My recent visit to Canada and the United States coincided with the assassination of the al-Qaeda chief, Osama bin Laden, in Abbotabad by US Special Forces, and its aftermath. Anger over Pakistan’s duplicity was pervasive. A sense of closure and even relief was evident in the US, but there was apprehension that this would not mean the end of terrorism. There was expectation of revenge attacks.

Most analysts were convinced that the Pakistan army and the ISI had been fully complicit in providing refuge to OBL. There were differences of opinion on how Pakistan should be dealt with. However, few suggested that economic and military assistance to Pakistan should be curtailed or eliminated, though there was demand for greater accountability. It was argued that supply lines through Pakistan remained critical to ISAF operations in Afghanistan. Pakistan could also exert influence on the Afghan Taliban, with which the ISI has maintained intimate links over the years, to facilitate a political settlement in Kabul while restraining attacks by them on ISAF forces across the border.

Therefore, it is clear that the OBL affair is unlikely to change the transactional relationship the US has built up with Pakistan over the past several decades. Strategic misalignment between them will continue to be trumped by tactical exigency on both sides.

What should be of growing concern to India is a parallel argument which seeks to “explain”, and sometimes justify, Pakistan’s long-standing and continued use of cross-border terrorism as an instrument of state policy. In the blizzard of commentary about the OBL affair, there are, invariably, references to the Pakistani obsession or paranoia about a threat from India; that exaggerated or even misplaced as this perception may be, it is, after all, ground reality.

It is argued that the already large and growing asymmetry between India and Pakistan in all indices of power is what Pakistan seeks to address through reliance on cross-border terrorism, as well as augmenting its already significant nuclear arsenal. Without saying that cross-border terrorism against India is justified, nevertheless, it is often asserted that unless India is leaned upon to settle the Kashmir issue, draw down its armed deployment on the India-Pakistan border and reduce its presence and activities in Afghanistan, the US and the West will not be able to persuade Pakistan to abandon its role as a breeding ground for terrorism, which threatens Western interests in Afghanistan and in their own homelands.

It is not what the US and the West have done to alienate Pakistan that is the cause of the latter’s recalcitrance, but Indian “obstinacy.” The fact that the America is the most hated country in Pakistan, that American and Western soldiers are being killed by Taliban forces, aided and abetted by Pakistan, and that US largesse has made no dent in Pakistan’s negative perceptions, are all minimised as contributory factors while highlighting the so-called India factor.

In Agra in 2001, Musharraf had brazenly described terrorism in Kashmir as a “freedom movement”. There were sympathies with Pakistan’s view in several Western capitals. This was no longer possible after 9/11 later that year. The world belatedly endorsed India’s long-standing assertion that no cause, however great, justified the killing of innocent men, women and children. What we are witnessing again is a creeping tendency to seek justification for Pakistan’s misdemeanours, which can only undermine the global war on terrorism.

A view is beginning to crystallise that the way to political settlement and stability in Afghanistan and the amelioration of the fundamentalist and terrorist threats to the West, could be facilitated by persuading India to become invisible in Afghanistan and resolve the Kashmir issue to Pakistan’s satisfaction (for anything less would hardly make a difference). Taken to its logical conclusion, India may have to cut itself into smaller pieces so that Pakistan feels safe! What makes India feel safe or unsafe, and that India, too, may have legitimate security concerns, does not seem to matter.

A typical example is the latest issue of The Economist (May 21, 2011) which has the header item, “The world’s most dangerous border.” Remember how during his visit to India in March 2000, President Clinton had used a similar doomsday description of the India-Pakistan border? This formulation is a pernicious one, because its spreads the blame even-handedly on both sides, rather than acknowledge the obvious source of the threat itself. The Economist says, with categorical certitude, that the Americans have made a mistake, “to see Pakistan in the context of the fighting on its north-west frontier, and thus to ignore the source of most of the country’s problems, including terrorism: the troubled state of relations to the East”. Please note the telling phrase “including terrorism”. The article makes another bizarre deduction: “If Pakistan’s world view were not distorted by India, it might be able to see straight on terror”. Really? The Economist’s solution? America should lean on India to “show restraint in and flexibility on Kashmir.”

What a far distance we have travelled, since 9/11 brought a long overdue clarity on the nature of terrorism as an unmitigated evil. What The Economist is suggesting is that we reward Pakistan’s use of cross-border terrorism as an instrument of state policy, rather than make it abundantly clear that terrorists and states that provide safe haven to terrorists risk being drummed out of respectable company and be put on ice as a rogue state. Instead of using “extra clout” on India to make concessions to Pakistan, should not the “extra clout” acquired as a result of the OBL affair be used with Islamabad to compel a change in its behaviour?

