Peshawar Brutality and Indo – Pak Relation

A few days back, terrorists from Tehrike Taliban Pakistan barged into an army run school in Peshawar, Pakistan. The brutes killed children in the school in the age group 10 years to 16 years. Taliban claimed the action was their way of getting back at  Pakistani army for conducting operation in Taliban strong holds. Taliban vowed more such violence.

It is extremely and unbelievably sad that terrorists killed so many children in Pakistan. The country must be in mourning. Less said about people of Pehsawar in particular and Pakistan in general. Parents, brothers, sisters and family members are picking up pieces of their lives. Society is burying their dead.  Pakistan’s prime minister had convened an all party meeting. He vowed to continue fight against Taliban keeping in mind memory of departed children. Pakistani prime minister also proclaimed in the battle against terror there cannot be good or bad Taliban. Pakistan’s chief of armed forces had flown to Afghanistan to demand handing over of Mullah Fazllulah, head of Afghan Taliban.

Predictably, the brutality has drawn worldwide condemnation. Indian parliament had spent 2 min in silence. Indian prime minister has talked to his counterpart in Pakistan, in addition to condemning the incidence. Schools in India have been asked to maintain a two minute silence to express solidarity with children in Pakistan. Many anchors and analysts in India have as usual become dewy eyed about seismic change in Pakistani establishment’s thought process. Already people are anticipating that Pakistan will introspect and change her position vis a vis India. Pakistan will understand and appreciate that Pakistan’s enemy is internal terrorist outfits and not an external party like India. I guess this mindset makes us a dreamer and a soft state.

Pakistani establishment is getting back to her usual self. Prime Minister Sharief has vowed to fight Taliban. He proclaimed, there is not good or bad Taliban. Notice, Prime Minister did not say terrorists or terrorism will be fought. He will fight Taliban because  Taliban attacks Pakistani people and interest. Behind this clever phraseology lies freedom of Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of Mumbai terror attack, an international terrorist, an establishment sponsored anti-India force. Hafiz Saeed has claimed that Peshawar mayhem and brutality was done by Indians. LeT has planned terror attack in India. So nothing has changed in India Pakistan relation, as much as we get dewy eyes about Pakistan tragedy. Also look at the irony. When Indian Prime Minister ManMohan Singh demanded ISI DG to come to India after Mumbai terror attack, India was denied access. Yet, Pakistani Chief of Military is arm twisting Afganistan to hand over Mullah Fazllulah, chief of Afghan Taliban to Pakistan. If this is not double standard, then what is? 

One must remember that national interest and foreign policy are very different matter and cannot be mixed with emotional issues. Does Pak generals really care about what India thinks? If they did, would they be playing mischief, that they are playing now? Remember, Pakistan has one agenda. That is to dismember India. Pakistan will never cease to oppose India, as long as military controls foreign policy. Military will never forget creation of Bangladesh and vivisection of Pakistan.   

Pakistan has been harbouring dangerous fanatics as part of their strategic warfare tool. Pakistan sheltered Osama Bin Laden. Pakistan arranged special train for Hafeez Saeed’s rally. Many Indians have lost father, brother, son, husband to terrorist violence sponsored by Pakistan through jihadi elements. Every time, India requesed justice for victims of terrorist violence or getting custody of terrorists,  plea has been deflected by saying that Pakistan is also fighting terrorism, Pakistan is a victim of terrorism, terrorists are nonstate actors, and Indians are also engaged in terrorist act in Pakistan. The backyard poison filled terrorists that Pakistan had nurtured to trouble India, are now biting Pakistani hand that feeds them. As Indians, we may empathise or sympathise with Pakistani people. It will, however, be too much to expect any change in military attitude towards India. We must understand that military and foreign policy are a different ball game compared to civilian tragedy even if inflicted on their own civilians. National policy will never be mixed with emotive issue like human right or terrorism. Nothing is likely to change on the ground.

Tags: Afghanistan, Children, Hafeez Saeed, India, Lashkar e Toiba, Man Mohan Singh, Nawaz Sharief, Pakistan, Peshawar, Teherike Taliban Pakistan, Terrorism, Terrorist

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