It is good to note that India in a befitting reply has very rightly rejected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comments on the ghastly Pulwama attacks, saying that disclaiming neighbouring Islamabad’s link with terrorist attacks is an excuse often repeated by the “nerve centre” of terrorism. Imran Khan is shamelessly asking for proof very conveniently overlooking that Jaish-e-Mohammad has itself accepted proudly its direct role in carrying out the ghastly killing of more than 40 CRPF soldiers. Not just this, even the Pakistani invader and former Army Chief of Pakistan Gen Pervez Musharraf who masterminded Kargil war which failed miserably as Pakistan had to ultimately withdraw its forces has acknowledged the Jaish’s role and said that even he was attacked many times! What more proof is needed?
What stands out here is what befitting reply the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh gave. He asked Imran Khan who demanded proof of Islamabad’s role in the Pulwama attack : “Should we send the bodies of the terrorists killed by our security forces to him? What proof is he (Imran) talking about? Will he identify them?” He also said on the sidelines of a function in Patiala that, “Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and doing things from there, and everyone knows it. Every day our soldiers are being killed at the Line of Control – so who’s killing them? The entire world knew what Pakistan was doing in Kashmir and other parts of India. They were behind 26/11 and India gave all the proof to them, but they did nothing.” He also pointed out that even in the Nirankari Bhavan blast at Rajasansi, a Pakistani grenade was used, clearly exposing the neighbouring country’s involvement.
Not stopping here, Captain Amarinder Singh also very rightly reacted angrily on Twitter later saying that, “Dear @ImranKhanPTI, you have Jaish chief Masood Azhar sitting in Hahawalpur & masterminding the attacks with ISI help. Go, pick him up from there. If you can’t, let us know, we’ll do it for you. BTW what has been done about the proofs of Mumbai’s 26/11 attack? Time to walk the talk.” He also rightly said that “Imran was a ‘courtesy-ISI’ PM so how else could one expect him to react. The Pakistan PM, along with Pakistan army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, were killing Indian soldiers and innocent people. India cannot and should not tolerate this.”
He also rightly reiterated that, “If they kill one of ours, we should kill two.” The Punjab CM also rightly underscored the importance of peace for development but added in the same breath that India needed to avenge the killings of its soldiers. Pakistan must be made to pay through its nose as we did in 1971. Only then will Pakistan sit quiet!
What’s more, India also came out with a seven-point hard hitting response after Imran Khan said that he would act against the perpetrators of the Pulwama attacks. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that India was not surprised that Khan refused to acknowledge the attack on India’s security forces in Pulwama as an act of terrorism, adding his offer to investigate the attack if provided proof is a ‘lame excuse’. The MEA minced no words in putting across that, “Disclaiming any link between the terrorist attack and Pakistan is an oft-repeated excuse by Pakistan. The Pakistani Prime Minister has ignored claims made by the Jaish-e-Mohammad as well as by the terrorist, who perpetrated this heinous crime.”
Needless to say, the MEA also said that, “It is a well known fact that Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan. These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action.” But how can it take action when everything is happening with their blessings? Did Kargil happen without the blessings of Pakistani invader Gen Pervez Musharraf who himself acknowledged later that he had entered one night before war started into India about 15-km inside to boost the soldiers and terrorists to brutally kill our soldiers and capture Kargil from Indian forces? What all will Pakistan deny?
It is a national tragedy that our politicians till now have made very little effort to take any serious action against Pakistan by getting it declared a “terror state” and getting it named “Aatankistan” as was demanded by Maulana Mehmood Madani and Rajeev Chandrashekhar a long time back! But even now we must at least wake up and step up the efforts which we should have taken a lot earlier! Better to be late than never!
Simply put, the MEA also rightly pointed out that, “The Prime Minister of Pakistan has offered to investigate the matter if India provides proof. This is a lame excuse. In the horrific attack in Mumbai on 26/11, proof was provided to Pakistan. Despite this, the case has not progressed for the last more than 10 years. Likewise, on the terror attack on Pathankot airbase, there has been no progress. Promises of ‘guaranteed action’ ring hollow given the track record of Pakistan.” India had allowed foolishly the Pakistani ISI officers to inspect the Pathankot airbase but when India’s turn came to send NIA officers to Pakistan to grill the suspects, Pakistan just flatly refused! This is the track record of a rogue country like Pakistan whom our politicians have trusted umpteen number of times only to be stabbed not just in the back but also in the face!
Can we ever trust it? Should we ever trust it? India has now rightly refused to give any proof to Pakistan and reiterated that it would give proof to the international community but not to Pakistan which is itself responsible for master minding all terror attacks against India since independence!
As anticipated, the MEA said that Pakistan claimed to be the greatest victim of terrorism but this is far from truth. The MEA also rightly brought out that, “The international community is well acquainted with the reality that Pakistan is the nerve centre of terrorism.” We all know how the Pakistani invader and former Army Chief and President of Pakistan Gen Pervez Musharraf said in front of journalists that, “Osama to hero hain ji hero! Bilkul aasli hero! Hafiz Saeed bhi to bilkul aasli hero hain ji Osama ki tara. Bharat ke liye yeh aatankwadi hain paar hamare liye to ye freedom fighter hain ji aassli hero hain ji.”
