Pakistan failed to effectively follow SAARC protocols for long, but PM Modi has a plan

Pakistan’s record of violating protocols has brought it upon itself and the inaction on international terrorism proved to be the trigger.

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi | Published:October 9, 2016 12:45 pm
SAARC, narendra modi, pakistan saarc, pakistan, saarc, modi pakistan, news, latest news, india news, national news, pakistan opinion, pakistan news,  PM Modi has invited some leaders of some SAARC countries to India in Goa on the coming 14-15 October. On the 14th, the Prime Minister will hold a summit of BRICS countries–Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The growing discontent and tension between India and Pakistan has cast a shadow on the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and appears set to have an increasingly detrimental effect if a truce isn’t brokered soon. Apart from India and Pakistan, SAARC includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives. However, Pakistan’s isolation from the grouping cannot be blamed on India or the other members as well. Pakistan’s record of violating protocols has brought it upon itself and the inaction on international terrorism proved to be the trigger.

After the recent terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, India pulled out of the SAARC summit that was slated to take place in Islamabad later this year. Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh aso pulled out of the forthcoming SAARC summit in an effort to diplomatically isolate Pakistan. Other members also expressed that the meet will be unthinkable without India.

For long, Pakistan has not paid heed to the SAARC protocols for better connectivity in the region for allowing better trade. It has blocked the SAARC Motor Vehicles Agreement and the SAARC Regional Railways Agreement.

Bangladesh is no first witness to Pakistan-backed atrocities and neither is Afghanistan. Total inaction and silence from Pakistan along with blatant denial of cross-border terrorist attacks on Uri, even after India produced evidence, presents a denialist, uncommitted and escapist attitude.

Since the group was formed in 1985 in Bangladesh, India has worked closely with other members to held intra-regional growth and boost in bilateral and multilateral trade. Pakistan has failed to even acknowledge the need the follow the basic ideals of SAARC’s functioning. It has only contributed to reducing intra-regional trade, increasing geopolitical stress, destruction of infrastructure in India and Afghanistan, protests about increased cooperation between members and inability to act as fair trade partners as seen and raised by countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and India. It has blocked any deal that seeks to improve India’s position in the region.

India-Pakistan relationships have mostly dominated negotiations in SAARC and with the current situation, it can only function with the presence of one member. India has chosen to opt out at the moment while other members choose not to stand with Pakistan.

Fully exploiting the potential of the eight-member grouping of SAARC may not be possible in the current security scenario. So, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has alternative plans. PM Modi has invited some leaders of some SAARC countries to India in Goa on the coming 14-15 October. On the 14th, the Prime Minister will hold a summit of BRICS countries–Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Leader like Michel Temer, Xi Jinping, Jacob Zuma and Vladimir Putin will descend on India. Later, if they attend, leaders from Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will meet PM Modi.

SAARC members like Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh joined India in pulling out of the meet to join India’s efforts for Pakistan’s diplomatic isolation that will now have an economic bearing as well.

Certain clauses in the SAARC charter allow sub-groupings to be formed between SAARC countries. That is what PM Modi appears to be mulling. There is a way to sidestep Pakistan in SAARC and the Indian government will want to continue pursuing to improve regional trade and economic cooperation to effectively strengthen its stand geopolitically.

