Parlour games playing huge section of India’s shameless paid media is granting undeserved publicity to the opposition’s shenanigans in Hyderabad and discussing two-penny junkets to divert attention from vital issues likely to affect the innards of India’s security.
This blog seeks to expose this sinister side hurting Indian democratic system’s soft underbelly.
Mehb0oba Mufti’s sudden interest in a snap poll in Kashmir and the denial of a visa to actor Anupam Kher is a manifestation of this situation to divert attention.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif admitted that the aftermath of Pathankot terrorist incident  has ‘disturbed’ ongoing peace talks between his nation and neighbouring India .
Has he shot himself in the mouth?
Sharif is neither an incarnation of Mahatma Gandhi nor an avatar of Mohammad Ali Jinnah. 
Pakistan’s never-ending so-called ‘unfinished Kashmir imbroglio’ is legally, morally and politically untenable under any law – local and/or regional and/or national and/or international. 
Pakistan’s can of worms was opened during the Pathankot terrorist attack – that began on the New Year’s Day 2016.
A single flaw committed by those who mounted the terrorist operation from the Pakistani side exposed 5 vital facts of the reprehensible act. Everyone concerned knows the 5 facts.
The terrorists came from Pakistan – established by equipment seized in India from the dead intruders.
Phone-calls were traced to towns inside Pakistan during the run up to the attack.
Terrorists seized a multi-utility vehicle carrying Punjab police SP Salwinder Singh, his cook Madan Gopal and a friend-cum-jewellery-shop owner Rajesh Kumar close to the Indo-Pak border on the night of December 31 2015. The trio claimed they were returning after a visiting a holy shrine. The vehicle was used to reach the vicinity of the Pathankot airbase.
The ‘high-jacked’ vehicle was found within 500 metres of Pathankot Airbase.
It took some 4 days for the last of the 5 terrorists fighting against the Indian armed forces inside the airbase to be neutralised.
The dead giveaway:
If the terrorists had crossed the border fence, a hole or a tunnel marking the entry link with Pakistan would have been in existence. India would have exposed that breach to the world at large, pinning Islamabad down. As it hasn’t not been done so far, it would be safe to presume such proof does not exist.
The terrorists came from Pakistan but did not cross the border fence.
Salwinder Singh said he went to offer worship to mark the New Year.
He is lying.
Persons visit shrines in the morning and not late in the night. The shrine authorities have clarified that Salwinder had visited the place for the first time.
- As there are no breaches on the fence and the absence of a tunnel shows that the terrorists had entered India from elsewhere. On that count, there was no need to be near the border to capture the SP’s vehicle because Pathankot airbase is in the city and anyone could easily walk towards the 500 metre exterior of the airbase. The near-border rendezvous between the SP and the terrorists, therefore, is a red herring. The terrorists fought a huge contingent of the army for 4 days. That means arms and ammunition weighing over 1500 kg. It is humanly impossible for each of the 5 men to carry 300 kg of equipment, scale a high parapet wall, land into the airbase and finally manage to hide for such a long period to mount an attack. All these point to a different point of entry into India. Simply put, Salwinder was the inside man and the agent provocateur to help saboteur terrorists from across the border who helped set up an elaborate smokescreen to stymie the peace-process. Sharif’s statement should be seen in this light and discerned as an admission that the Pakistani army is indulging in these kinds of mind-game generated deadly and diabolic war-games.
Pakistani citizens can enter India through Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives in a facile fashion. The obvious choice for entry would be Maldives – the farthest from Pathankot for the following reasons:
Mohammad Nasheed, Maldives’ first democratically elected President, currently in UK for medical reasons – warned that the world could face a serious problem through the Maldives – on two accounts: [a] ISIS was getting the highest recruits from the archipelago and [b] sections of the west were playing silly politics in the island by taking sides.
Some of the other bigger dangers – especially for India:
ISIS recruiters have succeeded in ‘outsourcing’ the highest number of recruits from Maldives through Pakistan. It could even result in Pak nuclear arms being planted in the archipelago, Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop said.
Since 2014, Maldivian politician Nasheed has been saying that the world faces a huge danger through ISIS due to introduction of Islamic fundament terrorism into Male, a report in Britain’s Independent newspaper said.
