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بدھ، 16 جنوری، 2013

LoC: Pakistan must act

Not a bit surprised would be the objective observers at this trick of the Indian establishment, so familiar and trite it is. When at fault, invent a lie to cover it up and then parade it as a fact repeatedly and vociferously in the style of Paul Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's infamous propaganda czar, and the people will start believing in your mendacity. This is what sits at the heart of this Indian trick. And this is what the Indian establishment as a dedicated devotee of Goebbels is practising over these days so frantically.


Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Monday ordered an “aggressive” response to any cross-border firing allegedly by Pakistan which protested continued LoC violations by New Delhi during the commanders meeting that discussed a recent deadly flare-up in the disputed Kashmir. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi, General Bikram Singh said: “I expect all my commanders at the Line of Control to be both aggressive and offensive in the face of provocation and fire.”

The tone and tenor of the Indian Army Chief is indicative of the designs of not only Indian military leadership but also civilian policy-makers in New Delhi as Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had also hurled similar threats. The statement of General Bikram is particularly worrisome as it came exactly when military commanders from the two sides were holding flag meeting on the LoC to discuss the situation where Pakistan categorically rejected Indian assertions. Pakistan has already offered probe of the firing incidents by the UN, which reflects sincerity and truthfulness of its stand. However, Indians have rejected this offer, which clearly shows they have something to hide and would not like a neutral inquiry. There are clear indications that Indians are deliberately escalating tension on the LoC by indulging in ceasefire violations and killing of Pakistani soldiers, injuring civilians and damaging property.

Indian troops had crossed over the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir and in violation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two countries they physically attacked a Pakistani border post, in which one Pakistani soldier was killed and another injured. This gross violation was sure not to go down well with the international community. 

Although Pakistan was clearly wronged, the Pakistani establishment refrained from playing up the Sunday's unprovoked and surprise physical murderous attack on the Pakistani post and turning it into a big issue. Diplomatically, it registered its protest and counselled abidance by the ceasefire agreement strictly. The Pakistani media too did not play up the Indian incursion and kept confined predominantly to the bare reporting of the official statement on the physical attack, and that too not any prominently. 

On the other hand, the Indian media, famously slavishly conformist, religiously toing the Indian establishment's line when it comes to Pakistan, has literally gone bongo over the alleged Tuesday's attack. Obviously on a wink from high quarters in New Delhi, it is feverishly engaged in creating hysteria among the Indian public against Pakistan. Channels after channels are putting out talk shows incessantly, to which hawkish panelists are being invited. And they are braying for blood and revenge.

And yet India's external affair minister Salman Khurshid has the temerity to pose innocent and say that no escalation should be allowed over the Tuesday's event. What else is the jingoistic storm being dished up by the Indian officialdom and media if not escalation? 

But the Pakistani establishment should not take this Indian trick lying down any more. It has proposed a UN probe into the Sunday's Indian physical attack on the Pakistani post and the alleged assault on the Indian patrol by Pakistani soldiers. It must persist in this stance and insist on every forum on this probe by the UN Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) at least.

The facts should be established and truth must be laid bare. For too long, the Indian establishment has slyly employed this familiar trick to demonise and vilify Pakistan. For once, its façade of innocence should be shredded apart to show up its ugly face. The world should know what it was that impelled the Indian establishment on to the Sunday's adventurism against Pakistan just days after the New Delhi India-Pakistan moot on the conventional confidence-building measures between the two countries.

In that conclave, adherence to the 2003 ceasefire agreement was very much on its agenda, with both agreeing to check to any violations now or in future. Then what was it that prompted the Indian establishment to violate the agreement by physically attacking the Pakistani post when not even the minutes of that meeting had been finally drafted and circulated? Facts must speak. 

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