The rampant rise in extremism, escalating poverty, a dismal energy sector and the mounting debt, if aren’t problems enough for the state to tackle, India’s constant strong arming and its terror tactics sure provides us with more reasons to get entangled in.
India’s interference in Balochistan
Ever since the re-emergence of insurgency in Baluchistan, Pakistan has been complaining about Indian involvement and in the recent past some dossiers were also shared with the UN and US. The information though seemed to fall on deaf ears as the international community was quick to respond on the request of the Indian government regarding the Pathankot attack, yet conveniently ignored the hard proofs submitted by the Pakistani government.
The level of training, tactics and armory used by Baloch insurgents indicated that they are getting support from anti Pakistan elements. The recent capture of Kulbhushan Jhadav who was arrested on the charges of spying for RAW is just a reinforcement of the Pakistani notion that India is actively sabotaging the peace process in Baluchistan. At a time when the Pakistani military is engaged in one of the biggest counter terrorism operations (Zarb-e-Azb), India’s interference surely undermines those efforts and also highlights its evil design in disrupting peace in that region. The most disturbing revelation was the association of RAW with the Baloch student federation. The association illustrates India’s evil design to prolong this insurgency by inducting the misled youth and brainwashing them into accomplishing their malicious objectives.
India’s reservations on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
India’s paranoia and obsession with Pakistan has found a new face under Mr Narendra Modi’s leadership. The rumors regarding the set up of a dedicated desk at RAW to disrupt CPEC, if didn’t hold any water, the recent confessional statement by the captured spy surely highlights India’s ambition to sabotage the CPEC. India has catalyzed its terror tactics in Balochistan after the announcement of the mega $46bn project. They are also skeptical about the ever growing affinity between Pakistan and China, and the recent blockage of their request to ban certain JeM members at the Security Council by China was also met by serious suspicious from the Indian government. Since they are unable to find legitimate criticism against CPEC which their allies in the global community can munch on, the employment of terrorizing the locals and creating havoc in that region seems the only means they would wish to pursue further.
The long term implications for Pakistan?
Pakistan in the recent past has managed to successfully reduce the terror attacks in its country and has made meaningful strides in bringing some sort of stability back to the country. The long held narrative that Pakistan is an irresponsible country, which sympathizes with extremists has echoed throughout the world and has started to make inroads into the foreign policy of various countries. For starters the countries that are buying this rhetoric are actively advocating duality. Countries like the United States and United Kingdom, on one hand are pretty vibrant in assuring India of how they’ll assist them in curbing terrorism in Pakistan by endorsing moves such as banning members of JeM and even by condemning the inaction of Pakistani government on the Pathankot incident, but on the other hand fail to pay heed to all the dossiers presented to them by the Pakistani government regarding India’s involvement in Baluchistan.
The narrative although does damage Pakistan’s image at present but the undeterred faith shown by China is a huge sign of encouragement for Pakistan. China realizes how India would always pose a threat to this mega project and has since warned the Pakistani authorities to stay prepared. The rising tension and contention on this project can be drawn from the fact that both India and USA aren’t willing to accept China’s dominance in Asia. CPEC is as much beneficial to China as it is to Pakistan.
The Pakistani government’s recent policy of surfacing all proofs and evidences of Indian involvement, although is an effective tool but it must tread carefully. The government needs to create more noise at the global level to silence the rhetoric of its arch rival.