THE Indian Prime Minister is at it again. Narendra Modi has hurled unsubstantiated charges against Pakistan in a series of tweets. Mr Modi posted on the micro-blogging site that Indian security forces had “neutralised” four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists and seized a large cache of weapons.
The Pakistani Foreign Office has rubbed his accusation with the curtness that it deserves. Speaking hours after the tweets, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson also reinforced Pakistan’s constructive approach to global terrorism. It comes as no surprise that in the wake of Pakistan releasing a well-evidenced dossier showing India’s state-sponsored terrorism in this country, the Indian leader resorted to such grossly false claims, without a shred of evidence.
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The dossier contains details of how RAW, the Indian intelligence service, hired operatives as well as trained and financed them to carry out violence on Pakistani soil. Pakistan has done well to share this proof with major nations. The answer of Mr Modi is poor. It’s clichéd, even.
It portends risk, though. In their belligerence against Pakistan, Mr Modi and his hard-line advisors appear to revel. They think that such belligerence is an extension of their domestic politics, which in turn means that their approach to Pakistan is related to the shortcomings and accomplishments of their domestic policies.
Such policies are shrouded in anti-Muslim hysteria which have been reflected in horrendous acts of violence against Muslims. This bare fascism pollutes their thought about Pakistan and is strengthened in India-held Kashmir by their defeats.
There are lessons for both countries in the Balakot incident in which Indian aircraft occupied Pakistani territory, and in Pakistan’s rapid and immediate reaction to the downing of two of their fighter planes shortly afterwards. India should have known that if its territorial integrity is breached, Pakistan will strike back; Pakistan should learn that under Mr. Modi, India will not refrain from such mischief. Those courses have repercussions.
The most recent outburst should be of concern to everyone and alert Pakistan to the intentions of New Delhi. Pakistan has successfully fought off India’s FATF assault and it is hoped that it will be excluded from the grey list within a limited span of time. Regrettably, way too many signs of intolerance and obscurantism pass over the frontier into a society dominated by a faction that has made racial cleansing’ part of state policy. Pakistan’s risk is clear.
India’s rising bellicosity must be remembered by the world as it suffers from a thousand self-inflicted cuts of defeat in occupied Kashmir. The comparison could not have been more stark. Prime Minister Imran Khan has been extending a hand of peace to Mr. Modi since his first day in office. The gesture has been rebuffed twice. India should know that the need for peace does not represent Pakistan’s weakness of resolve.