© Harish Jharia
There has been a constant escalation in violation of ceasefire by Pakistan across the LOC line of control in the recent past. Pakistani troops fired mortar shells towards Indian army posts on 6th January 2013. Many of the shells landed across the LOC, close to the civilian habitation.
Pakistani troops continued their provocative tactics by escalating the degree of hatred and brutality by intruding across the LOC in the Indian territory, opening gunfire at an Indian patrol party killing two of Indian soldiers and seriously injuring a third one. They then mutilated one of the dead bodies.
This attack of Pakistani troops was a cowardice act. Nevertheless, it is hard to understand as to why not the Indian government ordered their own troops to chase the infiltrators up to their own posts and take suitable and appropriate retaliatory military action?
Indian ministers and officials should take effective and appropriate action immediately, rather than warning the enemies “not to repeat the same in future”. This is an escapist way of operating armed forces and the Ministry of Defense.
Armed forces have their own systems of operation. They should be given freedom to take ‘on-the-spot’ decisions and retaliate against aggressions and attacks by the neighboring country, spontaneously. The Ministries of Defense and External Affairs should support the actions of Armed forces on domestic, bilateral and international levels.
Pro Pakistan lobby in India has left no stone unturned in the pursuit of calling Pakistani singers, actors, cricketers, intellectuals and NGOs etc to India, unilaterally in the name of peace and friendship. On the other hand the Pakistanis never returned the Indian gesture in similar spirit.
India has emerged as an insensitive soft state forgetting repeated attacks by Pakistan army; intrusion, blasts and mass killings by terrorists trained in Pakistani camps and ignoring the safe heaven provided by Pakistan to fugitive underworld dons.
Following are very few of the hundreds of Indo-Pak conflicts initiated by Pakistan army; Pakistan sponsored insurgents and or Pakistani terrorists:
- The 2008 Mumbai terror attacks consisted of twelve coordinated gun shootings and bomb attacks across Mumbai, by Pakistani terrorists, who were trained in Pakistan and came all the way from Pakistan via Arabian Sea. The terrorists killed 164 Indians citizens, wounded 164 innocent people and devastated properties worth millions of Dollars. It has also been revealed that Pakistan Army provided technological and logistic support to these terrorists in planning and executing the barbaric killings and devastation of properties for many days.
- The 2001 Indian Parliament attack was a historic attack by Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists from Pakistan, on the Parliament House in New Delhi, on 13 December 2001. This terrorist attack has been recorded in Indian history books in black letters as it was a clear war waged against the Indian republic.
- The Kargil War was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place between May to July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LOC). Pakistani soldiers between 26,000 and 33,000 crossed the Line of Control dressed as Kashmiri locals on August 5, 1965. The Indian army suffered 3,000 battlefield deaths, while Pakistan suffered 3,800. The Indian army was in possession of 710 miles² (1,800 km²) of Pakistani territory and the Pakistan army held 210 mile² (550 km²) of Indian Territory.
- The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 was a result of skirmishes between Pakistan and India that took place between April to September 1965. This conflict, known as the Second Kashmir War was fought between India and Pakistan over the disputed region of Kashmir. The first Kashmir war was fought in 1947. The war began following Pakistan's Operation Gibraltar, which was designed to infiltrate forces into Jammu and Kashmir to precipitate an insurgency against the rule by India. The five-week war caused thousands of casualties on both sides. It ended after an intervention of the United Nations UN into a ceasefire and the subsequent issuance of the Tashkent Declaration.
In a recent debate on a TV channel an ex Pakistani admiral lost his temper and reminded the channel host about the nuclear status of Pakistan. He ignored the fact that Pakistan has a borrowed nuclear capability against the much advanced self-reliant and stronger nuclear power developed by India.
In spite of the unilateral animosity and hostility practiced by Pakistan, India continues to be a soft state and unresponsive to the aggressive treatment by the neighboring country. In addition to the Indian government’s lackluster attitude, a pro Pakistan lobby in India is shouting slogans for maintaining peace and extending hands of friendship with Pakistan. TV reality shows are designed specifically for participation of Pakistani artists and film stars. Bollywood has also been crowded by Pakistani actors, music directors and singers; whereas, thousands of Indian aspirants are struggling in the Mumbai film industry for their first break.
Pakistani insurgents and terrorists are not a threat for India only; they are equally posing constant danger for the innocent Pakistani public. I happened to meet a Pakistani family on-board a flight from Europe to the US. They were originally hailing from Sindh Pakistan but settled in the US. They revealed a stunning fact that their 9 year old daughter had not yet visited their home in Sindh, Pakistan. The reason they gave for the same was yet more shocking. They said that girls were not safe in their hometown and they did not take their daughter there, out of a fear of her probable abduction.
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