UAE’s MoU with IIOJ&K ‘major success’ for India: Ex-Pakistani diplomat

Former Pakistani diplomat Dr Abdul Basit. Picture: Fb/@abasitpak1
  • Basit says at this fee, UAE and Iran can open their consulates in occupied Kashmir.
  • The bottom has been ceded to India, says Abdul Basit. 
  • UAE’s highly effective presence within the OIC has made Pakistan extra sad over the pact, says Basit. 

KARACHI: Former Pakistani diplomat Dr Abdul Basit stated the UAE’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for improvement initiatives in occupied Kashmir, is a “main success for India.”

The MoU has been signed to boost actual property improvement, constructing infrastructure, industrial parks, IT towers, multipurpose towers, logistics, medical school, tremendous speciality hospital and extra in occupied Kashmir. 

Basit, a former excessive commissioner of Pakistan to India, stated in his YouTube vlog that the small print of the pact usually are not but identified, including that nobody is aware of whether or not the funding shall be made within the occupied territory or not 

“This [signing of MoU] is a significant success for India within the context of each Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir as OIC [Organisation of Islamic Cooperation] members have all the time saved Pakistan’s sensibilities on Kashmir on the forefront,” Basit stated.

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“Up to now, they [OIC member nations] have by no means performed one thing to make Pakistan really feel that Muslim nations and the OIC usually are not standing behind us on the Kashmir problem. 

“They might not have been very vocal, however have ensured to not work towards our sentiment on Kashmir. That is why we noticed many occasions that representatives of the OIC nations used to chorus from visiting Kashmir. Many occasions, even when they have been invited, the OIC nations saved in thoughts the emotions of Pakistan,” he stated. 

UAE and its highly effective presence 

What has made Pakistan extra sad over the MoU is that the UAE has a robust presence within the OIC, an alliance of presently 56 international locations through which Islam performs a major function, with Islam because the state faith, or international locations the place Muslims kind the vast majority of the inhabitants.

Criticising PM Imran Khan’s international coverage, Basit stated the MoU has been signed, it is clear that Pakistan is shedding management over the matter. 

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“There must be efforts to discover a answer. However is it acceptable that all the things is one-sided and the bottom has been ceded to India. Now, the situation is that Muslim nations are signing MoUs with India,” Basit stated.

Basit stated the latest file offered by Pakistan, highlighting the atrocities of the Indian authorities in occupied Kashmir, didn’t work. 

“Presenting the file is not sufficient. Pakistan is weak on follow-up on a sustained foundation. There isn’t a purpose why we do not obtain the outcomes [when it comes to Kashmir]. Possibly, we didn’t strengthen our civilian platforms to fulfill the challenges of the 21st century,” he stated. 

‘UAE, Iran might open their consulates in Kashmir’

As India’s enterprise and diplomatic ties with nations just like the UAE develop, Basit stated, “At this fee, it is a risk that quickly the UAE and Iran might open their consulates in Kashmir. If that is the state of our diplomatic efforts on Kashmir, this will occur.”

Pakistan has tried to maintain occupied Srinagar remoted in varied methods previously. Greater than a decade in the past, it had lobbied strongly towards the UAE opening a visa workplace there. 

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Then, for instance, it derailed the transfer to show Srinagar airport into a world vacation spot. The airport was designated as a world airport in March 2005. An expanded terminal to serve each home and worldwide flights was inaugurated on February 14, 2009, by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. On the identical day, Air India Specific began weekly flights to Dubai. Quickly, Pakistan denied permission to fly plane from the airport over its airspace. The detour meant longer flights and this made the flights economically unviable.

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