Pakistan is not ready to tolerate more terrorists – Opinion and Analysis
On the night of PSL final when nation was enjoying the cricket match, terrorists from Afghanistan attacked 3 Pakistani check posts in the area of Mohmand agency. Pak army not only faced them bravely but also forced them to flee back. In this attack fifteen terrorists were killed and 5 Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom. This is a clear message to the Pakistani nation that Pak army is not only on the alert to save their countrymen but also sacrificing their lives. This is not the first time that terrorists have attacked Pakistan from Afghanistan.
Afghanistan jumped into enmity with Pakistan with the birth of Pakistan in 1947 by not acknowledging as a sovereign country and demanding that NWFP province should be made a separate country. This conspiracy failed when NWFP public voted in favor of Pakistan by 99.02 percentages in the referendum. In order to revenge their failure, Afghanistan with the help of India started the conspiracy of Greater Pakhtunistan but they had to lick the dust. However, Afghan rulers remained busy in anti-Pakistan activities in order to please India, this is a long story.
However, Pakistan stood with Afghan Muslims in hard times. Pakistan not only supported Afghan refugees numbering in hundreds of thousands but also fixed a portion of agriculture produce for Afghanistan as well. Until few months ago, Afghan men, women and children entered into Pakistan without any travel documents or restrictions via Turkham for medical treatment etc. according to their needs. Under the garb of this unchecked entrance into Pakistan, terrorists started to enter into Pakistan as well involved in bomb blasts and other terrorist activities in various cities of Pakistan.
Pakistani nation was facing two types of attack; one in the form of terrorists trained by Indian and Afghan terrorist agencies who used to blow up themselves on the targets chosen by their operators. In the history many countries have faced terrorism but this has happened only in Pakistan that educational institutions, young students of schools, patients admitted in hospitals, Mosques, worship prayers and shrines were targeted by terrorists. This bloody game still continues in Pakistan. There is no other way left for Pakistan except to close its borders for Afghans because Pakistan has been demanding from Afghanistan for last three to four years to stop terrorists from using Afghan land against Pakistan. In this regard Pakistan also contacted with NATO and US Commanders in Afghanistan along with evidence. After successful operation in tribal areas in which hideouts of terrorists, operational headquarters, explosive manufacturing units etc. were destroyed; higher command of terrorists flee to Afghanistan where they are at large under the protection of Afghan and Indian Intelligence agencies. After getting evidence, Americans and Afghans both replied to Pakistan that terrorists are hiding in those areas of Afghanistan where Afghan govt. and NATO have no control.While the ground realities show that USA along with her ally India does not want peace in Afghanistan so that under the garb of lawlessness in Afghanistan they can continue their proxy war against Pakistan through terrorism.
Now, Indian RAW with the support of NDS of Afghanistan had laid foundation of ISIS in Afghanistan. As a reaction to this US developed terrorist organization, Russia has been forced to pay attention to the developments in Afghanistan and help Taliban against ISIS.
Before this the reports of meeting between Ameer of Taliban Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and Putin on a Tajik airbase have been reported. The meeting that took place in September 2015, ISIS was the main topic of discussion. Mullah Akhtar and Putin took dinner together. Although the representatives rejected such reports while Russia remained silent. After the discussions in media over the visit of General Rasheed Dostum, Russia declared establishment of ISIS in Afghanistan as an American conspiracy against Russia and openly acknowledged that Russia is in contact with Taliban in Afghanistan and providing funds and weapons to them against ISIS. After this disclosure, USA decided to remove Mullah Mansoor and on 22 May 2016 when he entered into Pakistan from Iran he was killed in a drone attack. Last year when famous war lord and Vice President of Afghanistan General Rasheed Dostum visited Chechnya and Moscow on 26 April 2016, this news were disturbing for USA. Afterwards when the detail of his meetings Russian officials were reported, USA sternly condemned it. The concerns of US establishment had grounds because representative of Uzbek tribes in Afghanistan, General Rasheed had supported USA against Mullah Umar and Taliban in 2001. Moreover, in 80s he was one of the supporters of CIA against Soviet Union. On the concerns of USA, he told journalists that ISIS is rapidly spreading in the country but USA is silent over the issue. In such situation Afghan public and Russia are worried over the developments in the region. He offered to visit Washington so that he may inform the USA about ISIS as he informed Russia. However, US officials delivered the message that his Visa for USA has been cancelled.
After death of Mullah Mansoor, Russia openly criticized USA for establishing and supporting ISIS. Russia declared ISIS as a big threat for Russia and to support Taliban against ISIS. Moreover, in New Delhi, Russia decided to support Pakistan against Indian actions. This was a great diplomatic development in the history. In the similar situation on 6 March 2017, British Newspaper Telegraph published the news report, “Pakistan Warns Trump’s Generals: Sort Out Total Mess in Afghanistan or Russia will Intervene”. According to the details of the report, Pakistan army has warned US Generals in Afghanistan that if USA and Britain failed to control ISIS in Afghanistan than they should get ready for the worst situation in the region. Sources told the newspaper after withdrawal of US, NATO and Western forces from Afghanistan, the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating rapidly. Taliban and ISIS both are flourishing in Afghanistan; If the manpower of ISIS increases, Russia will be forced to directly intervene in Afghanistan just like in Syria.
According to the news report Pakistan is concerned over the terrorist attacks from Afghanistan and violations of border by Afghan army. Pakistan blames Afghan govt. for this situation who is not ready to support Pakistan over border management. On the other hand Afghan army is not capable to face terrorists in Afghanistan. Out 350000 Afghan soldiers only 20000 have professional military training while out of 1000 Generals most have been given such designation due to their tribal background. Although Pakistan has not reacted over the report of British newspaper but the attack over a military hospital in Kabul on 8 March 2017 has proved Pakistani concerns to be true. 4 terrorists at about 9 am entered into hospital and fought with the Afghan army and commandoes until 6 pm. More than 40 persons lost their lives while number of those who got injuries are more than 80.
The problem for Afghan govt. is that they used to blame Pakistan for every terrorist attack but in this case ISIS accepted the responsibility and warned Afghan govt. to be ready for more such attacks. This is the threat which has been pointed out by Pakistan since long. Peace in Afghanistan is not only need of Afghanistan only but Pakistan as well. But Afghan govt. is not ready to take any step against Indian will. Afghan leadership is not ready to think over this seriously that USA and India are neither affected nor concerned by the terrorism in Afghanistan. One is across the globe while other is hundreds of miles away. The problem is only for Pakistan having borders with Afghanistan. India wants to continue the lawlessness in Afghanistan so that she can exploit her stay in Afghanistan against Pakistan. The addition of ISIS is also an achievement of Indians. But neither Russia nor Pakistan are ready to tolerate this situation anymore…
Author: Khalid Baig