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    Water not at cost of Indian Blood!

    RSN Singh

    The filing of the charge sheet against Maulana Masood Azhar, the leader of the Jaish-e- Mohammad (JeM) and his associates by the NIA should also serve as a reminder that it is now more than two-and- half decades that we have been subjected to jihadi war by Pakistan. It was 16 years ago that the jihadis belonging to Jaish-e- Mohammad (JeM) struck at the most sacred symbol of 's statehood i.e. Parliament. That attack as backdrop in effect seems to eclipse all subsequent jihadi attacks that have become endemic feature in India.

    The tragedy or the natural justice is that that this bigotry is consuming its own people. It has already consumed the Ahmediyas, and now the Shias and the Mohajirs.

    Menacing verbal reactions, followed by aggressive diplomatic rhetoric, then unqualified warnings and finally warnings to bring Pak perpetrators to book, has been usual trajectory of this endemic jihadi feature.

    It is hard to imagine that from the same parliamentary complex the territory of Pakistan, then part of India was also administered by the colonial masters. How can the jihadis then bleed their own ‘mother territory.' This is what religious bigotry can do! This is the consequence of jihadi poison! The tragedy or the natural justice is that that this bigotry is consuming its own people. It has already consumed the Ahmediyas, and now the Shias and the Mohajirs. The three communities were in the forefront for creation of Pakistan. Did Jinnah, a Shia, create Pakistan so that the Sunni jihadis could feast on deprivation, religious emasculation and killing of Shias.

    Not undermining the painstaking professionalism with which the NIA has pieced together the evidences, it also a reality that the perpetrators were broadly known. We knew that it was orchestrated by Pakistan's military-intelligence establishment through the aegis of Masood Azhar and his JeM. Nevertheless, in deference to imperatives we looked for evidences and found them. Much before the Americans too had provided incontrovertible evidences based on the digital footprints of the attackers and their handlers. The moot question is that are the suicide bombers and their masterminds a really bothered or deterred by evidences? In fact anyone who does not have patronage of the State, or is concerned about the consequences of evidences will not run a jihadi industry or tanzeem.

    A country like Pakistan, whose entire philosophy of war is predicated on jihadi enterprise is only concerned about devising ways to circumvent the international community. With a long history of clandestine strategic dealing with US and China, Pakistan is adept at it. So whenever Pakistan finds itself internationally circumscribed for promoting terrorism, it uses its strategic patron to sabotage the prevailing international discourse. This is what China has done in favour of Pakistan by using its veto to bail out Masood Azhar and the JeM, ensuring that Pakistan continues to use him as tool of proxy war against India. The international community could do nothing despite the fact that Masood Azhar has been waging war against India since last two decades.

    The Pak establishment, the Mullahs, dread taking up cudgels on behalf of Chinese Muslims for fear of Chinese wrath. China is too important for them for survival i.e. specially in terms of strategic dependence and international support.

    This year in August, the Xinjiang province in China enacted a new counter terrorism law that targets not just those who commit terrorist acts, but also those who preach religious extremism. The Pak establishment, the Mullahs, dread taking up cudgels on behalf of Chinese Muslims for fear of Chinese wrath. China is too important for them for survival i.e. specially in terms of strategic dependence and international support. When it comes to China they are prepared to trade everything to do with Islam. The weapon of jihad is a crude and devious tool only against India and Afghanistan.

    This very year US congressman Matt Salamon said before the congressional panel which met to decide funding to Pakistan: “They (Pakistanis) are making chumps out of us. They see us being so stupid. It seems like paying the mafia.” Some US lawmakers suggested declaring Pak a “state sponsor of terrorism.” And look at the travesty of our international system, Pakistan continues to flaunt the likes of Masood Azhar and Hafeez Saeed with impunity.

    A not very publicized fact is that it was Masood Azhar who had sown the seeds of Jihadism in Britain. During his month long visit to Britain in 1993 he had series of 40 lectures in mosques across the country wherein he exhorted youth to dedicate themselves to jihad.

    We Indians must learn how much to expect from ‘international pressure.' In international relations, it is a very nuanced affair. While powers may put pressure on a country to alter their course with regard to a third country, yet the pressure would not be to the point of sufferance of their own strategic interests. US and China are not exceptions to this reality. China has rather demonstrated its skill in wielding unpredictable and failed states like North Korea and Pakistan to further its strategic agenda.US too has been leveraging on Saudi Arabia, the ideological and financial patron of jihadi terror. To that extent international war against terror is humbug.

    The jihadi attack in Pathankot and before that in Gurdaspur indicates that the arc of target of proxy war has increased from J&K to .

    For how long do we give credence to evidences? Do evidences have meaning in war? What is the perspectival and deterrence value of the NIA? Do the police forces in border states share the NIA's perspective on terror? Probably in real terms we have not imbibed the nature of jihadi proxy war. A war in which a protagonist relies on narrative of evidences for victory cannot be a victor. There have only been pauses in this war. For last two decades we have been facing nothing but pauses.

    It is not that India can be debilitated so much by low intensity conflict that it suffers loss of territory. India's has tremendous depth of strength to obviate those designs of Pakistan. Nevertheless, we do suffer on the ideological content of the jihadi proxy war which never allows parts of India like the Kashmir Valley to stabilize. None of the wars that India fought after Independence, caused ethnic cleansing or displacement in India.

    The jihadi proxy war in Kashmir Valley did that with half a million Kashmir Hindus. Paralyzed by indecision, the Indian security establishment merely watched. That indeed is the sinister magnitude of jihadi proxy war.

    The jihadi attack in Pathankot and before that in Gurdaspur indicates that the arc of target of proxy war has increased from J&K to Punjab.

    The only way of deterring Pakistan is to stop the flow of Indus waters. Pakistan cannot have water at the cost of blood of Indians.

    What do we do with a jihadi entity like Pakistan? There is frenzy in the whole of jihadi world to conflate nuclear weapons with Jihad. When the narrative or false belief of “one man of X-religion = 100 men of Y- religion” repeatedly failed, the jihadi ideology began to pine for ‘nuclear weapons' to terrorize the world. It is from these weapons that the Pakistan's military-intelligence establishment and the jihadi tanzeems draw their sense of invincibility and impunity.

    It needs to be earnestly realized that Pakistan's jihadi war against India, which is essentially a war of Pakistani Punjabis is not for territory or for Kashmir. No Punjabi jihadi is dying for Kashmir. He is dying for annihilation of India. A conventional war cannot kill the ideology of jihadism under the shadow of nuclear weapons.

    So what weapon India has under the circumstances against Jihadi Pakistan?

    The only way of deterring Pakistan is to stop the flow of Indus waters. Pakistan cannot have water at the cost of blood of Indians.

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