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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2345

US Throws Out Sharif's India Dossier

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Before leaving his country late in October on a three-day visit to Washington Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had been jolted to the reality that despite the US willingness to forgive and forget all the duplicitous acts of Pakistan it was not going to give him an ‘India-like’ civil nuclear deal. It should have been clear to him and his name sake at the GHQ that the US was not going to revise its stand on staying out of the Kashmir imbroglio.

Yet, Nawaz nursed a wistful hope before landing on the US soil with a large army of officials and family members--that his host will take note of his bulky ‘dossier’ on India’s alleged involvement in his country’s internal affairs, including incidents of unrest and terrorism. President Barack Obama virtually threw the dossier Sharif had pinned so much hope on into the dustbin. And Secretary of State, John Kerry, the recipient of the dossier, just did not acknowledge it.

Pakistan underplayed the snub it received from the US about the anti-India set of three ‘dossiers’ just as it ignored the heckling Nawaz Sharif received while addressing a think-tank in the American capital. The heckler brought to attention the reign of terror and oppression that the Pakistani army has been unleashing in Baluchistan.

Being familiar by now of how the Pakistanis twist and turn their dialogue with US leaders, the Americans took an unusual step of briefing US-based Indian journalists after Sharif ended his visit. It was a thoughtful gesture; it was able to nail a lie spoken by the Pakistan Prime Minister that the US and Pakistan have agreed to set up a joint mechanism for monitoring the ceasefire line in Kashmir.

Oppression and atrocities, including large-scale murder and kidnapping by the Pakistani army, are also a common feature in the rest of Pakistan, including occupied Kashmir, which the world ought to know well. India must help draw attention to what the Pakistanis like to hide behind their ever mounting anti-India propaganda. Why should India be shy when Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership openly speaks of their support to militants in Kashmir and elsewhere in India?

It is no secret that Pakistan spends a considerable amount of money in propping up anti-India elements living in Europe and the US. They get Pakistani help to organise demonstrations outside Indian missions in western countries, especially during the visit of the Indian prime minister and at the time of the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA).

Nawaz Sharif returned to Islamabad with a somewhat rusted trophy—eight 40-year-old F-16s jet fighters that the US might sell to Pakistan but only after clearance by the Congress where not many lawmakers are willing to forgive Pakistan as easily Obama has been. It must have been shattering for Sharif when nobody in the US even whispered anything about the ‘dossier’.

But grant this to the Pakistanis: they are always ready with a Plan B in their propaganda war against India. The domestic audience was told that at least the issue has been brought to US attention! It was wishful thinking. Every Pakistani official visiting the US in recent weeks, not to speak of their blabbering US-based diplomats have been talking about presenting the ‘dossier’ to US authorities. The US did not even acknowledge any of these!

As though that was not a setback of sorts, Barack Obama reminded Pakistan that it has to fight terrorism without making any distinction between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ elements. For the first time, the joint statement by the leaders of the US and Pakistan specifically mentioned the pro-Pakistan Haqqani Network and the viciously anti-India Lashkar-e-Toiba as outfits that have to be decimated.

India need not take the Pakistan’s assurance to Washington of fighting all forms of terrorism seriously because it is a new one. Right from the days of President Pervez Musharraf, the land of the pure has been promising action against all terrorist groups operating from territories under its control.

Nobody in India and Afghanistan will doubt that paranoiac Pakistan will renounce its policy to protect and shelter the anti-India and anti-Afghan terror groups in pursuance of its perverse policy of using terror as an instrument of state policy. Pakistan blackmails its neighbours and the rest of the world with its terror policy which it feels can be sustained because of its advantageous geographical location.

Like his army chief, his ‘boss’ in reality, Nawaz Sharif and his foreign secretary did a bit of sabre-rattling while in the US. Both had boasted of having developed tactical nuclear warheads (mini nukes) for use against Indian attack that the Sharifs’ fanciful mind thinks is imminent. It is clear that for Pakistan there is no threshold for starting a nuclear war. The Pakistani ‘boss’ is due to visit Pentagon in November where he will undoubtedly indulge in more ranting against India under the notion that it earns American sympathy.

The allegedly ‘peace-loving’ Pakistani Prime Minister is apparently ready to plunge the sub-continent into a nuclear war without thinking of the disaster that will follow, not only for India but for his country too. To back up his bombast he talked about ‘aggressive’ statements coming from India, the ceasefire violations and so on.

The Pakistani leadership, by instinct tends to be bellicose. They are unable to realise that the threat of nuclear war does not go down well in today’s world. It cannot bring them any advantage over India. For one thing, it has further pushed back their chances of getting an ‘India-like’ civil nuclear deal from the US. They demand ‘parity’ with India on nuclear matters, unmindful of nuclear proliferation activities of A.Q.Khan, the so-called father of the Islamic Bomb. His past remains an albatross round the Pakistani neck and a hurdle in opening the door for nuclear trade.

Khan (and Pakistan) got away with his roguish activity of running a thriving nuclear Walmart because during the Cold War the US had deliberately winked at Pakistan’s nuclear programme. The deterioration in US-Russia relations in recent days may suggest that the Cold War has probably not ended but Pakistan may have to regret for being cavalier about its highly ambitious nuclear programme and manifest mendacity.

The Pakistan leadership –civilian and military - have declared their intention to start a nuclear race in the sub-continent, buoyed by the idea that their country is on way to building the world’s fourth or fifth largest nuclear arsenal in less than a decade. However, the Obama -Sharif statement speaks about the need for both India and Pakistan to ‘avoid any development that might invite increased risk to nuclear safety, security or strategic stability.’

Put simply, the US, the biggest benefactor of Pakistan, has put Pakistan under watch. The Pakistani hearts burn when they see that the US does not grant them ‘parity’ with India. A nation that can be so casual and cavalier about its nuclear weapons will always be looked at with suspicion. (Syndicate Features)

- Asian Tribune -

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