Pathankot Misadventure: Pakistan’s Waterloo?

Is India prepared to land sucker punches on the glass jaws of Pakistan and its collaborator China using the Pathankot opportunity?

Meanwhile, Tanzil Ahmed, a DSP attached to the NIA was shot dead by unknown assailants some 24 hours after the publication of this blog.
http://www.thestatesman.com/mobi/news/latest-headlines/nia-officer-shot-dead-in-up/134008.html

A senior NIA officer described martyr Ahmed as a brave man.

Clear indications of the identity of Officer Ahmed’s killers is yet to be established.

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“Pakistan’s military and intelligence establishments’ wanton blunders may force that Islamic nation’s so-called political head Nawaz Sharif to meet his political Waterloo [1]. Repaying Islamabad in its own separatist coin in Baluchistan looks attractive. Jaw jarring uppercuts on the mugs of Pakistan and China in the form of land-jacking the up and coming port of Gwadar warms the cockles of one’s heart,” I heard a familiar voice telling someone somewhat loudly at the Press Club of India in Bharat’s national capital.

It was the Maha Guru. He was nursing a dark-brown-reddish-tinted drink – presumably one of his exotic cocktails.

The man is a spitting image of Makhan Lal Fotedar, the late Indian female dictator Indira Gandhi’s flunkey.  He calls himself MG – which stands for Maha Guru and also Minimum Guarantee. Sometimes, he refers to his own aphorisms and terms them the Voice of My Master [VMM]. Most of his pronouncements are of a bygone era and hence others derisively refer to him as the now outdated Long Playing Old Record [LPOR], cassette tape [CT] and video-cassette-disc [VCD].

Parenthesis

Shameless sections of the “paid media” are putting out stories about possible “domestic angles” and guesstimates of “personal rivalries” to obfuscate the issue of the cold blooded murder of martyr officer Ahmed. There is only word such persons in the English language – traitors..

In martyr Ahmed’s honour, the writer played the last post on his computer and stood in silence for 2 minutes.

Readers are advised to play this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2FKGwZ9oMs in honour of the courageous Ahmed who made the supreme sacrifice for his nation – just as Abdul Hamid did in the 1965 war with Pakistan.

Parenthesis ends

I buttonholed him. The other guy – obviously some politician – made an excuse and slunk away.

“You seem to be supporting sentiments of the American Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] and are adding to its yen of collaring the world through the ubiquitous dollar,” I began.

“Your amateurish attempt at creating a cocktail of rhyming epigrammatic contorted currency metaphor is pathetic. Do you want to know the latest on Pak confusion confounded?”

The old geezer’s question dripped with sour sarcasm.

“Never mind the flaws in my figures of speech. Continue what you were saying about Pakistan and its implied glass jaw,” I said.

“Members of the Joint Investigation Team [JIT] in the aftermath of Pathankot Terrorist Attack probe are burping after sumptuous meals at the mess in some army establishment. The burps are punctuated by hiccups caused by India’s demand to interrogate terrorist Masood Azhar.  Significantly, the sanctions proposed by India against this character have been stymied by China – which is a diplomatic blunder. Nawaz Sharif is now staring a bottomless political hole. The chink generals are standing next to him and saying in a grave voice that the pit is, indeed, deep,” CT remarked as an opening gambit.

“Can you explain this enigmatic comment?”

“The Paki JIT team made silly demands. Indian government then shot them down . They got what is called limited access. In plain English, it means a guided tour and a lunch at the army mess located close to the border between Punjab and the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The places are visible through satellite imagery anyway. Besides, one gets better chicken-biryani in Lahore. The 5-member gang of nitwits came sans a Letter Rogatory. Hence, its report wouldn’t be worth the value of the ink on the paper. In a nutshell, it was some sort of picnic, the Voice of My Master says. And I hear it loud and clear in my own,” LPOR guffawed.

“India’s news channels are discussing this tooth and nail. That must amount to something,” I protested.

“The fact that most of the silly idiot box anchors are long in the tooth is being nailed. More seriously, Pakistan’s military establishment has already chosen to obfuscate – by alleging ‘non-cooperation’ on the part of New Delhi. The dingos that the Pakis are, they made messes of themselves and spread it on the carpet, saying that India has infiltrated their fundamentalist networks. That, in my reckoning, is admission of being cuckolded in their own bedroom in front of their own eyes and making a song and dance about it. The numbskulls in Islamabad then worsened it all by releasing a stupid video of doctored statement made under duress by a captured so-called Indian James Bond. Sure, they are torturing him. Perhaps, only his body may return. That Paki blooks-spooks aren’t even talking about another Indian Hamid Ansari and a lady journalist Zeenat Shahzadi. While Hamid may not be a spy, the other ex-defence employee caught in Baluchistan could very well be. These are occupational hazards.  Obviously, India has succeeded in fomenting trouble deep inside enemy territory.  Its corrupt, impotent army is unable to control its own rogue elements and every uncontrolled item of devastation is blamed on India. Any Indian’s chest ought to swell with pride over such matters. I would call the military gang that dreamt all this up a herd of asses with the smelliest assholes,” the Guru uttered in a bitter tone.

