The Indian media, in collaboration with the Indian state machinery, is wasting all its efforts on proving two things now-a-days; Kalboshan Jhadev is not an officer of the Indian navy and that the permission granted to Kalboshan’s wife to meet her husband is result of the pressure exerted by the International Court of Justice. The Financial Express of India reported a few days back, “Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said Pakistan was forced to grant permission to Kalboshan’s wife to meet him because of India’s constant pressure through international forums. After the military court in Pakistan awarded death sentence to Jhadev, we went to the International Court of Justice, exposed Pakistan, managed to isolate Pakistan and got a stay on his death penalty.” According to the paper, the minister further said, ‘Pakistan was constantly denying permission to his family to meet him, but the pressure exerted by India through the international forum, forced them to grant a permission to his family to meet him. We will continue to exert pressure on Pakistan through the external affairs minister to cancel the death punishment and release him.” Same type of reporting could be seen in almost all newspapers and news-channels of India. For Pakistan such type of’ media war’ from the Indian side is nothing new. For the last many decades India has been behaving in the same non-sense and stupid way. Everyone knows neither the International Court of Justice nor the Modi government has capability of pressurizing Pakistan with reference to the punishment announced for Commander Kalboshan Jhadev. Pakistan is a sovereign and independent nuclear state having a very strong political and judicial system supported by a very strong Army and assisted by a very competent Intelligence Agency the ISI. The permission granted to Kalboshan’s wife is not a result of any pressure; it is simply an action based on humanitarian grounds. We, the Pakistanis hate crime but not the criminals because they are also human beings though de-tracked ones. Our religion has taught us to be kind not only on our fellow human beings but on birds, animals and plants also. It is true, Kalboshan is an agent of the RAW; it is also true that he is a serving officer of the Indian navy; it is also true that he has been involved in shattering the peaceful atmosphere of Balochistan and other areas of Pakistan but it is also true that he is a human being. The honorable court issued death sentence to the criminal and murderer Kalboshan Jhadev but the permission granted to his wife is in fact a permission granted to a human being for a human being. It is just an act of kindness and for any act of kindness we, the Pakistanis, never need any pressure from the International Court of Justice or from the Modi government. If we were to come under any moral or political pressure, we would have sent Kalboshan back to his motherland in the very beginning when India was requesting us again and again to release Commander Kalboshan Jhadev. Moreover there is no possibility of Kalboshan’s escape from the death-penalty as the security agencies of Pakistan caught him red-handed and presented his case to the honorable court. From there he got death sentence for shedding the blood of so many innocent Pakistanis. The time when Kalboshan was arrested, the Indian media remained quiet and silent and the Indian government flatly refused to accept him as an Indian national. It even flatly denied his being an officer of the Indian navy working for the RAW but later on it started hidden efforts for his escape from the death-penalty. Since the government of Pakistan had very strong evidences against Kalboshan, no effort of the Indian government could prove him innocent. As a last resort, India knocked at the door of the International Court of Justice but even there the guilty could not be proved innocent. The situation is no doubt very much embarrassing and agonizing for India; Kalboshan is their hero but no one in India is in a position to drag this hero out of his pathetic condition. Sooner or later, this ‘hero’ would be hanging on the gallows. Let us wait and see to what extent Modi sarkar succeeds in pressurizing Pakistan to save this murderer from the gallows.
By Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan (Ashgabat, November 17, 2017)
Being chairman of International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), Turkmenistan has been taking all possible measures for the conservation and restoration of water and other natural resources, combating desertification, land degradation and the last but not the least, climate change since its inception.
It has been one of the key directions of international cooperation of Turkmenistan as the initiator of constructive solutions to global environmental problems for the well-being of present and future generations. Turkmenistan supports the UN development program, UN on Environment Program, the global environment fund. sustainable development, Rio +20, the Summit on sustainable development for the period after 2015 year, held under the 70-th session of the United Nations General Assembly, (III) the UN World Conference on disaster reduction (Japan) and VII World Water Forum (the Republic of Korea). Being Chairman of IFAS Turkmenistan will continue to advocate the practical implementation of specific initiatives of IFAS founding countries which are aimed at enhancing regional cooperation and development of systemic mechanisms for cooperation in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development.
