BRAIN­LESS BLAB­BER : A VIEW­POINT

Sharif had no busi­ness pok­ing his nose into the on­go­ing In­dian elec­tions; a sphere he has ab­so­lutely no busi­ness to talk es­pe­cially with his army and ISI hav­ing con­signed his own coun­try into the jaws of rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion and ter­ror in per­pe­tu­ity or shall we

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Even as In­dia hopes that re­la­tions with Pak­istan should im­prove, de­lib­er­ate id­i­otic moves on part of Pak­istani of­fi­cials stymie such hope. And so you have the cheeky Pak­istani Army Chief Ra­heel Sharif claim dur­ing the on­go­ing elec­tions in In­dia that Kash­mir is a “jugu­lar vein” of Pak­istan de­spite the fact that the en­tire state was ac­ceded to In­dia by the Ma­haraja of Jammu and Kash­mir.

Sharif had no busi­ness pok­ing his nose into the on­go­ing In­dian elec­tions; a sphere he has ab­so­lutely no busi­ness to talk es­pe­cially with his army and ISI hav­ing con­signed his own coun­try into the jaws of rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion and ter­ror in per­pe­tu­ity or shall we say at least in fore­see­able fu­ture. Then you have the fledg­ling High Com­mis­sioner of Pak­istan in New Delhi, Ab­dul Ba­sit, talk of re­solv­ing Si­achen, re­mind­ing one of the phrase ‘Be­gani Shaadi

Mein Ab­dul­lah (read Ab­dul) Dee­wana’ be­cause on ground there is not a Pak­istani soul any­where close to the Si­achen Glacier and it is In­dian ter­ri­tory un­der the UN Res­o­lu­tion of Au­gust 1948 that con­ceded the le­gal­ity of Kash­mir’s ac­ces­sion to In­dia and as such no man’s land, if any, to be con­trolled by In­dia dur­ing the pe­riod of cease­fire and truce. This meant that the onus of proof to con­vince the com­mis­sion of any fac­tual po­si­tion, on the date of cease­fire, in any dis­puted ter­ri­tory, rested with Pak­istan.

Cease­fire apart, as men­tioned above, to-date Pak­istan is hold­ing po­si­tions West of the Sal­toro Range and does not have a sin­gle man or beast on Si­achen Glacier, so where is the ques­tion of re­solv­ing and what? Then are the oft re­peated Pak­istani of­fi­cial’s state­ments and calls for un­der­tak­ing plebiscite in Jammu and Kash­mir (J&K). The said UN Res­o­lu­tion was ex­plicit in this re­gard too. It cat­e­gor­i­cally stated that prior to any such plebiscite, Pak­istani se­cu­rity forces will have to va­cate the en­tire state of Jammu and Kash­mir. Not only was this not done by Pak­istan, she did the re­verse by beef­ing up the area of il­le­gally oc­cu­pied Pak­istan oc­cu­pied Kash­mir (PoK) with more and more se­cu­rity forces. In ad­di­tion, Pak­istan changed the de­mog­ra­phy of PoK by set­tling out­siders from the plains into these ar­eas.

Con­cur­rently, Pak­istan sent ter­ror­ists into J&K for spe­cific pur­pose of un­der­tak­ing eth­nic cleans­ing, killing scores, forc­ing non-Mus­lims to leave the State leav­ing be­hind their houses and prop­er­ties. Pak­istan also il­le­gally ceded the Shaks­gam Val­ley, which is part of J&K, to China in 1963.

Post the cease­fire with In­dia in 2004, Pak­istan shifted ma­jor Sunni ter­ror­ist camps into Gil­gitBaltistan area of PoK to fur­ther change the de­mog­ra­phy of PoK, plus hop­ing to mix blood with orig­i­nal Shia res­i­dents re­duc­ing their num­bers fur­ther. How­ever, when the lat­ter did not suc­ceed, in­sti­tu­tion­alised mas­sacres of Shia pop­u­la­tion of Gil­git-Baltistan were or­gan­ised. The mount­ing un­rest led Pak­istan to bring in the Chi­nese People’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) into the area in garb of civil­ians, and the PLA has brought along their own labour force.

As the PLA digs tun­nel af­ter tun­nel in Gil­git-Baltistan for ap­par­ent de­ploy­ment of mis­siles, the lo­cals are not per­mit­ted to go any­where close by de­spite the land in the area be­long­ing to them. What Mian Rasheel Sharif, the Pak­istani Army Chief needs to do is to get his own house in or­der.

It is no se­cret that while his army has no will to fight the Tal­iban, the ISI is hand in glove with the lat­ter and Mu­jahid bat­tal­ions trained to op­er­ate in con­junc­tion Tal­iban to in­fil­trate and cre­ate mayhem in Afghanistan. The re­cent killings of some 60 Tal­iban close to the Pak­istan bor­der by Afghanistan Na­tional Army is in­di­ca­tion of this. More im­por­tantly, Mian Rasheel Sharif should bother about is the geno­cide his mil­i­tary has un­leashed in Baluchis­tan, what with dis­cov­ery of mass un­marked graves and Pak­istan Air Force at­tack­ing the Baluchis in bla­tant dis­re­gard to hu­man rights.

LT GEN­ERAL (RETD) P.C. KA­TOCH

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