“All this is hot air. India’s opposition is rightly blaming the ruling National Democratic Alliance regime for allowing the Pak team’s entry into India – knowing fully well that it has members of the Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI]. The Easter Sunday Lahore blast on March 27 2016 was masterminded by a little known fundamentalist group Jamat-ul-Ahrar [JuL], a splinter of Pakistani version of Taliban, that left 72 dead. However, there are reports that JuL is being remote-controlled by India! What do  you say to that?”

I thought I had asked a clever question.

LPOR cackled derisively before replying.

“Former Pak dictator Musharraf’s blue-eyed-boy Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa tweeted that overnight raids by military and intelligence agencies targeted locations in three cities across the Pakistani province of Punjab, including Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan, making an unspecified number of arrests of suspected terrorists and facilitators. The forces also recovered a “huge cache of arms and ammunition,” Bajwa had been quoted as saying. India is funding Taliban in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan. A banned outfit cannot function on such a big scale unless foreign powers are funding it, Bajwa, said. And you forgot to mention that in the wake of December 2014 Peshawar school attack that claimed 132 school children’s lives – the handiwork of the TITP – and Bajwa blamed India for it. Jamat-ul-Ahrar is a breakaway group from Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan. It has carried out several other attacks on Pakistani civilians and security forces in recent months. The group’s leader Ehsanullah Ehsan, said the group wanted to send a message to Sharif that they “have entered Lahore”, and threatened further attacks, a BBC report said. Pakistan officially says that TITP is no longer active. Facts, however, say otherwise. [2] The signals are loud and clear,” the VCD snapped.

“This isn’t a silly television debate conducted every night by India’s highest paid television anchor Arnab Goswami. Let us stick to current facts,” I retorted.

“Using Jamat-ul-Ahrar, Pakistan’s ISI has sent a clear message to the 3 Pak VVIPs with the family name Sharif. The first is Pak PM Nawaz Sharif. The second is Raheel Sharif, Pak army boss, scheduled to retire November 2016 [3]. ISI accuses India of creating trouble in various parts of the neighbouring nation. [4] The 3rd is Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab Province and brother of Nawaz. The Sharif siblings had spent long years in self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia. The younger Sharif had to suffer under a man called Salman Taseer, a former ISI operator who had reportedly introduced Edvige Albina Antonia Maino a.k.a. Sonia to Rajiv Gandhi in Cambridge in 1965 – when Pakistan mounted a plan to break India up for its defeats in 2 wars – the first in Kashmir 1947 and the second in 1965. The timing of the JIT probe is ominous. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a scheduled visit of 3 nations that include Belgium, US of A and Saudi Arabia. Sharif had cancelled his scheduled US trip citing the Lahore blasts. The victims were mostly Muslim, even though Ehsan, leader of the TITP had claimed he had targeted religious minorities – mainly Christians. In Pakistan, the other religious minority community is Hindu. Don’t all these convey a clear indication to you?”

MG sounded annoyed.

“You are the expert and you tell me,” I said lamely.

“The Lahore incident took place in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park named after Pakistan’s national poet Allama Sir Mohammad Iqbal. Iqbal had penned the famous lines – Saare Jahaan Se Achchaa – sung almost during every official function of the Indian armed forces. The signal to the 3 Sharifs – Every confidence building measure meant to improve relations with India will be savagely sabotaged. That also is a signal to Nawaz’s aide Janjua – the new found friend of India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. After all India had been tipped off about the Pathankot attack from Janjua’s end. The corrupt Akali Dal government in the Punjab botched it up and even allowed the Pak terrorists using that discredited cop Salamander or someone to infiltrate the Pathankot airbase. Obviously, India had second guessed that scenario,” the geriatric pointed out.

I decided to contest this.

“The Pak terrorists made the rendezvous near the border. This has been corroborated by Punjab’s police superintendent Salwinder Singh and two others who narrated the capture of the SUV with a beacon diadem.”

