The 26th November terrorist attack on Taj Mahal hotel has made Indian leadership very angry and confused which is evident from their perplexing statements which Pakistanis are used to listen for past so many decades.
It reminds me of a tale of a Jackal who looked very angry and aggressive towards his opponent. With fire spewing eyes and open mouth exposing his sharpened teeth he was moving two steps forward and immediately two steps backward. When asked, as why he was doing this, he replied that by going forward he scares his opponent. When asked why then does he go backward? He said, “I am also scared of my opponent”.
Same is the scenario with Indians who have become belligerent and emotional but indecisive whether to wage a war against Pakistan or not to justify their baseless accusations. On the contrary Pakistan has adopted a defensive, apologetic and stagnant policy right from the beginning which has instigated India to commence an offensive posture against us. In 1962 we allowed them a free hand to counter Chinese in war. After defeating India in 1965 war we lost it on the table in Tashkent. In 1971 we allowed them to disintegrate Pakistan. General Zia bestowed upon them the Saichen heights without much resilience.
Surprisingly and to the disappointment of 170 million people, our democratically elected government is following the same policy, providing the angry jackal not to move backward this time and going ahead to alienate us from rest of world and then consume us as a delicious morsel. A few voices have been raised to counter India in their own language, which are waiting a response from PPP lead government till now.
Former COAS Gen (retd.) Aslam Baig has recently advised the government to pull our 130 thousand troops from western boarder and deploy them on the eastern boarder to counter any Indian threat. Similarly, renowned nuclear scientist Dr. Samar Mubarakmand has asked the rulers not to adopt flexible behaviour before Indian allegations. “We would have to live with respect in the region. Our weakness would enhance strength of enemies,” he remarked.
Observations made by these two renowned gentlemen clearly reveal the sentiments of our people which are similar to those of May 1996, when India tested five nuclear bombs. No nation in the world wants a war knowing the devastation it can bring and its after effects, particularly, when both the opponents are nuclear armed. It does not mean that one should face disgrace just to avoid a war.