23 Aug 2017/Wednesday
“We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting,” Mr. Trump said, although he stopped short of cutting off military aid, as some Pakistani elites had feared. Ms. Sehar Kamran , an opposition senator, said that pushing India to play a stronger role inside Afghanistan would isolate Washington’s friends in Islamabad “without realizing, understanding or perhaps deliberately underestimating the impact of increasing Indian presence on Pakistan’s western border.” Imran Khan, leading Pakistan’s main opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, slammed Trump in a series of tweets stating that the US has again blamed Pakistan for its deeply flawed and failed Afghan policy stretching over a decade. “This should teach Pakistan once and for all a valuable lesson: never to fight others wars for the lure of dollars.”
For long the “good-bad terrorist” theory that Pakistan has been feeding to India, stung USA after Osama Bin Laden was killed in Abbottbad, Pakistan. India has been highlighting the repercussions of this dubious theory which allows Pakistan to differentiate between its homegrown terrorists as ‘good or bad’ and engage them for its vested interests across their borders. The fact that Pakistan celebrates every single one of its defeat as victory and every single one of its intelligence failure as a confirmation of conspiracy theory, underlines its “obstructive approach” towards addressing this plaguing issue. Also, India has enough evidences that Hafiz Sayeed, Dawood Ibrahim, and numerous terrorist groups, including the Haqqani Network (HQN), Lashkar e-Taiba (LeT), and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM operate from Pakistan threatening India’s peace.
In a Nov 2014 interview to BBC Urdu, Pakistan’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Minister, Sartaj Aziz had said that Pakistan should not target militants like the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network, who do not threaten Pakistan’s security. In Oct 2015, former Pakistan President and COAS, Pervez Musharraf had admitted that religious militancy was started by Pakistan and he admitted that since 1990’s Pakistan has been supporting and training terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Taliban. He had also mentioned that Taliban, Haqqani, Osama Bin Laden and Zawahiri were Pakistani heroes then. It is no more hidden that the ISI chief, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, knew of Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The above brings out the following serious concerns; firstly with the backing of the Pak administration can incubation of terrorists within Pakistan and PoK be curbed? Secondly, can such regressive ideology breeding on meddled religious grounds change overnight? Will threats of stopping military and economic aids by US really affect thick skinned Pakistan or will it simply piggyback on China and continue with its nefarious activities? There have been enough warnings issued and many half-measures taken, however to win this battle against terrorism, Pakistan needs to go the whole way dumping its theory of good-bad terrorists for its own interest.