“Radical Islam is getting very, very strong in the Maldives,” he said. “Their strength in the military and in the police is very significant. “Of the 200 people who have gone to jihad, the vast majority are ex-military.”“What’s happening is they are taking people in for training and they will go away [to fight abroad]. They are using the Maldives military to train their people.”Nasheed added the influx of Wahhabi Saudi money – into Maldives is at odds with the islands’ traditions.
There is a suspect Maldivian angle to the missing Malaysian plane MH370 and this had been exposed long ago in blogs authored by this writer. It links Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Russia, ISIS, Syria and Ukraine!
Flotsam and jetsam collateral damages like Salwinder and his accomplices – have probably sung like canaries during questioning – under the supervision of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval – who has refused to divulge details of the Pak hand in Pathankot terrorist attack at present. That led to many in the media baying for his blood and slamming PM Modi for overly trusting Pakistan.
Sooner or later the details will be out and Pakistan’s spies will be totally exposed to internationally acceptable standards. Corrupt sections of the Pakistani army fattened by stealing US aid to the tune of several billion US$ a year face the grim prospect of losing that money – or so warns the Wall Street Journal.
A bankrupt Pakistan is now hugely dependent on China.Operative excerpts from a report in Al Jazeera:
The Pakistani Government described China’s planned energy and transport corridor through Pakistan to the Arabian Sea as a “fate changer”.At more than $46bn, the planned Chinese investment in this project is some four and a half times the total US economic aid to Pakistan since 9/11 (though admittedly largely in the form of low-interest loans).Apart from energy pipelines and road-and-rail links between western China and the Pakistani port of Gwadar, the plans include massive investments in Pakistan’s own energy, transport and telecommunications infrastructure, including what would be the world’s largest solar power generating complex at Bahawalpur.
These projects, if realised – and this is a very big if – have the potential to bring in tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars in additional investments. They could restore Pakistan’s economic growth of the early 1960s, which led economists at the time to predict that the country would be one of the future leading economic powers of Asia.China’s commitment to the core energy and transport aspects of the plans does not seem in much doubt. This corridor will be a key part of Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy, intended to link China by land with Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.This strategy is driven both by economic interests and security concerns. China depends on imports for 60 percent of its oil, and the great majority of this is carried by tanker across the Indian Ocean and through the Strait of Malacca.
Beijing sees this as rendering China dangerously vulnerable to pressure from India and the US, as well as to attacks from fighters.
Fears have been expressed in India about the ways in which this new Chinese corridor would both strengthen Pakistan and increase China’s geopolitical and economic influence in the region.
Pakistan’s ‘other friend’ is Saudi Arabia.
As the rapprochement between Iran and the West grows, Saudi Arabia is quietly shoring up its relationship with Pakistan.According to various reports in the Pakistani media, Saudi Arabia requested an infusion of Pakistani soldiers following Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Riyadh. Former U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates had quipped that the Saudis are only willing to “fight the Iranians to the last American.”
In other words, the Saudis are notoriously unwilling and/or unable perhaps, due to poor training and morale, to solely use their own forces to protect their country.
This is where Pakistan, with its relatively well-trained and professional military, comes in. Pakistan has long had a close relationship with Saudi Arabia and has been involved in protecting that country and the House of Saud. Pakistan has much friendlier relations with Iran than Saudi Arabia does, but ultimately it is more dependent on Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, for example, gave oil to Pakistan in 1998 to help Pakistan weather international sanctions against it for conducting a nuclear test.
The Saudis also saved Nawaz Sharif after he was overthrown in a coup in 1999, and he is thus beholden to them.
There are already Pakistani troops deployed in Saudi Arabia. These facts are generally kept quiet to avoid undue attention, but many scholars agree that there is definitely some sort of security commitment from Pakistan toward Saudi Arabia. After all, Pakistani soldiers have previously deployed in Saudi Arabia: in 1979, after the Iranian Revolution, and to help out during the Grand Mosque siege in Mecca.
The security commitment may include a “nuclear dimension” in an obvious attempt by Riyadh to keep up with the Joneses next door in Tehran.
Counting on Pakistan is one way Saudi Arabia can shore up its own security. There is no doubt that Pakistan will assist Saudi Arabia on security issues like preventing a militant seizure of Mecca. Saudi Arabia is miffed with NATO’s honeymoon Iran – which has resulted in massive investments flowing into Tehran, reports said.
Italy based Iranian journalist celebrity Farahmand Alipour predicted in August 2015 that automobile majors of the West would jump into Iran with alacrity!