“Oh yeah? ISI has acknowledged that the attack was controlled from Bahawalpur, Pakistan. So far, neither a hole nor a tunnel has been found on the Indo-Pak border fences or underneath it. The absence of the hole is the tale’s biggest hole because that betrays the saboteurs entered India from elsewhere – away from the border. In turn, this implies that the terrorists needn’t have made their rendezvous at the border at all. That renders this salmonella cop of yours into one of the inside jobbers who acted against India. Moreover, for keeping the fight alive for 5 days – each of the terrorists must have lugged some 700 kg of equipment that includes guns, ammo, water and food. Any greenhorn reporter would know that. Now ask yourself which commando can take such a weight and scale a 35-foot wall around the airbase – a query – I am sure – whose answers are being quietly sought within India’s defence establishment. Nevertheless, India allowed the Pak nitwit JIT to talk to this super sillondrio SP, who has obviously spilt all the beans to India’s NIA earlier. To ensure his cooperation, in a rather clever move, he is declared cleared by Modi’s dirty tricks department to lull the Pakis into somnolence. Sooner or later, India would demand the right to question the cowards across the border like Masood Azhar, who, Pak glook Sartaz Azis says is in protective custody. That is another compounded error with Chinese aid. Like cheap products from Shenzhen, this will be shanghaied soon. Pakistan cannot say it does not know where he is. But, when asked by India to allow him to be questioned, Islamabad will baulk. That would be check and mate on the Pathankot issue – and everyone knows every answer,” old dotard spat his words.

“I do not know the answer. Tell me,” I said.

“Pakistan is blaming India for infiltrating TIPP and creating a Mukti Bahini kind of army Baluchistan. The Balochs are suffering under the scarlet heels of Pak army’s buckled shoes. Now, India has tacitly begun admitting as much through the shows of Arnab. In an oblique way, India is cleverly telling the Rasputins on the other side, ‘okay mates, we are paying you back in the same separatist coin.’ If Baluchistan does become an independent state – China’s US$ 47 billion highway linking Xinjiang Province to the Arabian Sea through the Gwadar Port will go kaput. In 1971 – India liberated Bangladesh and turned Pakistan into Baaki-staan or remnant state. Indian presence is already very strong in Afghanistan and are using that route to enter Baluchistan – something the Pakis are peeved about. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is not an idiot like Hamid Karzai was. Ghani has carefully told the media that he is suspicious of Pak subversion in his nation. And Sharif has time and again echoed this sentiment. This shows that for the first time, Sharif has realised that the ISI and the peccadillos of Pak’s pecuniary minded pickpocket military brass are as useful as a hole in the head. Worse, the jokers from India’s wrong side are admitting as much on television by alleging India’s hand in Baluchistan! I would compare that to the Paki and Chinese diplodocuses crying ‘Mummy!’ And this time, there is no international mom to feed the milk of funds to nurture this rogue state because every major nation’s economy is being mummified left, right and centre. And the usually clever Chinese are filling a bottomless Pak pit with hard-earned greenbacks,” the political fixer observed.

“But, Pakistan will continue to send terrorists into India on the unresolved issue of Kashmir,” I said in an injured tone.

“You are talking in a mixture of double Dutch and triple Greek living in cuckoo-land in the non-existent Galaxy Utopia. UN has removed Kashmir from the disputed territories’ list. Further, you should read Part B of resolution 47 of the UN dated August 1948. [5] Resolution 47 is completely based on the irrevocable accession of the princely state of J & K to India signed and delivered by Maharaja Hari Singh. India can actually get the UN to send in its troops with NATO help to secure PoK to rescue the sufferings of Kashmiris in what Pakistan calls ‘Azad Kashmir’. [6] The UN has permitted such steps in Libya, Myanmar and even in Afghanistan!  In a veiled manner, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper exposed the neglect of Azad Kashmir way back in August 2014. Pakistan top military brass’s old wives’ tale are as believable as the Roman Catholic Church’s old belief that the earth was flat. India’s line of thought had been pilloried by NATO and its allies the Galileo was forced to undergo tortures during the 16th century by disputing the church’s view of the universe. Fortunately for us, the truth will be out this time,” the cassette tape predicted.

This was becoming too controversial. I decided to take the usual, easy way out.

“Your drink has a strange colour,” I said.

