TRANS BOR­DER PAK­ISTANI RAID : VIEW­POINT

Why can’t we un­der­stand that the Pak­istani State is con­trolled by the Mil­i­taryISI and th­ese two en­ti­ties out to Balka­nise In­dia are do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to achieve this end in ca­hoots with a host of ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions?

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Pak­istan dis­played bar­bar­ian­ism again by am­bush­ing an In­dian mil­i­tary pa­trol 600 me­tres in­side In­dian ter­ri­tory in Mend­har Sec­tor, killing two sol­diers mu­ti­lat­ing their bod­ies and car­ry­ing the head of one back to Pak­istan. Just a week ear­lier, an ar­ti­cle by Gen­eral S.K. Sinha was cir­cu­lat­ing on the Net de­scrib­ing that when a sol­dier of our Army was be­headed on an ear­lier oc­ca­sion and taken to Mushar­raf, lat­ter had re­warded the butcher with one lakh ru­pees. In­dia has is­sued a dé­marche to Sal­man Bashir who looks most amused – this foxy diplo­mat was Pak­istan’s For­eign Sec­re­tary when 26/11 Mum­bai ter­ror­ist at­tack oc­curred.

Why did we have to get Pak­ista­nis onto TV chan­nel de­bates and see their gloat­ing smiles deny­ing cul­pa­bil­ity? One joker even had the gump­tion to say that a third party wit­ness is es­sen­tial be­fore you make ac­cu­sa­tions. What did you ex­pect in any case? If Pak­istan re­fuses to even ac­knowl­edge the 26/11 per­pe­tra­tors, how do you ex­pect them to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for such heinous acts. The fa­mil­iar noises were heard – “Pak­istan’s act un­ac­cept­able”, “don’t let the peace di­a­logue de­rail” and the like in­clud­ing The Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sal­man Khur­shid say­ing we have achieved so much al­ready. Hope he does not count Rehman Ma­lik in­sult­ing us in our own home as achieve­ment.

Me­dia says the US wants both sides to show re­straint. Look who is preach­ing af­ter fak­ing nukes in Iraq post-9/11 and mor­ph­ing per­cep­tions now that Bashar As­sad is on the verge of un­leash­ing chem­i­cal weapons. The mil­lion-dol­lar ques­tion, how­ever, is when will the In­dian State wake up to ground re­al­i­ties of Pak­istan and ac­quire some spunk of its own?

The killing and mu­ti­la­tion of Cap­tain Sau­rabh Kalia and his pa­trol and the un­armed Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja used for tar­get shoot­ing prac­tice dur­ing 1999 also had the same In­dian re­sponse – warn­ing to Pak­istan.

North and South Blocks might as well ac­quire mas­cot pigs and be sat­is­fied by is­su­ing any amount of dé­marches. What hap­pened in 1999 was gross vio- la­tion of Geneva Con­ven­tions but we nei­ther raised the is­sue with the UN nor went to the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice – we still haven’t de­spite some me­dia mur­murs af­ter Cap­tain Kalia’s fa­ther knocked the doors of the Supreme Court.

Why can’t we un­der­stand that the Pak­istani State is con­trolled by the Mil­i­tary-ISI and th­ese two en­ti­ties out to Balka­nise In­dia are do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to achieve this end in ca­hoots with a host of ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions? We still call a char­lielike Mushar­raf for lead­er­ship sum­mits who has the gump­tion to talk of de­mil­i­tari­sa­tion.

Lt Gen­eral (Retd) Shahid Aziz, former Corps Com­man­der of La­hore, re­cently wrote about Kargil, “The whole truth about Kargil is yet to be known…..It was a to­tal dis­as­ter…..We didn’t pre-empt any­thing; noth­ing was on the cards. I was then head­ing the Anal­y­sis Wing of In­ter-Ser­vices In­tel­li­gence……Our clearly ex­pressed in­tent was to cut the sup­ply line to Si­achen and force the In­di­ans to pull out…There were no mu­jahideen, only taped wire­less mes­sages, which fooled no one. Our sol­diers…the boys were com­forted by their com­man­der’s as­sess­ment that no se­ri­ous re­sponse would come….Cut off and for­saken, our posts started col­laps­ing one af­ter the other, though the Gen­eral (Mushar­raf) pub­licly de­nied it.”

The Cen­tre does not even take ac­tion against an ar­ro­gant scum like Ak­barud­din Owaisi who openly threat­ens the State be­cause of vote-bank pol­i­tics. So what do we do about this cross bor­der in­ci­dent? It is quite sim­ple. The poros­ity of the LoC is not one way. Keep play­ing cricket but such in­ci­dents must be replied ‘with in­ter­est’ in the same coin. Raise in­ter­est lev­els till the mes­sage goes home. A dirty war must have a sim­i­lar re­sponse. Re­spond to de­ni­a­bil­ity with de­ni­a­bil­ity. Keep talk­ing to their pup­pet government but ef­forts by the Pak­istani State to Balka­nise In­dia must be re­sponded to in sim­i­lar fash­ion.

LT GEN­ERAL (RETD) P.C. KA­TOCH

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