The West is bound to exploit the second largest economy in the Middle-East – Iran – another report said.
A gradual lifting of sanctions on Iran could reopen the Middle East’s second largest economy (after Saudi Arabia) to US and Western companies. Many European companies were active in Iran until 2010, but American companies have avoided doing business in the Islamic Republic for decades, either by choice or due to sanctions.
As negotiators from Iran and the world’s six major powers work to finalize a nuclear deal by June 30, businesses are investigating their prospects in Iran. An agreement that lifts even some sanctions might, over time, allow American firms access to a consumer-rich Iranian market.
Iran’s population, at about 80 million, is the third-largest in the region, after Turkey’s 81 million and Egypt’s 86 million. Its consumer base is also young and well-educated. And the middle class has had a taste for US goods dating back to the days of the Shah.
Pakistan’s army has lost to India four times and has reasons to be peeved. 
With Modi negotiating cleverly with NATO on the issue of Afghanistan, Pakistan could lose a huge stash of wealth. Modi’s diplomacy has hemmed Pakistan from the Afghan side through his good offices with Ashraf Ghani.
Operative portions from a recent report in The Citizen:
Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been strained off late, with a nascent peace process between the Afghan government and Taliban – which had been brokered by Pakistan – being called off following Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death.
Confirmation of the death led to a power tussle within the Taliban, and saw an upswing in militant-led violence in the conflict torn country.
The violence led to a dip in Afghan-Pak relations, with Ghani  accusing Pakistan of not doing enough to rein in terror – repeating the words of his predecessor Karzai. Afghanistan has long maintained that Pakistan harbours and fosters terrorism, by aiding, training and sheltering the Afghan Taliban. Pakistan denies the charge.
The widely held belief is that Pakistan has a role to play in terror in Afghanistan.
Ghani, however, attempted to reach out to Pakistan in a bid to use Pakistan’s leverage on the Taliban for a peace dialogue like Indian PM Modi did.
The writings are on the wall.
Pakistan talks of liberating Kashmir to keep its local populace interested and accuses Afghanistan of being a haven for terrorists because it wants the lion’s share in the Afghan mineral wealth estimated at US$ 18 trillion.
Hence, the yen of Nawaz Sharif to keep both the issues alive on his northwest and eastern flanks to stymie Afghanistan, its new President Ghani and India repectively is easily understood.
But, instead of nailing Pakistan and exposing its game, paid sections of the Indian media are providing loopholes and excuses for Pakistan to wriggle out of its tight corner by citing security lapses at the border that never happened in the first place.
Simply put, bad Islamabad has become “badder” since Osama bin Laden was taken out in ABBOTTABAD. The Paki headquarter seems to have newer recruits in wider sections of the Indian polity.
For its own reasons, highly paid sections of Indian media are pretending to be confused while deciphering the import of these developments.
Are sections of the paid media projecting the feckless Congress leadership citing photo-op picnics – to render suspect ISI-KGB agent Sonia Gandhi as the national alternative? Is that why the disaffection amongst the Dalits is being whipped up on a national scale as the aftermath of the reprehensible forcing of the bright scholar Rohit Vemula to commit suicide?
Are scripted amateur teleprompter-aided hamming exercises obvious pathetic attempts to obfuscate the truth?
Is the whole drama a conspiracy to render the endeavours of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the National Security Advisor – Ajit Doval – ineffective?
Some of the perfidies had been exposed through a few hundred blogs. Currently, they have all been illegally blocked by Google along with my Gmail account.
This has been done without assigning reasons – criminally violating the code of conduct laid down by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Sections of the ‘national media’ are as blind to this development as it has been for five and a half years over the abuse of human rights of this scribe by arms of the Tamil Nadu and central governments. The situation described above through the link remains unchanged since 2012.
Ma-Bharat’s majesty is being mauled and marred by her sinister neighbour.
Pakistan would lose its claim on the Kashmiri territory it occupies very quickly, if NATO and the US – that still send their dole every week – close the money tap and worse – hand POK to India. Of couse, Indian army would be asked to do the job and the jawans would love to teach yet another lesson to Pakistan.
For the West, that would mean killing mean killing 4 birds with one stone. [a] China’s fabled highway to Gwadar through POK would be neutralised; [b] The dragon’s mighty pride would be humbled; [c] the Sunni Muslim world of diplodocuses would be given a lesson in what passes for international diplomacy and [d] the West would have a land route to the sea through the port of Kandla – incidentally located in Gujarat – the home state of Modi!