The Economist faults the US for its civil nuclear agreement with India, because it “destabilised things in 2008”, heightening Pakistan’s fear of India. Is this any different from Chinese arguments that its decision to build two additional nuclear reactors in Pakistan, in defiance of NSG norms, is justified by the need to maintain a “balance” in the subcontinent?

Indian diplomacy is thus faced with a serious challenge. It must not allow the old India-Pakistan hyphenation to again become a major constraint. We should make it clear that India’s vital interests, both on Kashmir as well as on the larger issue of combating terrorism are not up for being used in a cynical attempt to assuage Pakistan. Our pursuit of closer relations with Afghanistan has its own independent logic. It is not up for trade with Pakistan or anyone else. There should be a categorical and powerful rebuttal of the revisionist arguments which seek to undermine the global consensus on unreservedly fighting the forces of terrorism. The world cannot be made safe from terrorism by making India unsafe.

(This article was first posted online in the Indian Express website on 27 May 2011)
urine test for chlamydia signs of an std in men gonorrhea treatment
first signs of hiv infection early hiv test aids and hiv symptoms
abortion at 14 weeks link how to terminate early pregnancy at home
online affair married men who cheat with men
reason why husband cheat find an affair dating for married people
why cheat on your wife cheat on your spouse wives who want to cheat
will my husband cheat again will my husband cheat again
marriage counselor joke classic adult jokes jokes stories humor funny adult japanese love stories wife adult stories
married men that cheat why does husbands cheat why women cheat in relationships
is abortion legal in the us facts about abortion
walgreens photo coupons code free grocery coupons
vacuum aspiration video abortion pill medical abortion process
rite aid load to card link rite aid coupon code
renova tube site revia pill
vardenafil 40mg cialis pill ciprofloxacin 1000mg
renova 0.05% link acyclovir 400mg
prescription drugs coupons coupon free discount prescription card
viagra free sample coupons drug coupon free discount prescription cards
lisinopril and eye pain read lisinopril and eye pain
cialis dose vs viagra cialis dosage for 170 pounds
acheter viagra en france livraison 48h acheter viagra en france livraison 48h acheter viagra en france livraison 48h
viagra apotheek viagra pillen kruidvat viagra online deutschland
cialis free coupon site free coupon for cialis
coupons for cialis cialis coupons printable
free cialis coupon 2016 read cialis coupon free
coupon for free cialis coupons for prescription drugs coupon for prescription
cialis coupons 2015 site prescription savings cards
coupons cialis free cialis coupons
cialis gel cialis forum
motilium et grossesse motilium eureka
oxcarbazepine mylan oxcarbazepin
lilly cialis coupons coupons cialis coupon
discount prescriptions coupons coupons for prescription medications lilly coupons for cialis
azithromycin tablets azithromycin dosing
norfloxacin uses norfloxacin uses 400mg
coupon code coupon codes popular coupon sites
abortion pill cost abortion pill clinics in md free abortion pill
i want to do abortion vacuum aspiration side effects
coupons for cialis lilly cialis coupons
abortions cost herbal abortion pill
amoxicillin amoxicillin antibiyotik fiyat amoxicillin 500 mg
abortions facts early abortion pill pill abortion
cialis manufacturer coupon cialis coupons 2015 cialis coupons from lilly
duphaston tablete duphaston duphaston forum
priligy thailand priligy resepti priligy kokemuksia
medical abortion cost having an abortion abortion pill price
amoxicillin amoxicillin al 1000 amoxicillin al 1000
amoxicillin antibiyotik fiyat amoxicillin nedir
cialis 20 mg cialis pris cialis kopiprodukter
abortion pill centers first trimester abortion pill buy abortion pill
voltaren ampul voltaren patch voltaren krem nedir
amoxicillin 1000 mg amoxicillin al 1000 amoxicillin al 1000
amoxicillin amoxicillin 1000 mg amoxicilline
can taking birth control terminate a pregnancy should i have an abortion abortion clinic in new york
ldn and ulcerative colitis vivitrol
vivitrol canada naltrexone multiple sclerosis
naltrexone injection for opiate addiction link revia dosage
naltrexone lupus naltraxone
ldn treatment open naltrexone uk

Back To Top