In a June 3 article by Kriti Upadhaya and Rahul Deans the authors have outlined and suggested a policy that India could follow to destroy Pakistan (http://swarajyamag.com/world/a-new-non-diplomatic-approach-for-pakistan). The reasoning behind the need for such a strategy is that according to them normal diplomacy has failed and that Pakistan has chosen the path of “Islamization and radicalization’ while India has chosen ‘liberalization”. They do not say anything about the Hindutwa wave sweeping across India with rabid Hindu mobs on the rampage and nor do the mention how even history is being distorted in this radical fundamentalist drive. Even the present government in India is backed by radical Hindu organizations. Apparently the authors have never visited Pakistan and have relied on lurid reports and writings that ignore Pakistan’s open society and values.
Unfortunately for them and for India’s policy makers the authors while suggesting a policy to destroy Pakistan have unwittingly unveiled the exact covert policy that India is following against Pakistan. Even dummies can now understand why India does not want to discuss restraint regimes and why it drums up and even pretexts to avoid talks. How can you opt for dialogue if you are acting against all that the dialogue is supposed to resolve. The arrest of a RAW spy active in Baluchistan exposed Indian designs and covert activities. Now these two authors have confirmed in the form of suggestions what India should be doing to Pakistan—except that India is already deep into the very policies being advocated.
“A great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they are realities and are often even more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are’. Machiavelli
Pakistan’s Afghan policy can be summed by Machiavelli’s quote “The people often deceived by an elusive good, desire their own ruin, and unless they are made sensible of the evil of the one and the benefit of the other course by someone in whom they have confidence, they will expose the republic to infinite peril and damage”.
Pakistan has had a busy month so far. Pick up any newspaper, international or domestic, and you will see the chaos that engulfs the nation. Chaos, that refuses to go away. Chaos, which to a large extent is self created and self-perpetuated. The apparent lack of realization about the future of this nation is both, horrifying and sobering.
Bilateral relations with most strategic and vital countries continue a nose dive. Meanwhile, India continues to chart its course to become a global super star. Its ascent, from slum dog to millionaire, all but guaranteed. India through sheer hard work and nationalist pride has started an effective strategy of isolating Pakistan amongst the comity of nation. The fact that the United States considers India an important and ‘equal’ ally is naturally a great help in this course of action. The Indian encirclement of Pakistan is all but complete.
Oh dear! The latest move by General Raheel Sharif has certainly thrown a spanner in the dapper dog’s anti-military agenda. Just as they had started to build a case about how the big bad Khakis corruption has never been dealt with, the naughty general has gone ahead and started cleaning his own house. Now, how will the single malt whiskey with a line of cocaine movers and ‘script’ shapers of Pakistan, pay this month’s rent. Simple, by ignoring it all together, and focusing on another new ‘issue’ with the hope that this will shift the focus back onto their ‘fight against the khaki oppressors’.
The new buzzwords circulating amongst this lot, ladies and gentlemen are Okara, peasants, tanks, and land grabbing. For them the situation in Okara is not yet another clear example of the Nawaz regime’s use of disproportionate force to quell citizens when they protest but, is instead a reason to band together as warriors who will take on the country’s military. The reason for them banding together is also mind boggling.
Is Pakistan making its defence capability more potent? Is it investing in its nuclear capacity? The answer to both these questions is YES! They are, but if you are an avid viewer of Fareed Zakaria’s prominent show ‘GPS’ you’d definitely be of the view that Pakistan is the only country buffing up its military and nuclear might and its authorities may be too incompetent in protecting its nuclear arsenal.
What Zakaria ignored was that the uranium stockpiles Pakistan has are used for both civil and military uses. Having recently announced a mid-century energy vision, the country plans to use most of its uranium to produce electricity, not weapons. The allegations on the security of the nuclear programme were also baseless. Pakistan has the strongest nuclear security and safety framework in the world. The International Atomic Energy Agency has so much confidence and respect for Pakistan’s nuclear safety and security culture that it is now using Pakistan’s Center for Nuclear Excellence as a regional hub to train others in the norms of safety and security adopted by Pakistan.
The rampant rise in extremism, escalating poverty, a dismal energy sector and the mounting debt, if aren’t problems enough for the state to tackle, India’s constant strong arming and its terror tactics sure provides us with more reasons to get entangled in.
India’s interference in Balochistan
Ever since the re-emergence of insurgency in Baluchistan, Pakistan has been complaining about Indian involvement and in the recent past some dossiers were also shared with the UN and US. The information though seemed to fall on deaf ears as the international community was quick to respond on the request of the Indian government regarding the Pathankot attack, yet conveniently ignored the hard proofs submitted by the Pakistani government.
In a recent interview with the Atlantic, Barack Obama declared that Libya was his biggest mistake. An admission that is being peddled by the corporate media, as some sort of proof that Obama is the anti-Bush.
The arrogance and lack of genuine acknowledgment about the loss of life as result of his ‘mistake’ in Libya shows the perverse sense of entitlement that makes up the American political class. How lovely that President Obama has time to reflect on his legacy. It’s a luxury that is certainly not available to the people of Libya. It just boggles my mind that the president of United States, Nobel PEACE Prize recipient and all, was so incredibly short sighted, that he staged a regime change in a nation without having a contingency plan. It’s not like he didn’t have advisors warning him, because he did. He created the chaos in Libya simply because he felt that the people of Libya deserved American style democracy.