Serious Study Report by:
Harbans S Nagokay
Through; rich tributes to 11th President of country, popularly known as ‘People’s President’ “The Missile Man of India Dr APJ
Abdul Kalam” on his 85th birth anniversary;PMModi& Russian PresidentV Putin found all set to sign multi-billion defence deal on S 400 Triumf, Kamov-226 choppers today India and Russia will sign several agreements to enhance defence and nuclear cooperation, including delivery of advanced S-400 surface-to- air missile systems
On other side, taking a jibe at Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said it could seek the help of India if it could not root out terrorism on its own. Addressing a public rally in Bengaluru, HM said Pakistan was getting isolated from the world for abetting terrorism. He said constant efforts were made to improve relations with Pakistan, pointing out that Narendra Modi had invited in May 2014 all the heads of governments of neighbouring countries for his swearing in as Prime Minister to send a message that India wants to have better relations with them.But Pakistan did not understand this and tried to take advantage in “violation”, he said, apparently referring to the Uri terror attack. Still “We do not hate people of Pakistan but hate terrorism in Pakistan.”Mr Singh said terrorists from Pakistan crossed the borders and killed 19 soldiers but what the Indian jawans did in retaliation was sending a strong message to the world that the country was not weak but strong.He also said the greatest example of India being a secular country was it declared itself a secular state rather than a theocratic state unlike Pakistan that called itself an Islamic state.His remarks come amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following the Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed and India’s surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control on the intervening night of September 28 and 29.
Earlier this week, in a clear indication of its support for India’s surgical strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, the US said it empathises with the Indian position that it needs to respond militarily to terror threats and dubbed the Uri attack as a “clear case of cross-border terrorism”.The US had also called for greater cooperation and dialogue between India and Pakistan to bring down the recent tensions and said that they should adopt a “conciliatory approach” to resolve their “contentious issues”. Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the UN, is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent lives, including American citizens, the US has also said.State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner yesterday, said that “I’m not going to respond to comments that may have been attributed to him (Hafiz Saeed). He’s listed by the UN Security Council or – UN Security Council 1267 Al Qaida Sanctions Committee for targeted sanctions due to his affiliation with the terrorist group Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT),” and “Both the LeT and (Hafiz) Saeed are designated by the US government. The LeT is obviously responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens,” Mr Toner said in response to a question yesterday. 10 LeT terrorists were involved in carrying out the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people were killed and around 300 were injured.While the attack mastermind and LeT operations commander Zaki-urRehmanLakhvi is living at an undisclosed location after being released from jail on bail a year ago, the other six suspects are in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi. The case has been underway in the country for more than six years.
At the end; this well known to all that the lack of nationhood can be traced to the genesis of Pakistan and the single factor that drove it religious identity.The killing of Osama bin Ladenobviously provided Pakistan an opportunity to reverse its downward slide, but the high headedness and over beliefs; couldn’t make all this happen there. Still, we hope rather pray for this nation Pakistan to decide whether to decisively confront Islamist violence, or continue with the military’s current policy of supporting jihadi militants with one hand even as it slaps them with the other.
Even so; it is the time to recall and remind the lines said by most respected Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam:
“Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character.
When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home.
When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world”.