Kerry can’t see India’s terrorism
After the second India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her US counterpart John Kerry held at a joint news conference in which Sushma Swaraj said: “There was a meeting of minds on the issue of terrorism. We agreed that no nation should be allowed to have double standards on terrorism by differentiating between good and bad terrorists. Talks with Pakistan will happen only when it takes steps on Pathankot terror attack. Terror and talks cannot go hand-in- hand.” John Kerry, addressing the news conference, said the perpetrators of attacks on Indian soil – in Mumbai in 2008 and at the Pathankot airbase last January – should be brought to justice. “The United States remains committed to bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai and Pathankot attacks to justice. Terrorism is terrorism. There is no good terrorism or bad terrorism,” he said.
Why John Kerry could not see involvement of Indian military and agencies in Samjhauta Express, Malegaon and other terror acts. Arrest of Kulbhushan Yadev in Balochistan is glaring example of India’s state terrorism. One would not know why the US and India blame Pakistan for sending infiltrators in India, when India has three-tier security fence on the Line of Control; has installed heavy duty flood lights and sensitive sensors imported by Israel whereby even a bird’s movement can be detected. India is also buying drones from Israel capable of taking photographs and checking movements on the borders. In this backdrop, how could infiltrators or non-state actors from Pakistan enter India? Times of Indian reported citing a senior Indian Border Security Force (BSF) official that India has set up eight laser walls along the shared border with Pakistan and plans to activate four more over the next few days.
A laser wall is a mechanism to detect objects passing the line of sight between the laser source and the detector. A laser beam over a river sets off a loud siren in case of a breach. The laser walls will cover stretches of difficult terrain and riverine areas. India plans to cover more than 40 vulnerable unfenced stretches along the Pakistan border with laser walls, with the home ministry giving it a top priority to prevent any infiltration. India has further stepped up efforts to secure the border in wake of an attack on the Pathankot airbase, which India alleged was stormed by terrorists who crossed over from Pakistan. The terrorists were believed to have entered India 5km downstream of Bamiyal near the Tash border outpost – a riverine point not covered by a laser wall. India has been bragging about the 3-tier security fence’s efficacy.
“It is impossible for infiltrating militants to cross over the three-tiered border fencing along LoC. There is desperation in militant leadership and Pakistani establishment due to failure to cross-over the fencing”, said Brig A. Sengupta who commands the front brigade deployed to guard the LoC in forward sectors. Indian Army feels the border fencing along the Indo-Pak border has virtually turned into a death trap for ultras, as 28 infiltrating militants were killed when troops foiled bids this year. Passing through dense woods, narrow valleys and riverine areas along the LoC and international border, the fence has proved to a major deterrent against cross-border infiltration as it acts as a “round-the-clock” guard. In view of these claims, there is no justification for India to raise finger of accusation towards Pakistan. The US also continued its policy of carrot and stick, and time and again asked Pakistan to do more.
Pakistan has been sincere with the US, and during 1950s to 1980s, Pakistan always discharged its obligations under the defence pacts signed or understanding reached with the US and the West. But after the so-called allies achieved their objectives, they ditched Pakistan. The US entered into civil nuclear agreement with India, but refused to sign the similar agreement with Pakistan. In fact, the die of strategic partnership between the US and India was cast when former US president Bill Clinton had visited India, and after great persuasion and cajoling only a stop-over for few hours in Pakistan during his tenure. Then president Bill Clinton had promised economic aid and political partnership if Pakistan listened to him; and at the same time warned that failure to act on his advice could lead Pakistan to isolation and it could even become a failed state.
That point besides, Pakistan had always wished to maintain long-term, multi-faceted and durable strategic ties with the US for the realization of shared objectives. However, Pakistan had taken the position that mutual respect and co-operation at military, intelligence and diplomatic levels should be the hallmark of relations between the two countries. However, America’s dubious role of propping India through civil nuclear agreement and its refusal to sign similar agreement with Pakistan had irked Pakistan. Pak-US relations were strained during Raymond Davis episode. One can visualize from the planning and action by the TTP militants who attacked GHQ, attack on Mehran Naval Base, and attack on Kamra Base that intelligence and equipment must have been provided by alien intelligence networks. Whatever the case, they had become an existential threat for Pakistan.
Members of US Administration and Generals have been pushing Pakistan to do more, despite the fact that more than 50,000 people and five thousand security personnel have lost their lives after Pakistan joined the war on terror. Yet, they continued to pressurise Pakistan into doing more, and often said that Pakistan must be sensitive to the US security interests. The question is what Pakistan has been doing since the US invasion of Afghanistan, if not this, even to the detriment of its own national interests? In fact, since 1950s, Pakistan has been looking after American interests after it joined military pacts with the West and bilateral agreement with the US? When US spy plane U-2 took off from Buda Ber near Peshawar and was shot down by Soviet Union, whose interest Pakistan had served? Pakistan then had had a close brush of being bombed into Stone Age by the enraged Soviet Union.