After Second Blasphemy Murder India’s Hard Pakistan option by Rajinder Puri SignUp
Boloji.com
Boloji
Home Kabir Poetry Blogs BoloKids Writers Contribute Search Contact Site Map Advertise RSS Login Register
Boloji
Channels

In Focus

Analysis
Cartoons
Education
Environment
Going Inner
Opinion
Photo Essays

Columns

A Bystander's Diary
Business
My Word
PlainSpeak
Random Thoughts

Our Heritage

Architecture
Astrology
Ayurveda
Buddhism
Cinema
Culture
Dances
Festivals
Hinduism
History
People
Places
Sikhism
Spirituality
Vastu
Vithika

Society & Lifestyle

Family Matters
Health
Parenting
Perspective
Recipes
Society
Teens
Women

Creative Writings

Book Reviews
Ghalib's Corner
Humor
Individuality
Literary Shelf
Love Letters
Memoirs
Musings
Quotes
Ramblings
Stories
Travelogues
Workshop

Computing

CC++
Computing Articles
Flash
Internet Security
Java
Linux
Networking
My Word Share This Page
After Second Blasphemy Murder
India’s Hard Pakistan option
by Rajinder Puri Bookmark and Share
 

The assassination of Pakistan Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian, is the second murder of a politician who opposed Pakistan’s Blasphemy law. First evidence suggests that the assassination was carried out by Pakistan’s Punjabi Taliban.

There is no real problem between India and Pakistan insofar as the bulk of Pakistan’s civil society is concerned. Apart from the extremists who fan Indo-Pakistan discord, support terrorism and keep alive the Kashmir dispute, the people of Pakistan would be content with peace and better governance. That cannot be delivered to them until terrorism is eliminated.

There is no real Kashmir problem between Kashmir and the rest of India insofar as the people are concerned. Apart from the rootless separatist leaders who are too scared to test their strength in elections, and the misguided youth who are motivated by them to pelt stones, the people of Kashmir would be content with better governance. That cannot be delivered to them until the shadow of terrorism is removed.

The real problem between India and Pakistan as well as in Kashmir therefore is terrorism. Until it is rooted out the region cannot be stabilized and India will not have peace.

Up till now New Delhi has pursued a policy of dialogue with Islamabad and attempted to search for formulae that would bring peace. But time is running out. However sincerely the government in Pakistan may seek peace, if it cannot deliver results in curbing terrorism, should India wait endlessly?

The key to curbing and eliminating terrorism rests with the Pakistan army. The time has come for Pakistan’s civilian government to confront General Kayani. The time has come for General Kayani to confront the hardcore elements within the military that sympathize with terror outfits even if that entails disaffection within the army. That is something that must be risked if General Kayani is sincere. The subcontinent urgently requires peace in order to play its rightful role in the emerging global order. The invitation from the Muslim Brotherhood to the Indian government to help organize the Egyptian elections slated for June is not insignificant. It reveals the potential role South Asia can play in the creation of a new West Asia. If either by design or by default Pakistan cannot deliver, India must consider using the hard option with Pakistan.

What is the hard option?

It is to minimize contacts with Pakistan; to reduce all diplomatic contact; to recognize the aspirations of the people of Baluchistan and offer them moral support; and to recognize the aspirations of the people of NWFP and offer them moral support to unite with their brothers in Afghanistan. This would have to be accompanied by lobbying in the UN to impose sanctions against Pakistan until the government effectively curbs terrorism and prevents its export to the world. In other words it would encourage the disintegration of Pakistan. Balkanized Pakistan would indeed be a tragedy. But it would help curb terrorism.

The reason for that is that only nationalist fervour prevails over the ideology spread by global jihad. That is why the Afghanistan Taliban is distancing itself from Al Qaeda and why the US has belatedly decided to initiate a dialogue with it. Baluchistan has had a separatist movement for sixty years. NWFP sought independence in 1947. These strong nationalist sentiments could have been successfully addressed by a genuinely federal polity granting autonomy. That did not happen. It is unlikely to happen under the present dispensation in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. That is why it is imperative that New Delhi convey its frustration and impatience to General Kayani through Prime Minister Gilani.

One believes that even today if General Kayani puts his mind to it he can take on the terrorists. But that would call for a basic reappraisal of strategic goals. Is he up to it? Is the Pakistan government up to it? If not, India would be left with no option but to take the hard option. And that would be to distance itself from Islamabad and offer moral encouragement for the breakup of Pakistan without firing a single shot.    
 

3-Feb-2011
More by :  Rajinder Puri
 
Views: 1104
Article Comment Mr Shetty, plese check your facts. The Baluch separatist movement has been spluttering for decades, and two of its leaders spent their lives in exile in the UK. The insurgency there is being crushed by the Pakistan army. It recently killed the Baluch separatist leader Bughti. The NWFP alienation relates to the tribal unity between the Pashtuns of Pakistan and Afghanistan which ensured that no government could effectively separate the peoples of both countries. The relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan therefore has always been extra sensitive and has led the Pakistan army to opt for its policy of strategic depth in order to exercise control over Afghanistan. If mainstream media has not highlighted these isues with sufficient prominence that does not mean that these do not exist.
My Word
03/05/2011
Article Comment If Baluchistan and NWFP harboured sepetarist sentiments since way back in 1947 why has it come to the surface only recently? Also, if we were aware of such sentiments why didnt our government use it as leverage against Kashmir insurgency?
RAHUL SHETTY
03/05/2011
Share This Page
Post a Comment
Bookmark and Share
Name*
Email ID*  (will not be published)
Comment
Verification Code*
K7W32
Please fill the above code for verification.

    

 
 
Top | My Word




    A Bystander's Diary     Analysis     Architecture     Astrology     Ayurveda     Book Reviews
    Buddhism     Business     Cartoons     CC++     Cinema     Computing Articles
    Culture     Dances     Education     Environment     Family Matters     Festivals
    Flash     Ghalib's Corner     Going Inner     Health     Hinduism     History
    Humor     Individuality     Internet Security     Java     Linux     Literary Shelf
    Love Letters     Memoirs     Musings     My Word     Networking     Opinion
    Parenting     People     Perspective     Photo Essays     Places     PlainSpeak
    Quotes     Ramblings     Random Thoughts     Recipes     Sikhism     Society
    Spirituality     Stories     Teens     Travelogues     Vastu     Vithika
    Women     Workshop
RSS Feed RSS Feed Home | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Site Map
No part of this Internet site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright holder.
Developed and Programmed by ekant solutions