Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam
January 27, 2013
Over the growing tensions between India and Pakistan, the armed religious factions of Pakistan have got some relief in the hope that now the tension will take a turn along the lines to the past and the powerful factions in the ruling government will be inclined towards adventurism again. There is no doubt that some internal hands have always obstructed every possibility of regional co-operation with India due to suspicions. The same is done by the extremist religious forces in India which is joined by the hawkish media. As a result, tanks are positioned on both sides. The radicalists of both sides are overjoyed and the crop of enmity grows on national level. The people sitting outside consider this regional conflict merely a regional enmity and try to explore new avenues and ways to solve this issue on diplomatic level but they forget that the extremists on both sides have fixed a definition for this enmity which is not merely regional but purely religious. To the extremists in Pakistan, India is like a temple where the violent priest of the temple is chanting shlokas to invoke the destruction of Pakistan whereas to the extremists of India, Pakistan is like a vast mosque in whose courtyard; the Islamic army is busy in preparations for an attack on India.
If we have a look around us to analyse the constituents of this delayed holy war or even if simply look at what kind of text books the architects of Pakistan have formulated to teach and train the new generation of Pakistan about the neighbours of Pakistan, we will find that in the books taught to the children, India is the most dangerous enemy. The reason for this is the mentality of the extremist Hindu of India which cannot tolerate the Muslims of Pakistan. The religious fanatics of India also promote this point of view and their prejudice against Pakistan is all too evident. The war mongers on both sides know it very well that the ‘cowards’ in both the countries are always afraid of war and so they will not easily allow the situation of an atomic war to develop. This is the point of view that encourages small scale intrusions and because of this, the armed groups get powerful by the day. The defence organisations and the intelligence agencies in both the countries comfortably patronise such extremist groups which are capable of damaging the interests of the opponent country across or inside the border.
When the small scale intrusions succeed, people who have a penchant for cross border terrorism also sneak into these extremist groups under their expansionist views. We have a number of examples of this of which one is of Ilyas Kashmiri who was killed in a drone attack. He was associated with Harkatul Jihad Islami and was active in ‘jihad’ in Kashmir and Afghanistan. At one point of time he was the cynosure of Pakistani agencies and the former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf had rewarded him with Rs one lakh because during the fight in Kashmir, he had beheaded an Indian officer and had carried his severed head with him. Moving forward he became associated with Al Qaida. He was involved in many acts of jihadi killing and bloodshed from the attack on Pervez Musharraf to the attack on Mehran base, Karachi, occasionally taking part in communal killings too. There are hundreds of examples which show how such small time terrorists gradually reached the top of the terrorist heights and then waged a war against their erstwhile patrons or supporters.
Now it seems that the decisions about the mutual relations of India and Pakistan are not in the hands of both the countries. Pakistan has lost this authority long before while India is fast going through the process of losing it. While a violent mindset has been nurtured against India in Pakistan for a few decades, the same has been done against Pakistan in India by the religious fanatics in India and the fanatic groups on both sides have grown so powerful that they can pitch the armies of both the countries whenever they want. Godhra massacre and Mumbai terrorist operation are prominent examples of the power of such extremist groups on both sides. Both the countries are helpless before such elements and are forced to recognise their conceived definition of patriotism. This disappointing situation has crushed the interests of the majority of the two countries. When the foreign ministers or representatives of both countries meet, the extremists seem to be peeping out of the files tucked in their hands. Bilateral talks are actually limited to the exchange of views and intentions of the extremist groups existing on both sides. The extent of influence and activism of the extremists of both the countries can be gauged by the fact that the delegations of both the countries hold ‘meaningful dialogue’ under the outlines prepared by the terrorists and extremists of their respective countries. The hawkish media also engages in a war of words against each other around this meaningful dialogue. This way, the world understands that two atomic neighbours of the South Asia are gradually marching towards peace.
The religious leaders of Pakistan believe that India will be obliterated through jihad. In its hard-hitting publication titled “Gazwa-e-Hind” (The holy war of India), the Lashkar-e-Taiba has given the good tidings of such a destruction (of India) while on the other hand, to the religious fanatics of India, Pakistan is very soon going to be saffronised. If the outer world thinks that the governments of India and Pakistan can lay the foundation of peace and co-operation while ignoring the ever growing power of the holy expansionists of their respective countries, it is a distant possibility. On the contrary, there is a greater possibility that the ‘holy attack’ from any side will push the South Asia into war and anarchy.
The author of nine books including the recently published book ‘Punjabi Taliban’, Mujahid Hussain writes a regular column for New Age Islam. He has been writing for various newspapers as an investigative journalist for the last two decades. His writings cover a wide range of issues involving Pakistan. In recent years, local, regional and international affairs relating to terrorism and security have been the subject of his study.
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