Pakistan

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Trump tapped ‘reservoir of inherent racism’

Former US President, Jimmy Carter said that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tapped “reservoir of inherent racism’. “I don’t feel good, except for one thing: I think the country has been reawakened the last two or three years to the fact that we haven’t resolved the race issue adequately” Carter said.

The reason behind Republicans’ animosity toward Barack Obama had “a heavy racial overtone” according to Carter. He also said that “I think there’s a heavy reaction among some of the racially conscious Republicans against an African-American being president.”

He said that USA had “reawakened” due to the fact that racism was not tackled in the 1960s and ’70s. “White police attacks on innocent blacks” along with high unemployment and high rates of incarceration was the trigger behind this reawakening according to Carter.

He said Mr. Trump violated “basic human rights” when he labelled Mexican immigrants as criminals and signaled out a ban on Muslims entering USA. “When you single out any particular group of people for secondary citizenship status, that’s a violation of basic human rights,” Carter said.

This commentary by a former US President is a clear inditement of the West and its attitude towards minorities. The West always jumps on USA’s bandwagon to criticize rest of the world for violation of human rights. However, it should look into its own backyard and stop promoting xenophobia.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Indian involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan

Pakistan’s former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar said that Indian secret agency Research and Analysis Wing’s (RAW) involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan can’t be denied. India is interfering in Pakistan through Balochistan and Afghanistan said Khar.

Recently a RAW agent was arrested. Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti of Pakistani province Balochistan said “Kul Yadav Bhoshan, a commander-ranked officer in Indian Navy was working for RAW and was in contact with Baloch separatists and terrorists fueling sectarian violence in Pakistan and Balochistan.”

India is supporting terrorism in Pakistan in general and in Balochistan in particular. Pakistani army has also warned India to stop promoting terrorism in Pakistan. India is trying to destabilize Pakistan through promoting terrorism. It is in India’s interest to have a strong and stable Pakistan. India is playing with fire by fueling terrorism in Pakistan. It is time to stop such activities, otherwise India has to pay a high price.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Indian Spy Arrested in Pakistan

Pakistani security forces have arrested an Indian naval officer working for Indian intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in Balochistan. Pakistan has asked India to stop fueling terrorism in Baluchistan and other parts of Pakistan.

Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti of Pakistani province Balochistan said “Kul Yadav Bhoshan, a commander-ranked officer in Indian Navy was working for RAW and was in contact with Baloch separatists and terrorists fueling sectarian violence in Pakistan and Balochistan.”

Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudrhy Nisar said that the arrest of Indian spy supports Pakistan’s stance. Pakistan has proofs that India is promoting terrorism in Balochistan and other parts of Pakistan. Indian had wars and a long history of border disputes with its neigbours such as Pakistan, China and Bangladesh.

India is stuck in the past, this century is about peace and development in Asia. India needs to learn the lessons and try to be a part of peace and development in South Asia and other parts of the world.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Kashmir: Pakistan’s strategic patience

Pakistan’s strategic patience is bearing fruits. Reluctantly, Indians are coming to terms with Pakistan. Modi’s current visit to Pakistan and his response to attack on Indian airbase in Pathankot is evident of this fact. India can’t force its will on Pakistan. Now it seems that Indians have accepted the reality that Pakistan is in a driving seat.

Indians are desperate to access Silk Road through Pakistan. India will have great economic benefits to access Europe, Central Asia, The Middle East and Africa through Pakistan.

It was written in the last post of this blog that “The way to peace and prosperity for rich and powerful in India goes through Pakistan. They will keep pushing Indian politicians for a permanent settlement of Kashmir issue. Pakistan needs to show strategic patience.”

Ten days later, one of the richest and powerful man of India, Sajjan Jindal was in Lahore during Modi’s visit to Pakistan. He reportedly arranged the secret meeting between Nawaz and Modi in Katmandu. Times of India reported that “it was the presence of steel tycoon Sajjan Jindal in Lahore which set tongues wagging about a possible back channel which may have been activated to make the meeting possible.”

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

India’s Silk Road Conundrum

Modi is uttering same “mantra” like his predecessor Manmohan Singh. Although, Modi is uttering it through his mouthpiece, Sushma Swaraj. India wants access to “Silk Road” by going through the heart of Pakistan. India and USA is trying to contain China and entice Pakistan into signing a trade deal with India. However, Pakistan is not willing to talk on any issue without a dialog on Kashmir. India has also posed a policy vacuum about the thorny issue of Kashmir.

Strings of Indian democracy are pulled around by rich and powerful as usual. Big corporations in India want market access in the far-flung regions of the world through Pakistan. Addressing the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in 2007, former Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh said, “I dream of a day, while retaining our respective national identities, one can have breakfast in Amritsar, lunch in Lahore and dinner in Kabul.” It should be remembered that Singh was addressing extremely rich people not peace activists.

India’s External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj while briefing  parliament about her recent visit to Pakistan said, “The continued estrangement of two neighbours was a hurdle to the realisation of our shared vision of a peaceful and prosperous region … The new dialogue, we sincerely hope, marks a new beginning also for peace and development in the whole region,”. Swaraj’s main theme was development.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi pushed same theme in SAARC Summit in Kathmandu. He said, “Distance and difficulties have not held back India and Afghanistan…We must shrink the distance between our producers and consumers and use the most direct routes of trade.”

