Professor Ali Sukhanver
President Karzai’s trip to India during the first week of this October was simply a part of the Indo-US campaign against Pakistan which has been in vogue for the last many months. During his visit to India President Karzai did his best to play the role assigned to him by his god-fathers. His ‘marvelous performance’ in this regard would surely uplift and strengthen his status and stature in the eyes of the US authorities and would no doubt boost up his role as a tool in the present political system of Afghanistan .But at the same time if the Haqqanis are really playing in the hands of the ISI and Pakistan is playing a double game in dealing with extremists, Karzai will have to face more severe reaction from them.
By visiting India, Pakistan’s traditional foe, and by pleasing the Indian authorities with his hostile statements against Pakistan, Karzai must be now the ‘hot favourite’ for the allegedly ISI sponsored Haqqani network. This other side of the picture would not be very much pleasing and encouraging for President Karzai. Accusing Pakistan of nurturing the terrorists and patronizing the extremists has now become the most favourite hobby for USA, India and President Karzai. They have left no stone unturned to prove that Pakistanis responsible of creating unrest in Afghanistan.
The matter of fact is that in this blame game against Pakistan; Mr.Karzai is being exploited and misused by his US and Indian benefactors simply because of his innocence and weaker political understanding. He seems totally unaware of the gravity of his statements and negative impact of his words while talking about Pakistan. It is a daylight fact that there could be no peace in Afghanistan without Pakistan. USA and the NATO forces one day will have to quit Afghan lands and the actual sons of the soil, the Pashtuns and the Afghans, would take hold of Afghanistan. Apparently the Pashtuns and the Afghans have long standing historical type of cultural and political conflicts and differences with each other but in the larger interest of their country they could very easily join hands together against any kind of foreign oppression.
Strategically, Pakistan has closer links and relations with the Pashtuns. The tribes living in southern Afghanistan, particularly between Herat and Kandahar and who speak Persian are called Afghans while others living in the rest of Afghanistan and Pakistan’s NWFP and Baluchistan speaking Pashto language are called Pashtuns. These Pashtuns are in a clear majority in Afghanistan. According to a calculation provided by the CIA, the total population of Afghanistan is more than 28,396,000. This population is a mixture of different ethnic and linguistic groups.
Pashto is spoken most widely in the south, east and south west as well as in western Pakistan. The Pashtuns are the largest ethnic group. Most of the Taliban also belong to the same ethnic group. The Pashtuns living along this side and that side of the Pak-Afghan border have close relations with one another. On the basis of their ethnic relationship the foreign invaders always rank them as representatives of Pakistan.
The drone attacks and the attackers in guise of Taliban inside the Pakistan lands, both target none but the Pashtuns. Moreover by the people of Pakistan, the Pashtuns residing along the Pak-Afghan borders are considered the defenders of Pakistan. Just to weaken the defence line of Pakistan , India, USA and President Karzai, the rubber stamp, are doing their best to crush the Pashtuns in all possible manners but it is the writing on the wall that they would never succeed in their notorious plans.
The US invaders will have to say good-bye to Afghanistan, the Pashtuns would run the government in collaboration with the Afghans and India would have to repent on her day-dreaming about Afghanistan; that is the actual story of tomorrow.
Unfortunately, the Indian policy makers are living in fools’ paradise. They think that by defaming Pakistan and by propagating Pakistan’s so-called support to the extremists, they would succeed in concealing the sixty years long story of atrocities and human rights violation in the Indian held Kashmir where every new sun is destined to witness new stories of brutal cruelties.
Though Afghan president Mr.Karzai is of the opinion that India can play a vital role in bringing peace and prosperity in the South Asian region but the facts and realities are altogether otherwise. India is playing the worst possible role in painting a horrible picture of the South Asian region where there would never be even a tinge of peace and prosperity. Indian atrocities are not limited only to the human rights violation in Kashmir but also to the neighbouring countries like Pakistan, China, Nepal and Sri Lanka. An American Congressional report says, “India had been the top arms purchaser among developing countries in 2010 which shows it is in a state of war hysteria.” Another report recently published in the western media says that India would be acquiring six C-130 air-lifters for its air force as part of its strategy of spending $100 billion on defence in the next 10 years.
The same report says, “India is enlarging its airfield in Kargil to make it suitable for all types of military planes. Construction of a modern airfield means an attempt to gain mastery in high altitude warfare against Pakistan.” More alarming is the news that India will also be holding war games along Pakistan’s border in near future. These war games are specifically formulated to capture enemy’s strategic assets and paralyzing its defence capability. The government of Pakistan must review its soft approach and mild reactions to the ever-increasing Indian aggression.
Matters with India seem impossible to be settled through negotiations and peace-talks. The government of Pakistan must reconsider the state of affairs with India. A stern response to the Indian aggression would be in the larger benefit of not only the people of Pakistan but also in the interest of Indian-held Kashmir and Afghanistan.
The writer is a Pakistan based analyst on defence and strategic affairs.