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Pakistan Army a hurdle for Nawaz’s India policy: former envoy Qazi

Qazi’s comments come in the wake of Pathankot attack and a simultaneous attack on the Indian consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan just ahead of the foreign secretary-level talks between Indian and Pakistan, scheduled for January 15.

By: PTI | Lahore | Published: January 14, 2016 2:38 am
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Raising questions over the role of Pakistan’s powerful military in the Pathankot terror attack, former Pakistan high commissioner to India Ashraf Jehangir Qazi has said that the Army does not appreciate Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s attempts to decide on the country’s policy towards India.

Qazi’s comments come in the wake of Pathankot attack and a simultaneous attack on the Indian consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan just ahead of the foreign secretary-level talks between Indian and Pakistan, scheduled for January 15.

Qazi said the attacks could be the establishment’s way of telling the PM who is the boss in Pakistan. “It is not yet clear what our military’s attitude was to (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’s stopover in Lahore. We know that Kargil happened after (prime minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayee’s visit to Lahore in 1999; Mumbai occurred after progress in the back-channel talks of the mid-2000s; and now Pathankot takes place after another Lahore yatra (trip),” Qazi said in an article titled “Pathankot and power plays” in Dawn newspaper.

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“Has our prime minister once again been ‘reined in’ by ‘the boys’ (a term used to describe military establishment) to let him know who is boss? The participation of the Chief Of Army Staff (Raheel Sharif) in a meeting chaired by the prime minister to consider the information provided by India is to be welcomed. However, it does not necessarily mean the military appreciates the prime minister’s attempts to wrest exclusive control over Pakistan’s India policy,” he wrote.

Supporting India’s claims on Pathankot attack, Qazi said India has provided Pakistan ‘actionable intelligence’ and Pakistan’s international legal obligations require it to follow up on these leads.

Qazi served as high commissioner to India from 1997-2002.

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    Murthy
    Jan 14, 2016 at 1:34 am
    Very good and truthful analysis by a former stani H.C. to Delhi. He may have added that there is 'another big fly in the ointment'- ISI. They are more of a "state within the state" than the Pak. army. The attack on the Indian Consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif could not have happened without the ISI's "net work" getting the three Pak. regular officers into "position" . I would not be surprised if Premier Nawaz Sharif is in the dark about what the ISI is up to, or has been up to.
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    1. Mahendra
      Jan 15, 2016 at 5:36 pm
      It shows better sense prevailing over some stani intelligentsia. Hope ultimately these type of sane voices will take control from stani military elites and the Civilian government would have control over the ultimate policies being followed in the best interest of stan and its people..
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        PAUL
        Feb 2, 2016 at 6:36 am
        IF THESE ARE THE FACTS NO USE BEATING IN THE BUSH BY TELLING ABOUT THE FACTS OF THE ATTACK.
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