24 November, 2020

In Isolation Ward

Sharif faces severe domestic criticism over Islamabad's failure to muster support on Kargil

In Isolation Ward
For Pakistan, it was finally time to take the blinkers off and take a long, hard look at the heights of Kargil. The growing international isolation perhaps necessitates such an exercise. Already, ambassadors of the G-8 countries in Islamabad, taking long puffs on their cigars at dinner parties, were saying: "Our position hasn't changed. The next response will come from the G-8 leaders meeting in Cologne on Saturday". At briefings they'd had on the fighting in Kargil by foreign office officials, a pattern of response emerged. "We'd like you to answer one question. Who is helping the mujahideen with arms and money so that they can carry on such an operation at Kargil?" they asked.

The reply came from Bill Clinton-who did not mince words when he told Nawaz Sharif on telephone to take his men and soldiers out of Kargil. A senior official of the Inter Services Public Relations (ispr), in a rare occurrence, felt the need to respond to an American president: "Before coming to any conclusions about the situation in Kashmir, the US and other western countries should examine the ground...



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