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Editorial. Satya Pal Singh. VII. XXVII.XIV

 

Spraying Bullets On Mourning Day!



Satya Pal Singh-fnbworld By Satya Pal Singh


 

Indiscriminate firing by Pakistani
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Pakistan's roguery as a terror state now remains well defined, actively enforced and shamelessly driven by its Army’s violent actions in repeatedly breaking ceasefire on the Indo-Pak border. On the one side, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and offers to help generate an environment for durable peace and friendship, on the other, its Army lets loose gunners to spray bullets on Indian soldiers in highly provocative actions across the border. They don't spare even the Kargil Anniversary Day when the two sides must be mourning their dead, rather than indulging in futile, senseless gun battle.   


Pakistani troops targeted Indian forward posts along LOC in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district late Friday night, prompting Indian troops to retaliate. This is the second truce violation by Pakistani troops in less than 7 hours and the 8th in July. This raises a question: What do Pakistanis have up their sleeves? Do they want peace or another war?


Former Pakistani generals who regularly appear on Indian TV channels indulge in highly provocative talking, warning India's leaders, its Army and the common folk that Pakistan is now a nuclear state and that New Delhi must be extremely cautious and wary of attacking Pakistan "in another misadventure that will see India's Waterloo... Pakistan may be a smaller nation, but is not weak." To a question from the anchor of a national channel, one said in a fit of extreme anger: "Pakistan is now a strong, killer nuclear power which can destroy the whole of India….Pakistan sees no peace without Kashmir."


This is the same old, tough language President Zia-ul-Haq used while savagely terrorizing Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at Delhi airport in 1987 in a refrain of cruel jibes that characterized the General's basic temper. Sending shivers down the spine of a young Gandhi, Gen Zia threatened: ‘Mr. Rajiv, you want to attack Pakistan, go ahead and do it. But keep in mind that after this the world would forget Hulagu Khan and Gengis Khan and will only remember Zia-ul-Haq and Rajiv Gandhi. Because, this will not be a conventional war but a nuclear war. In this situation, Pakistan might be completely destroyed, but Muslims will still be there in the World, but with the destruction of India, Hinduism will vanish from the face of this earth.” Gen Zia’s tough tone and tenor on the Indian soil did not look a shallow intimidation, but a serious threat, even though Islamabad was then struggling to aggressively push up its nuclear power. This was at a time when the Indian forces were awaiting Rajiv’s order to attack Pakistan from the Rajasthan sector and Gen Zia was visiting India uninvited to watch a cricket match in Chennai.


A South Asian political and military affairs analyst concludes after an intense, most convincing study on the Pakistan Army that "Islamabad would not be satisfied even if there was a solution to the Kashmir tangle, because for the Pakistan Army, the war against India is a jihad or war of civilizations." Finding too much 'jihad and Islam' in the Pakistan Army's secret papers and publications, analyst Christine Fair says in her well-researched study, 'Fighting To The End : The Pakistan Army's Way of War' : "What Pakistan is trying to do is 'use jihad to mobilize and boost the morale of their troops, so they are on perpetual war footing with India....They always pitch India as a 'Hindu' nation. This is critical to them because they are settling up this civilization battle…they are like international insurgents." So, Kashmir is no more a bone of contention!


In the 1971 humiliating war defeat, Pakistan lost about 56,000 square miles of territory, as also millions of its citizens to nascent Bangladesh as a result of the country's dismemberment. It was a setback that saw the key allies, US and China, leaving it alone. As a result, Islamabad stood isolated, losing strategic and economic influence in South Asia. A terribly hurt Prime Minister Z A Bhutto immediately decided to acquire nuclear weapons to prevent Pakistan from signing any humiliating treaty like the one it was forced to sign with India after the war. Earlier, during the 1965 war too, Bhutto had declared that "if India builds the bomb, we will eat grass and leaves for a thousand years, even go hungry, but we will get one of our own. The Christians have the bomb, the Jews have the bomb and now the Hindus have the bomb. Why not the Muslims too have the bomb." 


Convinced that Pakistan could never win a traditional war with India, Islamabad began developing weapons of mass destruction in 1972, but it intensified this programme after India's 1974 nuclear test. Pakistan's  concern was also "survivability" in a possible nuclear conflict through second strike capability. US experts say Pakistan built "hard and deeply buried storage and launch facilities to retain a second strike capability in a nuclear war." In early 2000, US intelligence officials stated that previous estimates "overstated the capabilities of India's homegrown arsenal and understated those of Pakistan". 


One US defence expert said, "Don't assume that Pakistan's nuclear capability is inferior to that of India…Pakistan has built Soviet-style road-mobile missiles, state-of-the-art air defences around strategic sites with concealment measures." A few years back, Pakistan had 'at least six secret locations' and since then it is believed the country may have had many more such secret sites. In 2008, US admitted that it did not know where all of Pakistan's nuclear sites were located. Pak officials don't give details of locations and security arrangements of nuclear sites to anyone, including their close allies.


It is believed Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal has roughly 90-110 nuclear warheads, although the stockpile could be much larger. Islamabad has produced fissile material, adding to related production facilities, and deploying additional delivery vehicles. These measures could enable the experts to undertake multi-sided improvements to its nuclear arsenal. Even though Pakistan says its “minimum credible deterrent” is designed to prevent India from taking military action against it, no one knows why Pakistan is spending so much on building its nuclear arsenal when roughly its 40 % population is below the poverty line.


With the persisting instability in Pakistan, international observers fear radical takeover of the nuclear systems and their destructive, killer devices. Any breakdown of safeguards in the event of the nuclear arsenal falling into wrong hands could be disastrous to India which has already faced serious terrorist onslaughts for years. If Pakistani rulers' only concern is 'jihad and civilization war', then who on earth can bring them to senses? It's a question that is troubling the mind of every Indian, including an average Muslim, who is pining for peace and prosperity. 

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