The new vital reshuffle in a Ministry of External Affairs’ tip turn hierarchy is by and vast good and well-thought nonetheless certain anomalies have come adult and sadly, these associate to Pakistan.
In a Indian tactful establishment, there are 3 pivotal posts for traffic with Pakistan – unfamiliar secretary, corner secretary in assign of PAI (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran) multiplication and Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan. These 3 diplomats are a primary architects and practitioners of India’s Pakistan policy.
Gautam Bambawale, a comparison additional secretary turn career diplomat, who is now Indian attach� in Bhutan, will pierce to Islamabad to reinstate Indian high commissioner TCA Raghavan in Jan 2016. This will be Bambawale’s final posting as he is scheduled to retire in 2018.
Now a curiosity that has erupted is that after Bambawale takes over from Raghavan, for a initial time in vital memory, nothing of a 3 pivotal posts mentioned above will be manned by a diplomat who has had a posting in Pakistan.
None of a 3 – Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar or Indian High Commissioner-designate in Pakistan Gautam Bambawale or JS (PAI) Rudendra Tandon – has ever been posted in Pakistan.
Before he went to Bhutan final year as Indian envoy, Bambawale was a corner secretary in assign of a essential East Asia multiplication in a MEA, a multiplication that drives India’s unfamiliar process with courtesy to China and Japan, among others. Bambawale is a Chinese speaker.
Bambawale is a hands-on diplomat who is an consultant on China and so informed with China-Pakistan relations. This will naturally come in accessible during a time when China is embarking on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a essential member of that goes by Pakistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, for that China has affianced to deposit 46 billion dollars.
But this might not be adequate as Indian attach� in Pakistan is approaching to be informed with intricacies of Pakistan’s political, amicable and informative feel that comes usually when a diplomat endangered has served in Pakistan.
To make matters worse, Bambawale’s emissary will be JP Singh who has finished usually about 13 months on his first-ever posting in Pakistan, nonetheless he is unusually splendid and really good networked in a Af-Pak segment since of his progressing army in Kabul. He had taken over as emissary high commissioner in Islamabad usually in Aug final year.
Now let’s speak about JS (PAI). The table of JS (PAI) is obliged for traffic with each bit of India’s Pakistan process and is a nodal centre for all departments and ministries of a Government of India for any inputs per Pakistan.
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Traditionally, JS (PAI) has been someone who has had a posting in Pakistan and knows Pakistan like a behind of his palm. But Rudendra Tandon has not finished a Pakistan posting yet. He had been comparison to conduct Indian Consulate in Karachi years ago nonetheless he could not make it as a Karachi consulate was sealed due to Indo-Pak tensions.
In such a scenario, India will be heavily contingent on inputs from Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and a altogether instruction from National Security Advisor Ajit Doval who lived in Pakistan incognito for 7 years and knows Pakistan inside out. But their inputs will be essentially from confidence viewpoint, not from tactful perspective.
This is a critical curiosity and one has no thought either it was a genuine slip or a counsel plan to raise Doval’s purpose in India’s Pakistan policy.
If it was an oversight, it can still be rectified. Obviously, India can't have a new unfamiliar secretary or a new envoy-designate for Pakistan. The usually probable approach in that this curiosity outset out of an slip can be corrected is by carrying a new JS (PAI) who has had a posting in Pakistan.
There are many such diplomats available. Take for instance Gopal Baglay, now in domicile as JS (States), who was India’s emissary high commissioner in Pakistan compartment final year.