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The Pathankot Attack | Way Forward for Pakistan and India

The Pathankot Attack

After terrorist attacks on Faisal Airbase, Karachi Airport and Badhaber Camp, valiant soldiers of our security forces and Special Services Group not only brought the situation under control but also sent all the attackers to hell. The attack on India’s Pathankot Airbase has a striking similarity with the abovementioned ones and its evidence is coming to light. Attacks on these Pakistani installations were orchestrated by a nexus between India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Afghanistan’s Directorate of National Security (NDS) as they not only provided the terrorists with full financial support but also with guidance.

The whole planning for the attacks on Pakistani installations was done under the stewardship of an India ‘Devil,’ named Ajit Kumar Doval who, currently, is India’s National Security Adviser. Mullah Fazlullah-led terrorist group has close links with these organizations and has been hiding in safe havens in  areas like Kunnar and Nouristan in Afghanistan.

Immediately after the attack on the Pathankot Airbase, local residents started to disclose that markets and business centres in nearby areas were forcibly closed down just before the attack and even some unusual activities and movement of some suspicious individuals and vehicles was also witnessed. Barriers at gates of airbase were also removed a day before the attack. All these activities clearly point toward the fact that the attack has been spearhead by Indian intelligence agency i.e. RAW, and activists of Hindu extremist organizations are involved in it. Another important piece of evidence to support this assertion is the use of RDX explosives in this attack — the material usually used by Indian Army. The same explosive material was used in Samjhota Express bombings in 2007 and this was provided to Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Purohit through a Rajouri-based unit of Indian Army. This similarity reveals that the Pathankot attackers are the same as those involved in Samjhota Express incident. Swami Aseemanand had explicitly confessed that all terrorist activities in India are carried out by the Hindutva followers, extremist organizations and individuals and that Muslims had nothing to do with such activities.

It is also to be noted that the Pathankot Base could not be cleared of terrorists even after two days of the attack which essentially means that either only falsity was being propagated through media or the security forces never wanted to get the base cleared. Quoting various ‘sources’, it was being told that five attackers were involved in the attack and there were premature claims that all of them had been killed. Then we saw a somersault and it emerged that some terrorists were still inside the base even after two days. What happened and what not; no one can solve this riddle. The fact, actually, is that Indian institutions consume all their energies on blame game and linking, howsoever possible, Pakistan with the attack, instead of nabbing the terrorists. Same was the case with Mumbai Attacks of 2008 when secret foretellers and RAW pundits, immediately after the launch of the attack, started claiming that the attacker was Ajmal Kasab. But, in fact, the RAW had kidnapped that person from Nepal and due to this reason, his confessional statement was recorded in Hindi. Pakistani agencies were never given access to him. Unfortunately, a Pakistani TV channel too went to the farthest possible extent to establish that the attacker indeed belonged to a Pakistani village. Indian channels broke the whole film-like story before the public.

Similarly, soon after the Pathankot attack, all channels and analysts were provided with a pre-written script that the attackers were Jaish-e-Muhammad activists and that they had sneaked into India from Bahawalpur. There is an ignominious collusion between RAW and Indian media and no sooner an attack begins than the latter is provided a script about the same to be disseminated to the masses. Their alliance is so strong that they would leave no stone unturned to prove their blatant lies as truth. The point that warrants serious consideration is that why Bahawalpur and Jaish-e-Muhammad were attached to this attack. Obviously because Maulana Masood Azhar lives in this very city! However, it is an undeniable fact that Jaish-e-Muhammad has degenerated and its members have entered the folds of Taliban — many have even died. It seems that for Indian anchors and analysts Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Fidayeen and ISI are the words repeating which over and over again endows them prominence.

