Former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal has revealed that Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar insulted the Indian Armed forces accusing the Indian military of playing politics. At an event, where Sibal was one of the panelists, Aiyar blamed the Indian military for “sabotaging” the Siachen agreement.
“He (Mani Shankar Aiyar) said a few things which I think were rather surprising. Because he accused the Indian military of playing politics and having sabotaged the Siachen agreement. He said that his advice on uninterrupted dialogue has been accepted by the Pakistan government and not the Indian government,” Sibal said in response to a question by Times Now.
Sibal said that Aiyar holds India “responsible for not seeking a breakthrough in our relations with Pakistan”.
He also cited a remark from the floor wherein, in the track two dialogue between India and Pakistan, the Pakistani generals have told India that they “will stop terrorism for a year and then we will have talks”.
Sibal, however, said that the present policy of not resuming the dialogue unless there is satisfaction on the issue of terrorism and various incidents that have occurred- the most recent being the release of 26-11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed.
“What it (offer from Pakistani generals) implied was that first of all we control terrorism and second we use terrorism an as instrument for putting pressure on India.
But if we were to agree on this logic, we are legitimising the use of terrorism by Pakistan against us… And what we are agreeing to is that in the year you give us reprieve on terrorism, we will look for means and ways to satisfy you on Kashmir. And if we are not able to do so, you can resume your terrorist activities,” he said adding, “There should be no dialogue”.