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After Doklam victory, PM Modi has given a tight slap on the faces of Pakistan and China with this tactful agreement

International political diplomacies never fail to disappoint news mongers. The scenarios change almost every day, and national leaders pretty much play a risky game of chess dealing with international relations. Every move is a strategic one, especially when a country is consistently targeted by its own neighbouring nations that play dirty games and live a life of denial. It isn’t a hidden fact that Pakistan and China make desperate attempts to catch India off-guard, although neither has been fractionally successful so far. Especially after the establishing of Modi government, both the neighbours have had a taste of India’s ability to return the strikes in whatever form.

And a move in the same direction has been quite a surprise for everyone, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a triangular agreement with Iran and Afghanistan. Friendly ties of India with these nations are bound to have left both Pakistan and China in a state of confused surprise. The agreement was signed in 2016, where India decided that it shall carry out its trade functions with the Middle East through the Chabahar Port, located at the Baluchistan province.  This agreement was executed by the External Affairs Ministers – Sushma Swaraj from India, Sallahuddin Rabbani from Afghanistan and Javad Zarif- through a video conference. They indicated green to the first ship that sailed from India towards the Chabahar Port. This move, as simple as it may seem, is a highly strategic one that has evidently raised concerns in Pakistan and China.

And here’s why. The situation was such that India was forced to carry out its trade activities with Afghanistan and the Middle East through Pakistan. However, an ugly strike by Pakistan had created a major obstacle in this process, and no trade was carried out by India through Pakistan. It didn’t stop at that. In the name of reconstruction, Pakistan handed over its Gwadar Port to China. This facilitated the Chinese to develop a route along the Arabian Sea, close to India, to reach Pakistan. Multiple agenda can be traced out behind these moves of Pakistan and China, and India was the one country placed at checkmate.

Well, that was until Narendra Modi’s master plan was proposed and agreed upon by India, Iran and Afghanistan. The agreement signed allows India to carry out its trade with Afghanistan and the Middle East through the Chabahar port on the coastline of Iran. The very first trade activity was incepted on previous Sunday, i.e. 29th of October 2017. The commodity of wheat, that was supposed to be exported to Afghanistan from India was transported through the sea route on an Indian ship that sailed towards the Chabahar Port. So the Pakistani agenda to obstacle Indian trade opportunities with the Middle East apparently went right down the sea!

The agreement signed includes pacts such as India shall develop the Chabahar port with a budget of 500 million American dollars. It shall also supply a total of 1.1 million tons of wheat to Afghanistan as an export trade. In all ways, the three countries are in a win-win situation, smearing a slap on the faces of the two countries that assumed they shall stop India. Well, that, for one, shall never happen.


Ashwini Jain

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