The distance between Pathankot and Bahawalpur is nearly 700 kilometres and on the Pakistani side from points like Yazman, Mansoor, Marwat or Fort Abbas Pak-India border is approximately at a distance of 80 kilometres. There are two 20-foot high walls of barbed wire along the border separated by an area of 500 metres where landmines have been laid. Entrenchments have been established at 50 metres away from these walls and 10-11 wings of Border Security Force (BSF) have been deployed here — a wing consists of 1026 personnel. At a distance of 200 metres, floodlights have been installed which keep the entire area illuminated all through the night. In the wire-walls there are gates controlled by India’s BSF. The question that arises here is that can a person cross border in the presence of such a guarded surveillance system? The answer is yes but only when Indian Army or BSF wishes so, and facilitates such an infiltration. This raises questions on the capabilities of Indian security forces: why they failed to nab the terrorists at any point from Bahawalpur to Pathankot and even so they successfully snatched a vehicle from a police officer? Were all these agencies sleeping? Another critical question is that if Indian channels had information about a possible attack, then were they waiting for it to happen so that they could win more rating by breaking the news? It’s an utter disloyalty to, or more rightly a treachery against, the Indian people. Attacks have occurred on important Pakistani installations but our government had never opted to blame India for this and our media never broadcast that the terrorists belong to New Delhi, Mumbai or Rajouri. Soon after the Samjhota Express, there was credible evidence available that some officials of Indian Army and operatives of extremist organizations had carried out this heinous attack but Pakistan has, even till this day, avoided exposing this reality. In fact, Indian Army and extremist Hindutva organizations have very close links and they want to sabotage the renewed composite dialogue that got an impetus after Indian Premier Narendra Modi’s visit to Jati Umra in Lahore.

Kalraj Mishra, a noted BJP leader and an Indian Union Cabinet Minister, has said that the attack was an attempt to spoil relationship between India and Pakistan and that the terrorists could not digest the “good atmosphere” created by Modi’s recent Lahore stopover. If an Indian Union Minister holds such views, then it is imperative that Indians find out those terrorists who perpetrate such heinous activities in their own folds; instead of shifting the onus of responsibility to other side of the border.

Indian policy has always been of “a honey tongue, a heart of gall”. This policy has marred the prospects of peace in this part of the world as the Indian state provides sponsorship to the terrorist elements. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Shiv Sena, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), etc., are the catalysts to internal chaos and threaten the regional peace and this has, time and again, been stated by former premier Manmohan Singh. There is no denying the fact that terrorists neither have any religion nor any nationality or family; their only identity is terrorism; be they in the form of RSS and Shiv Sena or of Daesh, Taliban, Boko Haram, Al-Shabab or other monstrous outfits, these cancerous elements are involved in disturbing the world peace and these are the very enemies of the dialogue process between India and Pakistan.

In today’s modern world, this intolerant attitude is the root cause of numerous grave problems. The Pak-India bilateral relationship cannot flourish unless the lives of the people on both sides of the border are made better and more prosperous. Better Indo-Pakistani ties would accrue countless benefits for the Indian populace but as long as an atmosphere of distrust persists, no fruitful results can be expected.

There are some plans in the region that can set the wheel of India’s development in motion. One pertinent example is the Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) Pipeline. In order to enhance its electricity production and to save the country from environmental degradation, India is in dire need of natural gas resources. Nearly 58.6 percent of India’s total electricity production comes from coal but its quality is so bad that it produces more ash which is further aggravating the environmental problems in the country. In India, approximately 300 million people have no access to electricity and the only means to light their houses is either kerosene or cow dung. Rural areas of the country have not been connected to the national grid and nearly 43 percent villages in India use kerosene. A report by US Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the environmental degradation caused by the use of dung or kerosene results in 0.5 million premature deaths annually. According to World Health Organization (WHO), 54 out of 1000 Indian people die of chronic respiratory diseases. Amidst all these problems, the TAPI project would certainly help India meet its energy requirements. Starting from Galkynysh gas field (previously Yolotan gas field), this 1680-kilometre pipeline of 56-inch diameter will pass through Herat and Kandhar and will enter Pakistan at Chaman and reach the Indian town of Fazilka; its final destination.

This is the wealth that will run India’s electricity generation plants on natural gas and the generation cost will also be drastically cut besides benefitting the electricity-deprived rural populace of the country. But, all this would be possible only if India becomes a part of peace-building efforts in the region and abandons its policy of putting the blame of everything on Pakistan. An ambience of cordiality between both countries would be instrumental to freeing the masses from the claws of poverty and ignorance. But the omens suggest that extremists in India are out to achieving their nefarious designs and Indian media, by publicizing their botched views, is also bent on devastating this atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. The prevalence of distrust between both countries would keep on fuelling the mutual discord and animosity and perhaps this is the last agenda of some elements inside India and wherein we find no signs of amelioration.

The Pathankot Attack

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