In a significant development, France has said that it would move proposal at UN to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar which has claimed responsibility of the Pulwama terror strike that left more than 40 CRPF personnel dead. This will be the second time that France will be a party to such a proposal at the UN. In 2017, the US, supported by the UK and France had moved a proposal at the UN Sanctions Committee 1267 to ban the chief of the Pakistan-based terror outfit. However, the proposal was blocked by China which is a time tested friend of Pakistan! But why blame China alone?
In retrospect, it was in former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s term as PM that this Masood Azhar along with three to four dreaded terrorists were released when our plane was hijacked by terrorists! The plane should not have been allowed to leave India from Amrtitsar! Many attacks on India including the attack on Parliament, on J&K Assembly and others including this one could have been avoided! Anyway, what we need to learn from it is that under no circumstances should ever Centre succumb in front of terrorists and release them for a few people!
On Khan’s references to build a new Pakistan, the MEA rightly said that, “In this Naya Pakistan, ministers of the current government publicly share platforms with terrorists like Hafiz Saeed who have been proscribed by the United Nations.” Not just this, we all know that terrorists openly hold rallies in Pakistan and stamps are issued in memory of terrorists and their photos pasted everywhere as we saw when Karatarpur corridor was opened and Khalistani terrorists were accompanying Gen Bajwa and photos of dreaded terrorist late Bhindrawale were pasted all over even in the Gurudwara yet our politicians chose to ignore everything for reasons known best to them!
This can never be in India’s interest! Captain Amarinder Singh also was not too happy about all this! Why then our politicians chose to ignore all this just for the sake of few votes?
When will they wake up and start doing real service and not just lip service! They must start sending their own children to defence forces so that when they die they can experience first hand what it means to die at the hands of Pakistani Army and terrorists sponsored directly by them! Only then will they feel the real pain!
It is high time and now there must be zero tolerance for all type of support to terrorists. Even in India those who pelt stones and act like Pakistani soldiers must be shot dead promptly! No leniency should be displayed towards them.
As is his wont, PM Narendra Damodardas Modi keeps reiterating about his giving free hand to army in Kashmir! It serves no purpose unless and until Army is given shoot at sight order for stone pelters! But no such free hand has unfortunately been given to the Army!
We have seen of late that ever since Mehbooba became CM, stone pelters have started openly attacking our forces whenever they fight with terrorists! Which country will ever allow this to continue with impunity? But in India we have been seeing this ever since Mehbboba became CM! She ensured that criminal cases were withdrawn against 10,000 stone pelters!
No wonder, even after Pulwama ghastly attack still stone pelters have the guts to pelt stone at soldiers by coming out in the open as they know no shoot at sight orders have been given to Army! Whatever PM Modi or any other politician says regarding giving free hand to forces is nothing but just talking point with sole purpose of pacifying the agitated public all over India! Most shameful!
Why was Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status conferred on Pakistan in 1996 which was directly responsible for Kashmiri Pandits becoming refugees in their own homes in 1989-90? It has been withdrawn now 23 years later! Why did Centre allow Pakistan to take benefit from Indus water Treaty since 1960 till 2019 when Pakistan has declared war against India since last many decades?
Why did Centre gave security to those Hurriyat leaders who rant against India and are accused of supporting terrorists and raising funds for them and some have serious criminal cases pending against them? Why security withdrawn so late first against 5 and now against 18 and 155 in total as reported in media? Why crores of rupees which is taxpayers money wasted on them even when they say that they never demanded the same?
To say the least, India rightly rejected Imran Khan’s dubious response to Pakistan but a lot more needs to be done! Pakistanis must be made to vacate India and this includes those who enjoy Indian citizenship yet shamelessly bat for Pakistan because as my best friend Sageer Khan rightly said in 1993-94 that, “You cannot be an Indian and a Pakistani at the same time. Muslims enjoy the most liberties in India and in Pakistan Indian Muslims are discriminated against and termed Mohajjirs and treated as second graded citizens. Still if some Muslims love Pakistan so much then have the guts to relinquish Indian citizenship and pack your bag for Pakistan. It is in India that Jawaharlal Nehru ensured that Hindus could not marry more than one women but Muslims could marry up to 4 as permitted to them in Quran. How much more freedom do Muslims want. It is in India that Muslims lay claim to Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura which belong to Hindus since time immemorial. What if Hindus demand temple in Mecca or Medina? Will any Muslim ever allow it? We must learn tolerance from Hindus.”
Similarly Mehbooba should teach Kashmiris to behave like literate person and not indulge in spoiling their own lives and lives of other Kashmiris by becoming suicide bombers and picking up guns but this she never does nor does she advises Pakistan anything and is always on the look out to attack Indians for not indulging in war mongering! Instead she is always ready to deliver moral lecture to the people of India! She should first herself behave like literate person by seeing through the direct role played by Pakistan in fomenting terrorism in India! But this she never wants to do!
I really pity her! Gen GD Bakshi was right in blaming Kashmiri politicians like Mehbooba and others for ensuring that security check points were packed up at multiple places which culminated in the horrible Pulwama massacre! The blood of every Indian is boiling as even PM Modi himself admitted and now Pakistan must be not just boycotted but also given a befitting reply so that it can never again take India for granted! All relations with Pakistan must be nuked now!
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
s/o Col BPS Sirohi,
A 82, Defence Enclave,
Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,
Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh.