Despite the long history of Indian duplicity, PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif bent over backwards trying to prove that he, more than anyone else, would like to work to improve relations with India. And though he said this in an interview with CNN-IBN telecast on Wednesday, the death of injured Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah within hours should have prompted an equally vehement response from the PMLN chief. Sanaullah was attacked with an axe in jail in India, where he was incarcerated, very soon after the death of terrorist Sarabjit Singh, convicted criminal of the Samjhota Express blast. That revenge killing once again illustrated how India reacted to anything that happened to one of its operatives. Perhaps as much as the murder of Sanaullah, Mian Nawaz should realise from the state honours accorded to a terrorist like Sarabjit Singh, how little reciprocity the Indian establishment accords to such sentiments as those expressed by Mian Nawaz.

Mian Nawaz has promised in the interview to set up a commission of inquiry into the 1999 Kargil operation, as well as a probe into the 2008 Mumbai attacks. While the first enquiry would look into the conduct of then COAS Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, the second would revive something even the Indians seem to have stopped paying lip service to, and which is used by India to launch an attack on Pakistan whenever they want. That too showed Indian duplicity, for despite insistence, indeed pleading, by Pakistan, India has refused to share the results of its agencies’ own investigations, particularly the question of why senior policeman Hemant Karkare was killed during the massacres. Mian Nawaz late in the evening, in another interview, said that the Kashmir issue should be resoled according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

However, what Mian Nawaz will do, once India refuse to do so, except lose his rosy cheeked optimism, unbecoming of a possible third time prime minister anyways, is unclear. Mian Nawaz should not indicate so readily his willingness to fall in with the Indian agenda. As an ethnic Kashmiri, he should not be so insouciant about the sufferings of the Kashmiri people, whose struggle even now is continuing against the oppression of the Indian occupation. He should also not exhibit this unseemly anxiety for Indian goodwill, especially when India has yet to take any step showing it wants to reciprocate.