Yes, Pakistan would lose it all, for such a move would trigger the inpendence movement in Baluchistan as well.
Since 1971 – after the separation of Bangladesh, Pakistan became Baakistan. If things come to the pass as narrated above, there would only a Paartistan of what is Baakistan.
The worrying original queries – once again:
Are sections of India’s democratic set-up comprising the opposition and the media providing ‘contraceptive-like cover-up’ opportunities to the fiendish foe by engaging nation’s eyeballs with debates of politicians’ piffle junkets in a next room archipelago, National Capital Region’s garbage gossip?
On 2 January 2016, a heavily armed group attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station, part of the Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force.
Four attackers and two security forces personnel were killed in the initial battle, with an additional security member dying from injuries hours later.
The gun battle and the subsequent combing operation lasted about 17 hours on 2 January, resulting in five attacks. It left 3 Indian security personnel dead.
The attackers wore Indian Army fatigues.
They were suspected to belong to Jaish-e-Mohammed, an Islamist militant group designated by India, the US as a terrorist organisation.
The attack was described as a terrorist incident in the Indian and foreign media.
A further 3 gravely injured Indian soldiers died in hospital.
On January 3, fresh gunshots were heard.
An Indian security officer was killed by an IED explosion.
The operation continued on 4 January.
A fifth attacker was confirmed killed.
The United Jihad Council claimed responsibility for the attack on 4 January.
The hijacking of a car of a superintendent of the Punjab Police the previous day was reportedly linked to the attack. People hijacked his car for transport.
They did not know that it was a police car since the police lights were off.
Media reports suggested that the attack was an attempt to derail a fragile peace process meant to stabilise the deteriorated relations between India and Pakistan, as several pieces of evidence were found linking the attackers to Pakistan.
In Mid-January, Pakistan made the arrests of several members of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, which India suspects of involvement in attack.
On Christmas Day, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a landmark visit to Pakistan to meet his counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the first such visit in over a decade. Two weeks on, and events have taken a disturbing, if predictable turn.
On 2 January, India’s sprawling Pathankot airbase came under a remarkable four days of attack from a handful of gunmen. On 3 January, India’s consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif was besieged for over 24 hours. Then on 5 January, an explosion occurred near another of India’s Afghan missions, in Jalalabad.
The two leaders had agreed that their foreign secretaries would meet in mid-January, and their national security advisers (NSAs) the next month. Indian officials were optimistic that Pakistan’s powerful army – which famously torpedoed a rapprochement in 1999 by covertly sending troops into the Kargil district of Kashmir – was on board.
That assumption is now in doubt. Although the evidence remains uncertain, Indian officials have privately blamed the Pathankot attack on the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a militant group close to Pakistani intelligence which had been kept on a tight leash for several years.
Operative excerpts from a foreign journalist’s exposure of Nawaz Sharif in The Indian Express June 2013:
Nawaz claims that he has changed. He has shown an open mind by inviting Manmohan Singh to his swearing-in ceremony and by inviting Imran Khan to be a part of a government of national unity. But many doubts persist.
The record of Nawaz Sharif leaves much to be desired in terms of democratic culture. The heir of a family of businessmen that was badly affected by Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto’s programme of nationalisation in the 1970s, the young Nawaz joined politics rather amateurishly, till he was picked up by General Zia ul-Haq’s right-hand man in Punjab, Governor Ghulam Jilani Khan, who made him chief minister of the province in 1985.
In the 1980-90s, he appeared to be a creature of the army, evident from his elevation to the head of an allegedly ISI-sponsored anti-Benazir Bhutto coalition in 1988.
As prime minister, though, Nawaz did not prove to be docile.
Hence his ouster in 1993 and Pervez Musharraf’s coup in 1999…
But he was not a great democrat, either. Indeed, his brother Shahnaz (who is taking care of the family bastion of Punjab, a province he has governed since 2008) had to take conciliatory measures with the judiciary because of Nawaz’s problems with the judges after his landslide victory in 1997.
Nawaz had a run-in with the Supreme Court over its independence (the chief justice was forced to resign and party activists attacked the court’s offices) and questioned the freedom of the press.
Najam Sethi (the caretaker chief minister of Punjab) himself spent some time in jail for an interview he gave to the BBC in 1999.
