Oh, really!

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Apr 2018 11:20:36

THAT Pakistan is planning a permanent ban on Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and other terror outfits, is a news that needs to be taken with a bagful of salt. That Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior has prepared a draft bill to that effect and the all-powerful military establishment is backing the proposed legislation, also is another piece of news with suspect dimensions. India must look at such pieces of information from Pakistan with much suspicion.That Pakistan has a strong reason to think in terms of strict measures against terror outfits because the United States is applying tremendous pressure, is only a superficial point which the Pakistani authorities would want to make to demonstrate their clean intent. However, the reality of Pakistani political system is that it has often used hired terror as a tool of its foreign policy management, and it appears highly unlikely that Islamabad would really propose banning terror outfits like JuD and others.

Yet, for the record, the Pakistanis are now talking of a draft bill to impose ban on JuD in particular. They perhaps believe that such a show of intentions would pacify their American friends who would go easy on Pakistan in terms of military and developmental funding etc. In the past some months, United States President Mr. Donald Trump has been very tough on Pakistan and has slapped various measures to curb Pakistani sponsorship of terrorism. On the parallel track, the United Nations, too, has stepped up its pressure on Pakistan and has expanded the list of global terror outfits or terrorists, that now has as many as 139 entries from Pakistan. All these measures seem to have made Pakistan think of ways and means to assuage hurt feelings of its allies like the United States. Hence the draft bill by the Ministry of Interior, perhaps.

Going by Pakistan’s history and its continued honeymoon with terror, it is quite likely that Pakistan’s National Assembly might pass the bill banning terror outfits, but the administration might not be serious about its implementation. For, in the past, too, Pakistani authorities have played such tricks in an attempt to hoodwink the world. That the world was not misled and everybody knows everything about Pakistan’s suspect intentions, is another story. Yet, that has not taught Pakistan any lesson. Now also, Islamabad could adopt such a trick to mislead the world in believing that Pakistan is serious about joining the global fight against terror.

The reality of Pakistan’s international politics is that it has often used terrorism as one of its tools. This has been there right since 1947 when the new nation was formed. Because it did not want to be blamed for a direct action, Pakistan created a facade of tribal looters attacking Kashmir that had agreed to join India after Partition. Subsequently as well, Pakistan kept adopting similar tactics in order to avoid any direct global blame for aggression. And as that ploy stopped working, they took to sponsoring terror outfits that would be almost Pakistani Army regulars without uniform.

Thus, when a country is using terror as its tool, then it does not appear possible for its authorities to impose ban on terror outfits like Jamaat-ud-Dawa and others. Given Pakistan’s manner and method in the past seventy years, there are reasons to suspect that the draft bill which the Ministry of Interior has said to have prepared is only an eyewash. The Ministry might have prepared the bill which the National Assembly might pass, but the administration would implement only on paper and not in action. Unless the ban really comes into effect and stays on for sufficient length of time, the world need not take Pakistan’s word on face value. For, by any standard, Pakistan is a Rogue State.