India was overly optimistic that Pakistan would sign agreements to boost road trade and electricity sharing. However, Pakistan refused to sign these agreements due to incomplete “internal processes” during SAARC Summit in Kathmandu. In fact India wanted to have access to “Silk Road”. Disappoint of Indians was obvious due to Pakistan’s refusal.

On the same issue, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “let’s work together to create a new Silk Road … That means building more rail lines, highways, energy infrastructure, like the proposed pipeline to run from Turkmenistan, through Afghanistan, through Pakistan into India” in Chennai, India on 20 July 2011.

Hillary Clinton further said that she “was pleased to see Afghanistan and Pakistan commit to implement fully their transit trade agreement … we want to see that trade expanded into Central Asia and India.”

India can have access to Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa and Europe through Pakistan using “Silk Road”. India is like an Island. It is surrounded by China and Pakistan. The land link for India to Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa is through Pakistan only. Linking to these regions by air or by sea is expensive and time consuming. The only viable option for India is to go through Pakistan to trade with the rest of the world. “Silk Road” is a network of passages used by merchants to trade within and outside of Asia. This ancient trade route was used by traders for centuries to trade between Asia, Europe and beyond.

It should be obvious that the strategy pushed by Hillary Clinton, Manmohan Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Narendra Modi was same in essence. They want to open up a corridor through Pakistan. The other objective to isolate China and create a wedge between Pakistan and China. India and America tried to build an alternative route through Iran, Afghanistan and all the way to Central Asia. But, Indian efforts are failing due to Chinese determination to build a corridor through Pakistan.

India is trying to derail and sabotage China Pakistan Economic Corridor also known as new “Silk Road”. Pakistani Army Chief, General Raheel Sharif said, “We are acutely aware of our rivals’ campaign against the corridor project and vow that the armed forces are ready to pay any price to turn this long cherished dream into reality”. This corridor will guarantee China’s access to the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Ironically, India also wants to use same corridor for trade and commerce.

To make matters worse, India created a war like situation on Line of Control. Innocent civilians were killed on daily basis by Indian army. This is the price of freedom which Kashmiris and Pakistanis have to pay. General Sharif Visited border with India few months ago. He said, “There is definite linkage between terrorism being sponsored by India in various parts of Pakistan and belligerence along the working boundary and Line of Control”. Pressure started building up for Modi to cease military confrontation with Pakistan.

The humiliating U-turn by Modi to open talks with Pakistan was due to pressure by rich and powerful. Modi’s dilemma is to please rich and powerful without offending Hindu extremist. These rich and powerful people want to use trade corridor through Pakistan to reach Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. On the other hand, Hindu extremist want Modi to wage a war against Muslims and Pakistan. Sooner or later, Modi has to decide. Who is his boss? He can’t work for Hindu extremists and rich at the same time.

Pakistan may give access to economic corridor depending upon India’s willingness to stop suppression of Kashmiri people and respect their right to self-determination. India also needs to implement equal rights for its poverty stricken Muslim citizens before request for trade is accepted by Pakistan. India will also be forced to stop sponsoring terrorism across Pakistan. However, Pakistan will give access to economic corridor only after consultations with its closest ally China.

The way to peace and prosperity for rich and powerful in India goes through Pakistan. They will keep pushing Indian politicians for a permanent settlement of Kashmir issue. Pakistan needs to show strategic patience.

Friday, November 27, 2015

America contributed to rise of ISIS

America and its Western allies are directly responsible for bloodshed and killing of millions of innocent civilians in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair admitted that Iraq war contributed to rise of ISIS.

Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad said, “actually, according to what some American officials said, including Hillary Clinton, Al Qaeda was created by the Americans…ISIS and al-Nusra, they are offshoots of Al Qaeda”.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said, “two injustices do not make justice. If we start randomly killing those who have not done wrong, that is not going to provide solutions. So governments have to be the means of justice”. He gave this warning in response of Paris attacks.

French Philosopher, Michel Onfray tweeted that “right and left sowed war against political Islam, and now they are reaping it back.” Onfray said in an interview in 2013 said that “why do we have a problem of terrorism? Muslims are not stupid. We bring war to their homes and kill them by tens or hundreds, and then expect them to be nice…They aren't nice, and why should they be?”

It is the time that Americans and its Western allies stop committing acts of terrorism around the world. If they don’t stop contributing to rise of terrorist groups then they have to face the consequences of their own policies.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The end of “cold-start doctrine”

India’s “cold-start doctrine” has been shoved into the dustbin of history by Pakistan’s tactical nuclear weapons. Pakistani Foreign Secretary, Aizaz Chaudhry said, “our nuclear programme is one dimensional: stopping Indian aggression before it happens. It is not for starting a war. It is for deterrence”.

India has developed a capability by drastically reducing the time to launch an offensive against Pakistan. Thus India has “created a space for war” through its “cold-start doctrine” according to Mr. Chaudhry.

“Our argument is, when you are a nuclear power, you do not create spaces for war. War is no more an option,” Mr. Chaudhry said. “We have plugged the gap India had created. We have the right to do so.”

Pakistan has made it clear to India and rest of the world that it wants peace and prosperity in the region. Pakistan has also proposed a nuclear free Subcontinent. On May 4, 2003, President Pervez Musharraf proposed a nuclear-free subcontinent but India refused to accept a nuclear free Subcontinent. India also rejected Pakistan’s offers for “No War Pact” in 1981, 1998 and September 2000.

India should realize the fact that Pakistan is an independent and a very strong country. The dream of India to treat Pakistan as a puppet state cannot be materialized. Indian dreams of dominance are buried along the “cold-start doctrine”.