Last but not least, the degree of Nawaz’s implication in the Kargil operation has never been fully clarified. The operation was initiated by Musharraf, but it seems that the then Prime Minister Sharif had been informed of what was going on before the Indian army discovered the infiltrators.
The most disturbing ones pertain to the illicit relationships that the party – the Pakistan Muslim League [N – for Nawaz] has developed with Sunni sectarian groups in Punjab, including the Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP) and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which are influential in terms of ideology and muscle power.
The PML (N) is not the only party that has turned to these forces — the PPP did too — but Nawaz appears to have indulged in this rapprochement to a larger extent, in tune with his past policies (see his 1998 Shariat bill) and his personal orthodoxy (rumours suggest that the Sharif family went to Jeddah in exile in 1999 not only because of the benevolent attitude of the ruling dynasty of Saudi Arabia, but also because of its allegiance to the Ahle Hadith creed).
[The well-informed world at large is generally aware that Osama bin Laden was of Saudi descent and he had been linked to Ahle Hadith creed.]
This isn’t the only reason why Nawaz may try to negotiate with the Pakistani Taliban.
First, he knows that unless he obtains peace, his promises of restoring Pakistan’s battered economy are doomed.
Second, he wants to strike a deal in order to reduce US influence in a country where anti-American sentiments have reached unprecedented proportions.
Third, Nawaz and his party cannot afford to lag behind their new main enemy, Khan, in terms of burnishing their patriotic credentials and opposition to US policy.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf [PTI] will lead the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in an alliance with the religious Jamaat-e-Islami party; both groups are seeking to engage the Pakistani Taliban and compete in US bashing.
Nawaz may be willing to negotiate with the Afghan Taliban, too.
In about 12 months, elections will take place in Afghanistan and NATO forces will withdraw in large numbers.
The troops of Mullah Omar will then try to return to power in Kabul, or at least to assert their influence.
Under pressure from the Pakistan army, Nawaz will then feel the need to talk to them in order to regain the old “strategic depth” and to avoid a situation where Afghanistan becomes a safe haven (what irony!) for Islamists targeting the Pakistani state.
Indeed, the nature of the relationship between Nawaz Sharif and the army is the key. In the 1990s, he cultivated his past links with the army to weaken the PPP and dismiss Benazir.
But he disentangled himself from the clutches of the army as soon as he got a clear majority in 1997 — to the extent that he forced General Karamat to resign (a first).
His treatment at Musharraf’s hands in 1999-2000 must have exacerbated this animosity.
This change found its clearest expression in the democratic charter that Nawaz co-authored with Benazir in 2006. But can he afford to mobilise civilians against the army when the PPP is weak and the PTI, a new type of khaki party? How General Kayani will be replaced in the coming months after he retires as army chief will be an important indicator of his margin for manoeuvre.
Nawaz might not be the man he was in the 1990s, so far as his attitude vis-à-vis the judiciary is concerned.
Sharif has been a staunch supporter of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry when President Asif Ali Zardari showed a strong reluctance to reinstate him in 2009. But this attitude could have been over-determined by the fact that the chief justice was investigating anti-Zardari/ Bhutto cases.
Nawaz may make a more substantial difference in another domain: the economy. Pakistan is once again coping with a financial crisis that the IMF may attenuate because the country is too big to fail.
But American aid ($23 billion since 9/11) is bound to diminish after US troops withdraw from Afghanistan — or even earlier.
As a businessman, he is perhaps more interested in modernising and opening up Pakistan’s economy than any other politician. That may well be the channel through which relations with India will improve.
Pakistan could at last find it a good idea to trade more with India and to import energy from its neighbour, at a time when a power crisis leaves many Pakistanis with two hours of electricity a day.
But if there is a new opportunity to seize, will New Delhi see it in the run-up to elections – in India?
United Nations Security Council Resolution 47 was adopted on April 21, 1948, after hearing arguments from both India and Pakistan to help the governments of India and Pakistan restore peace and order to the region and prepare for a plebiscite to decide the fate of Kashmir.
The resolution was passed by United Nations Security Council under chapter VI of UN Charter.
Chapter VI resolutions of UN charter are considered non binding and have no mandatory enforceability.
The resolution was adopted paragraph by paragraph; no vote on the resolution as a whole was taken.
The resolution recommended that in order to ensure the impartiality of the plebiscite Pakistan withdraw all tribesmen and nationals who entered the region for the purpose of fighting.
