Using the forum to rake up the Kashmir dispute, Mirza said: “In view of the health emergency, it is imperative that all lockdown in
the disputed territory (of ‘Kashmir) must be lifted immediately. Opening up communications and movement would facilitate dissemination of information along with distribution of medical supplies,” he said, referring to curbs imposed by India on
the internet following the revocation of the special status of Kashmir in August.
It is said that it is wise in staying publicly mum
on hot-potato topics like politics or religion, even when you so totally disagree with someone on a personal issue, but it is a whole different thing to throw someone under the bus as soon as you see an opening to blame the other, especially when others are
not even playing this game. And that is what Pakistan did.
A skittish Pakistan sought to use the occasion that brought together
the members of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) grouping for the first time in almost six years to raise the Kashmir issue, calling for the lifting of embargos on communication in Kashmir to better tackle the spread of Covid-19. In
the clip from the video conference, it can be clearly seen that the paper kept in front of Mirza was switched midway through the conference. A new piece of paper was slid to him and *boom* came the topic of Kashmir out of nowhere. Seems like Mr. Puppet Mirza
had someone prompting him with a better script.
India’s offer to SAARC countries
Speaking at a meeting of the heads of countries of the SAARC grouping via video link, Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered the services of a rapid response team of doctors and health
workers armed with testing kits. Modi also offered online training for health workers in SAARC countries to scale up skills to beat Covid-19, which has so far infected more than 1,50,000 people in 142 countries, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins live
dashboard of the disease.