagnation” two years ago.
The Pakistan Army’s public relations force also denied that Bajwa had promised anti-hostility suspensions. “It’s a pack of lies,” a spokesman said. “It’s all speculation.”
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs declined to comment on the talks.
However, an Indian government official said the talks were still ongoing, and that the statement from Khan’s government was intended to appease conservative elements based on his support. Politicians “need to do this symbolic gesture,” the official said.
Analysts say Bajwa was desperate to cut off costly military spending with India and restore a ceasefire with the United States.
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“Pakistan has a credibility issue and they need to address it in order to move forward,” said Hussain Haqqani, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former Pakistani ambassador to the United States.
Khan’s government Under pressure After failing to deliver on its promise of economic expansion and the formation of an Islamic welfare state. On Monday, the former cricket captain appointed the third finance minister in his administration after the resumption B 6bn IMF bailout program.
“It is important to have peace with Pakistan’s neighbors,” said Rauf Hassan, Khan’s special assistant. “Economic security is vital.”
In his later weeks Ceasefire Announcing, Bajwa said in a conciliatory tone that it was time to “bury the past and move on”. He vehemently remarked that the prospect of Kashmir being “held hostage” to the dispute and explicitly omitted any mention of restoring its special status.
India has given such a reward. On Twitter, Modi headlined in India to wish Khan a speedy recovery from the coronavirus. The Indian army chief said the Line of Control, which separates India and Pakistan-controlled parts of Kashmir, was “silent” for the first time in five years. He added: “It’s really great for the future.”
But New Delhi was about keeping Pakistan’s promise. General Pervez Musharraf and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were reluctant to sign an agreement before talks broke down in the early 2000s.
“They want to put Kashmir on the back burner, this is the first time Pakistan is interested in doing it,” the Indian government official said. “But if there is one [terrorist] Attack, this will fail. ”