By: Arun Joshi
On Saturday, Pakistan presented a “ dossier “ containing what it called “ irrefutable evidence” of “ India’s role in promoting terrorism” in the neighbouring country. The contents of the “ dossier” that appeared in Pakistani media fly in face of Pakistan itself because the so-called evidence is bizarre by any yardstick that Pakistan might have applied to build its case for the international community to take cognizance of . Pakistan knows that its charges would not be accepted by anyone in the world. Pakistan’s reputation as a hub of terrorism and its exporters to various parts of the world are known to the world. It, in fact, is a ploy to mount a terror attack in the country and get away with it . Pakistan is a master in it.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi along with military spokesperson Major General Babar Iftikhar, told media that “India is sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan,” and elaborated the charges by claiming that how Indian officials based in Afghanistan had brought about unity among the terror groups in Pakistan . Qureshi said that the “ specific evidence provides a concrete proof of Indian financial and material sponsorship of multiple terrorist organisations , including UN-designated terrorist organisations Jamaat-ul- Ahrar, Baluchistan Liberation Army and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.”
The duo mentioned that these groups were funded through bank transactions and the receipts were given in a letter written in Dari language , a laughable stuff.
Why did Pakistan do it at this point in time, and to what end? The answers to these questions are too obvious. Pakistan is preparing for another major terror strike in India, and it is seeking to pre-empt any charge visiting it. The backdrop is admission of one of its federal ministers Fawad Choudhary who had admitted in the National Assembly on October 28 that, “ Pulwama was a big achievement of Imran Khan government. We beat them in their home. We all are partners in this success “.
Pulwama a district in Kashmir Valley had witnessed a deadliest terror attack on February 14, 2019. Forty CRPF personnel were killed and many more wounded in the assault . The way Pakistani minister played it out as a “grand success” was a clear unveiling of the designs of Pakistan against India.
Now Pakistan is planning, as it become too clear from the press conference of Qureshi-Babar duo on Saturday , for a Pulwama type attack or may be worse , to put India on backfoot in the eventuality of retaliation – India had retaliated to the Pulwama terror attack on February 26, 2019, by conducting aerial strikes at Balakot terror training centre of Jaish-e-Mohammad , UN designated terror group, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, deep inside Pakistan .
Pakistani game, it seems is to mount a terror attack in Kashmir or any other part of the country, and if India retaliates, it would call out it as an “ act of terror,” in the international community. Or, there could be an alternate plot to engineer some kind of terror attack within its own soil- Pakistan is home to so many terror groups nursed and nourished by its establishment – and then blame India for it.
Blaming India for everything going wrong in Pakistan is a running theme in Pakistan. The attacks in Baluchistan and on Afghan-Pak border are being blamed on India by Pakistani leadership.
Here it is important to know what could be another overriding purpose of Pakistan in presenting its anti- India “dossier”. Qureshi tweeted after his press conference: “This one-sided narrative ends today.”
Dawn newspaper’s editorial on Sunday attempted to give a meaning to Pakistan Foreign Minister’s statement. The Editorial titled “India’s ill-intentions”, read: “India was able to largely convince the international community that its narrative was correct while Pakistan’s response suffered from credibility issues. It is the right time now for Pakistan to reverse the narrative and make effective use of diplomacy and strategic communication to find international traction for this dossier.” This means that the Pakistani establishment has started building up a narrative against India despite the fact it knows that “ the idea of India as a state sponsor of terrorism may be hard for the international community to digest.”
What is more worrying is that the newspaper attributes Indian position on terrorism against Pakistan in the international community to “a diet of slick Indian propaganda backed by the image that the country has crafted for itself — but this is exactly the challenge that Pakistan must accept.”
This sums up everything that Pakistan is building a wall of its defence for its terror attacks and the retaliation that it may invite. That gives an eerie feeling that Pakistan is up to big mischief. India must calculate everything well in time.
About the Author:
Arun Joshi is a senior journalist based in J&K. He has worked with Hindustan Times, Times of India, Indian Express and The Tribune.
He has authored “ Eyewitness Kashmir: Teetering on Nuclear War” and three other books.
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