Indian activities against Pakistan
Speaking from the fortifications of Delhi’s Red Fort on India’s Independence Day Mr Modi said: “Today from the ramparts of Red Fort, I want to greet and express my thanks to some people. In the last few days, people of Balochistan, Gilgit, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir has thanked me, have expressed gratitude, and expressed good wishes for me. The people who are living far away, whom I have never seen, never met – such people have expressed appreciation for Prime Minister of India and for 125 billions countrymen. This is an honor for our countrymen.”
In an earlier speech at the all-party meeting on Kashmir Mr Modi had stated that: “Pakistan forgets that it bombed its own citizens using fighter planes. The time has come when Pakistan shall have to answer to the world for the atrocities committed by it against people in Balochistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Ministry of External Affairs should make efforts to approach the people of PoK residing in different parts of world and collect information about the miserable conditions in PoK and bring them to the knowledge of the world community.” PoK is India’s euphemism for Azad or Independent Kashmir that is part of Pakistan.
Although PM Nawaz Sharif during an interaction with media persons at London criticized Modi’s reference of Baluchistan and G.B and called it meddling in Pakistan’s internal matters. Yet the lesson Modi should have to learn is that he cannot hide his own failures by blaming others. India has to admit atrocities in Kashmir and should have to eliminate them rather than hiding them. Voices against Modi are also mounting from within the India too. Ex Foreign Minister Salman Khursheed also criticized Modi for mentioning Baluchistan in his speech and stated that by raising Baluchistan, the government is ruining its case on Azad Kashmir too. Sure enough, even before the echoes of Mr Modi’s declaration had died away Brahmdagh Bugti an exiled self styled Baluch leader chimed in with – “India-should help us in the same way it did for the creation of Bangladesh” – Another ‘Baluch dissident Ashraf Sherjan ‘thanked Narendra Modi for his remarks on Baluchistan’. Both Bugti and Sherjan were speaking to an Indian news channel. Perhaps these two ‘leaders’ did not realize that by saying what they did not only are they destroying the basis of their struggle and their credentials if any, by openly admitting their external linkages but admitting that Pakistan was right all along that India is fully behind the Balochistan unrest. Not that any proof was needed after the arrest of the RAW agent who was master minding Indian covert operations in Pakistan-Kulbashan Yaadev. Mr Modi’s remarks could not have been off the cuff uttering for political mileage. These were part of and probably the opening gambit of a fully thought out and carefully orchestrated strategy against Pakistan – a strategy once alluded to in a speech by Mr Doval who is Mr Modi’s National Security Adviser and is said to have some kind of rapport with Pakistan’s National Security Adviser – so much for the rapport. The deteriorating situation in IHK (Indian Held Kashmir) against unbelievable atrocities by Indian Security Forces has probably led India to take a decision and unveil a strategy that should never have been considered by a nuclear weapon state against another nuclear weapon state. India needs to back-track from the brink before it is too late. Pakistan PM has just proposed unconditional peace talks. Sane voices in India are asking for a review of India’s policy on Kashmir and the Special Powers given to the Armed Forces operating there. There are irrational voices too- from the hate mongering extremists that support Mr Modi and are behind the killings and humiliation of Dalits and Muslims in India.
Indian never missed a single chance to defame Pakistan in the comity of nations. They tried to manipulate the situation even in games. As is evident from the fact that people of Sri Lanka and Pakistan are very close to each other and both the nations are crazy about cricket. People of Sri Lanka want their team to visit Pakistan to promote and see good and healthy cricket. On the other end they see this occasion as a chance to pay back the favor which Pakistan rendered during operation against Tamil Tigers. But again it’s India who is intrusive and is using its influence on Sri Lankan cricket board to stop their team visiting Pakistan. Mr Modi needs a reality check. There is no unrest in what he calls “PoK” or in Gilgit-Baltistan – his external affairs ministry will make fools of themselves by raising an issue that does not exist. Should India decide to create such unrest it will backfire and engulf IHK more completely than the indigenous struggle there? Should India ‘come out’ of the woodwork in Balochistan, it will be asking for a response that will be justified and create a replay of past events in IHK. India does not have a border with Balochistan and both Afghanistan and Iran will consider their own interests and bilateral relations with Pakistan first. Relying on discredited ‘leadership’ abroad is hardly an option because after Mr Modi’s declaration any dissident linked to India will be branded a traitor first and dissident later. Mr Bugti needs to note that Balochistan is not Bangladesh – they are poles apart. Mr Modi has dealt a death blow to the Baloch dissidents and isolated them and he has highlighted the Kashmir independence struggle internationally more effectively than Pakistan could.