Former Pakistan ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani criticised the death sentence given to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhusha Jadhav, saying that Islamabad’s “spy games” are making chances for peace between the two neighbouring nations even more difficult.
Currently the director for South and Central Asia section of the Hudson Institute, a leading American think- tank, Haqqani wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal that “(Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz) Sharif had recently renewed calls for improving relations with India. Putting an Indian on death row is an easy way to scuttle momentum for new talks.”
“At a time when India is also sliding into Hindu religious fervour, with vigilante violence threatening the country’s minorities over protecting cows that are considered sacred, Pakistan’s spy games can only make it tougher for the two South Asian neighbours to even explore peace, let alone find it,” Haqqani said.
Haqqani also wrote about the trial of Jahdav, saying “But as with much about Pakistan, the trial’s short and secretive timeline may have more to do with internal dynamics than with the merits of the case itself.”
The former diplomat also alleged that Pakistan is not likely to change its policiy of using terrorist groups for national security purposes.
“Unwilling to change its policy of supporting jihadist groups as an instrument of regional influence, Pakistan’s military-intelligence combine wants to ensure the primacy of its worldview at least within Pakistan,” Haqqani said.