It must be said that Pakistani diplomats have an expertise and can play their charm to turn the bad situation into a good one. A Pakistan foreign office spokesperson made such a powerful presentation on Friday, virtually proving that US President Donald Trump was not aware that how Pakistan’s fight against terrorism had served American interests. The illustration was simple that Pakistan had helped decimate Al-Qaida and other extremist groups that had shot into global fame because of the 9/11 — without, of course, making a mention that Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden was found in Pakistan before he was killed by Americans in a daring raid.
Pakistan’s foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua while delivering a lecture on “Pakistan’s Foreign Policy issues” at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, on Saturday made a very significant point that Trump’s New Year tweet in which he accused Pakistan of “lies and deceit” in return for $33 billion aid over the past 16 years, was being analysed.
The diplomats analyse each and everything, and then work out the things in favour of their country. Tehmina said, “President (Trump) might have got some feedback that he was prompted to tweet in the manner in which he did against Pakistan.”
Having said that Pakistani politicians and diplomats claimed that its fight against terrorism has worked for the regional stability and it wants to work more on the front by continuing engagement with the US. Pakistan understands the strategic and logistic compulsions of the US. It wants to milk this cow as much as it can. The serious point is that it is mainly responsible for the regional instability in South Asia. It created a terror monster in Afghanistan and on its own soil to bleed its neighbours — India and Afghanistan. It’s angry with India on losing East Pakistan forever as Bangladesh appeared on the global map as an independent and sovereign nation. India did help the agitating people who were fighting against injustice and denial of democracy to them by the rulers and military of West Pakistan. Afghanistan, it believes, is its backyard, and any Indian presence there is that of an enemy. This kind of thinking is against the international law.
Kashmir offers a classic example where Pakistan is using its terror machine to destablise the regional stability. Pakistan-trained terrorists are spilling blood of innocents. J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti reminded the world, including Pakistan, on the second death anniversary of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, “No cause can be achieved by bloodletting.”
Pakistan knows that its claim of working for the regional stability is a hoax and only a way to get more dollars from the US. Pakistan has bled Kashmir and continuously brands it as a nuclear flashpoint. Its troops have made the Line of Control that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan, hot. Alongside, it supports and funds the Haqqani network that is responsible for endless terror attacks in Afghanistan.
Rawalpindi trusts terrorism more than dialogue. If Pakistan wants to sound genuine in maintaining regional stability, the least it can do is to stop ceasefire violations. Killing soldiers and civilians on the Indian side has its consequences. That doesn’t help the cause of regional stability.
Pakistan owes an explanation to the international community that whose interests is it serving by making India and Afghanistan target of its terror networks. It should better learn a lesson by the advice of the then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave to the Pakistani establishment. She said: “It’s that old story — you can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours. Eventually those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard.” That message is more relevant today. And Delhi needs to note that if Pakistan gets into deeper trouble, it would cause more terror and trouble for India as well. It is better that the two engage and sort out their issues bilaterally. That can lead to regional stability in reality.
SOURCE: The Tribune