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India’s renewed efforts of maligning Pakistan

Mustafa Khan talks about India's habit of signaling out Pakistan for terrorism whenever there's turmoil in the Asian subcontinent. This proves that India is trying to maintain a political hegemony in South Asia and trying to sideline Pakistan.

There is an episode of Numan aka Abu Hanifa. His neighbor was one who played music and sang songs loudly that disturbed the neighbors at night. One day surprisingly there was no disturbance so Abu Hanifa inquired about his neighbor. People informed him that the man was in prison. He had quarreled with someone who complained against him and so the judge had sent him to jail. Abu Hanifa told a man to go to the judge and request him to release his neighbor from the prison.

The people were surprised and asked him why he wanted that man who disturbed him all the time at night to be set free. Abu Hanifa observed that the man, though a nuisance, was his neighbor. It has his duty to him as a neighbor. To help him in his difficult times was his moral duty. When the man was released and he was told about it, he rectified himself and stopped causing inconvenience anymore.

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The never-ending rift between India and Pakistan

The Asian subcontinent is in turmoil for India always singles out Pakistan for terrorism which is unpleasant because it doesn’t discretely consider the realistic surrounding of what is actually taking place. On 14th July 2021, there was a suicide bomb attack on a Pakistani bus in which 13 people lost their lives. 9 of them were Chinese working on a dam in Dasu in upper Kohistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi accused India’s Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) of carrying out the attack.

In the aftermath of the Taliban taking over power in Afghanistan, it acquires an ominous dimension showing India in an awkward situation. The death of Chinese workers justified Pakistan’s position that India eyes Chinese support to the road with hostility. That the road leading to Gwadar port in Baluchistan is a sticky situation.

India-China stand-off in Ladakh intensifies the Pakistani understanding of the situation.  It also creates misgivings that the epicenter of terrorist activities is not Pakistan. It is India that is behind destabilizing the situation, thanks to the Doval doctrine.

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Is India responsible for the unrest in Pakistan?

It is also questionable that India begins to pick up small brownies in the aftermath of every such event to browbeat Pakistan. And humiliate Pakistan by the subterfuge of scoring diplomatic points. There are tricky or dishonest ways of doing it. Let alone neighbors! (India is so choosy that marital rape is not raped if the wife is above 15 years old!)

However, if Pakistan claims “irrefutable evidence of India’s active planning, promoting, aiding, abetting, financing and execution of terrorist activities” it is obligatory for the neighbor to run a check on it.

The quandary of the javelin in Japanese Olympics is an antidote to prejudice and bias “I was searching for my javelin at the start of the final (in Olympics). I was not able to find it. Suddenly, I saw Arshad Nadeem was moving around with my javelin. Then I told him, ‘Bhai give this javelin to me, it is my javelin! I have to throw with it’. He gave it back to me. That’s why you must have seen I took my first throw hurriedly,” Chopra was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

The incident of Johar township in Lahore on June 23 targeted Hafiz Saeed chief of Jamaatud Dawa and the colossal use of the internet and the appearance of drones were enacted to divert the attention from the attack. It was a deflection tactic.

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In confronting such terror attacks Pakistan has the obvious advantage of a scholar in NSA Moeed Yusuf, unlike the maligned adventure of NSA Ajitkumar Doval. As Doval worked in disguise as a Pakistani in Pakistan and Sikh in Golden Temple prior to Operation Blue Star, he has inbred hatred for Muslims and Sikhs. Yusuf was more like ATS chief Hemant Karkare. In Johar’s (Lahore) bomb blast, he started riveting the car used in the bomb blast. That led the inquiry to R&AW of India.

Mustafa Khan holds a Ph.D. on Mark Twain. He lives in Malegaon Maharashtra, India. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.