Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Diplomacy across the Kashmir line of control

Musharraf and Vajpayee In the middle of the piles of rubble and bodies in Pakistan there's a report that's really warming -- it's much easier to make blog posts revealing political deceptions, but I thought it might be good to make a post praising a nice spot of diplomacy we saw happening with the Pakistani disaster on the weekend. All the news sources have reported that India is providing aid to Pakistan. Last I heard they offered to ferry aid across the militarised zone of Kashmir, but no one was sure if Pakistan would accept. Seems like it's happening now though.

ABC noted that the so-called "nuclear neighbours" were becoming friendlier lately. Actually a friend just told me that when an underwater fibre optic cable was damaged earlier this year, temporarily breaking Pakistan's Internet connection, they approached India asking about the possibilities for sharing some of India's connectivity. Well it would be a nice boost for the economy if Pakistan could have a few of its own Bangalores.

Seems that Israel's offer of aid was rejected though. Even if India's aid is worthy, Israel's still in the bad books. That being said, apparently "Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf had an 'unprecedented encounter' last month" at the UN General Assembly, but Pakistan still officially refuses to recognise Israel's sovreignty before there's a proper Palestinian state established.

Drawing courtesy of Afshin Sabuki
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Blogger Dima said...

So true. Disasters have always brought people closer. Look what happened during tsunami. The question is why do we need a cataclysm in order to stop/freeze/deal with conflicts?

October 12, 2005 7:11 pm  
Blogger Lisa said...

Perhaps we don't try as hard to look on the bright side until we have an extremely dark side.

October 12, 2005 7:39 pm  
Blogger Dima said...

Or maybe in times of cataclysm we start seeing things in their true proportion. Suddenly we realize that human life is above politics.

On that note, just wanted to update that earlier today Pakistan accepted Israeli offer of aid.

October 14, 2005 2:50 am  
Blogger Farah said...

I think politicians at times forget that there are real people living at place they have neglected or have only focused on conflicts and aquiring a piece of land. Only a disaster opens their eyes when they see so many people dead, oh there were people there after all, it's like God's way of saying that there are people here and you better consider their development.
As for Pakistan rejecting Israel's offer, i think the government was trying to play safe or something, first took aid from countries no one would object to and when situation got out of control-they accepted all offers.
I think last thing government needed was more public opposition.

October 17, 2005 4:16 am  
Blogger Dima said...

As in many cases, we are not the only ones to raise those points. Here is an article from Herald Tribune that was reprinted in Haaretz on Monday.

October 20, 2005 3:44 am  

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