Asia-Pacific, India, Pakistan, Politics

Kulbhushan Jadhav: An Opportunity for Both Nations to Start a Dialogue Process

People to people contacts, bus service, train links, most favored nation status, water sharing, track two dialogues and goodwill visits of leaders – peace process is an everyday business between India and Pakistan ever since the United India was divided into two by the British Empire. The arrest and capital punishment of Kulbhushan Jadhav rocked the Indo-Pak relations.

Despite all of this, these two nations have developed a knack for generating flash points at regular intervals. In an attempt to throw the peace process out of gears.

The Arrest of Kulbhushan Jadhav

While the controversy over the stone pelting business – allegedly funded by Pakistan based terror outfits – has yet to die down, the mysterious arrest and capital punishment of Kulbhushan Jadhav rocked the Indo-Pak relations.

Media reports suggest that Pakistan arrested the Indian citizen from its Balochistan province under the charges of espionage and terrorism.

We learned that Sangli, born Kulbhushan Jadhav, is a former Indian Navy officer. His family claims he took premature retirement and established a business of ferries through Bandar Abbas, Iranian port.

However, Pakistan’s one of the most prominent daily Dawn reports that he was picked by the Indian spy agency, RAW, to instigate Baloch leaders and carry out anti-Pakistan activities.

It is hardly possible for media to verify the claims made by the authorities in Pakistan and in India. The laymen on the streets may never know the truth. The story is a snowball dwindling between the External Affairs Ministries of India and the General Head Quarters in Pakistan.

For a long time, Pakistan kept the issue under check and only came into the light once a Pakistan Military Court sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death. India intensified the efforts for Mr. Jadhav’s release and to this day has sent 15 requests for consular access.

Pakistan has denied India a verified copy of the charge sheet and judgment. Furthermore, they have also not provided Kulbhushan Jadhav the access to the Indian consulate in Islamabad.

The public opinion in Pakistan is pretty clear that Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian spy. Pakistan’s foreign policy chief, Sartaj Aziz went before the media to read out the charges against the alleged RAW agent. Instead of providing documents to Indian authorities.

India and Pakistan don’t Collaborate

However, no one can really speak with certainty about the functioning of the secretive services. Therefore, India should produce and provide all the relevant documents of Kulbhushan Jadhav before Pakistani authorities.

Simultaneously, Pakistan on its part, if the allegations are right, should provide evidence of the case to Indian authorities.

Both India and Pakistan have in Kulbhushan Jadhav, a golden opportunity to revive the dialogue process. Since both countries know a war is never a solution to any dispute.

In order to avoid such terrible events, leaders of both countries should think of a joint mechanism under which innocents on both the sides of the border do not suffer.

Moreover, both the nations should commit themselves to resolve all the burning issues in between them; be it the Indus Water Treaty or Sir Creek or demilitarization of Siachen.

The leaders of both nations are forgetting that without peace growth isn’t possible, and in the present world, growth does not have an alternative, because it is the only way the two nations can fight poverty and bring their citizen out of sub-human living conditions.

Like Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family, everyone should be hopeful of the meeting between the two External Affair Ministers to resolve the issue amicably and to restart the dialogue process.

About Tarunima Ghosh

Nature lover, full on romantic, voracious eater who cooks like your worst nightmare, fashion freak who creates a faux pas every time, globetrotter (only in dreams), mad about cats and dogs, obsessed selfie photographer – that pretty much sums up Tarunima Ghosh Laha in a nutshell. Nurturing her penchant for writing since toddling days, she has finally given in to her long subdued desire of becoming a writer by leaving a glamorous yet boring career in hardcore Finance.

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