From Mumbai to Paris, every heinous act of terrorism so far has been traced to Pakistan directly or indirectly. However, the Western world under the leadership of US cleverly made an amnesic response to Pak overture.
The previous governments bizarre policy of maintaining ‘business as normal’ with a country it accuses of being a state sponsor of terrorism has costed the nation dearly at the international table. The Modi govt. immediately after coming to power cancelled all diplomatic channels with Pakistan and ordered the military to respond with an Iron Fist to even the slightest cross-border firing.
International Terror Strikes ::
The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the recent Paris attacks and Islamic terror groups are getting closer to each other uniting for a single cause. For instance, a 2011 report from Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), based at the US Military Academy at West Point, called the Haqqani Network a ‘nexus player’ with links to Pakistan’s ISI, Al-Qaeda, and Uzbek militants, among others.
For more than three decades, the Haqqani Network in Pakistan has functioned as an enabler for other groups and as the fountain-head (manba) of local, regional, and global militancy.
Despite Pakistan and its notorious Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) being far too often called the ‘epicentre of terrorism’, a peculiar paralysis among western governments and India’s, has failed to end this terrorist HQ.
The US State Department had designated Iran (since Jan 19, 1994), Sudan (Aug 12, 1993) and Syria (since Dec 29, 1979) as state sponsors of terrorism. Cuba has left the list, but it appears ‘amnesia’ grips governments in dealing with Pakistan.
While countries like Myanmar have been crippled with merciless economic sanctions, the one country most consistently holding the smoking gun on terrorism has been allowed to continue its deadly game on terrorism, while being hailed by the US government for two decades as an ‘Ally in the war against Terror’.
21st century’s most frequently mentioned host of terrorist groups gets rewarded with multi-billion dollar aid packages, advanced weapon systems like F-16 fighter jets – astoundingly despite the world’s most wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden found living with his family outside the Pakistan Army Head Quarters in Abottabad.
Forgotten too is how this celebrated ‘ally in the war on terror’ was dragged on aboard only after former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called Pakistan’s military dictator Pervez Musharraf on September 12, 2001 and threatened to bomb the country “back into the stone age”.
Apparently forgotten is Pakistan scientist A.Q. Khan’s role in selling nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea. The Pakistan government ‘not knowing’ about Khan’s extra-curricular activities falls in same category as the Pakistan government ‘not knowing’ about Osama bin Laden hiding outside the Pakistani military HQ, even as it pocketed billions of dollars of hard-earned US taxpayers’ money.
The time is ripe for the world to demand that Pakistan meet its obligations as a state to tackle terrorism emanating from its territory. If Pakistan is not willing to rein in terror then the world should be prepared to open a new battle front and bomb terror training camps and strip Pakistan of its Nuclear Weapons acquired via stolen technology.
US Military Aid to Pakistan ::
In 2001, US economic and military aid to Pakistan was US$ 228 million. The next year, after the 9/11 attacks, the US govt. gave Pakistan US$ 3.421 billion. In 2008, Pakistan received US$2.38 billion of US taxpayers’ money. The next year, after the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai by terrorists trained in Pakistan, Pakistan received US$ 3.54 billion.
If the United States does not stop funding a terror state like Pakistan, the clock could be ticking for cities like Washington D.C., Berlin, London, Sydney or Hong Kong to join Mumbai and Paris, in a global template for terrorist strikes emanating from Pakistan. The next time it could be a Chemical or a Nuclear Device over a non-Islamic city secretly provided by the Pakistani Military Establishment.
(with inputs from defence news)