Post Faisal Shahzad and Ajmal Kassab scenario has yet again provided Indian hawks to spew venom against Pakistan, lately I came across with a hate filled article in Wall Street Journal by an Indian Journalist Sadanand Dhume who has subtly tried to connect every terrorist having Muslim name with Pakistan. I usually don’t pay heed to what Indian media publishes about Pakistan since it’s their ‘moral responsibility’ to side with their country but when it comes to presence of Indian journalists in international media it becomes a matter of worry for us.
Sadanand Dhume’s article “Why Pakistan produces Jihadis” in WSJ has not only focused International Community’s attention towards Pakistan but its an attempt to isolate the nation from other Islamic countries which seems like a clever effort of building opinions to develop another international coalition against Pakistan with the support of Afghanistan. A typical RAW based agenda in Journalism.
In my opinion those readers having no idea of Soviet War have systematically been brainwashed by the Indian journalism must be shown other side of the picture as well and the sacrifices Pakistan has made by being the front ally in war against terrorism.
In the ten-year Soviet War in Afghanistan, Afghans were supported by a number of other countries, with the heavy military and financial support of US and Saudi Arabia offering. However, on ground Afghans were aided by Pakistan.
Pakistan having friendly ties with Afghan neighbors took in millions of Afghan refugees fleeing the Soviet occupation, the influx of so many refugees believed to be the largest refugee population in the world.
All of this had a heavy impact on Pakistan and its effects continue to this day. Pakistan, through its support for the USA and Mujahideen (the then heroes of United States) in Afghanistan, played a significant role in the eventual withdrawal of Soviet military forces from Afghanistan but at the same time Pakistan had to face disastrous consequences in terms of law and order situation and economic crisis.
Today Pakistan has again extended support to the US Government and declared war against the Taliban & Al Qaeda, the same Taliban/ Al Qaeda with whom the three partners jointly fought a war against common adversary but this time the war has gone global and Pakistan has to face much bigger impact than the earlier one as this battle is against one of those friends who knows Pakistan inside out. The Taliban!
Monday night’s arrest of Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistani-American accused of planting a car bomb in Times Square, has certainly brought Pakistan into America’s magnifying glass. The echoes of ‘do more” being heard once again with more pressure.
On the other hand India’s opportunist media and Anti Pakistan lobbies are hell bent on proving Pakistan a rogue state, even American authorities ignoring Pakistan’s contribution in war on terror and issuing random warnings to them.
After the fall of the Taliban regime many members of the Taliban resistance fled to the Northern border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan where the Pakistani army had previously little control. With the logistics and air support of the United States, the Pakistani Army captured or killed numerous al-Qaeda operatives such as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, wanted for his involvement in the USS Cole bombing, the Oplan Bojinka plot, and the killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Likewise many other terrorists not only caught but handed over to the US investigation agencies till date.
But whenever any terrorist activity by non state actors take place, the situation comes back to square one, our restless partners in war against terrorism conveniently forget Pakistans’ sacrifices and the lives we waste in suicide bombings on almost daily basis –our numerous troops embraced death in this war – Pakistan’s healthy economy—with annual GDP growth of 8% falling under 3% in 2009.
The United States has carried out a campaign of indiscriminate Drone attacks in Federally Administered Tribal Areas killing hundreds of innocents without any explanation but in return the “front ally in war against terrorism” gets warning of “severe consequences” if the US can trace such attempts back to Pakistan as if Pakistan Govt has to keep a strict vigilance on not only 180 million Pakistanis but Pakistanis abroad as well.
In order to avoid further terrorist attempts, US and those who blame Pakistan need to understand common Pakistanis’ sentiments because rest of the war has to be fought through multi pronged strategy as the terrorism is a global phenomenon and the world community should focus on its root causes which stem from economic disparity and unresolved political issues.
United States should understand that every war has its consequences, when we attack enemy we naturally expect retaliation from them, same pockets of resistances we confront when thousands of civilians die in suicide bombings in Pakistan. If US has waged war against Taliban they should also be prepared for damages in return in the form of Shoe bombers or Faisal Shahzads but that doesn’t mean Pakistan has turned a blind eye towards attackers.
We have had this problem since 1980s. In the last two years, the government and the people of Pakistan have started addressing the problem in a full fledged manner. It will take the nation some time to root it out as the war against terrorism is not a mere one day match.