Abdul Rehman Malik |
The relationship between two arch-rivals India and Pakistan has never been sound since Independence from British Yoke in 1947. Both countries have fought wars and Pakistan has paid a heavy price after the falling of Dhaka now Bangladesh due to the conspiracy of India. India has always escalated the situation with hegemonic designs and abruptly starts building war hysteria to secure votes in the elections especially, the sitting PM Narendra Modi, whose main grudge lies with Muslims as he had done a similar mess in Gujarat which caused riots resulting in the loss of lives of the Innocent Muslims.
Unfortunately, he was the then Chief Minister of Gujarat and all happened due to his propagation of anti-Muslim policies and instigating hatred among the Hindus against the Muslims over slaughtering of Cows. Even after his elevation to the post of Prime Minister, his hate-filled speeches instigated the Indians against Pakistan in post-Pulwama Attack that resulted in causalities of 45 Indian Armed forces in J&K.
The relationship between two arch-rivals India and Pakistan, has never been sound since Independence from British Yoke in 1947.
Like the past Practices, without thinking a moment, India started pointing fingers on Pakistan for the said incident portraying Pakistan its biggest enemy. However, Pakistan’s sensible leadership under Imran Khan categorically rejected the Indian Claims. Imran Khan also offered an investigation into the matter if India provided any actionable evidence. On the contrary, Indian jets intruded into Pakistan’s territory and dropped payloads in haste when PAF Planes chased them.
Modi, for face-saving, claimed to have targeted the JeM camps, but DG ISPR rejected the claim through his tweet with actual pictures of the places where payloads were dropped by IAF jets. In a defensive move, Pakistan Air force and Pak Army shot down two IAF jets of India. Even, the forces captured Indian Pilot Wing commander Abhinandan, who was later released as peace gesture.
The world welcomed Pakistan’s de-escalation move, but the Indian Media celebrating the peace gesture as their victory invited wrath and criticism from peace lovers and analysts; whereas, some sensible Journalists termed it the moral victory of Pakistan Modi’s plan failed miserably within days of execution and Pakistan appeared victorious on the diplomatic front.
According to various Security experts, there is no possibility of full-scale war as both neighbours are nuclear powers and the war will have adverse repercussions, not only on both countries but it will engulf the entire region. It would lead to mutually assured destruction. Nuclear capability of both arch-rivals deters each other.
Imran Khan also offered an investigation into the matter if India provided any actionable evidence.
To maintain deterrence and balance of power, to silence the critics, in a defensive move, Pakistan shot down two IAF jets and captured wing commander Abhinandan alive. The arrest of Pilot startled belligerent India. Kudos to Pakistan PM Imran Khan for taking the sensible decision and announcing the release of the captured pilot as a peace gesture. The World community hailed the decision including US President Donald Trump, UN chief, China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
India still fuelling the war hype through irresponsible News Channels and levels scores of allegations against Pakistan such as cross border terrorism. The Peace loving and optimist journalists criticized the irresponsible reporting of Indian Media and called for immediate halt to such warmongering and hatred through media. On the contrary, understanding the gravity of the issue, Pakistani media presented the true picture and displayed responsibility.
The senior leaders of Indian National Congress and other opposition parties started protesting against Modi’s warmongering and demanded an immediate halt to such anti-peace initiatives aimed at winning political support for upcoming Indian general elections which will decide the fate of BJP, of other and the Next Prime Minister of India. Modi’s Premiership sickness has no bounds and he is playing with fire in a dangerous game of War that might bring misery not only for belligerent neighbours but also for the whole region.
Even it might be disastrous for the entire world if nuclear weapons are used. Modi’s abortive efforts to win the elections at the cost of risking Peace will never be fulfilled. Wars bring misery, hunger, disease and destruction in the world. Therefore, It is not a sensible decision to push the country on the backburner and destroy economic opportunities with belligerent behaviour. Luckily, despite Indian warmongering, Pakistan achieved tremendous diplomatic support at apex forums.
Pakistan Modi’s plan failed miserably within days of execution and Pakistan appeared victorious on the diplomatic front.
The issue has been raised by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at diplomatic level that has started bearing fruit for Pakistan in terms of Moral Support whereas India has been heavily criticized and condemned at all levels. The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has offered his office for mediation between the two neighbours to deescalate the situation. Also, Pakistan was fortunate enough to have professional Armed Forces whose professional attitude was lauded by Indian Pilot Abhinandan during the detention period.
He further said that he was treated in a fair manner and even Armed Forces saved him from the people who were beating him. Pakistan has won the battle morally and peacefully. Pakistan’s befitting response terrified India which prompted the Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to hold the press conference and declare that they want peace and not war. Pakistan welcomed the statement decision and reaffirmed resolve to demonstrate the same.
Furthermore, Indian aggression also brought both PTI led Government and opposition parties on the same page and they extended their full support to Armed Forces. However, the episode has not finished yet. Pakistan has offered India many times to initiate a strategic dialogue to peacefully resolve disputed issues, but India has always tried to avoid the dialogue process and continued atrocities in Jammu & Kashmir and Indian Killing spree seems to have no limits.
The mass scale use of chemical weapons and pelt guns call for the intervention of the world community, especially UN to urge India to demilitarize J&K and start the dialogue process. India should learn a lesson from the 17- year long US war in Afghanistan that has failed to give desired results. It should make efforts for normalization of Relations so that the peace could be established in the region. Pakistan has always remained calm and demonstrated a willingness to talks but India has been aggressive and reluctant.
Let’s hope that both countries should jointly wage a war against terrorism and poverty and should live like good neighbours and resolve their disputes through constructive dialogue.
Abdul Rahman Malik is a Policy Researcher, Governance Specialist and Development Sector Professional having worked for Asian Development Bank and other National and International Development Organizations. The views expressed in this article are author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.