Safeguarding Our Nation

What must India do to tackle Pakistani terror 

2/2/2016 2:48:49 PM
written By : Ashali Varma Print

I am really angry and saddened that after all the peace moves by India, we have had another attack where seven brave soldiers have died and many were injured. The fact that this has happened again and again inside the borders of our country is just not acceptable anymore.

Let’s be clear that the attackers were not terrorists but Pakistanis. Let the media not call them terrorists as they are armed, dangerous and well trained and equipped men sent by Pakistan. The recent attacks in France and 9/11 in the US can be called terrorist attacks but the attacks against India are by Pakistanis sent by Pakistan; groomed by Pakistan; equipped by Pakistan and supported by its army and ISI.

This is not mere terrorism – it is an act of war: a war that is killing our soldiers and innocent people and making our country insecure time and again. What do we do when this happens? We turn the other cheek. We talk about red lines but every red line has been crossed by Pakistan for the last four decades. When hundreds of innocents were killed on 26/11 in Bombay we did nothing.

When Pakistan beheaded our soldiers and prisoners of war, we did nothing. When Capt Kalia’s mutilated body was returned, we did nothing. Time and again we make an effort towards peace with the head of state in Pakistan but it seems we are speaking to a puppet that may want peace but is not in control of anything of significance; not foreign policy; not the economy; not the welfare of the people; and not even the nukes.

In the current incident, unfortunately, there is more to it than meets the eye. The Punjab police answers to its political masters and the nexus between drugs, billions of dollars and a smuggling route across a dangerous border cannot be ruled out. It is mystifying that even Delhi taxi drivers from Punjab talk about how one very influential political party in Punjab, has destroyed this state’s youth with drugs, yet the mainstream media has never bothered trying to investigate how this happens.

It would be a disgrace if now after this murky affair, which allowed Pakistanis to have a fairly easy access to a major Air Force base, the facts don’t come out. Both the centre and media have to be relentless in the pursuit of truth, even if it means a powerful family is involved.

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