Pakistan has mastered the dubious art of running with the hare and hunting with the hound simultaneously. This is precisely what Pakistan has been doing all along in Afghanistan. Pakistan begged for US aid, received it for promised services to fight against radical Islamist groups in Afghanistan but encouraged Al Qaida supported Taliban to mount attacks on the US soldiers and kill them. Pakistan professed friendship with India and showed keenness for composite dialogue with India but its ISI officers paid hard currency cash to LeT to kill Indian officers, contractors and other road building personnel in Afghanistan. This was outright an act of cheating the Americans and damaging the Indian interests in Kabul to enable its forces to rule the roost there.
MEGA LEAK OF US INTELLIGENCE
WIKILEAK is a volunteer website serving the cause of democratic world and exposing swindlers. They caught hold of classified documents numbering thousands from the US government, military, diplomatic, intelligence etc and brought to the notice of American tax payers and all concerned how their money was going down the drain. The Pakistan military was all along assuring the Pentagon and the White House that it was with the United States in its war on terror but in actual fact it was helping the Taliban and its own brand of terror, LeT to attack and kill the American and European troops in Afghanistan. The common man in America is aghast. In India patriotic citizens had always been raising an accusing finger at Pakistan for playing the dirty game of siding with Americans ostensibly but supporting Islamist terrorists intimately.
OUTCOME OF MEGA LEAK
The Obama administration is under tremendous public, political and diplomatic pressure to revise its AFPAK strategy. Pakistan can no longer be trusted by America. As Hillary Clinton went on record to say that there are important elements in Pakistan government who know where Osama bin-Laden is hiding in Pakistan but Pakistan won’t catch him, what to say of handing him over to America to face justice.
President Obama had committed a major faux pas by announcing well in advance when the Americans would start pulling out of Afghanistan because it emboldened the Islamist terrorists as they took it as their final victory and ultimate defeat of the NATO. Now the Obama Administration may reverse that defeatist policy and declare that they would not leave the war-torn Afghanistan until Taliban is decimated. The Surge ordered earlier may be carried out with full gusto and General Matis, the commander designate for the NATO forces in Afghanistan be given a free hand to deal with the new emerging situation.
It is time America sidelined Pakistan as an untrustworthy ally. The aid to the cheats be stopped forthwith. The vacuum thus created may be filled by fresh forces from countries that have not been involved in battles heretofore. The new armed forces from freshly chosen countries will bring a whiff of fresh air and begin the battle with the Taliban with a high morale.
ROLE OF INDIA BE REDEFINED
India has much at stake in Afghanistan. India has been aiding the Karzai government in Kabul by giving economic aid, building bridges and roads, teaching English and Maths to Afghan National Army officers and so on. However, the time is ripe for India to help Washington DC by providing active military support. It may be in the form of infantry, artillery, engineers, signals and, of course, the Army medical Corps. The Indian Army and the Indian Air Force providing active battle support to the NATO will be a shot in the arm for the US Administration. This is the time to fight against the Islamist terrorists on a foreign soil and help the world beat the rogue elements.
If India misses this opportunity of bearding the lion in its own den, the lion will cross the borders and roar in Jammu and Kashmir. Helping , aiding and abetting the Islamist terrorists to grab Kashmir is the strategy of the Pakistan Army. Let us recall what Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had said to general Musharraf – Taliban are the strategic ally of Pakistan Army. When we(Pakistan) go to war with India, the Taliban terrorists would protect our flanks. The voice intercept by the CIA was made available to India too. The intention of the Pakistan Army of which Kayani is the Chief now, is quite clear. Notwithstanding this clinching evidence and attack by Pakistan on Indian personnel in Kabul and on other Indian interests there, if someone in power in India feels that friendship with Pakistan is possible, he is living in a fool’s paradise.
It is time India severed all connections with the neighbouring country harbouring devilish intentions against it. Not doing so will be suicidal. Anyone promoting peace with Pakistan may be having an eye on Nobel Peace prize but is likely to end up with a bitter taste in the mouth. Pakistan talks of Halal but acts only what is Haram. It is the considered opinion of patriotic Indians that Pakistan is itching for a fight with India. Their dream is to avenge their defeat at the hands of India in 1971 but that dream will never come true.
The best course of action for patriotic Indians in power is to buy new and latest guns for the Indian Artillery that has been starved of it for almost three decades now. Modernisation of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force is the crying need of the hour. Our military commitment to defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan may open an opportunity for us to modernise the Indian Armed Forces. Let us remember that opportunity knocks at the door only once in a lifetime. If we keep the door shut, there will be no knock at it again.
The Americans are keen on receiving reliable help in matters military. Shouldn’t we seize this opportunity from the front and make the best of it. WIKILEAK may prove to be a boon to India.
It is hoped that the Indian leadership will develop the Will to make a decision that will be in the interest of India.
By Brig Chtranjan Sawant