FOREIGN TRUTH

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Oct 2017 11:41:30


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The army in Pakistan is certainly helped by ISI inputs, which though officially is a Government body, is more aligned to the army and the two work in unison, disregarding the civilian dispensation.”

The remote control is operated from Rawalpindi, not by Islamabad. Their chair is in place only as long as the army wants. Today it is heartening that the US has come to a situation where it has to admit and accept Pakistan’s role in promoting terrorism, but unfortunately, things are not going to change by much even after this

US General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff recently averred that Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI had connections with terrorist groups and ran its own foreign policy, even as a panicky Pakistan has vehemently denied the US’ allegations. This statement coming from the US could possibly be the strongest indictment of the support that the Pakistan’s spy agency
provides to terrorist groups and also the woeful lack of Government control on such acts of its agency.

This claim has only vindicated India’s long-standing contention that Pakistan’s Government was directly abetting terrorist activities in India by pushing their men into the Indian territory. Even Afghanistan has been time and again charging its neighbour Pakistan with similar allegations. The top American general was joined by his Defence Secretary Jim Mattis in slamming the ISI. “We have seen havens left to the terrorists’ own devices,” he said. Though Pakistan launched a counter blame on the US for promoting terrorists once, who were now ‘liabilities’ for Pakistan, it tacitly only proves the fact that Pakistan acknowledges the ‘liabilities’ it has to deal with.

This means the likes of Haqqani and Hafiz Saeed are very much in Pakistan and part of its establishment, which Pakistan is unable to do away with, willingly or unwillingly.
The US might have taken years to understand the fact and several more years to acknowledge the same publicly, maybe because it itself had at one time a role to play in promoting men who could create disruptions in the region. But for Indians, it is no surprise that Pakistan’s Government is complicit to the designs of the ISI and its army.

India for long knows that the army is hardly in control of the civilian Government there. For most practical purposes the Government is a titular one in Pakistan, even as the titular Government too keeps on changing with every changing moon. Hence the army has mostly a free hand with no one to control it. They are answerable to known for their actions, except perhaps the court, which too is guided, very much like the army, by narrow religious and bigoted principles that lead to skewed views and impede chances of a fair judgment. India is in the tightest spot in this situation because when there is no responsible Government at the helm who could be held responsible for anything, the process of dialogue goes for a toss and there is no certainty of any outcome. Dialogues and deals are democratic processes by which civilised diplomacy runs. When civilisation and human values are themselves undermined and trounced, there is little possibility of any successful dialogue or deal to be brokered or sustained.

India has time and again tried to initiate peace by bringing Pakistan to the taking table but every time she has done so, she has been ditched by a hostile and vengeful army which does not heed to the Government. The army in Pakistan is certainly helped by ISI inputs, which though officially is a Government body, is more aligned to the army and the two work in unison, disregarding the civilian dispensation.

The Government in Pakistan has never been serious about the issue of terrorism because no one could dare to disturb the status quo. The prime minister and the president in Pakistan are ultimately powerful by only as much the army wants them to exercise their powers.  The remote control is operated from Rawalpindi, not by Islamabad. Their chair is in place only as long as the army wants. Today it is heartening that the US has come to a situation where it has to admit and accept Pakistan’s role in promoting terrorism, but unfortunately, things are not going to change by much even after this. Pakistan’s Government has already surrendered its sovereignty before the army. The only headway is to fight the army and ravage it.

That is never easy for any country. A full-fledged armed conflict is the last thing any country today would like to consider. The drain in huge and there are multiple losses while the result is uncertain and not permanent. The mistake the US committed by trying to do so in Iraq and Afghanistan is still haunting it. The result is nothing much to cheer about. The Pakistan army also knows that an all-out conflict is a distant and rare possibility and with China throwing its weight around, it is still harder for any country to think of a war. The army thus is free to continue with its disruptive acts and create tension in the region. Its resources are replenished by China. So, Pakistan’s economic misery is not going to disturb its functioning either.

The army doesn’t care even if Pakistan is annihilated or its future goes down the drain. It has its own agenda and ambitions, however ridiculous and primitive they might be, and it holds on to them religiously. The army is obsessed not only with Kashmir, which is only an alibi to lend an air of justification to its bloodletting, but also jealous of India’s unprecedented progress in all spheres and Pakistan’s growing isolation and insignificance in global affairs. Therefore, the prime motto of Pak army is to keep things on the boil, so that India’s resources and attention are diverted towards handling the never-ending belligerence. On the sly the civilian Government also feels happy about that and under the pretext of its helplessness, tacitly supports the ideology of enmity and division between peoples which the army cashes in on.

It silently observes the army’s doings and vicariously celebrates India’s anxieties as its wins. This sadistic pleasure principle is what has held back Pakistan’s Governments traditionally from acting tough against the army. By the way, as long as the Pakistan’s army has kept its energies directed towards India bashing, the leaders have been happy. Over the years, this made the army and religious groups so strong and rooted in Pak’s administrative soil that now the Government itself is feeling the heat. It has given shape to a Frankenstein it has no clue how to deal with.