Pulling the troops out

I found a very good opinion from Opti-Mystic from Mumbai regarding Musharraf’s rhetorical offer to pull his troops out of POK.

Pakistan president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf is upto his usual antics once again. After a brief hiatus in which the limelight was hogged by his puppet PM Jamali, Musharraf is back on the centrestage, shooting off his mouth in a BBC radio broadcast titled Aapki Baat BBC Ke Saath.

He says that he’s ready to pull back troops from PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) if India pulls back its troops from Jammu and Kashmir.

“India has seven lakh soldiers in Kashmir, whereas Pakistan has only fifty thousand. If Indian government is ready to remove their forces, we will remove ours tomorrow.”

Quite up-to-date on numbers, aren’t we, Mushy?! But you fail to understand that the Simla Agreement of 1972, that you so willingly ignore and flout states categorically that

In order to initiate the process of the establishment of durable peace, both the governments agree that:

(i) Indian and Pakistani forces shall be withdrawn to their side of the international border.

As far as India is concerned, the Simla Agreement will always be the basis of relations between India and Pakistan (unless of course a path-breaking agreement is formulated and agreed upon by both the parties in question). So it is pointless to ask India to withdraw troops from Jammu and Kashmir, because they are on our side of the internationational border. The Pakistani troops in PoK, however, are behind the LoC but are still on our side of the international border and therefore in violation of the agreement. So there is no way that India should agree to this proposal. Opti-Mystic