Pakistan's defence minister
Khawaja Asif warned (read threatened) India today – "In the past six-seven
months, we have tried to better our ties with India so that peace can prevail.
But it seems that they do not understand this language. I believe, we will now
communicate with India in the language they understand.
And as threatened, Pakistan did communicate
today, taking its ceasefire violations and cross-border firings to the similar
barbaric level that target civilians every now and then, killing two Army
personnel, one civilian – shelling houses in border villages across the
International Border (IB) forcing evacuation of many villages. A similar recent
response by Pakistan in October 2014 had met with some tough response by India
forcing the Pakistani ruling establishment to hide under its skin.
With the trademark Pakistani
style retaliatory communication today, Pakistan has maintained its proven
track-record of shameless doublespeak – saying they are the peace-loving folks
– and are forced to act by India whenever 'ceasefire violations by India'
- When the country is seen as one
of the few nations following the policy of state-sponsored terror, waging proxy
wars, especially in India and Afghanistan..
- When the country is globally
knows as the origin and factory of Taliban..
- When the country is at the
forefront of the debate on countries giving rise to the 'good terror Vs bad
terror' discourse by their terror-oriented policy..
- When the world knows that its
ruling establishment harboured Osama bin-Laden for years while feigning
ignorance to the world that forced US to exclude Pakistan from its Osama hunt
that ultimately resulted in US carrying on an operation on its own, in
Pakistan, near its capital Islamabad, while no one in Pakistan could sense it..
Countries with such an
encyclopaedia of lying and doublespeak preach they kill in order to make others
learn the process of peace they want to project – and 'others' here is the
largest democracy in the world with strong democratic tradition and
institutions, India – a responsible nuclear power – a regional power – an
emerging global power – an economic powerhouse of the day – the largest future
market for the companies of the world with its young demography and its
ever-expanding middle class that is slated to eclipse the marketing trends of
Now, that is a norm expected from
Pakistan and its ruling establishments – the feeble politicians with no choice
but to toe the line dictated by military establishment of Pakistan – and the
people ruling Pakistan's military establishment, living under a perpetual
anti-India fear psychosis – drawing their sanctity to rule Pakistan by fuelling
anti-India sentiments in Pakistan riding on the 'K word' – frustrated by their
- When they see India's superior
economy, superior military and healthy social institutions..
- When they see the issue that
gives them the power to blind the Pakistanis, the so-called 'cause of Kashmir'
slipping even farther away with a peaceful election registering highest ever
poll percentage of 65%..
- When they see India's rising
- When they see Russian President
Vladimir Putin, undoubtedly the most powerful dictator of the day, has to come
to India to placate India on Russia-Pakistan defence deals while desperately
looking for business to keep running the Russian economy reeling under
sanctions of US and European Union..
- When they see US President Barack
Obama cordially accepts India's invitation to become the chief guest of its
Republic Day function on January 26 while flatly refusing Pakistan's request to
extend his trip India's neighbour..
- When they see in their past and
find they have lost every war they fought with India..
- When they see in their past and
reflect on the humiliating loss of East Pakistan and birth of today's
And the high tone of the rhetoric
of Pakistan's defence minister today is reflective of this frustrated mindset
of nation's ruling establishment and nothing more.
Yes, Pakistan is in no position
to wage a direct war with India and it realized it a long ago and so it adopted
the policy of waging proxy war in Jammu & Kashmir and other parts of India.
It pushes terrorists in India. It pushes terror money in India. It tries to
indoctrinate and radicalised Indian youth in the name of religion. It mentors
separatists of Kashmir.
And regular ceasefire violations
by Pakistan are one of the guised channels to push terrorists in India. What is
making Pakistani ruling establishment nervous and restless is that India is no
more in the mood to play the Good Samaritan keeping restraint. It is giving
befitting reply now, like it did in October 2014.
Don't be surprised, if tomorrow,
you come across the news that 'Indian reply across the border with Pakistan
forces Pakistani guns to go silent once again after facing heavy losses'.