India and Pakistan have a long way to go
India’s soft approach to terror is getting on my nerves and I am sick and tired of hearing that Pakistan is doing nothing to curb the terrorist organisation LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) and are continuing to push terrorists on to our soil. I am sick and tired of hearing that they are doing nothing to keep Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the terrorist organisation, in custody. I am tired of hearing it because I know that at least for now that Pakistan will not act against the LeT. I know that Pakistan is going to keep sending terrorists into India. Sure, India should make a hue and cry as it sees fit, that is our government’s job, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t cringe every time I hear or read about all this. Pakisitan reluctance to charge a mass murderer is particularly galling.
I would like to hear more about the fact that the LeT is a branch of the Pakistan Army and the ISI. The world knows that the Pakistani Army and the ISI support the LeT but no one seems to care except us. Yes, Pakistan wants Kashmir, at any cost. Considering that the Pakistan Army is still the most powerful institution in Pakistan it is not surprising that the civilian government will not touch Saeed.
We can be disgusted all we want that any army needs to stoop to hire goons to help it along but however sick this makes us feel, however sick it may make the civilian Pakistani government feel, however much we want to vomit at the thought of elements in an official state agency being involved in the deliberate murder of innocent men, women and children, India seems helpless to control it. Nothing has proved it more than the release of the mass murderer by the Pakistani authorities.
At this point it is important to know that Hafiz Saeed has a personal vendetta against India. He lost 36 family members in the communal slaughter (where both Hindus and Muslims were killed) that accompanied partition, in 1947. Mass murderers are often mentally disturbed. In any case any man who plotted the Mumbai terror attacks should be in a mental institution.
The USA, which has arm-twisted Pakistan (by threatening withdrawal of aid) into taking on the Taliban, is reluctant to do so when it comes to the LeT. I am not sure if America is under the illusion that they can rid the world of the Taliban without tackling LeT. Surely America should have learnt its lesson after their experience after the Afghanistan war when the Taliban simply re-grouped in Pakistan? Any remnants of the Taliban will simply find refuge with the LeT and give birth to a hydra headed monstor. It is difficult to believe that the US doesn’t know this, so the obvious answer is that they are being soft on Pakistan for short term gains.
India is showing its soft side too, like it has done many times in the past. The recent Sharm-el-Sheikh joint statement by our esteemed prime minister Manmohan Singh in which he not only agreed to talk to Pakistan even though they continue to rage a cowardly proxy war against India takes the cake. Even more ridiculous is the mention of Balochistan in the joint statement by our PM. While India has already backed out of the first part, it’s the second part that has got India red in the face because India has nothing to do with Balochistan. Our Prime Minister has made a blunder. He was apparently trying to be “nice.” Pakistan on its part wanted to counter India’s accusations some way or the other, and thought bringing in Balochistan was a pretty way of doing it. Apparently without the mention of the B word Pak wasn’t ready to sign any such statement. And why did India sign such a statement? It is believed that India was under pressure from the US to sign joint statements with Pakistan, under pressure to be “nice,” and under pressure to resume talks. India should show only contempt for this kind of double speak by the U.S. where their government is concerned only with the safety of their own citizens. In any case such ridiculous statements are simply political games which countries play. Even though the statement is meaningless, it is still a betrayal by the Prime Minister because India has nothing to do with Balochistan.
But to put it all perspective let us remember that such statements will not benefit Pakistan in the long run. Such a statement might create a diversion for its people, and a nice piece of work as far as the India baiters are concerned, but finally the truth will come back to haunt Pakistan. For now Pakistan may use the statement as a lollipop but lollipops don’t last. To solve any problem one has to acknowledge it first, to its people. Pakistani took over two decades to admit to being a sponsor of terrorism in India and that too only when the evidence was too much to deny. Pakistan is still busy sending terrorists into India and building secret tunnels, instead of concentrating on its internal issues. It is using precious funds, some of which I am sure the LeT collected in the name of charity, to buy guns and bombs. What can one say?
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