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Friday, October 11, 2019
Runaway gun, you have heard, first time runaway mouth, where the Nation pays
Malaysiakini : Gerard Lourdesamy - Our
official policy since 1957 was to take a neutral position on the
Kashmir issue i.e we never supported the claims of either country while
we advocated a resolution based on the existing UN resolutions.
intervening years, we always abstained in votes about Kashmir or worked
behind the scenes to get both countries to withdraw mutually damaging
resolutions in the UN or the OIC. Mahathir was ill advised to use the
words "invade and occupy" at his recent UN GA speech simply to appease
his local Malay/Muslim voter base.
Historically, it was Pakistan that invaded and occupied Kashmir in 1947 after the Maharaja Hari Singh
signed the instrument of accession in favour of India and subsequently
Pakistan withdrew but remained in occupation of the norther part of
Kashmir with the ceasefire in 1948.
Mahathir's choice of words were
ambiguous. The current Indian PM Narendra Modi did not occupy and invade
Kashmir but rather used his parliamentary majority to repeal the
special status of Kashmir under the Indian Constitution while exercising
emergency powers to maintain law and order in the state in an
oppressive manner. I do not agree with these actions of the BJP
However, Mahathir has seriously damaged relations with India
by his careless statement. Now we face the economic consequences that
cannot be compensated by Mahathir's pivot to Pakistan. Frankly, Najib
was smarter in handling the delicacy and intricacies of the Kashmir
question vis--a-vis India and Pakistan. Mahathir's pathetic attempt to
become the mouse that roars has blown up in his face.
At the United Nations last month, Mahathir said India "invaded and occupied" Jammu and Kashmir and asked New Delhi to work with Pakistan to
resolve the issue.