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Are Pak­ista­nis bad Peo­ple!

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I have of­ten thought about this, and my con­clu­sion in­vari­ably is that they are as good or as bad as any other peo­ple the world over. That is they are as nor­mal as us and any­body else. As a for­eign cor­re­spon­dent and Chief of Bureau, Mid­dle East, based in Dubai for In­dia’s pre­mier news agency UNI in the 1980s, I came across both the In­di­ans and Pak­ista­nis work­ing in news­pa­pers. In fact, the Khaleej Times of Dubai had its en­tire man­age­ment from the The Dawn news­pa­per of Karachi, and each one of them was a pro­fes­sional and a gen­tle­man. I re­call with re­spect Mr Muza­m­mil Ahmed, Mr MJ Za­hedi, Mr Tahir Mirza (later edi­tor of Dawn), Mr Saleem Asmi, Mr Ma­roof Kh­waja, and so on. So was the soft-spo­ken edi­tor of the Gulf News, Mr Aziz Sid­diqi. And their are many oth­ers. In fact, I jointly hosted re­cep­tions for both Me­hdi Hasan and Ghu­lam Ali (top singers), and ap­par­ently I had the priv­i­lege of of­fer­ing wines and whiskey on the oc­ca­sion. Mus­lims are not al­lowed to buy liquor in the Gulf. In­di­ans and Pak­ista­nis work com­fort­ably to­gether in var­i­ous coun­tries and in­dus­tries glob­ally. Pri­vately, their diplo­mats dis­play warmth. This is how it should be mu­tu­ally. Yet, there is hos­til­ity be­tween the two coun­tries, dic­tated ap­par­ently by the GHQ in Rawalpindi and its ISI. The Pak­istani es­tab­lish­ment has not rec­on­ciled to its own mis­deeds and their dis­ap­point­ing re­sults, and keeps on ag­gra­vat­ing its hope of harm­ing In­dia through covert cam­paigns and proxy wars. When Prime Min­is­ter Indira Gandhi vis­ited Abu Dhabi in May 1981, the Pak­istani es­tab­lish­ment is­sued au­dio tapes to in­flict in­sult­ing jokes against her, and the Pak­istani am­bas­sador was sum­moned by the UAE for­eign of­fice and warned not to mis­be­have with their hon­oured guest. In 1984 some­time, both the Pak­istani am­bas­sador and con­sul gen­eral were urg­ing the UAE po­lice not to send an In­dian Sikh ter­ror­ist to In­dia. And again, when seven Sikhs hi­jacked an In­dian Air­lines plane to Dubai through Karachi, they were given a Walther PPK pis­tol. Ini­tially Pak­istan de­nied, but when In­ter­pol pointed out that it was part of a lot sold to Pak­istan by the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer, it said ‘yes’ but that the pis­tol was some­how lost and that it didn’t know how the weapon reached the hi­jack­ers. What while lies! Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani has dis­closed that the Pak­istani army has de­ployed 207,000 troops in Balochis­tan and Pakhtunkhwa to sup­press the peo­ple there. That is a huge num­ber of mil­i­tary per­son­nel and clearly in­dica­tive of the strug­gle the Pak­istani rulers face from the peo­ple in these re­gions. It does not mat­ter that Pak­istan does ev­ery­thing in the name of re­li­gion, for there is no jus­tice, re­li­gious or po­lit­i­cal, in its ac­tions. Pak­istan will be at peace with it­self and oth­ers, to its own ad­van­tage and the wel­fare of its peo­ple, if its mil­i­tary model of gov­er­nance gives way to the civil­ians. Pak­istan has good and ca­pa­ble peo­ple; let them rule. Do be strong, but Just and Peace­ful. It will bring you peace and pros­per­ity and your neigh­bours will bless you. Gul­shan Rai Luthra

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