21 September, 2020

The Deaf Shout

If India intended to kill with kindness, Pakistan did not quite let it do so. Thus was another peace initiative reduced to a merry farce Updates

The Deaf Shout
On October 22, the Pakistani high commission received a call from South Block requesting its high commissioner, Aziz Ahmed Khan, to come down for a meeting with the Indian foreign secretary, Kanwal Sibal, the same afternoon. Already, television channels were flashing the news about deputy prime minister L.K. Advani's willingness to meet the leaders of the Kashmiri separatist umbrella organisation, the Hurriyat. There couldn't have been a more propitious omen.

When Khan and Deputy High Commissioner Syed Munawar Bhatti reached South Block, Sibal informed them about India's decision to present a set of 12 proposals to nurture peace. Over the next half hour, Sibal proceeded to orally convey the details of the proposals to Khan and Bhatti. The Pakistanis wondered whether India would go to the media with the details.

The Pakistani diplomats took less than 15 minutes to drive down from South Block to the their high commission. On reaching there, they found the TV channels beaming live the press conference external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha had convened on India's 12...


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