Bajwa’s backdoor diplomacy and Modi’s visit to PakistanOne day Bajwa came to the Prime Minister and told PM Imran Khan that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will come to Pakistan on April 9, 2021.
In his article for Pakistan’s biggest daily Jang, senior Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir has confirmed the existence of backdoor diplomacy channel between Pakistan & India during the tenure of former army chief General (r) Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Hamid Mir has shares how General (r) Bajwa went above and beyond in his attempt to establish a backdoor diplomacy channel between India & Pakistan, keeping Pakistani foreign Office in the dark and taking Pakistani civilian government by surpirse about Modi’s visit to Pakistan on April 9, 2021.
Change of ISI Chief
In June 2019, Pakistani govt replaced ISI chief Lieutenant General Asim Munir, after only eight months on the job. He was replaced with Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, a former senior ISI figure. Hameed was seen to be hugely influential within ISI during his previous stint at the agency and was one of the figures who brokered the Faizabad agreement in late 2017 – an incident that further stoked civilian-military tensions. Hamid Mir has a lot to say about this:
Opening of Kartarpur Corridor
Hamid Mir believes opening of Kartarpur Corridor was part of General Bajwa’s backdoor diplomacy with India. artarpur Corridor is a visa-free corridor linking the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan, with the border of India. It was inaugurated in November 2019 and allows Indian Sikhs to visit the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib, the final resting place of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, without a visa. Mir writes:
Faiz-Doval secret talks
In February 2021, India and Pakistan surprised the world by announcing a sudden cease-fire on Line of Control. The cease-fire announcement was made in a joint statement by the militaries of the two countries on a ‘hotline contact’ between their DGMOs, which had apparently taken place a day earlier.
Hamid Mir believes this cease fire result of backdoor diplomacy by military, but most importantly, Pakistan foreign office was kept in dark about what was happening. Mir writes:
Modi’s visit to Pakistan on April 9, 2021
Earlier, we had reported that India’s Prime Minister Modi was to visit Pakistan on 9 April, 2021
and new start in relations between India and Pakistan was to be announced, but visit was cancelled after Prime Minister Imran Khan backed out of it. Hamid Mir has confirmed the development in his article. Mir writes:
What will happen to Kashmir?
Earlier, journalist Javed Chaudhary had claimed that General (r) Bajwa told him that Kashmir Issue was to be set aside for 20 years and was to be resolved by Pakistan and India after 20 years bilaterally. Hamid Mir has also confirmed this development.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s entry
It is important to note that Pakistan’s foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. who is also vice chairman of Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf (PTI), has often taken a hawkish stand when it comes to Modi-led Indian government, terming it a ‘fascist, Neo-Nazi regime’. Mir writes:
“No Talks with India unless Article 270 is Restored”
On August 5th, 2019, the Parliament of India passed a resolution proposed by Home Minister Amit Shah to revoke the autonomy granted to the state of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. The decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was met with controversy and criticism.
According to Hamid Mir, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was of the view that any talks with India without it restoring special status of Kashmir will be considered a diplomatic surrender for Pakistan. Mir writes:
Imran Khan’s speech in UN
In 2021, Imran Khan delievered a fiery speech
at UN. Imran blasted BJP govt for its “intensified repression” in Kashmir. He accused Indian leader Narendra Modi of a plan to “purge India of Muslims”.
“The hate-filled Hindutva ideology, propagated by the fascist RSS-BJP regime, has unleashed a reign of fear and violence against India’s 200 million-strong Muslim community,” he said.
Hamid Mir believes that Imran Khan’s speech bulldozed the backdoor diplomact initiated by General Bajwa and this started the tensions between general Bajwa and PM Imran Khan’s governmet.
Both Pakistani and Indian governments have not yet commented on the matter.
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One day General Bajwa came to the Prime Minister and told PM Imran Khan that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan on April 9, 2021.