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UK Continues To Keep Colonial Mindset Towards India, Aims To Play On Af-Pak Region

In the middle of a sub-continental conflagration that resulted in the deaths of millions of Indians during the partition, India and Pakistan gained their independence from Imperial Britain 75 years ago. Today, India, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has a larger economy than the UK and is growing at the quickest rate for a large nation in the globe, while Pakistan’s economy is at the bottom of the heap. Despite this, Britain continues to harbour imperialistic fantasies, views India with colonial prejudice, and still plays the Afghanistan–Pakistan region with a traditional leaning toward Islamist Pakistan and Rawalpindi GHQ.

In contrast, the Pakistani and UK Armies have planned to jointly conduct a regional stability conference in England to explore issues such as the so-called Kashmir conflict. This is despite the Indian Supreme Court giving Prime Minister Modi a clean bill of health despite the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Although neither the UK nor Pakistan have locus standi in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan Army Chief General Asim Munir is due to speak at the 5th joint UK-Pak stability conference at Wilton Park from February 4–8 at the request of the Rishi Sunak government. An executive department of the UK Foreign Office, Wilton Park, reportedly offers a forum for strategic conversations. The conference’s theme is “Regional Stability in South Asia: The Return of Geopolitics and Other Challenges,” which is co-hosted by UK Army Chief Gen P N Y M Sanders. The consequences of the Ukraine conflict on the EU, the UK, and Pakistan—which has surreptitiously shipped weapons and ammunition to Ukraine via RAF aircraft—will be the main topics of discussion at the conference. It is important to remember Pakistan’s deceitful participation in the conflict in Ukraine because on February 24, 2022, the day the Russian strongman decided to attack neighbouring Ukraine, Imran Khan Niazi, the prime minister of Pakistan at the time, feted him in Moscow. The role of information operations, cyberattack in warfare, changing regional stability in south Asia, security issues, and an update on the Kashmir dispute are some of the additional subjects of discussion.

On August 5, 2019, the Modi government agreed to temporarily suspend Articles 370 and 35 A in the context of Jammu and Kashmir. The UK has voiced its concerns to India and urged a calm resolution between India and Pakistan. In the UN after Article 370 was abrogated, the UK played a double game. On August 16, 2019, it sided with Kuwait and China, the iron brother of Pakistan, and requested that the UN Security Council discuss the Kashmir issue. The US, however, was adamant that India and Pakistan should discuss the issue bilaterally. In the second round of talks that day, the UK and France once more supported India while the US and France once more appeared to be on the side of Pakistan. The main ally of Pakistan, China, once more tried its luck at the UNSC in January 2020, but by that time, the UK had changed its position and called for India and Pakistan to settle the matter bilaterally. This was due to intense pressure from the Modi government and the US. The identification of terrorists with ties to Pakistan by the UNSC’s 1267 Sanctions committee at the request of the US, France, and India has also involved double-dealing on the part of the UK. The UK is attempting to fill a role that the Kashmir game’s rules do not allow for by meeting with Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Asim Munir next month to address the so-called “Kashmir dispute.”

Although Gens. Munir and Sanders will talk about regional stability in South Asia, it is important to remember the part played by the Pakistani ISI commander Faiz Hameed and the former British Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Nick Carter in dehumanising Afghan minorities, particularly women. The two played a key role in negotiating a covert deal with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, which resulted in the Taliban’s devastating takeover of Kabul on August 15, 2021, amid bloodshed and mayhem. Britain was the main advisor to the US when it handed over Kabul to the extremist Sunni Pashtun force that converted Afghanistan into an Islamic Emirate with no place for women or minorities, showing that it had plainly learned nothing from the 18th-century Anglo-Afghan warfare. The UK and Pakistan should take the blame for the radicalization of Islam throughout the entire Af-Pak region, as Pakistan is currently suffering at the hands of the ISI’s demon child in the Durand Line conflict, where Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan terrorists are battling Gen. Munir’s force with the newest US weapons.

Gen. Munir is anticipated to share Shehbaz Sharif’s administration’s views on the alleged Kashmir dispute at a conference in UJK next month, but the Modi administration has no time for either of the two given that Jammu and Kashmir is making rapid advancements in development and there hasn’t been a single violent incident orchestrated by Pakistan-based terrorist organisations and their on-the-ground agents in the Valley. It is obvious that the UK and Pakistan continue to have delusions regarding Kashmir and refuse to recognise the writing on the wall of the new India.

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