Germany’s support for Pakistan in calling for a UN role in Kashmir without mentioning a word about cross-border terrorism smacks of India’s strategic autonomy envy and Islamabad’s influence over Berlin to the extraction of loyal Afghans from the Taliban-ruled emirate.
India has already strongly opposed Germany’s “self-acquired role and responsibility regarding the situation in Kashmir”, as Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock publicly projected last Friday in the presence of of his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The 41-year-old minister, however, chose to ignore the violence and terror that the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has suffered and continues to suffer at the hands of Pakistan-based terrorist groups since the 1990s.
Berlin watchers believe that Foreign Minister Baerlock’s complaint against India over Kashmir during the joint press conference with Pakistani Minister Zardari was due to the leverage Islamabad holds over Germany to getting Afghans, who served German forces during the US-led occupation for the past two decades, from Taliban-ruled Kabul to safer climes of Germany. While the number of Afghan immigrants to Germany is expected to number in the thousands, Berlin also wants Islamabad to not only filter but also restrict Sunni Pashtun immigrants. While Pakistan is ready to offer the channel for travel to Germany as in the past, the moralizing intervention of the German foreign minister in Kashmir is more self-serving than for the wider cause of the people of the Valley. At a time when Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa ignores the word Kashmir in his speech on Saturday and talks about peace, the Shehbaz Sharif government is still stuck on the K-word due to the Banks policy of vote and competing rivals.
Another reason for Germany’s angst over the Modi government is not toeing the Western line led by Berlin on the war in Ukraine. While Germany has been at the forefront of bringing Russia to its military and economic knees for the invasion of Ukraine, India has a strategically autonomous stance that advocates a cessation of hostilities on both sides. . India has made its position clear not only to the Russian President but also to the Ukrainian leader. India’s position on the war in Ukraine and its constraints were communicated to close allies, the United States and France, but it is clear that Germany wanted India to be penalized for not following the West. in the war in Ukraine. German motor car sales and exports have also been hit by QUAD’s tough stance on China, the biggest consumer of Audi and Mercedes cars.
German leaders are also envious of India’s growing global role, with US President Joe Biden signaling US support for India, Japan and Germany in the Security Council, according to a former Indian foreign secretary. expanded UN security. Germany finds it difficult to digest that India is assimilated to the great European powers.
While the German Foreign Minister’s appeal for the UN’s role in Kashmir may have been a major diplomatic coup by Minister Zardari, the relevant Resolution 47 of 1948 was rendered fruitless and unenforceable because its terms have not been met in letter and spirit by Pakistan. .
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