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How Far Is the War?
By Tanveer Jafri
Contributing Writer
Agni 3 Indian missile

The war clouds seem overcasting the two nuclear equipped countries India and Pakistan. It all started between two big giants of Asia after the terror attacks of nuclear 26, 2008 on Mumbai. This is not a mere blame that persons who attacked Bombay were Pakistani. It is true and is being accepted by America, Britain, many prominent leaders of Pakistan and even by some media agencies that the only arrested person in Mumbai attacks, Ajmal Amir Qasab, who was arrested by Indian security agencies on 26th November is a citizen of Pakistan. Ajmal himself has pleaded that he is a Pakistani national and has given arguments in its favour to Pak embassy in India and has asked from Pakistan for legal help too. But it is a matter of sorrow that the government of Pakistan is trying to create a situation of tension by basing its arguments on false facts instead of following the truth. The misfortunate circumstances that arose at the time of 2001, attack on Indian parliament have again come to the forefront.

Now the world is anxiously watching the situation arising between India and Pakistan. The circumstances are deteriorating fast and there may be a burst in the form of war. Indian foreign Minister Parnab Mukharji is repeating it again and again that all the options for dealing with Pakistan are open before India. Indian defense minister has also asked the Indian army to be on alert. It is said that there is a hint from even the high ranking military officers of India that Indian army is ready. Indian military chief has visited the Indo-Pak borders Siachin area too. There are also talks- that Pakistan is ready for self defence. Even Pakistan has started dumping his army on Gujrat and Rajasthan border. But despite all these there is no big movement of armies from Indin side on the border. It all shows that repeating of Indian foreign minister that all options are open does not mean the military action but it is to put more international pressure on Pakistan and demand from United Nation and UNSC to put some new sanctions on Pakistan.

One thing that gives satisfaction on the tense atmosphere between the two countries is that both the countries are feeling that the main aim of the terrorists is to obstruct the peace talks going on between the two countries. Firstly the terrorists aimed at many holy places in India. Their main aim was to increase the communal tension to the extent that may result in communal riots. But the roots of communal harmony in India are so deep that the terrorists could not succeed in their aim. People of India saw the unholy deeds and attack of the foreigner terrorists on the ancient, historical sacred places in India. After that these enemies of humanity aimed at the markets full of rush. These persons of devil nature many times aimed at the innocent and unarmed people who were busy in purchasing on the eves of holy festivals such as Eid and Deepawali. But bravo for the Indian society, that has limitless toleration power. It was not moved by the terrorist deeds and did not become aggressive but went on finding the short coming in its security measures.

The world witnessed the attacks of the foreigner on one side and on the other side there were attempts between India and Pakistan to improve and sweeten the bondage at the administrative level. But on December13, 2001, the toleration overwhelmed when the terrorists trained in Pakistan and having Pak citizenship attacked the Indian Parliament. At that time, too, Pakistan refused to accept that the killed terrorists who attacked the Indian Parliament were pakistanies. As a result of it, the circumstances deteriorated so much that both the countries called back their ambassadors. The means of transport were closed between the two countries. Even the armies of both the sides were ready to face each other. But the war did not break out because of the international interference and deep understanding of leaders of the both countries. And so armies were called back in the barracks.

Since that incident, the circumstances in the world especially in south Asia have changed a lot. After the attack of 9/11, America has declared war against terrorism. Under this mission, to finish the Talibani terrorism, the American armies entered Afghanistan. Pakistan is the main associate of America, in this mission of America to end terrorism. The America and Pakistan's armies are jointly trying to end the Taliban's control in the tribal area on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. During these circumstances, the terrorists came from the soil of Pakistan and attacked Mumbai in such a way that has shocked the pride of the Indians. The anger that came in the Indian people, because of Mumbai attacks can be imagined that because of it, Indian home minister, the chief minister of Maharashtra and its home minister have to leave their chairs. After the Mumbai attacks, now India is not in favour of allowing any terrorist to do its nefarious activity on the soil of India. The Indian government is taking steps to save the country from any such attacks in future. For it the modernization of security agencies, the change in the cabinet and change of the chief minister of Maharashtra and even new laws to control the terrorism have been adopted

On the other side, the circumstances in Pakistan are also pitiable. The terrorist network that grew and got nourishment in Pakistan has taken Pakistan in its whirlpool. The killing of Benazir Bhutto, the dangerous attacks on former president Pervez Musharraf and Nawaz Sharif, operation lal masjid, the damaging of Meriot hotel by a suicide vehicle, the attack on Denmark embassy and arrest of many armed terrorists in Pakistan are proofs that the terrorism has strong hold on the soil of Pakistan and perhaps it is beyond its control. That is why the rulers in Pakistan repeat it again and again in reply to Indian accusation that Pakistan itself has been badly affected by terrorism.

The analyst who analyses the terrorism say that now the main motive of the terrorists is to increase the tension between India and Pakistan to the extent to bring both the countries in war and to leave the peace talks going in between them. The sources say that if Pakistan has to open the war at the Indian border its armies may have to come on the Indian border. There may be two options for Pak army. One is that Pak army will stay at both places. One is the tribal areas of Afghan-Pak border and the second is the Indian border. If it leaves the American army alone in the tribal area at Afghanistan border that too will not be good for American army. In all these circumastances all the terrorists in Pakistan may make a joint move to control the nuclear weapons present in Pak. Obviously, both Pakistan and America and even the whole world know it well.

So the conclusion is the meaning of the all options for India is open is probably there will not be war. Because the war will help the terrorists to fulfill the desire that India does not want. One thing is clear the terrorism has taken its roots deep in Pakistan. If its network is not uprooted at the earliest may be with or without the help of America. It will be prove as a sinus. The terrorist can adopt any mean or wicked level to harm Pakistan. As there happened, that Pakistan had a narrow escape as it was going to be declared a terrorist country. As a good neighbors India also wishes peace and prosperous future for Pakistan. But it is necessary that the terrorist network there must me destroyed at the earliest.

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Mr.Tanveer Jafri, who serves as contributing writer for The Seoul Times, is a noted columnist in India. He writes on a variety of issues including world peace, anti-terrorism, and national & international politics for numerous news dailies and portals in India. As a devoted social activist he is member of Haryana Sahitya Academy & Haryana Urdu Academy.






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