Gen Kamal Davar
high commissioner to India Abdul Basit during an interaction with media at
Foreign Correspondent Club in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI Photo)
has bared its fangs towards its larger and overly indulgent neighbour for the
nth time. Many, including some in India’s security establishment, had predicted
no matter how much one reaches out to them, nothing will change as long as the
Deep State (the army, ISI and their terror Tanzeems) rules the roost in
Pakistan. India again succumbed to its neighbour’s machinations, thanks to the
naïveté of the Indian establishment.
Modi’s supposed master stroke in diplomacy by making an unscheduled stopover in
Lahore to felicitate his counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday was
reciprocated by the attack in Pathankot within a week. More intriguing was
India’s decision to allow a Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) into the
airbase – something like asking a thief to investigate his own theft!
gesture met with no success as the JIT, reportedly leaked views hardly accurate
or palatable to the Indian side. It appears they alleged India attacked its own
base – absurdity bordering on insanity as far as this insinuation is concerned.
Thursday, Pakistan’s high commissioner to New Delhi Abdul Basit took it upon
himself to unilaterally announce the “suspension” of dialogue between the two
nations. Discomfiture to India could not be more pronounced, when India has
gone out of its way to accommodate Pakistan’s concerns. Presumably, Pakistan’s
Deep State exercised its veto power on dealing with India!
carry out a reality check for its policy towards its belligerent,
terror-exporting neighbour. Modi must come out forcefully in warning Pakistan
that there are limits to India’s patience and large-heartedness. It must be
conveyed to Pakistan that India is prepared to answer all its provocations and
Pakistan better desist from its evil ways for we are in full knowledge of its
Let us keep
engagements with Pakistan to the barest minimum and downgrade our diplomatic
representation. We do not need Pakistan anyway. Importantly, India will have to
influence the US not to play games with us as regards its terrorist protégé
Kamal Davar is a retired lieutenant general who
was the first chief of the Defence Intelligence Agency.