Pakistan has officially and clearly indicated that India is involved in supporting terrorism in Pakistan. The Pakistan Army Chief is said to have personally handed over a dossier to the US during his visit to the US. It goes without saying that he must have given the information to the Afghan President, the British Prime Minister and the Chinese President during his visits and meetings. Pakistanis have always believed that India would never forego the opportunity to exploit Pakistan’s vulnerabilities to keep it destabilized. If any more proof is needed then there is the video of the Indian Security Adviser laying out a blue print for actions against Pakistan. The orchestrated violence on the LOC and the strange explosion in a boat on the open seas are the physical manifestations of the Modi-Duval policy against Pakistan.
What the US has done with the information given to it is not known besides the stated determination to eliminate the mastermind of the Peshawar atrocity. The recent visit of the US President to India was shrouded by the bonhomie generated by ecstatic first name mentions, bear hugs and wide smiles. The most tangible result seems to have been the progress on the globally destabilizing nuclear agreement, the region destabilizing defense pact and the China irritating document detailing the joint strategic vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. The Joint Communiqué and the Friendship document were just the standard cosmetic outcomes of all such visits. While answering a question on Pakistan the US President did highlight the importance of a stable prosperous Pakistan and in his departing comments he pointedly referred to the dangers of religious extremism—-knowing full well that Hindu extremist organizations had fully backed Modi’s rise to power and were still influencing policies. Pakistanis watched with amusement the public antics of a man once considered a pariah for the atrocities he had committed and the President of the country that had declared him persona non grata.
With all this in the open it is amazing that some ‘Pakistanis’ are still talking about ‘establishment mindsets’ that will not let a democratic government improve relations with India. A lady known for her Indian leanings and connections is at the forefront of this venture and a ‘gentleman’ living in a land that welcomes Pakistanis who badmouth their own country and its institutions is not too far behind. There are others who remain behind screens but never lose an opportunity to hit out at what they call the ‘establishment’. A Pakistani-American in a recent column revealed the fact that a former Ambassador of Pakistan now in the US had said that ‘the creation of Pakistan was a mistake in his opinion’! There is, of course, no comment or rebuttal from the government or its several mouthpieces. These old Pakistan bashing hands need a make-over that brings them up to date with current realities—but that may not be what their sponsors want because what they are saying is music to their ears. It is up to our media to carefully screen what they print and what they air. Pakistan does not need fifth columnists and Trojan horses.
The good thing is that the Pakistan Military and its assets are doing a sterling job of fighting the insurgents and supporting the government in the fight against terrorism—a fact that is being acknowledged and appreciated worldwide. The nation needs to come together to face the threat and ruthlessly deal with those who seek to undermine national strategy. Sir Winston Churchill famously said ‘not a word against my country shall pass my lips on foreign soil’. So doing the dirty work for others at the cost of one’s country and its institutions should not pass for criticism because it is subversion and nothing else.
By Zafar Iqbal
The writer is an entrepreneur and a concerned Pakistani citizen based in Karachi who has a keen interest in regional politics and security.