By Sajjad Shaukat
Being the only nuclear country in the Islamic World, Pakistan was already on the hit-list of the US-led India and Israel, including some Western countries. But, after the shift of the Great Game from Central Asia to Pakistan’s province of Balochistan, American CIA, Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad, including British MI6 have been supporting target killings, suicide attacks, hostage-takings, sectarian and ethnic violence in various cities of the country, while backing separatist elements in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan provinces. As part of the double game, based in Afghanistan, these secret agencies which have well-established their covert networks there and are well-penetrated in the terrorist outfits like the Islamic State group (Also known as Daesh, ISIS, ISIL), Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and their affiliated Taliban groups are using their terrorists to destabilize Tibetan regions of China, Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan and Pakistan’s Balochistan by arranging the subversive activities.
While, Pakistan’s Armed Forces have successfully broken the backbone of the foreign-backed terrorists by the military operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad which have also been extended to other parts of the country, including Balochistan province and Karachi. Army and top intelligence agency ISI have broken the network of these terrorist groups by capturing several militants, while thwarting a number of terror attempts. Peace has been restored in various regions of Pakistan, including Karachi and Balochistan.
But, these foreign elements have, again, started terror attacks in Balochistan and other regions of the country which show that the US-led India, Afghanistan and Israel want to weaken Pakistan and to damage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Overtly, American high officials remark that they seek stability in Pakistan, but covertly, they continue to destabilize it, especially with the assistance of India.
In this respect, terror attacks coincide with a continued propaganda campaign against Pakistan. Indian lobbies which are well-penetrated in the US administration and Europe, research centers, think tanks, universities, so-called human rights groups and media leave no stone unturned in continuing their endless propaganda to defame Pakistan internationally. Particularly, RAW is availing the opportunity of the US-led organized propaganda campaign against Pakistan.
In this regard, a meeting among the foreign ministers of the US, Japan and India was held at Palace Hotel, New York on September 18, 2017 on the sidelines of 72nd session of United Nations General Assembly. During the meeting, North Korean nuclear programme was deliberated. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has subsequently issued a statement on the meeting containing usual propaganda against Pakistan by hinting that the North Korean proliferation may be linked with Pakistan.
Similarly, as part of the propaganda to distort the image of Pakistan abroad, on September 11, 2017, the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle also published an article titled “Muslim Hypocrisy over the Rohingya”, which stated that Jihadi forces attacking Myanmar’s security forces on August 25, 2017 had links with Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan and were being funded by Pakistan and Afghanistan. It has been intentionally propagated under Indian influence in order to link Pakistan with Myanmar’s so called ‘militants’.
It is notable that North Korea remained under clouds of nuclear threat from the US throughout the Korean War (1950-1953), North Korea’s ruler Kim Il Sung and his son—Kim Jong-un (Now in power) have been attempting to acquire nuclear weapons’ of their own. North Korea tried its best to acquire nuclear weapons technology from its wartime ally China. Supreme Leader Kim II-Sung twice requested Chinese sovereign Mao Zedong for help, but was declined. Having been denied an easy path to a nuclear bomb, North Korea started an indigenous nuclear weapons program immediately after the war in early 1950s. Hence, to shift the blame game towards Islamabad for North Korean nuclear proliferation is unjustified and unfair. Pakistan’s nuclear programme started much later after the first Indian nuclear test at Pokhran in 1974. During the 1970’s Pakistan’s nuclear programme was not even in its embryonic stage when North Korea had already networked with the West to achieve the capability.
In the 70’s and 80’s, North Korea set about acquiring sensitive nuclear technologies from Europe, taking advantage of the lack of adequate nuclear information safeguards at that time. Reportedly they had successful headway in Plutonium based technology on which they based their nuclear programme. Logically and sensibly, Pakistan cannot contribute to the nuclear programme of North Korea which is based on the extraction of Plutonium rather than the Pakistan nuclear programme based on Uranium Centrifugation process.
Besides, the Soviets also helped North Korea in setting up its first nuclear reactor in 1964.
India, during the current regime of Modi has made it a routine to label Pakistan for any wrong doings happening in and around. Sushma Swaraj has been capitalizing well on this philosophy. The world should realize that the same recipe by Indians on Pakistan cannot work forever.
As regards the Royingya crisis, Myanmar’s 1948 citizenship law stripped Rohingya of Myanmar citizenship. The law was orchestrated during military regime. Until recently, Rohingya were registered as temporary residents with identification cards, known as white cards.
Buddhist Myanmar government fears speedy population rise among Rohingya Muslims as compared to slow population growth among the Buddhists that may turn into Rohingya majority in the country.
In 2014, after holding an UN-backed national census, first in thirty years, Rohingya Muslims could only be registered as Bengalis. Constitutional referendum in 2015 canceled even the temporary identity cards issued to this community.
The Myanmar government put restrictions on marriage, family planning (Only allowed to have two children), employment, education, religious choice and freedom of movement.
As if, Indian atrocities on hapless Muslims of Indian Occupied Kashmir and other minorities elsewhere were not enough, India has decided to support the repressive regime of Myanmar, which is wreaking havoc on the Rohingya Muslim community.
The Modi regime’s plan to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims is underway in the pretext that it had evidence of terror connections between Indian-based Rohingya Muslims and extremist groups allegedly from Pakistan and other Muslim states.
In this connection, the sad plight of the Rohingya has provided the Indians a usual and typical blunt instrument to beat Pakistan with and propagate that the Pakistanis are training jihadists in Myanmar and terrorizing the “peace loving Buddhists” of Myanmar. Taking the advantage of the situation, the well beaten rhetoric of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba’s involvement is being propagated across the world.
Undoubtedly, New Delhi leaves no stone unturned in associating Pakistan with all international crises like North Korea’s nuclear programme and Myanmar’s Rohingya’s killings in a bid to tarnish Pakistan’s image and negatively influencing international public opinion on Pakistan.
Again, it is mentionable that the German public broadcaster–Deutsche Welle seems to have conceded to Indian propaganda, as its reporting has been reduced to only negative news about Islamabad.
While, Pakistan’s energies are focused on eradicating terrorism, which are evident due to its concrete actions against terrorism and are being appreciated across the world at different forums. But, India has continued influencing international entities to defame Pakistan in the comity of nations.