Pragmatic | One statement, two versions

Pakistan is a declared nuclear power but a proven jehadi power.

While everyone keeps on haring on the duplicitous and double-faced nature of Pakistan Army and the ISI, Pakistan Foreign Office is not far behind with its behaviour. Anita Joshua in The Hindu notes:

While General Kayani’s response in Spain was that Pakistan reserved the sovereign right to formulate policy in accordance with its national interest, the change made by the Foreign Office in the reply offered by its spokesperson to a question on whether Pakistan considered the Haqqani network an enemy and a threat to its interests was revealing. At the press conference, the spokesperson’s answer was: “Any kind of terrorism is unacceptable. We condemn any act against Pakistan or any other country since we condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

However, in the transcript of the briefing circulated later, any possibility of inferring from the reply that Pakistan considered the Haqqani network a terrorist organisation was removed. Instead, what was circulated was this: “Pakistan has suffered from terrorism and terrorist attacks. We remain deeply concerned about militant activity from across the border into Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan is committed to peace, reconciliation, stability and development in Afghanistan and the region.”[The Hindu]

This shouldn’t be too difficult to understand. Pakistan has two, what it considers to be its strategic assets — the nuclear weapons and the jehadis. There is as much chance of Pakistan giving up its jehadis — whether voluntarily or under coercion — as is of it giving up its nuclear weapons.

Pakistan has used the existence of India as its neighbour to justify the acquisition of both these strategic assets. It was ambivalent about the status of its nuclear weapons programme for a decade while the world looked away. An official testing of the nuclear weapons made that country a declared nuclear power. Pakistan has been similarly ambivalent about its connections with the jehadis while the world has chosen to look away. Unlike the first strategic asset, nuclear weapons, where only official testing has been done, the other strategic asset, the jehadis, have not been officially tested because it is not possible to do so. Instead, it has gone a step further. These jehadis been unleashed by Pakistan army to kill many innocent civilians, soldiers, officials all over the globe — particularly so in India and Afghanistan.

With all the talk that is going on nowadays between Pakistan and the US, hope the world finally sits up and points to what Pakistan really now is — a declared “nuclear weapon” state but a proven “jehadi” state. Let us not forget that defining the problem correctly is the first step towards solving it. As Einstein said, “If I had an hour to save the world, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute finding solutions.”

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