Kulbhushan Jadhav Row: Any discussion on Indo-Pak bilateral relation focuses on fractured emotions. As former Pakistan World Cup winning cricket captain Imran Khan has become the Prime Minister of the country, there are apprehensions that Pakistan approach towards India may witness a paradigm shift.
But the Kulbhushan Jadhav Row has yet again exposed fractures in Pakistan diplomacy. Imran Khan from his inaugural speech itself promised of a balanced peaceful approach towards India but recent comments do not suggest such. In fact, the Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi remarked that Pakistan may have to take “some bitter decisions” in the case of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.
This definitely indicates nothing other than execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Certainly, any drastic decision as such can be detrimental to Indo-Pak relations in the days to come.
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In an interview to Geo News, the Pakistan Foreign Minister went on to say, “We will try to move forward under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The nation should be ready as we will have to take some bitter decisions.” There is no denying the fact that Imran Khan got indirect support from the extremists of the country itself.
The way the Pakistan Minister publicly said that Pakistan is going to win the case in International Court of Justice, indicates something is not right within the newly formed Pakistan government. Side by side, questions are being raised whether Imran Khan at all has full authority upon the government.
Indirectly, remarks as such will also compel the Narendra Modi in India to opt for an offensive approach along the world, which is not going to be the perfect situation for South East Asian political dynamics.
The next hearing on Kulbhushan Jadhav episode is expected to come on February 2019. Thus the Pakistan government doesn’t have too much to do in this regard. But Imran Khan is trying to consolidate his position in front of the extremists. Thus on all probability, Pakistan Foreign Policy is working on a tight rope.