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Bigger Kargil After the Indo-Pak summit -- Part IV

Day Two, Round Two of the Indo-Pak Summit  -- Now or Never Situation

Last modified on July 15, 2001, 23:00 Hrs. IST.

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Pakistan withdrew troops from Kargil at my insistence -- Bill Clinton - July 12, 2001
Day One of the Indo-Pak Summit  -- The Green Carpet Welcome at Rajghat - July 14, 2001.
Day Two, Round One of the Indo-Pak Summit  -- Just Talk and Walk in Agra - July 15, 2001.

The second round of Indo-Pak summit has also ended. in the historic  city of Agra. As the Talks were on, Indian troops in Kashmir shot dead 38 Muslim Terrorists and exchanged fire with Pakistani troops. Talking peace in the talks and terror on the borders, is Pakistan's strategy. 

Meanwhile, at the Gandhi Samadhi (Memorial)  few of Shiv Sena activitists did a purification of Gandhi memorial, after Pervez visited it.  Although one can understand the feelings behind this, but this is neither going to affect Pervez nor Vajpayee. 

Former Prime Minister Chandrashekar said that "Situation in sub-continent will worsen if the summit fails". It is in fact going to fail.  At the most Vajpayee will go to Pakistan and have  tea, lunch and dinner parties in Pakistan, the ground reality will not change.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Sunday avoided answering a question about the plight of "mohajirs" in his own  country. The president was visibly taken aback when Indo-Asian News Service asked him at the Taj Mahal monument: "Do you have any plans of improving the status of mohajirs in Pakistan?"   Pervez, himself a mohajir from Delhi, did not respond but turned stern and put up his hands in the air as if to say: What are you asking?  When the correspondent repeated the question, he said: "Abhi kya? (What, now?), and walked away. He did not take any more questions from reporters after that.

That proves that even if Pervez thinks about softening the stand on Kashmir, he will not do it because of domestic pressures. If he gives any concessions to Indians,  he will go.

It is "now or never situation".  But never is heavier than now.

Pakistan withdrew troops from Kargil at my insistence -- Bill Clinton - July 12, 2001
Day One of the Indo-Pak Summit  -- The Green Carpet Welcome at Rajghat - July 14, 2001.
Day Two, Round One of the Indo-Pak Summit  -- Just Talk and Walk in Agra - July 15, 2001.

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