Wednesday, 17 December 2014

“Aman Ki Asha” in the aftermath of Peshawar killing

Since yesterday, barbaric killing of 132 school children by the Pakistani Taliban in Peshawar has created a huge sympathy wave from Indians. The “Aman Ki Asha” franchisees in India consisting of politicians (likes of Mani Shankar Aiyar), jounalists (likes of Karan Thapar, Barkha Dutta, Rajdeep Sardesai etc.), intellectuals and activists are on an overdrive to be seen “standing with Pakistan” and ‪#‎IndiaWithPakistan‬ is trending at the top of twitter as well as on various internet sites. While most Indians are eager to express sympathy and solidarity with Pakistan, Pakistanis are busy inventing theories to link this barbaric act with RAW and India. Gen Parvez Musharraf and LeT supremo Hafiz Sayed have already publicly declared that Indian Govt and RAW are behind this attack and planned & executed this from the soil of Afghanistan through a group of Pakistani Taliban. But that's how Pakistan and Pakistanis feel and behave. This is the same country where people distributed sweets and danced on the streets after 26/11 attacks on Mumbai. The casualty during the 26/11 Mumbai attack was double compared to Peshawar but Pakistanis didn't trend ‪#‎PakistanWithIndia‬ . We Indians including the “Aman Ki Asha” franchisees should realize that we are not dealing with a civilized, rational and progressive country and people. Whatever may be the situation, anti-India feeling is in the DNA of Pakistan and Pakistanis. This Islamic theocratic state and humanism don’t go together. Irrespective of whatever we offer or do, they will continue their war of bleeding India through thousand cuts. Fuelling and financing terror is their only state policy towards India.

Just check what the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his foreign office said - “these terrorists are enemies of Pakistan and enemies of Islam. Pakistan stands united in condemning this heinous crime and remains resolute in its commitment to eliminate terrorism from the soil of Pakistan and Afghanistan”. So it’s very clear that they want to fight “enemies of Islam” and not terrorism per se. They also want to eliminate terrorism from the soil of Pakistan and Afghanistan and not from the soil of India. Hence Pakistan’s strategic policy continues to differentiate between “good terrorists” and “bad terrorists” and it is intact even after the Peshawar attack. Pakistan’s strategic policy against India is based on using terrorists as strategic assets in their proxy war against us. The following is a quote from page 58 of “The Qur'anic Concept of War”, a strategic training manual written by Pakistani Brig. S.K. Malik for Pakistan Army, whose foreword was written by General Zia Ul Haque - "Terror struck into the hearts of the enemies is not only a means, it is the end in itself. Once a condition of terror into the opponents' heart is obtained, hardly anything is left to be achieved. It is the point where the means and the end meet and merge. Terror is not a means of imposing decision upon the enemy; it is the decision we wish to impose upon him".

As long as some country and people will continue to see the world through their medieval religious eyes and refuse to respect culture & religion of non-believers, humanity will continue to suffer. Nothing can be more preposterous than we Indians saying "I stand with Pakistan". Pakistan is a perpetrator of terror and not a victim. Pakistan is as much a victim as a suicide bomber is of its own bomb. While we are saddened by the killing of the school children but can never sympathise with the terror factory named Pakistan. Pakistanis are now yelling that killing muslim school children is not jihad but terrorism. So that means if non-muslims are killed then it is jihad and they are fine with it. Rather, we need to buckle up now and get ready for more cross border terror attacks. All our energies should be focused not only on preventing such attacks but eliminating them all together.

Our “Aman Ki Asha” projects won’t change the hearts of Islamic terrorists of Pakistan. For this Pakistan has to move their education and social life away from religion based culture, value system, thinking and behaviour. Till they move to modern and progressive education and social system based on respect for all religion, human values and universal good, the scourge of terrorist mentality will remain with the Pakistanis. Today Pakistani nation state is based on hate towards other religions and culture, especially Hinduism. So those idiot Indians should stop their pipe dreams that a jihadi terrorist infested Pakistan will guarantee a safe and peaceful India. Trust Pakistan at your own peril.

Sympathy for the Peshawar victims should not blind us from our goal of defeating the state sponsored terrorist machinery emanating from Pakistan. Our policies and actions towards Pakistan should be only guided by realism and long-term strategy. We should not mix up sentimentalism with substance. In terms of the larger India-Pakistan relationship, Peshawar does not change anything. And I repeat…anything.