In particular, Turkmenistan will make all necessary efforts to promote the issues on the establishment of the Regional Centre for technologies related to climate change. In this regard, during the chairmanship in the IFAS Turkmenistan in cooperation with specialized agencies and UN institutions, will take all necessary measures to continue working on center.
For continuation and further strengthening of Turkmenistan’s sincere efforts about IFAS a signing ceremony was took place between the executive committee of the IFAS and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), represented by the Regional Programme “Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia (TWM CA)”, and The Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC) during which two important Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were inked.
During the signing ceremony representatives of ministries and state agencies of Turkmenistan as well as international organizations were actively participated and gelled. The main goal of the memoranda was to provide support for fostering regional water cooperation in Central Asia, improving the socioeconomic and environmental situation in the Aral Sea basin, as well contributing technical assistance.
Participating parties assured that these agreements would create an additional impact for expansion and strengthening of regional water cooperation, which in its turn would benefit the people of the Aral Sea basin region.
The Aral Sea, one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in the world is under serious consideration of the IFAS and Turkmenistan’s Chairmanship is working tirelessly to speed-up efforts to achieve the desired goals to this end and most recently inked MOUs will be a value-addition for achieving better environment, water conservation and drastic reduction in climate deterioration in the CIS.
At one point the Aral Sea was the fourth-largest landlocked body of water in the world, occupying an area of about 66,000km2 and a volume of 1,062 km3. Now it has split into two separate bodies: Little Aral Sea, which is in Kazakhstan, and Big Aral Sea, which is in Uzbekistan. It is hoped that visionary chairmanship will be succeeded to revive it in its ancient/original position and shape in the future.
On its part, right from the beginning, Turkmenistan believes in neutrality and dialogue to resolve any conflicting issue. Its water diplomacy is the extension of its strong political will to resolve the looming problem of water sharing and further development. It is a blue print of achieving better political understanding, social harmony and economic needs among all the reginal countries on the burning issue of water sharing.
Under visionary leadership of President of Turkmenistan H.E. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan has been staunch advocator of water diplomacy and moreover, Turkmenistan is the “pioneer of water diplomacy in the region too. Turkmenistan has also been highlighted the potential of “water diplomacy” and which needs to be promoted in the region.
Turkmenistan’s water diplomacy is based on cross-border cooperation on water and it considers the growing importance of water in maintaining peace and political stability. It is also crucial to promote dialogue and continued cooperation and to contribute to peace and security in the region and moreover, its chairmanship of IFAS would create befitting propositions for all the member states.
The activities of Turkmenistan during its chairmanship in IFAS will also focus on creating good conditions for the countries of Aral Sea basin as well as providing them with more opportunities to consider jointly with the international community the issues on attracting investments for solving the problems of the Aral Sea.
Successful implementation of the Fund goals and objectives by Turkmenistan as chairman will provide necessary conditions for the countries of the region in their active participation in strategic planning and implementation of regional and international policies aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Easy and smooth supply of water is directly correlated with the socio-economic prosperity of the CIS due to which Chairmanship of Turkmenistan is taking serious steps for equitable water sharing through rigorous water diplomacy. Water connects humanity and Turkmenistan is creating harmony in the distribution of water resources through its dynamic water diplomacy. Water ensures survival of humanity and being Chairman of the IFAS, Turkmenistan supports water diplomacy to resolve water issues in the region.
Water is life and energy too and Turkmenistan is trying its level best to maintain sustainable supplies of waters. Water is one the keys strategic asset for human survival on the planet and effective tool of achieving micro or macro socio-economic goals around the globe and Turkmenistan has many national, regional as well as international programs for further development of water.