‘Acquired Absolutely Nothing by Hyping Surgical Strike’: Pranab Mukherjee on PM Modi’s Diplomacy, Ties with Pak
Former President Pranab Mukherjee said that there was no need to “over-publicise” the 2016 surgical strikes. Sharing his opinion on numerous elements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s numerous diplomacy steps, Mukherjee stated that Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore to participate in the birthday of the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s child was “unneeded and uncalled for, given the conditions that dominated in India-Pakistan relations.”
Mukherjee also stated that it would be in India’s interests to continue engaging with Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Talking about the surgical strikes, which were performed nearly 10 days after the Uri horror attack where 18 Indian army soldiers were killed, Mukherjee stated that such strikes by Indian forces across the border have actually been “typical military operations in response to Pakistan’s ongoing aggressiveness.”
However, “there is really no requirement to over-publicise them,” including that “we acquired absolutely nothing by over-talking on these operations.”
Mukherjee, in the fourth volume of his autobiography ‘The Presidential Years: 2012-2017’, heaped praises on a few of the efforts of PM Modi. “One could expect the unanticipated from Modi,” Mukherjee composed, “due to the fact that he had actually featured no ideological diplomacy luggage.” Even more, he commended Modi’s initiative of inviting SAARC leaders to his swearing in and hosting Chinese President Xi Jingping twice.
” When Narendra Modi took control of as PM, he had absolutely no experience in foreign affairs. As the CM of Gujarat, he had actually visited some countries, however those sees were limited to engaging for the good of his state, and had little to do with domestic or international diplomacies. Diplomacy was, therefore, a really uncharted territory for him. However he did what no PM had tried prior to: invite the heads of government/state of SAARC countries to his oath-taking event in 2014– and this included Pakistan’s then PM, Nawaz Sharif. His out-of-thebox effort took numerous diplomacy veterans by surprise,” Mukherjee composed in his memoirs.
Mukherjee explained the introduction of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s Prime Minister as “an interesting development”. He included, “Though we have to wait and enjoy how Imran develops, especially with respect to issues concerning India, I personally feel that India needs to engage with him. He belongs to a brand-new type of political leaders, is born in the post-Independence period and does not carry the old baggage of pre-partition politics that the Muslim League personified.”
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