India could leave behind the minimum number of troops needed to keep civil order in J & K.
Resolution 47 (1948)
On the India-Pakistan question submitted jointly by the Representatives for Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, the United Kingdom and United States of America and adopted by the Security Council at its 286th meeting held on 21 April, 1948
(Document No. 5/726, dated the 21st April, 1948)
THE SECURITY COUNCIL considered the complaint of the Government of India concerning the dispute over the State of Jammu and Kashmir [and] heard the representative of India in support of that complaint and the reply and counter complaints of the representative of Pakistan.
[The UNSC is] strongly of opinion that the early restoration of peace and order in Jammu and Kashmir is essential and that India and Pakistan should do their utmost to bring about cessation of all fighting.
India and Pakistan desire that the question of the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India or Pakistan should be decided through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite.
RESTORATION OF PEACE AND ORDER
The Government of Pakistan should: (a) To secure the withdrawal from the State of Jammu and Kashmir of tribesmen and Pakistani nationals not normally resident therein who have entered the State for the purposes of fighting, and to prevent any intrusion into the State of such elements and any furnishing of material aid to those fighting in the State;
The Government of India should: (a) When it is established to the satisfaction of the Commission set up in accordance with the Council’s Resolution 39 (1948) that the tribesmen are withdrawing and that arrangements for the cessation of the fighting have become effective, put into operation in consultation with the Commission a plan for withdrawing their own forces from Jammu and Kashmir and reducing them progressively to the minimum strength required for the support of the civil power in the maintenance of law and order;
Pakistan ignored the UN mandate, did not withdraw its troops.
This led to India stationing its troops in J & K citing Pakistan has violated the prerequisite of Resolution 47.
The United States changed its position on plebiscite in Kashmir [and says] the dispute should be settled through direct negotiations between India and Pakistan, said the New York Times in 1990!
Pakistan’s terrorism hurts India.
The whole thing centres round the vexed Kashmir issue.
Several wars have been fought over Pakistan.
A minor check-list:
Indo-Pak Overt War number I
In 1947, white men controlled both sides of the border artificially created by the departing British. Pakistan tried to take Kashmir saying the valley had majority Muslims. The assault was on the basis of the logistic axiom that all the roads leading to J & K from the Indian side had been ceded to Pakistan.
On the Pak side, it was General Douglas Gracey.
In 1947 Gracey became Chief of the General Staff and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Army before succeeding Frank Messervy as Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan’s armed forces.
Gracey refused to obey Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Governor General of Pakistan saying Jinnah as Governor-General represented the British Crown of which he himself was an appointee.
On the “Indian” side, the persons who commanded the army between 1947 and 1948 were – Sir Robert Lockhart and Sir Roy Bucher.
Indian stalwarts like Vallabh Bhai Patel and Rajagopalachari saw through the game and got the then J & K monarch Maharaja Hari Singh to sign on the dotted line – annexing his kingdom with India irrevocably.
Indian troops were airlifted to Srinagar. Indian braves began fighting with vigour – seen for the first time in the Indian army’s chequered history.
Falling like skittle, the Pakistani army was on the run and had retreated to what is now being referred to as the Line of Actual Control.
The United Nations called for a ceasefire.
The then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, needlessly announced that the people of undivided J & K would decide their destiny vide an referendum [plebiscite] supervised by the UN.
To safeguard the demographic equation, India promulgated what is now infamous as Article 370 of The Constitution granting special status to J & K wherein no Indian from the mainland would be allowed permanent residence in that state, no Indian from the mainland can own property in J & K and repeat no Indian can hope to work in J & K without a work permit and all elected Chief Ministers of J & K would be referred to as Prime Ministers.
In the ‘skirmish’ Pakistan had ‘taken’ that part of the icy waste of Kashmir and roughly one third of the undivided J & K and termed it Azad [free] Kashmir.
India retains two thirds of the undivided J & K – a place Pakistan says is Indian Occupied Kashmir.
Since 1947, Pakistan has repeatedly tried hard to take that part, mercifully, in vain.
Indo-Pak Overt War II
In 1965, India taught Islamabad a fitting lesson when the Pak army launched its misadventure hoping the Indian army would be a soft target after we tasted defeat during the war against China.
That did not happen.
Indian troops nearly touched Lahore.
The Pakistanis were scared and begged someone to “enforce peace.”
Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri flew to Tashkent [then in the Soviet Union] to discuss detente and came back as a body in a coffin – with Pakistan seemingly in victory despite an inglorious defeat. Ayub Khan even carried the coffin – as the aircraft touched down in India. How did such a healthy man suddenly die at such a critical moment so very conveniently?
Indo-Pak Overt War III
In 1971, Pakistani army’s misdeeds in its eastern part resulted in a huge influx of refugees. India rendered that part into a new nation Bangladesh.
While India frittered away the chance of sorting out the Kashmiri issue once and for all on the basis of 90,000 Pak prisoners of war in our custody, Pakistan went into a diabolical overdrive by installing puppet regimes in Dhaka after getting the India-friendly Sheikh Mujib-Ur-Rahman assassinated lock, stock and barrel.
The fourth overt war was in 1999 in Kargil and Pakistan lost it miserably. As its aftermath, persons like Nawaz Sharif, Pervez Musharraf lost the power.
Benazir Bhutto’s life ended in an unsolved mystery during the mad scramble for power in Islamabad.
As a result, the highly undeserving bluebeard [wife-killer, if you please] Mr 50% Asif Ali Zardari claims to be in power shifting the blame to General Kayani, ISI, CIA and hold your breath, India’s Research and Analysis Wing!
The covert wars since 1971
The think tank in Pakistan began planning hard to get even.
Firstly, it decided to demoralise Indian army by alienating the Sikhs with the issue of Khalistan – using one of the political Frankenstein monsters created by Indira Gandhi – Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale covertly and the diplomatic game through Dr Jagjit Singh Chauhan as the self-styled President in Exile of the Republic of Khalistan headquartered in London.
It did not work.
Firstly, at that point in time, Punjab produced some 70 % of India’s agricultural output.
If Khalistan was created by ‘liberating’ that part of East Punjab [the West Punjab is with Pakistan] the hardworking Sikhs would have no place to sell their produce as India would see Khalistan as an enemy nation.
The landlocked Punjab would not be able to export that stuff through the nearest ports – there are only two.
To the east there is Kandla – out of the question as that happens to be India.
To the west there is Karachi – but to export 70% of the agricultural produce needed by India, one would require the whole of Sind Province to be a single port [something that cannot be imagined at all] to export all that food.
Anyway, who would buy so much of food anywhere in the world and why should anyone do so?
Secondly the target was the next ‘K’ or Kashmir.
There was this Congress-created political tangle by upsetting the political apple-cart of one Farooq Abdullah by buying his legislators with the help of his brother-in-law Gul Shah.
For that, there was the agent provocateur Governor Jagmohan – used so cleverly by Indira Gandhi again – knowing very well that he was and is close to the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party.
Thus began the Kashmir issue – knowing fully well that the people there had voted all along since 1947 to be with India.
New Delhi has been buying time on Kashmir by keeping Farooq Abdullah ‘entertained’ in New Delhi and his party occupied in politically profitable chairs in Srinagar. The latest fall guy is J & K CM, the reported indecisive and playboy Abdullah scion – Omar. How similar is he to his father!
This attempt by Pak too got stymied because the average Kashmiri Muslim on the Indian side knows that his women would be gang-raped in Pakistan, his properties snatched and the whole place would become a military training ground where only opium will be grown – something similar to what is happening in PoK. Worse, the Kashmiri Muslim cannot even complain to anyone in particular including the United Nations as the Pak generals and the Inter-Services-Intelligence [ISI] will ensure that no news goes out.
Kashmiri politicians on the Indian side use this ruse to survive because that way, they can retain the cake as well as eat it in turns whenever it suits them and blame the whole thing on New Delhi.
Thirdly Pakistan infiltrated Indian militant organisations – the loony left Marxist Leninist bodies by using political issues in central India. Tricks to ambush the army and paramilitary forces were and are being taught. Funding is available to whip up sentiments using huge amounts of pillaging by selfish political interests to fuel the insurgency. That seems to be working. Vast swathes of land stretching all the way from Assam and coming right up to the borders of New Delhi are in the hands of certain sections of the red menace. The danger has begun touching the borders of Tamil Nadu too encompassing Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana.
Fourthly Pakistan inveigled itself into the group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and supplied it with arms and ammunition covertly after the terrorist body antagonised India 1987 onwards. As a result, Pakistan managed to remote control the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi making it appear that it was a cover up of Bofors scandal on the one hand and the misbehaviour of the Indian army in Tamil Sri Lanka on the other. That too did not work.