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    Ikok
    Oct 9, 2016 at 8:35 am
    DD Appears to be sotting in a mandhir a nd praying this
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      Ikok
      Oct 9, 2016 at 8:51 am
      Indian kutia ke lainee hae
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        Ikok
        Oct 9, 2016 at 8:13 am
        Next time stan is advised to play the famous song of M Rafi as a proticol for Indian leader coming for SAARC .. Bharo phool barsao
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          JJJackxon
          Oct 9, 2016 at 1:45 pm
          India should proceed with SAARC minus stan but plus Myammar and Thailand. This new eny should make a trade pact with Iran. Secondly, India should make it a foregin policy focus, COVERT as long as possible, to break up stan into Balochistan, Sindh and Pashtunistan. Third, make it an OVERT and CONSISTENT foreign policy goal to thwart the China Pak Economic Corridor and offer China an alternative through India's north-east states. The new reality is not that Kashmir is left over business from the 1947 Parion; instead the new reality is that West stan is left over business from 1971, when began the natural breakup of stan into into independent consuent 5 nations; with a push here and a nudge there, the unfinished 1971 business can be accomplishe. Only then, will there be peace and prosperity in South Asia.
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            DD
            Oct 9, 2016 at 8:55 am
            Tum sab staani Kaa fir ho. Islaam aur Allah ke naam par dhabba. Tum Logo Musalmaan nahi . Islaam ke dushman ho. Allah ka Kaher Padega . Ye ek Sacche Musalmaan ki Bd Dua hai. staan 4 tukdo main Batega, Ameen. Summ Ameen. ......
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              DD
              Oct 9, 2016 at 8:34 am
              ever noticed generals having medals on their unform..lt;br/gt;best part is stan has never won a war..lt;br/gt;it seems the generals get medals based on who runs away from the battlefield and reaches home first..lt;br/gt;ha ha ha ha.
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                DD
                Oct 9, 2016 at 9:05 am
                ever noticed generals having medals on their unform..lt;br/gt;best part is stan has never won a war..lt;br/gt;it seems the generals get medals based on who runs away from the battlefield and reaches home first..lt;br/gt;ha ha ha ha..
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                  DD
                  Oct 9, 2016 at 10:12 am
                  ha ha ha.. ur response says that u agree..but dont like it..
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                    DD
                    Oct 9, 2016 at 8:33 am
                    stan will be divided into 4 pieces.lt;br/gt;insha allah.lt;br/gt;....�lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai hai..lt;br/gt;Ameen..lt;br/gt;''''''''
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                      DD
                      Oct 9, 2016 at 9:00 am
                      stan will be divided into 4 pieces.lt;br/gt;insha allah.lt;br/gt;....�lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai hai..lt;br/gt;Ameen..lt;br/gt;''''.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;.
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                        DD
                        Oct 9, 2016 at 9:43 am
                        whats the first thing a staani learns after he is born?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;allah ke naam pe kuch de de baaba..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;ha ha ha ha
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                          lafanga
                          Oct 9, 2016 at 7:41 am
                          The main bone of contention is that India wants to use stani roads to trade with Afghanistan and have links to energy corridor in Iran and stan countries. stan will only allow this if India agrees to talk about other issues including Kashmir which India refuses. Chabahar is just a pipe dream which India flouted as a bluff to scare stan with but the trick didn't work. Now even Iran wants to join CPEC. India can have road links with with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal at any time so go ahead but you will not get road link to Afghanistan and beyond unless you make peace with stan. Modi can do all the somersaults he wants.
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                            Buddy
                            Oct 9, 2016 at 10:34 am
                            We will connect Afghanistan to other South Asian nations by cutting into Porki
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                              Shivan
                              Oct 9, 2016 at 9:43 am
                              Let stan stew in its own bile. It cannot and shouid not be alowed to hold progressc of the subcontinent hostage
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                                Manas Sarkar
                                Oct 9, 2016 at 9:35 am
                                Pak is doing all such nonsense from the birth of SAARC, but no Indian govt ever took any action so far. It is Modi govt, which make Pak isolated from SAARC, and build a subsute channel with others SAARC members. Making connection with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Connecting with Vietnam, Berma and Thailand. Also connecting with Afgan. Possibly in future with Sri Lanka.
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                                  mytake
                                  Oct 9, 2016 at 8:41 am
                                  Correct. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;SAARC stands for - South Asian ociation for Regional Cooperation.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Where is the COOPERATION?
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                                    Pagrri Sanbhaal
                                    Oct 9, 2016 at 8:23 am
                                    1.Who killed peaceful sikhs at golden temple and ruined the sancy of it.?lt;br/gt;2.Who is killing innocent kashmiris?lt;br/gt;3.Who was training the terrorists of MQM at the outskirts of Bombay and Pune?lt;br/gt;4.Who is brainwashing the already brainless Afghans?lt;br/gt;5. Whose soldier was captured while jogging at LOC to shed his extra weight?lt;br/gt;6.Who is pampering Abdullah Abdullah and that drug lord Karzai?lt;br/gt;7.Who is doing injustice in Nagaland and Sikkim?lt;br/gt;8.Who dug the cricket pitch at Bombay?lt;br/gt;9.Who is intimidating Nawaz to not to perform in Ram leela?lt;br/gt;10.Who destro Babri Mosque?lt;br/gt;11.Who is threatening the smaller countries of the region?lt;br/gt;12.Who is Kalbashan Yadev?lt;br/gt;13.Who was Surabjeet Singh?lt;br/gt;14.Where is Barhamdagh Bugti now?lt;br/gt;15.Who is spreading terrorism in Baluchistan?lt;br/gt;16.Who is supporting MQM to destabilize Karachi?lt;br/gt;17.What is your consulate doing in Jalalabad?lt;br/gt;You Indians think your country is peace loving and wants good relations with neighbors?
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                                      Ramasamy Sakthivelu
                                      Oct 9, 2016 at 8:40 am
                                      In the meeting with the Chinese President ,Mr.Modi must inform him that continued support to Pak. will result in the boycot of Chinese products by the Indians and putting on hold all projects and investment proposals from China. We must also ensure that the CPEC is shelved by China .
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                                        Shyamal Ganguly
                                        Oct 9, 2016 at 6:35 pm
                                        You are raised on pig fat - Muslim.
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                                          Sinai
                                          Oct 9, 2016 at 9:14 am
                                          SAARC WAS LONG DEAD..SASEC WILL DO.SAARC MINUS STAN), that has already executed 35 projects since its inception.It need some press mileage. Check ADB website
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                                            Sohail
                                            Oct 9, 2016 at 10:26 am
                                            SAARC meant nothing for stan ever. stan made one mistake by allowing Afghanistan become a member. But still its foolish on part of Afghanistan to think they can have any benefit by isolating stan . They are just a pawn for India in this game. if stan decides to leave SAARC or it is thrown out of SAARC by the other members Afghanistan automatically becomes redundant for SAARC as it has no connectivity to the region if stan is out. Banglsdesh also has got nothing to do with stan anymore no common borders so no question of hostilities on borders or the transit or land routes for trade. No
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