Pak’s sinister designs demand a holistic strategy
Pakistan’s job is not only to export terrorism, but also to spread malicious propaganda based on lies, lies and disinformation. Pakistani Ambassador to the UN Munir Akram has, as usual, raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir at the UN Security Council during the public debate on “Peacekeeping and of international security through preventive diplomacy “. Earlier in October, he tried to misinform about the Jammu and Kashmir issue during the meeting of the General Assembly’s first committee dealing with disarmament and international security issues. This has become a normal feature for Pak envoys to the UN. They also used fake photographs and videos to assert their point of view, wasting the world’s body time.
As they have been doing since partition, following the Indian government’s 2019 decision to revoke Section 370, anti-Indian criticism has grown sharper and stronger in various international forums. In September 2019, Maleeha Lodhi, then Pakistani envoy to the UN, spat venom at India. The Indian response pointed out that the Pakistani envoy was trying to spread unfounded and misleading accounts against India.
The story this time was no different. Munir Akram raised the J&K issue on the basis of falsehood and fraud to target India. Dr Kajal Bhat, who is an adviser and legal adviser to the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations and originally from Kashmir, said in a rebuttal rebuttal three important dimensions of Pakistan’s sinister purpose. First, Pakistan is abusing the global platform “to spread false and malicious propaganda against” against India. Second, Pakistan’s efforts are aimed at distracting the attention of the international community from its terrorist-related activities. She also pointed out that Pakistan & “holds the despicable record of hosting the highest number of terrorists banned by the United Nations Security Council &”. Third, minorities in Pakistan live in miserable conditions.
She underlined India’s approach to maintain normal neighborly relations with all countries, including Pakistan, and its commitment to resolve all issues in accordance with the Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration. She asserted that âall of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and always will be an integral and inalienable part of India. This includes areas that are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. She rightly called on Pakistan to immediately evacuate all areas under its illegal occupation (PoK).
The problem with Pakistan is that it continues to depend on terrorism as a state instrument for dealing with India. Now he uses the same instrument to achieve strategic depth in Afghanistan. Thanks to this approach, the Pakistan-Afghanistan region has once again become a hub of international terrorism. Pakistan is well known for its policy of welcoming, assisting and actively supporting terrorists and is recognized worldwide as a country which openly supports, trains, finances and arms terrorists as part of state policy. It is no coincidence that Osama bin Laden stayed in Abbottabad for more than five years, a location not far from the army training institute and its headquarters. It was not just him, but several other Al Qaeda leaders were taken to safety. More recently, the Taliban have been maintained and supported to capture Kabul. ISI’s link with the Haqqani network is well known. When under pressure from the FATF, he arrested terrorists but recently they were released. Obviously, no attempt has been made to provide evidence against the terrorists. Most terrorists, whenever they are locked up in prisons, are treated as guests of the institution.
In addition, Pakistani propaganda aimed at changing the perception of civil society also continues. The use of social media with fake profiles is deployed to incite community tensions through fake videos and photographs.
However, the two recent moves by Pakistan suggest a likely shift in its approach towards India.
First, the opening of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor and second, Imran Khan’s inclination to allow wheat shipments for Afghanistan to cross Pakistani territory. The reasons for these openings are not clear. Some experts see it as the result of Pakistan’s internal political and economic problems. They believe that Pakistan wants to maintain peace on the Indo-Pakistan border to resolve internal problems. It seems they aim to project a reasonable image of the country. The need for financial assistance from the United States could also be an important factor. In addition, the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor has been demanded by various Sikh factions. It can be mentioned that the Pakistani military, which determines the Pak’s policy towards India, does not take insurance measures unless they advance its broader strategic objectives.
Pragmatism demands that Pakistan’s comprehensive strategy be kept in mind. Past experience shows that whenever Pakistan faces an internal problem, it raises the level of Indo-Pak tension to distract its people. The current economic problems have increased considerably. China is not prepared to come and fully assist Pakistan. That is why Pakistan is trying to get help from the United States. The United States has also taken a soft approach to Pakistan for its strategic reasons. He continues to view Pakistan as an important player in the region to protect its strategic interests. At the Trioka Plus conference, Bajwa, while calling for coordinated efforts for the economic recovery of the Afghan people and a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan in the pursuit of regional stability, also uttered a veiled threat that if the Taliban are not not helped, none are safe, even at a distance. It was more about putting pressure on the United States to provide assistance not only to the Taliban but also to Pakistan which can control the Taliban. In fact, it was Pak’s strategy even during the “global war on terror” based on duplicity, as former US President Trump made clear.
Pakistan is rapidly moving towards the camps of well-known terrorist formations. He struck a truce with TLP and with the help of Sirajuddin Haqqani he made a deal with TTP – an organization that was responsible for the massacre of schoolchildren in 2014. The arrested cadres of these groups have been released. There are also reports that the ISI has formed a group of small jihadist formations known as the Islamic Alliance on invitation, which is used to deal with Taliban sections that may not be part of the Haqqani faction. or not be considered pro-Pak items. The IS-K, responsible for the recent violence in Afghanistan, maintains close ties with the ISI. The Pak army would use all elements to ensure that the Kabul dispensation remains under its control.
In essence, Pakistan has emerged as a land of pure terrorism: it now has a link to the TLP and TTP in addition to the Taliban, IS-K and the Haqqani network. Its only strategy is to use terrorism to achieve its objective against India and to secure control of Kabul. Various terrorist outfits make up its unofficial army. India must be careful of its duplicity efforts in both India and Afghanistan. India should also be clear that while the United States may have a similar objective to India’s in the Indo-Pacific, its interests in Pakistan and also in Afghanistan differ from those of India. It is better to have coordination with Iran and Russia in Afghanistan as both have interests like India to keep it safe from terrorism and make the region stable and peaceful. China is totally dependent on Pakistan when it comes to Afghanistan, and the Sino-Pak axis is coordinating to keep India under pressure. In view of the above, a well-calibrated long-term strategy designed to thwart the nefarious Pak game plan is needed. This includes exploiting its vulnerabilities. India’s defensive approach alone cannot counter Pak’s plans.
The opinions expressed above are those of the author.
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