Maldives jabs India again, signs power deal with Pakistan
Maldives continues to pose fresh security challenges for India
After the helicopter and work permit snub, Male has now signed a capacity-building agreement in the power sector with Pakistan
NEW DELHI: Now locked in a bitter political stand-off with India, Maldives continues to pose fresh security challenges for India almost on a monthly basis. After the helicopter + and work permit snub, Male has now signed a capacity-building agreement in the power sector with Pakistan.
Officials of the Maldives state electricity company, Stelco, visited Pakistan last week + and signed an MoU for cooperation in "institution-building" activities. The timing of the MoU is significant for India as it comes when Male has stopped issuing work permits to Indians delaying work on projects being handled by India like the construction of a police academy.
Indian officials here are struggling to figure out what Male wants from Pakistan when Stelco's all major projects are already being handled by Chinese companies.
"Given its precarious financial situation, Pakistan cannot do much to help Maldives. But President Yameen is trying his best to reduce Indian footprint and bring in elements hostile to India to undermine Indian influence in Maldives," said an Indian official.
One reason why Maldives has dragged its feet on India's proposal for deploying a Dornier surveillance aircraft on its territory is said to be its consideration of an offer of a similar aircraft from Pakistan.
While Male has again reminded India that the deadline for removing its naval choppers has expired, it has remained evasive on accepting India's Dornier aircraft offered in 2016 + . "The talk about Dornier seems to have all along been a deceptive tactic of Male meant to soften its decision to get rid of Indian helicopters. Yameen actually doesn't want any Indian footprint in Maldives," said an official here.
Indian officials said Male probably doesn't realise that acquiring an aircraft is not enough as operation of such assets require considerable technical manpower and support infrastructure. "Who will pay for the deployment of the maintenance staff and aircraft servicing? Maldives until now has got everything on a platter from India," said a source.
印度官员表示，马累方面可能没有意识到，光买直升机是不够的，因为直升机的运营需要大量的技术人才和配套基础设施。 “谁将支付部署维修人员和直升机的费用? 直到现在，马尔代夫的一切都来自印度。”一位消息人士称。
Indian authorities believe that the presence of Pakistani officials will see development of covert intelligence modules which will target India. The fear is that this might complicate the security situation in Maldives which is struggling to check radicalisation.
原创翻译：三泰虎 http://jblasi.com/45512.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Scamgress3201 Scamgress-1 day ago -Follow
Haha beggars! India should stop sending aid like food , water , ships during calamities. Let them get help from beggars
Aam Admi Common Man-1275 Aam-1 day ago
why is modj wasting our tax money on backstabber like Maldives it's time to show them their actual place totally stop all charity to Maldives and let them enjoy China and Pakistan help
Chinna-1 day ago-Follow
Pakistan cannot handle their own country.... cannot built their own power sector... helping Maldives....haa.. joke
Jk Singh126 Jk Singh-1 day ago-Follow
Ignore them..Pakis are never a threat for India..they cannot do any work