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Smart Terrorists, Stupid Governments!
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif has written to Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi expressing satisfaction with his recent visit to India. Mr. Modi has responded with the hope that bilateral ties will be enhanced after an atmosphere free from violence and confrontation is established. It is a futile hope. Terrorist violence will never be eliminated unless the present approach and policies adopted by both governments is drastically revised. The terrorists are smart. Apart from petty personal rivalries among terrorist leaders and the Sunni-Shiite enmity the Taliban terror outfits are united in the pursuit of their main agenda. And that is to ensure that India and Pakistan remain hostilely separated. Terrorists systematically strike to prevent any move towards achievement of Indo-Pakistan peace. They have done so in the past and will do it in the future.
It is the political establishments in India and Pakistan that stupidly allow manipulation by the terrorists. The strategy of the terrorists could not be more transparent.
In the Karachi airport strike the Tereeq-e-Taliban claimed responsibility. The terrorists shot dead in that encounter were Uighurs. Uighur leaders proudly claimed that they had participated in the attack organized by the Punjabi Taliban. And yet some security analysts in Pakistan continued to accuse India and Afghanistan of jointly launching the attack. Could a response have been more pathetic? Both India and Pakistan are being bled by terror attacks, Pakistan more so than India. Yet both countries cannot make common cause to eliminate terrorism which could be accomplished within a few months if both armies and security agencies conducted joint operations. Can they not draw inspiration from the unity displayed by the terrorists?
So first things first! The steps towards genuine Indo-Pakistan peace are, first an agreement to establish joint operations against terror, secondly to simultaneously agree to sincerely address the Kashmir dispute, and third to introduce the institutional changes required to stabilize the new consequent arrangement in the region. Everything else is a waste of time. Politicians should not delude themselves. They should learn to be as smart as the terrorists who confront them.
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