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Syed Hussain explores the reasons behind the new upsurge on terror activities in Kashmir. Pakistan want to divert the global attention. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief Raheel Sharif are looking to hire ‘lobbyists’ to do a spin on their tainted image. Also the image of Pakistan as the epicentre of global terror and a highly radicalised anti-US nation

PAKISTAN-MIRANSHAH-NAWAZ SHARIF-VISITThe present wave of unrest in Kashmir has provided Pakistan a haven sent opportunity to be hyper in its pursuit of anti-India policies. While the domestic rhetoric against India is understandably at a feverish pitch, the discredited nation is now stirring up its diplomatic machine to defame India for alleged human rights violations in Kashmir. Envoys of the P-5 nations are being briefed as though Kashmir is already a part of Pakistan. A big war of words against India awaits the next UN general assembly session in September.

The effectiveness of that Pakistani exercise can be doubted because there is nothing to suggest that Pakistan will be able to get out of its poor image and isolation in a matter of next few months. Hoping against hope, the Pakistani Sharifs are looking to hire ‘lobbyists’ to do a spin on their black image. Even the best of lobbyists can do this much and not more: the image of Pakistan as the epicentre of global terror and a highly radicalised and anti-US nation cannot be wiped out in a jiffy.

But it should not be forgotten that despite all its negative image in the land of Eldorado, Pakistan still has some powerful friends from the Cold War days, especially in the Pentagon, a sections of the lawmakers and the think-tank community. So far the pro-Pakistan elements in the US have not been able to do much for their Pakistani patrons, though.

Raheel Sharif
Raheel Sharif

The Indian media, with its notion of sounding fair in criticism, has only half-heartedly condemned the Pakistanis for meddling in Kashmir affairs. But the media cannot be blamed when the Indian government itself has been content with nothing more than issuing routine ‘warnings’ or offering gratuitous ‘advice’ to Pakistan to desist from interfering in India’s internal affairs. It has been clear right since August 1947 that Pakistan does not understand the polite (diplomatic) language. It cannot when it identifies itself as the antithesis of India. Using terror against India is its state policy.

The Pakistanis have cleverly used denials and lies to counter India. Despite overwhelming international evidence against them, the Pakistanis have always maintained that they have nothing to do with terror in India. When Pakistani terrorists are caught red-handed in India the standard Pakistani response is to disown their nationality and refuse to carry out any probe in its own country to establish (or refute) the Indian charges.

After the latest instance of violence in Kashmir, Pakistan has become more bold in launching verbal attacks. While their delusional leaders, including the prime minister, now talk of the ‘day when Kashmir will be part of Pakistan’, demented Pakistanis have taken to vilifying Indian celebrities and VIPs for the violence in Kashmir.

P(WORLD SECTION) BANGLADESH-DHAKA-DEMONSTRATION-DEATH SENTENCEictures of many famous Indians have been used to show them as victims of alleged Indian violence. They have been damned for their ‘silence’ and asked how they would feel if they had become actual victims of violence in Kashmir.

Quite naturally, the Pakistanis would not ask their celebrities and VIPs how they feel about the ‘pain’ of a large section of their countrymen—the minorities in particularly. The Pakistanis are blind to the fact that their armed forces have been regularly crushing the human rights of their people in large parts of Pakistan—in Karachi, the tribal areas, Balochistan and the Pak-occupied Kashmir.

The crass propaganda by the Pakistanis should not come as a surprise. But time has come to let them know that enough is enough. Indians should have known by this time that the Pakistanis are incapable of any show of decency when talking or writing about India. Indians could also not be blind to the fact that the Pakistanis crudeness has been in direct proportion to the number of Pakistanis who are allowed to invade the Indian art and entertainment industry. It has been a one-way street as Indians are generally not allowed to work in the Pakistani entertainment industry.

It is becoming disappointing to hear a section of Indians say that art, culture and sport should be kept away from politics when dealing with Pakistan. What makes them feel that the Pakistani attitude and behaviour towards India will become humanised if we continue to be open about welcoming their artists and players?

Supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan gathered at an anti-government protest in eastern Pakistan's Lahore . Supporters of Pakistan's two opposition leaders, Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and Tahir ul Qadri of Pakistan Wami Tehrik attended the sit-in protest in Islamabad, demanding resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and fresh polls.

The Pakistanis can go to any length to play mischief. Take the instance of India declaring that benighted country as off-limits for the school-going children of Indian diplomats posted there. The Indian decision was taken more than a year ago but was obviously meant to come into force only this year when the new academic session begins in schools.

Pakistan ‘leaked’ the Indian decision to the media to associate it with the on-going tension between the two countries following the killing of a Kashmiri terrorist belonging to the Hizb ul Mujahideen on 8 July. India was perfectly justified in taking the decision after Pakistani terrorists had killed nearly 150 pupils in a school in Peshawar in December 2014.

While gleefully leaking the Indian decision the Pakistanis have been silent on the Indian request to improve the security provided to Indian diplomats and their families posted in that land of fanatics. No one will be surprised if very soon an Indian diplomat in Pakistan is assaulted—not by terrorists but by Pakistani intelligence men. They have done it often in the past.

Pakistan has given ample hints that it is not interested in improving relations with India. Why, then, keep up the facade of a ‘dialogue’ with Pakistan?  Is it worthwhile to build economic ties with an implacably hostile Pakistan? People-to-people exchanges with Pakistan cannot do any good when the Pakistanis, are taught from an early age to hate India.

Pakistan’s newfound aggression against India thrives on the backing of China. But this has its limitation which India needs to exploit. For instance, the Chinese cannot prevent India from isolating Pakistan in South Asia where Pakistan in any case has little goodwill among its immediate neighbours in the east and the west.

Active diplomacy to expose the nefarious designs of Pakistan on its neighbours coupled with its shameful record in nuclear proliferation and nurturing terrorisms should be enough to ensure an extended confinement of Pakistan in the dog house.

 

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