"In the guise of talks, India is continuing its terrorist activities in Kashmir. Our foreign office should, for god's sake, give up the attempt of the dialogue and instead, on one hand, revive the jihad in Kashmir," the editorial, titled "Pakistan-Bharat mazakirat aur shukook-o-shubhat (Pakistan-India dialogue and doubts and confusion), in the Nawa-i-Waqt said.
"When India has been saying since 1947 that Kashmir is an inalienable part of it, what is the agenda and basis on which Pakistan is holding talks? India has brought Kashmir under the ambit of its constitution and laws. The purpose of talks then is akin to searching for hair on a bald man's head," the editorial said.
It also asked the foreign office to put pressure on the UN and engage in a flurry of diplomacy to bring to the world's attention the "continuing Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir".
Noting that doubts still remained about India's sincerity and whether New Delhi's willingness to talk was due to "American pressure, the requirement of increasing influence in Afghanistan or a desire to alleviate poverty in the South Asian region", the editorial wondered when Pakistan's leaders would give up their misconceptions of India's intentions.
Terming the ongoing talks as a farce, punning on the Urdu for dialogue, "mazakirat", as "mazaaqrat" (humour, jest), it said the perceived US pressure on India was the "sorry spectacle of one hypocrite pressuring another hypocrite for mutual benefit so that the pretence of dialogue remains and the US could continue its terrorism in Afghanistan and India in Kashmir."
It said when the Pakistan government had itself admitted that there were "doubts and confusion" on talks with India, then "what was the need for going with the charade of the 'Aman ki Asha' campaign, the secretary-level talks and the dialogue", terming all of this a "drama".
Islamabad: Pakistan should give up its "farce" of a dialogue with India that is ensnared with "doubts and confusion" and instead focus its energies on supporting the "Kashmiri jihad" and getting the UN to intervene, an editorial in a Pakistani Urdu daily said Sunday.
First Published: Sunday, June 27, 2010, 17:57