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Once again "Track II" diplomacy with Pakistan: Will Indian netas ever learn?
BBC's Urdu service on May 11, reported that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif briefed Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa on his meeting with Indian steel magnate Sajjan Jindal in Murree in April, who had brought to him a message from the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
It is worth remembering that last month Sharif's foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz had said that both the prime ministers may meet on the side lines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in June in Kazakhstan.

On May 1, Pakistani Army sent its BAT team 250 meters inside the Indian territory across the border in Krishna Ghati area in Kashmir, where they ambushed an Indian patrol party and beheaded two Indian soldiers. Needless to say, it was a premeditated action on the part of Pakistani Army to forestall the meeting of the two prime ministers. 

Every time the two civilian governments make efforts to improve relations between the two countries, Pakistani Army and its intelligence agency ISI take recourse to this action. Most of the time, it is their pampered jehadis who do this job. Case in point is that on December 25, 2015 Indian Prime Minster Modi went all the way to Lahore to wish Nawaz Sharif a happy birthday. Both the PMs were seen walking hand-in-hand. This was not acceptable to Pakistani Army so they sent Jehadis of Jaish-e-Mohammed across the LoC to attack Indian Air Force base in Pathankot. This was followed by abducting ex-Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jhadhav from Iran by Pakistan-sponsored jehadis who sold him to the Pakistani Army. They have now promptly declared him an Indian spy and sentenced him to death.
Pakistani Army is running a 20 billion dollar business in Pakistan. They have stake in every business in Pakistan. Their generals own three to four bungalows and farm houses. Every Pakistani officer who retires gets a house or land. All this is possible because Pakistani Army has convinced the Pakistani public that but for them, India would have gobbled them up by now. No wonder that there is a saying for the Pakistani Army that while all countries in the world have armies, Pakistani Army has a country. Will this Army ever allow Pakistan to have cordial relations with India? 

Another very important factor is that Nawaz Sharif government is in its last year before elections are due, and on top of it, Sharif himself has been greatly weakened due to the Panama Papers Scam. Pakistani Supreme Court has ordered an inquiry into the assets of Nawaz Sharif. In this enquiry committee, it has included two members from the Pakistani Army and ISI.
God knows who advises ruling Indian politicians? What purpose will be served by having "Track II" diplomacy at this juncture with the Pakistani civilian government when it is itself powerless? After beheading of Indian soldiers by Pakistani Army on May 1, except for the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, there was hardly any reaction from the top brass of Indian leaders including PM Narendra Modi. 

General Rawat talked about reprisals but nothing has happened till date and nothing will happen in future also because our political ruling class lacks the guts. India should have stopped all rail and road communications with Pakistan. Withdrawn the most favoured nation status which we have extended to Pakistan unilaterally and started treating Pakistan as an enemy state after this beheading incident. That would have sent the right message across to Pakistan and its Army, but all our political masters did was 'NINDA AND KADI NINDA', and then, it was business as usual.
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