Sec­ond Ji­lani-gee­lani nup­tial


Jalil Ab­bas Ji­lani meet­ing hard­liner sep­a­ratist lead­ers of Kash­mir headed by Syed Ali Shah Gee­lani of Ja­mat-e-Is­lami (JeI) in New Delhi re­cently ahead of his meet­ing with his In­dian coun­ter­part evoked much me­dia com­mo­tion.

There were com­ments that the In­dian Gov­ern­ment is likely to con­vey its dis­plea­sure to Pak­istan – spec­u­la­tion that never ma­te­ri­alised. The For­eign Sec­re­tary level talks came in the wake of star­tling dis­clo­sures by Abu Jun­dal con­cern­ing the Pak­istani Mil­i­tary and ISI di­rect in­volve­ment in plan­ning and ex­e­cut­ing the 26/11 Mum­bai ter­ror at­tack. For­eign Sec­re­tary Ran­jan Mathai em­pha­sised that ter­ror­ism was the big­gest threat to peace and se­cu­rity in the re­gion and bring­ing the guilty to jus­tice in the Mum­bai ter­ror at­tacks would be the big­gest CBM of all, adding that ar­rest and on­go­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion of Abu Jun­dal has added ur­gency to the mat­ter.

Ji­lani re­sponded by say­ing, “I very strongly re­ject in­sin­u­a­tions of the in­volve­ment of state agen­cies in ter­ror against In­dia”. Ji­lani meet­ing sep­a­ratist lead­ers is like the sec­ond Ji­lani-Gee­lani nup­tial. Hav­ing been caught fund­ing Kash­miri sep­a­ratists as High Com­mis­sioner of Pak­istan he had been ex­pelled from In­dia nine years back – Fe­bru­ary 8, 2003, to be ex­act and given 48 hours to leave the coun­try.

While Abu Jun­dal has dis­closed state agen­cies of Pak­istan had even sup­plied am­mu­ni­tion for the 26/11 Mum­bai ter­ror at­tacks, Ji­lani had con­tin­ued to sup­ply funds to Gee­lani and his co­horts even af­ter the De­cem­ber 2001 Par­lia­ment at­tack. If Pak­istan had any sin­cer­ity in mend­ing fences with In­dia, it would not have sent Ji­lani to In­dia af­ter he had been un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously kicked out though fund­ing sep­a­ratists by him was ob­vi­ously at the be­hest of Pak­istan. What he par­roted, like most Pak­istani politi­cians and bu­reau­crats, was what the Pak­istani Mil­i­tary-ISI wanted for keep­ing his seat se­cure in Pak­istan. What in­struc­tions he would have whis­pered when hug­ging Gee­lani and gang is no sur­prise ei­ther as im­me­di­ately there­after a spokesman of JeI was declar­ing dress reg­u­la­tions for tourists in Kash­mir.

Even Umar Fa­rooq hal­lu­ci­nated he was the tourism min­is­ter and was pass­ing judge­ment Is­raelis should not be per­mit­ted in In­dia since they were killing Mus­lims. Doesn’t he know that thou­sands of Mus­lims killed in Pak­istan are by Mus­lims, the hor­rif­i­cally bru­tal pe­ri­odic killing of Shias within Pak­istan and the state-spon­sored geno­cide against them in Gil­git-Baltistan in PoK? Why then should Pak­ista­nis be al­lowed in In­dia and why did he travel to Delhi to hug Ji­lani – to col­lect his pay packet?

Slush with Pak­istani funds, Gee­lani and co­horts are celebri­ties even though spew­ing venom against In­dia; mas­ter Gee­lani main­tains a Face­book page for tourists al­leg­ing Kash­mir was never part of In­dia and that In­dia since 1947 has killed half a mil­lion peo­ple in Kash­mir, 10,000 gone miss­ing, 7,000 women dishonored, 2,700 mass graves dis­cov­ered, 50,000 chil­dren or­phaned, 35,000 women wid­owed and 1,465 Kash­miris lan­guish in jails.

This in­dige­nous Fai doesn’t men­tion the ma­raud­ing hordes of Pak­istani ter­ror­ists who right from 1947 have raped or forcibly mar­ried how many Kash­miri women, flood­ing the Val­ley with AIDS. Are ter­ror­ist at­tacks on the mil­i­tary in­clud­ing the re­cent one in Pam­pore side ef­fects of the Ji­lani-Gee­lani hon­ey­moon? Do we re­ally be­lieve Pak­istan will ac­cept her own na­tion­als were re­spon­si­ble for 26/11 ter­ror­ist at­tack and pun­ish them? The fact is that rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion of Pak­istan is be­ing sys­tem­at­i­cally up­graded through in­sti­tu­tion­alised mech­a­nisms.

North­ern Army Com­man­der’s warn­ing of scores of ter­ror­ists in train­ing camps in POK await­ing chance to in­fil­trate is just tip of the ice­berg. We could per­haps learn from France and Aus­tralia how to deal with sep­a­ratists. The least we can do is to en­sure their faces are black­ened ev­ery time they ap­pear in pub­lic. The views ex­pressed herein are the per­sonal views of the au­thor.

Jalil Ab­bas Ji­lani

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