How long can Pakistan go on aiding and abetting terrorists in Kashmir with impunity?
10/10/2016 5:05:12 PM
|written By : Ashali Varma|
For the last 30 years Pakistan has been using its terror proxies to wage war against India. They have hijacked planes; serial-bombed Mumbai in the 1990s; sent huge sums of money to create radical Islam in parts of Kashmir that led to the ethnic cleansing of 400,000 Kashmiri Pandits; attacked the parliament; and were responsible for 26/11 when ten terrorists from Pakistan killed hundreds over three days in Mumbai.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Pakistan fully supports its so-called non-state actors, in reality terror outfits, such as the Jaish-e-Mohammed, led by Maulana Masood Azhar, and Lashkar-e-Taiba, headed by the notorious Hafiz Saeed, who carries a US$10 million bounty placed on his head by the United States. These and other outfits that Pakistan funds, shelters and arms have participated in multiple terror attacks in India and provided crucial aid to al Qaeda.
The latest attack on September 18, 2016, when four terrorists from Pakistan attacked an Indian army base near the border and killed 19 soldiers, injuring 30 more, some critically, provoked Indians into a fury. Enough is enough, said people all across the country. Pakistan must be declared a terrorist state and sanctioned. Others said we should stop all trade between the two countries. The armed forces want Pakistan punished so it can feel the pain India has felt again and again.
Recent news on Times Now has brought out the extent of the game Pakistan and its so called non-state actors, joined at the hip to the ISI, are playing in Kashmir. Unfortunately, many of our journalists --Arnab calls them the Pakistan Apologist Group -- actually help to fan the flames. First, they make it seem as if all the terror in the valley is homegrown and then they actually have the gall to criticise the security forces which only fire pellet guns when faced with angry stone-pelting mobs of youth, who outnumber them 100 to one, at times. No matter how damning the evidence against Pakistan, some Indian TV anchors continue to side with Pakistan. Some even sided with a terrorist like Burhan Wani, who was out to kill our jawans and had also been responsible for killing Kashmiri panchayat heads.
In a riveting interview with Maroof Raza on Times Now--Latitude—Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, spoke candidly of the Pakistani Army’s angst against India. His books, Magnificent Delusions and India versus Pakistan, are indeed mindblowing as he is probably the most senior Pakistani ever to pin the blame for India’s Kashmir problems squarely on Pakistan. He agreed that Pakistan allocates almost 75 per cent of its budget to the military – that, instead of seeking prosperity for its people, its leaders have chosen to define Pakistani nationalism through the prism of India.
Haqqani also said there was a time when Islamabad could look the other way when Pakistan was blamed for terror attacks in other countries, but after Osama bin Laden was found hiding in Abbottabad, things had to change. He also agreed that Pakistan uses irregulars for warfare against India to try and equalise the balance because India is a much larger country against which Pakistan has lost all the “regular” wars.