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Saturday, May 30, 2020

1988, Siachin Vs Khalistan Indian Cheating and Benazir's Blunder

 In 1984, the Indian army attacked the Golden Temple, the holy place of the Sikhs, which made the situation worse. The Khalistan movement gained momentum and armed attacks began in the Indian Punjab. Meanwhile, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own Sikh guards, which led to organized riots against the Sikhs all over India. Thousands of Sikhs were killed in the riots and many fled to Pakistan to save their lives. 1988 year was at the height of Sikh resistance. At the same time, the SAARC Conference was held in Islamabad in December 1988. The meeting between Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was scheduled but took place in a closed room. And because it was a one-on-one meeting and no one else was there, there was a lot of speculation about the decisions and discussions that took place in that meeting.
Different news items were published in different newspapers on this meeting. According to them, Pakistan will give up its support for the Khalistan movement of Sikhs and in this regard Rajiv Gandhi will withdraw his forces from Siachen. Shortly after Rajiv Gandhi visited India, the then Interior Minister of Pakistan Aitzaz Ahsan also visited India. At the same time, a large-scale operation was launched in the Indian Punjab and arrests of Sikhs began. This led to speculation that Aitzaz Ahsan may have given India lists of Sikh separatists.
These words were reinforced when the newspapers published the statement of Indian Home Minister Boota Singh that Pakistan has fulfilled its promise regarding Khalistan and at the same time statements of Pakistani officials started appearing in the newspapers that India should now withdraw its forces from Siachen. According to the Times of India, when Rajiv Gandhi visited Pakistan again on July 1989, Benazir Bhutto complained to him about not fulfilling his Siachen promise. Rajiv Gandhi replied that his security establishment has not yet agreed to withdraw its forces from Siachen but he will definitely fulfill this promise after winning the next election. But he did not survive the next election and was killed in a suicide bombing. Thus, the Siachen issue has never been resolved and it is still unresolved. Thousands of soldiers from both countries are still lined up on thousands of feet of peaks where their biggest enemy is not the enemy's ammunition but the blood-curdling weather. It was against the backdrop of Siachen that the Kargil War later broke out and hundreds of soldiers lost their lives. The same promise-breaking and stubbornness of the Indian leadership has left the subcontinent sitting on a volcano that could erupt at any moment.

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