By Rafiq Jan
The past week has been a roller coaster ride for both India and Pakistan. From air force ‘dogfights’ to border violations by India, the region almost came on the brink of a full scale (nuclear) war due to Indian PM Modi’s manufactured “war hysteria”.
This war hysteria has was not only promoted by the ruling BJP politicians but also the Indian media, which is seemingly serving as a mouthpiece for Modi and the BJP.
During these tensions between India and Pakistan, the Indian presence at the OIC summit in UAE as a guest of honor and Pakistan’s boycott of the event also became a center of attention for many.
In her speech at the summit, the Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tried maligning Pakistan, again, albeit indirectly without name the country. However, the Indian efforts to malign Pakistan ultimately failed after the OIC adopted multiple resolutions to condemn Indian atrocities in Kashmir.
In a resolution adopted by the 46th session of Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), the OIC member states reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir remained the core dispute between Pakistan and India and its resolution was indispensable for for peace in South Asia. The OIC resolution expressed deep concern over the atrocities and human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir.
However, the event was also an eye opener for Pakistan as Islamabad was not consulted before the invitation was extended to India.
India has always looked for new platforms to leverage its never-ending campaign to malign Pakistan. The OIC – though ineffective so far in protecting weak Muslim nations and interests of the Muslim world – plausibly attracted criticism by opening doors to a Non-Muslim state, which has a history of Human rights violations against its own Muslim minorities.
Moreover, the OIC has also, in recent years, displayed why the organization is gradually become a symbol of incompetence and ineffectiveness.
India and Pakistan have always been at loggerheads over various bilateral issues; especially the Indian occupied Kashmir and rights violations committed by the Indian forces.
Both the neighbors have fought 3 major wars in the last 70 years, which is a proof that there is a severe lack of authentic leadership and trust, especially on the Indian side.
India’s war-mongering is at its all-time high after the Pulwama attack in the Indian occupied Kashmir last month. It seems as if PM Modi has once again tried exploiting the ultra-nationalist sentiments for political gains.
For this, the Indian PM has also been criticized by the opposition parties in India who have blamed him for playing politics on “dead bodies”.
On the other hand, Pakistani PM Imran Khan, by repeatedly asking for peace and dialogue and returning the captured Indian prisoner, has gained positive global media headlines and has come out of this crisis as an “ambassador of peace”.
This positive coverage has also helped Pakistan’s cause globally in terms of telling the world that it is India, and not Pakistan, who is against peaceful coexistence with its neighbors.
It seems that Pakistan, after a long time, has gained “some” global support, at least in the western media, and is being portrayed positively. However, India’s undeniably warm social and trade relationships with the West and the Gulf countries, over decades, has played a major role in Pakistan not getting enough “support” from Muslim and Western states after the Indian aggression.
In recent years, months and weeks, India has used all its means to blame Pakistan for all the wrongdoings inside the Indian territory. Hence, even after the recent events and Pakistan’s strategic win against India, India will not shun its smearing campaigns against Pakistan and will try using all platforms it can to further its anti-Pakistan propaganda.
The author is based in Qatar.