There is nothing new when I point out that Pakistan has been using terrorism as a state policy for a long time. And so when it comes to tackling terror, there has always been a distinction of good and bad terrorism. Groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba who go after India are looked at from a different lens than those who massacred over 130 children of the Army Public School in Peshawar a few days back. The Pakistani army then claimed to have taken down at least 57 militants just a day after this attack. General Raheel Sharif even gave a statement to hang 3000 terrorists in 48 hours. But the same day, 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind was granted bail by a Paki court. Later he was detained again, only after both India and the international community reacted adversely to it.
Pakistan’s track record doesn’t tell any different story. With Osama Bin Laden found hiding barely 100 kilometers from the country’s capital and Taliban leader Mullah Omar suspected to be hiding in Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the country’s reputation internationally in tackling terror has been utterly poor. Hillary Clinton once remarked during a joint news conference with former Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar: “It’s like that old story – you can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours. Eventually those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard.”
Pakistan-US relations have also strained in recent times for the obvious reasons. Pakistan currently sees its only friend in China which is exceedingly assertive with its String of Pearls strategy to encircle India. I don’t see that lasting anyway as China’s Xinjiang is already facing the heats of terror exported from Pakistan, and moreover, the two do not have anything to share but their common neighbour – India.
What worries me most apart from the innocent civilians of Pakistan constantly being victims of its flawed state policy is its possession of Weapons of mass destruction. It has been projected that by 2020, Pakistan as the fastest growing nuclear programme in the world, will be the country with over 200 nuclear weapons. What if the terrorism so prolific in Pakistan gets its hands on these weapons of mass destruction? What if terror that has constant uptrend in Pakistan takes it over? I don’t see any reasons why it cannot happen. Not in the current scenario. The very reason attack on Army School happened was because the current army chief unlike his predecessors is against peace talks with the Taliban. So, it is an open secret when I say that the factions of Pakistani Army, the ISI and the political mainstream have always been in association with these terrorist organisations. Having said that, how can we be sure that these factions will not grow over time and eventually have access to everything in Pakistan? We can’t be.
Let me make you a little more serious by saying that a little under 25 nuclear weapons are enough to incinerate the whole of India, and you may not get a chance at all to fight back.
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