“It is what the Brits call a summer long drink. Laced subtly with a mix of several spices and citrus fruit, it is garnished with juices from apples, cucumber, oranges, lemons, strawberry, and mint or borage. Ginger ale is more common amongst commoner non-British these days for this drink. I use it instead of lemonade – the usual mix. This comes from the company called Pimm. In 1823, James Pimm created the company that began producing this. Pimm, a farmer’s son from Kent, became the owner of an oyster bar in the City of London, near the Bank of England. He offered the tonic (a gin-based drink containing a secret mixture of herbs and liqueurs) as an aid to digestion, serving it in a small tankard known as a “No. 1 Cup”. Pimm’s began large-scale production in 1851 to keep up with sales to other bars. The distillery began selling it commercially in 1859 using hawkers on bicycles. In 1865, Pimm sold the business and the right to use his name to Frederick Sawyer reportedly for a huge sum. In 1880, the business was acquired by future Lord Mayor of London Horatio Davies. Subsequently, a chain of Pimm’s Oyster Houses was franchised in 1887. Over the years, Pimm’s extended their range, using other spirits as bases. All of them had a suffix – “cup”. The first was the invention of Jim Pimm. In 1851, Pimm’s No. 2 Cup and Pimm’s No. 3 Cup were introduced. After World War II, Pimm’s No. 4 Cup was invented, followed by Pimm’s No. 5 Cup and Pimm’s No. 6 Cup in the 1960s.The brand fell on hard times in the 1970s and 1980s. The Oyster House chain was sold and Pimm’s Cup products Nos. 2 to 5 were phased out due to reduced demand in 1970 after new owners The Distillers Company had taken control. The Distillers Company was subsequently purchased by Guinness PLC in 1986. Pimm’s is most popular in southern England. It is one of the two staple drinks at the Wimbledon tennis tournament, the Chelsea Flower Show, the Henley Royal Regatta and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera – the other being Champagne. A Pimm’s is also the standard cocktail at British and American polo matches. It is also extremely popular at the summer garden parties of British universities. In 1997, it was sold to Diageo – of the Vijay Mallya recent notoriety vintage. If he had not been bushwhacked for defrauding India’s corrupt money-lending system, Mallya may have ended up buying Wimbledon! The brand experienced a revival following a 2003 advertising campaign featuring a humorous classic upper-class Hooray Henry called Harry Fitzgibbon-Sims (portrayed by Alexander Armstrong) with the catchphrase It’s Pimm’s O’clock!, somewhat mocking their own traditional advertising and appeal. Diageo’s 2010 campaign features a more diverse range of characters representing different elements of the Pimm’s cocktail (Pimm’s No.1 being an Englishman in red and white blazer, lemonade being three young women in yellow, ice represented by a mature man), coming together to the theme tune of 1970s British television show The New Avengers. India’s opposition united in the 70’s to create the first non-Congress government, but it was short-lived. The NDA experiment’s India Shining got dulled in 2004. It has come back again – now under Modi also known amongst some as the Gir Lion. The likes of Pakistan and villains like Mallya are trying to beard this lion in its own den – which is India that is Bharat. Whether such attempts succeed or not remain to be seen depending upon those members within his cabinet that are digging his grave by letting the likes of Mallya escape,” the Guru said and took a generous swig.

I had had enough of the controversy. Citing an appointment on this current tour, I beat a hasty retreat.

[1]

The Seventh Coalition comprising UK, Germany, Austria, Russia, Italy, Portugal and Spain defeated France’s dictator and self–styled Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo.

At present, Waterloo is part of Belgium.

In the 19th Century – during the Battle of Waterloo – Waterloo was part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.

[2]

Operative portions from Wikipedia’s dossier on TITP:

Major factions of The Tehrik-i-Taliban Punjab alternatively called the Punjabi Taliban are Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan and Jaysh-i-Muhammad all of which support insurgency against India in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Punjabi Taliban have reportedly developed strong connections with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, the Afghan Taliban, Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi and various other groups based in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

It has increasingly provided the foot-soldiers for violent acts and has played an important role in attacking Ahmedi, Shia, Sufi and other civilian targets in the Punjab.

The term “Punjabi Taliban” is politically sensitive among Pakistanis.

The Punjabis are the largest ethnic group in the country and have historically been disassociated with the Taliban, an organisation that has Afghan and Pashtun roots.

Shahbaz Sharif, the Punjab Chief Minister and brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, has claimed that the term Punjabi Taliban is “an insult to the Punjabis”.

Georgetown University’s C. Christine Fair said “the movement is composed of Pashtuns and Punjabis, among other Pakistani and even foreign elements.”

[3]

Raheel has ruled out any intention of seeking or accepting any offer of extension.

His likely successor is Lt General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, currently Chief of General Staff (CGS) since December 2013.

