Even as Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh is in Pakistan for the SAARC summit the leadership in Islamabad is continuing it provocative stand, in relation to Kashmir.
Addressing a gathering of Pakistani envoys from across the world, in Islamabad on Wednesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged them to canvass opinion in world capitals on J&K and to tell them that the “Kashmir issue is not the internal matter of India.”
“Desire of freedom is running in the blood of Kashmiris,” Sharif reportedly told Pakistani envoys.
Even though Sharif’s statement is nothing new and tows the line Pakistan has been following for decades, what is notable this time around is the timing.
After Pakistan termed killed Hizbul commander Burhan Wani a ‘Martyr’ and the countries support to the separatists in Kashmir, India in a strongly worded statement asked Pakistan not to interfere in India’s internal matters.
Sharif had also echoed Wani’s words, “Kashmir will one day become Pakistan”, to which External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj retorted saying that his dream of the state becoming a part of his country “will not be realised even at the end of eternity”.
It could also been seen as a ‘pacifying’ move to elements like the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and other Kashmiri separatist groups operating from Pakistan at a time when they say that Islamabad is not doing enough for the Kashmiri cause.
LeT chief and globally designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin who have a huge following in Pakistan had openly came out and threatened against the visit of Rajnath Singh to Islamabad.