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Updated: June 19, 2011 03:18 IST

India, Pakistan accuse each other's Navies of aggression on high seas

    Sandeep Dikshit
    Anita Joshua
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In this June 16, 2011 photo MV Suez is seen heading towards Salalah in Oman under the surveillance of INS Godavari.
PTI In this June 16, 2011 photo MV Suez is seen heading towards Salalah in Oman under the surveillance of INS Godavari.

A Pakistani humanitarian effort that secured the release of Indians along with Pakistanis from Somalian pirates is fast turning into a war of words between the two governments. Each is accusing the other's Navy of aggression on the high seas while escorting m.v. Suez, which was released earlier this week after 10 months in captivity.

A day after Pakistan officially protested against the aggression by INS Godavari towards PNS Babur, India on Saturday lodged a similar protest with the Pakistan High Commission about its naval vessel. “PNS Babur, by its risky manoeuvres, jeopardised the safety of INS Godavari and its crew.”

Pakistan had accused the Indian vessel of hampering humanitarian operations being carried out by PNS Babur and making “dangerous manoeuvres,” which resulted in the two ships “brushing past” each other.

According to External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash, Pakistan's Naval Adviser in New Delhi was summoned by the Defence Ministry on Friday to register the “serious concerns at PNS Babur's risky manoeuvres.” In Islamabad, Pakistan conveyed a similar protest about INS Godavari around 6.30 p.m. through Deputy High Commissioner Rahul Kulsreshtha and informed the media later in the night.

Both countries cited violation of regulations on navigational safety contained in the ‘International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea' and Article 10 of the ‘Agreement between India-Pakistan on Advance Notice on Military Exercises, Manoeuvres and Troops Movements 1991.'

Earlier in the day, the Indian Navy described reports of aggression by INS Godavari as incorrect. This incident is said to have happened in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday while m.v. Suez was being escorted towards Oman.

@ Mr Hariharan ..."There has been repeated failure to reach a solution on the Siachen dispute due to the Indian army’s resistance to giving up its territory under any condition, according to latest cables released by Wikileaks.

According to the 2006 wiki leak cables classified by the Deputy Chief of Mission Geoff Pyatt, the reasons for the Indian army’s resistance are its strategic advantage over China, internal army corruption, distrust of Pakistan and a desire to keep hold of advantageous territory.

The cable stated that every time India and Pakistan came “very close” to an agreement on the Siachen issue, the prime minister of the day would be forced to back out by the Indian defence establishment, the Congress Party hardline and opposition leaders." So I would take what Mr.Hariharan is saying with if not a sack of Salt then at leasta pinch os salt.

from:  JB khan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2011 at 16:15 IST

It is widely believed that the armed forces of Pakistan have a few elements which are not in favour of peace between India and Pakistan. Recent violent incident in Pak naval base is an indication. This should be kept in mind while the both sides continue their dialogue for solution of all problems.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2011 at 14:20 IST
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