Hayat had commanded the XXXI Corps located at Bahawalpur which forms an important part of the Southern Command of the Pakistan Army. The promotion as CGS makes him the senior most among the current three-star generals in the Pakistan Army.

An Artillery officer, Lt General Zubair Hayat’s father Major General Aslam Hayat, served in the Army. His brothers Lt General Omar Mahmood Hayat and Major General Ahmed Mahmood Hayat are heading Ordnance Factories and the at Wah and the analysis section of ISI in the ranks of Directors General respectively.

Significantly, the Pathankot Terrorist attack was directed from Bahawalpur through Masood Azhar with ISI participation!

[4]

The so-called Indian aid to fissiparous elements in Pakistan:

The Pakistani military and civilian leadership have repeatedly alleged that the Indian intelligence agency RAW has been funding and training TTP members using a network of Indian consulates in Afghanistan along Pakistani border.

According to the Pakistani allegations, when the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) merged, Afghan and Indian intelligence were quick to seize the opportunity to infiltrate and utilize some of its elements, particularly Baitullah Mehsud’s kin, against Pakistan and its armed forces.

According to Pakistani Ex-President and Army Chief, Gen Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan has a history of supporting Taliban in Afghanistan, the anti-Modi television channel NDTV said in a telecast, citing the ex-Pak dictator.

India and Afghanistan are now supporting TTP in Pakistan to counter Pakistan’s efforts, giving rise to the phenomenon of Pakistan and India’s proxy wars in Af-Pak, Musharraf has added.

In 2011, United States Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel stated in a speech at Oklahoma’s Cameron University, that Pakistan has ‘for many years been using Taliban to fight a proxy war against Afghanistan by sponsoring terror attacks inside it. India for some time has always used Afghanistan as a second front, and India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan on that side of the border,”

Hagel said this in a speech that was leaked on YouTube by a conservative group, Washington Free Beacon.

[5]

Part II of Truce Agreement

Simultaneously with the acceptance of the proposal for the immediate cessation of hostilities as outlined in Part I, both the Governments accept the following principles as a basis for the formulation of a truce agreement, the details of which shall be worked out in discussion between their representatives and the Commission.

  1. As the presence of troops of Pakistan in the territory of the State of Jammu and Kashmir constitutes a material change in the situation since it was represented by the Government of Pakistan before the Security Council, the Government of Pakistan agrees to withdraw its troops from that State.
  1. The Government of Pakistan will use its best endeavour 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 purpose of fighting.
  1. Pending a final solution, the territory evacuated by the Pakistani troops will be administered by the local authorities under the surveillance of the commission.
  • When the commission shall have notified the Government of India that the tribesmen and Pakistani nationals referred to in Part II, A, 2, hereof have withdrawn, thereby terminating the situation which was represented by the Government of India to the Security Council as having occasioned the presence of Indian forces in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, and further, that the Pakistani forces are being withdrawn from the State of Jammu and Kashmir, the Government of India agrees to begin to withdraw the bulk of its forces from that State in stages to be agreed upon with the Commission.
  • Pending the acceptance of the conditions for a final settlement of the situation in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Government will maintain within the lines existing at the moment of the cease-fire the minimum strength of its forces which in agreement with the commission are considered necessary to assist local authorities in the observance of law and order. The Commission will have observers stationed where it deems necessary.
  • The Government of India will undertake to ensure that the Government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir will take all measures within its powers to make it publicly known that peace, law and order will be safeguarded and that all human political rights will be granted.
  • Upon signature, the full text of the truce agreement or a communique containing the principles thereof as agreed upon between the two Governments and the Commission, will be made public.

PART III

The Government of India and the Government of Pakistan reaffirm their wish that the future status of the State of Jammu and Kashmir shall be determined in accordance with the will of the people and to that end, upon acceptance of the truce agreement, both Governments agree to enter into consultations with the Commission to determine fair and equitable conditions whereby such free expression will be assured.

http://www.jammu-kashmir.com/documents/jkunresolution.html

[6]

A report titled “Kashmir: Present Situation and Future Prospects”, which was submitted to the European Parliament by Emma Nicholson, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, was critical of the lack of human rights, justice, democracy, and Kashmiri representation in the Pakistan National Assembly. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence operates in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and is involved in extensive surveillance, arbitrary arrests, torture, and murder. Generally this is done with impunity and perpetrators go unpunished. The 2008 report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees determined that Pakistan-administered Kashmir was ‘Not free’. According to Shaukat Ali, chairman of the International Kashmir Alliance, “On one hand Pakistan claims to be the champion of the right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people, but she has denied the same rights under its controlled parts of Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.”

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