Since India abolished Article 370 of the special status constitution of Kashmir under its control, Kashmir has been the focus of the world while Pakistan, on the other hand, has linked its hopes to the Muslim world on this issue. Raise a voice for Kashmiris
Kashmir is considered a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. However, when the issue was discussed at the UN Security Council, Kashmiris living in the world, especially in the hope that their talk will be raised on the international platform.
In India, the main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi along with several other leaders of various parties went to Kashmir but was repatriated from Srinagar airport and on his return, he said, “The situation in Kashmir is not good.”
In the meantime, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not only warmly received in the United Arab Emirates and was honored with the highest civilian honor, Zayed Medal, but on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian nation. A stamp was also issued in his honor.
This has made it clear that India has more importance for the Middle East or the Arab world than Kashmir. Even the UAE’s Wali Eid Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has declared Abu Dhabi the ‘second home’ of Narendra Modi.
When the BBC spoke to former Indian diplomat Talmadiz Ahmed in Saudi Arabia, he said, “The overall impression of the West Asian countries about the Kashmir issue is that it is a mutual affair with India and Pakistan. They should settle. This is not an international issue and Article 370 which has been removed is entirely an internal and constitutional issue of India and not a bilateral issue. Every leader in West Asia understands this deeply. ‘
Explaining the same, Fazlur Rehman, a Fellow of the Indian Think Tank International Council for World Affairs, said, “International politics has entered the age of pragmatism. Now the age of principle and morality is gone. Regardless of whether you look at the United States or Europe, you will see an era of regional politics and practical issues. ‘
He added that the attitude of West Asia (or the Middle East) with India has changed completely in the last eight to ten years.
However, Talmiz Ahmed said that the great change in relations between India and the Arab world came in 2001 when Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh visited Saudi Arabia and was then ambassador there.
He said that in 2001, our political dialogue with the Arab world began and Jaswant Singh’s talks with Saud al-Faisal continued for two to three hours in which Saud al-Faisal read a page about his stance on Kashmir. The foreigner said that we do not disagree with any of your sentences or phrases. ‘
According to him, it was Saudi Arabia’s letter to Kashmir. Talmiz Ahmed further said that since then bilateral relations between India and Saudi Arabia have started, in which relations with another country will not affect their relations between them.
The warmth of the relationship was further seen in 2006 when Sultan Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz made a special guest on the occasion of India’s Republic Day and this year Prince Wali Ehed Mohammad bin Salman visited India.
Talmiz Ahmed said of the relationship between India and the Arab world, “Initially there was an emphasis on energy and economic cooperation between the two countries, but that changed after 2010 and Riyadh announced a strategic partnership.”
When asked if Arab relations with Pakistan began to weaken after that, he said, “In foreign affairs, it is not that if one links with one, it breaks the other.” Pakistan has a long-standing relationship with the countries in West Asia, but its basis is different. ”
“He was a partner in the Cold War, a partner in the jihad in Afghanistan, a partner in raising the Taliban, and is also a partner in what is now a peace treaty in Afghanistan. They want to increase military cooperation with Pakistan but it has nothing to do with India. And the relationships they have established with India include energy, economic cooperation, strategic cooperation and cooperation in counter-terrorism operations. ‘
On the other hand, Fazl-ur-Rehman said Arab-India and India-India relations have two important components – one economic and the other war on terror. And the graph of India is growing in both. ‘
“India has become economically stable over the last ten years and now its voice on terrorism is being heard on international platforms. On the other hand, the graph of Pakistan has gone down in both sectors.
When he was told that Pakistan had its own position that it was “the biggest victim of terrorism”, he said, “The world says you can fall prey to it but you cry. You cannot rotate that you are not serious about the war. ‘
Secondly, he said that the economic graph of Pakistan has dropped so much that now the Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have started to burden Pakistan. Their differences with Pakistan’s foreign policy have come to light.
“In the Middle East, there is the impression that Pakistan, which had openly supported them in the past, did not openly support them in Yemen, Syria or Lebanon, even when the army in Yemen refused. ‘
He added that the new politics being formed globally include India, Israel, and European countries along with the United States in the fight against terrorism while it is becoming lonely to go to Pakistan.