Pask sponsored masked terror
By Arun Bajpai
Pakistani media is full of reports that the special Investigation team construed by Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif and his bombastic words that Pakistan will not spare any organization which launches a jihadi attack in India from its soil are just non-sense.
The investigation team reported to Pakistan government that the five mobile numbers supplied by India as belonging to Pakistani handlers of the jihadis from Pakistan were in no way linked to Jaish-e-Mohammad alleged to be behind the jihadi attack by India.
Apparently, they want more proof from India. It is the same old story of Mumbai attacks that is being repeated. The initial news reports stated that Pakistan sealed some offices of Jaish-e-Mohammad. But in reality, while the front doors were sealed, business went on as usual from the back doors. Maulana Masood Azhar, the head honcho of Jaish-e-Mohammad, was not arrested but was kept under protective custody in his house.
There is a saying that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. Indian political masters have a propensity always to act in haste and repent the action later. Despite India being an independent country for last 68 years it has not been able to evolve a coherent and effective long-term policy to deal with Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. It should been done long back with an all-party deliberation on how to effectively tackle Pakistan. Many party governments have come and gone but Indian attitude remains the same. Pakistan on the other hands is consistently following a policy of breaking India and making it bleed by inflicting a thousand cuts to avenge its defeat in the hands of India in 1971. The Pakistan government and ISI officially fund, train and equip terrorist organizations, while India keeps swinging around due to its personality-driven foreign policy on Pakistan.
Indian foreign policy towards Pakistan has been fluctuating depending upon the personal whims and fancies of its prime ministers since independence. In 1948, PM Nehru raised the issue of Kashmir in the UN against the advice of Indian army, thereby implicitly accepting in a world forum that Pakistan had occupied one-third of J&K state. Indira Gandhi dissected Pakistan, broke it into two halves. But having gained the upper hand she gave up the advantage by allowing Pakistan to take away its one Lakh Army personnel captured by Indian Army without arm-twisting Pakistan to give some significant concession in return. PM Vajpayee was keen on hugging Nawaz Sharif and sign the Lahore declaration. He received a punch on his nose when Pakistan intruded in Kargil within two months. Now PM Modi made a sudden stop over at Lahore on 25 Dec 2015 to wish birthday boy Nawaz Sharif a long life. Pakistan paid back with jihadi attack at Pathankot air base on 02 Jan and Indian Consulate at Mazar Sharif in Afghanistan on 04 Jan.
Both these attacks were launched by the Jaish-e-Mohammad the foster child and frontal organization of Pakistani Army.
All India did in return was to supply evidence on Jaish-e-Mohammad, which in any case Pakistan refutes.
Surprisingly while even a fifth class student in India knows that Jaish-e-Mohammad is protected and sponsored by ISI, Ajit Doval, the greatest Indian Spy heading the NSA seems to think merely giving evidence to Pakistan is enough as Pakistan will act against the jihadi organization. It amounts to living in wonderland.
Why don’t Indian political masters understand that Pakistan does not want to improve the relations between the two countries or the economy? As far as India is concerned dialogue does not serve any purpose because Pakistan is keen on its strategic policy to keep Kashmir boiling and inflict a thousand cuts on India. The solution simply is that India tells Pakistan once for all that talks and terror cannot go together. Hence, if Pakistan wants to talk then, it must stop playing terror games and supporting India-specific terror organizations. It is high time India formulates a long-term policy of dealing with Pakistan at the earliest. If Pakistan wants to break India, it is that much easier for India to break Pakistan given the internal situation in Pakistan. What is India waiting for then?
Brigadier Arun Bajpai is a Journalist cum Defense & Strategic Analyst