Rajiv’s killings made Indians – especially those in Tamil Nadu not only abhor Lankan Tamils but also their proposed nation of Eelam.
As its offshoot, Islamabad has cozied itself with Colombo and managed to sell the idea of China creating a port to stymie Indian exports in Lanka’s southeast in Hambantota – a potential chink in India’s defence. Now, Colombo has slapped huge penal customs duties against all Indian goods making decision makers in New Delhi like political nincompoops. Incidentally, Colombo has been brandishing the bogey of its relationship with China since 1961 thanks to the betrayals of bureaucratic advisors calling the shots in New Delhi and downing their shorts in Colombo hotels.
Pakistan is actively funnelling military hardware and fanning flames of hatred in India’s Far East 7-sister states – triggering ‘wars of independence’.
Another facet of this onslaught is Nepal – once a Hindu kingdom that has now become totally Maoist with the assassination of the highly corrupt monarchical family members. One need not be surprised if China manages to get much more than a toehold in Kathmandu – to checkmate India as the port for getting goods into the Himalayan kingdom.
For some two decades, the world knew that Afghanistan is rich in mineral wealth.
At the last count, Afghanistan’s mineral wealth is worth roughly US$ 18 trillion.
In the 80’s, the Soviets tried to ‘normalise’ Afghans into communists and failed miserably with one too many body-bags coming out after the failed endeavour to milk that wealth.
The United States of America got into the act too – planting one Osama bin Laden into that lawless part of the world. Afghanistan drove the Soviets away and are now driving the Americans and the rest of the ‘forces of democratic axis’ crazy.
Now Osama has been taken out deep inside Pakistan and the military establishment in Islamabad has much worse than egg on its face.
All along, Pakistan had been the conduit for taking in supplies for NATO forces.
After the Osama misadventure blew up in the face of the US of A and the exposure of Pakistan having become a rogue state, no responsible government wants to take any chances with the Pakistani army which overtly and covertly funds terrorism, makes money out of drug trade, prostitution, finances insurgency and a lot of other worse things like political blackmail, piracy on high-seas [yes the Somalia desperadoes are controlled from Pakistan].
As the port of Karachi is bad news due to the presence of gangsters like Dawood Ibrahim, a safe corridor for taking out Afghanistan’s natural wealth through the former Soviet republics has been created leading right up to the Mediterranean Sea exit into the Atlantic through other Black Sea ports. In the bargain, the US of A and others have bagged Kazakhstan and its showpiece Cosmodrome called Baikonur – the former Soviet launch-pad for rockets to be sent into space as Cape Canaveral is no longer commercially viable. This means a huge gamble of an investment in military, real estate and personnel terms. That perhaps would explain as to why the globe is in such a miserable financial hole.
The 1949-born, former US citizen Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is the current President of Afghanistan.
Ghani had worked at the World Bank and sweated to trigger Afghanistan’s financial recovery since the collapse of the Taliban regime.
Ghani is ranked second in the list of world’s top 100 intellectuals – below Clinton Richard Dawkins.
Ghani is like a breath of fresh air in Afghanistan.
For the first time, the nation has an educated, scholar President and First Lady – the latter in the form of Rula, a multilingual journalist in English, Arabic, French and Dari.
Their children are US citizens.
Afghan American thinker and historian Ali A Olomi compared Rula with Afghan Queen Soraya and observed that she could usher in real change for women’s rights in the war-torn nation.
Ghani has his fair share of controversies as he had some help with Uzbek warlord and Hamid Karzai aide – Abdul Rashid Dostum – whom the current Afghan president had termed a killer.
During the electoral race, Ghani quipped: Politics is not a love marriage, politics is a product of historic necessities.
Initial results from the run-off elections showed Ghani as the overwhelming favourite to win the elections.
However, allegations of electoral fraud resulted in a stalemate.
Ghani’s opponent Dr Abdullah Abdullah threatened to form a parallel government backed by terrorists.
The August 7 2014 trip by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Kabul and an ‘extensive audit’ of nearly 8 million votes resulted in the formation of a national unity government.
Some 3 months later, the Afghan Election Commission released a statement that said Ghani managed to secure 55.4% vis-à-vis his opponent Abdullah Abdullah who had bagged 43.5% of the votes polled. The individual vote results were never declared.