The joke will be on India...again

Anatomy of the Pakistani case for a joint anti-terror "mechanism"

To this question posed by a former dean of social sciences at the Quaid-i-Azam University in Pakistan, let us go back two years in history.

Why is the Indian government employing coercive diplomacy to achieve its objectives when it can easily sort out contentious issues through a joint investigation? The answer to this question is that a joint investigation, bilateral or multilateral, simply does not suit India [DTP-Anatomy of the Indian case]

In 2006, a joint anti-terror mechanism agreement was penned by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [Link]. The UPA government compromised on India's inarguable right to being long-term victims of terror by agreeing to such a farce, which Dr. Singh had then dubbed as a trial, since we are not going to war.

But the mechanism, which is almost similar to setting up a body of criminals in India to bring criminals themselves to justice, had failed in all restrospect. Not only was it doomed right from the time it was agreed upon, but Pakistan's promise that it would bring the perpetrators to justice was rebutted by the country at the first meet of the "mechanism". Instead, they audaciously argued that it was India's R&AW that was funding suspicious organizations in Pakistan.

And now, the writer dares to question India's commitment to eradication of terrorism from the region by bringing forward an altogether new reason to the argument. The joint "mechanism" is a complete farce that intends to throw back India's argument. In fact, this is all that is in Pakistan's convenience. No wonder, they offered to jointly investigate the Mumbai terror attacks.

And anyway, Pakistan's record of convicting terrorists is abysmal. No single terrorist attack launched from Pakistani soil has been properly scrutizined by the Pakistani government. No terrorists have been "brought to justice". No terrorists have been handed over. Can Pakistan present even one case of having successfully convicted the perpetrators of a major attack on Indian soil? I think not. And hence, a joint probe remains a futile concept.

The emergence of a few in-your-face truths continue to evade our leaders, pseudo-patriots and apologists for cross-border terrorism - Pakistan is NOT an ally of India in the war of terror. Pakistan has NO interest in a terror-free India. The ISI will not bring the ISI to justice. The "mechanism" is a farce. And we should never see sense in such nonsense.

Because the joke will be on us...again.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 7:46:00 AM PST

The last line sums it all up Trailblazer! It IS A joke-Pakistan keeps on playing on the entire world! Great viewpoint there Trailblazer!


Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 10:15:00 AM PST

You have hit the nail in your second last para. It is unbelievable that anyone with a supposedly deep understanding of the dynamics of relations between India and Pakistan and a reading of the history that drives it can disagree with you. But, somehow, we seem to be flooded with people wearing blinkers 24/7 and making us look like jokers time and again.

I sincerely hope this time the joke crosses the Radcliffe Line.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 9:45:00 PM PST

Yes, we are generally habitually on the receiving end, most time.

We have diverse foreign policies and both parties do their best to screw up others happiness. This means 'others' will definitely take advantage.

IMHO, there is time for diplomacy and time for Taking a Stand. We(Indian Government) like morons have been trying to create these documents so that we can feel happy and get some more votes, but have we not got it yet, 'they' are interested in any documents.

Ok we can't afford to fight, close all the pacts and tie up, don't do or encourage business, stop cultural exchanges. Build yourself. Just don't respond anymore.

This doesn't mean forget them. Just ignore and isolate them.


Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 12:29:00 AM PST

Yes. We need to see through it.

@Vinod Sharma
So true about the "people with blinkers". They are making us weak-kneed.

Yes. Nice suggestions by yourself there. I would whole-heartedly implement your second last para.


Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 3:22:00 AM PST

True Indeed.. Very Nice..


Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 8:14:00 AM PST

Great Post - and so true...


Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 5:10:00 AM PST

I think cutting all ties and strengthening our own security will do for the time being.