Friday, 18 June 2021

Why does Pakistan need Kashmir?


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Why does Pakistan need Kashmir?

The Kashmir bogey is Pakistan’s favorite pass time. Why does Pakistan need Kashmir? They very well know Kashmir doesn’t belong to them. Then why do they rake up the Kashmir issue over the years. It’s almost over seventy years now. A senior Indian diplomat said – Kashmir and hate India is a must not only for their existence but also for their survival. If not the country will collapse as it was founded mainly on religious ground.

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Pakistan was created on the basis of religion, a Muslim state. The irony is India has more Muslims than Pakistan. And they try to project themselves as the leader of the Muslim world when no one really bothers about them. The country is already facing problems in different fronts. They are already facing an economic crisis. Instead of solving their internal problems, they talk of international issues affecting Muslims around the world.

Before I touch on the subject, let me narrate an interesting incident that happened a few years after Indian independence. I happened to come across this story some years ago. During a debate in the United Nations on Kashmir, the Indian delegate rose to speak. He said – Before I talk on the specific issue, let me tell you a story which has some bearing on the issue.

He spoke – As many of you must not be aware, Kashmir was named after a revered sage Kashyap. Many years ago, one day the sage was walking through the dense forest. He saw a pond with pristine water. The sage decided to swim and bath before performing the day’s rituals and meditation. He removed his robes, placed them on the ground near the pond and entered the pool. No sooner had he entered the pond, a person briskly walked towards the ground, picked up the robes and ran away. He was a Pakistani. Immediately the Pakistan delegate stood and blurted out – He can’t be a Pakistani. There was no Pakistan then. The Indian delegate smiled and responded – Exactly, there was no Pakistan then. There was India and Kashmir. There was laughter all around. Pakistan was already on the back foot.

But even though they know very well that they have nothing to prove that Kashmir belongs to them, somehow they come out with statements and make a fool of themselves on the international platforms.

Why Pakistan still likes to play the Kashmir card and why Pakistan is insistent to keep the Kashmir issue on the boil? It suits them. It plays a major role in Pakistan’s survival. They have an issue and have created an enemy, India. Pakistani masses are told Kashmiri Muslims are being tortured, raped and massacred by the Indian forces. And India will attack Pakistan anytime as they have still not accepted the existence of Pakistan. The Pakistan people are constantly fooled by this propaganda. The government plays on their emotions. The masses believe them.

The Kashmir issue and enmity with India helps the army and politicians in Pakistan. It suits the politicians for their survival by playing on the emotions of the people. By invoking the Kashmir cause and creating a fear in the minds of people that India will attack Pakistan, the army tries to convince the people, the army is their only hope and a savior. They play the victim card and try to cash in. And get funds from some foreign and Muslim countries. But now they stand exposed and the country is in a bad shape economically and politically.

During one of my trips to UAE, I happened to meet and talk to a few Pakistanis. In one of my interaction with a straight-forward and educated Pakistani, he stated, unlike India a large part of the population is illiterate. They get carried away by the speeches of the politicians, mullahs and the army. They just believe in what is spoken by them, without thinking or analyzing the facts. See in the last seventy years, harping on Kashmir, where has it has taken Pakistan, almost on the brink of collapse. And India has marched ahead in every field. The country is respected and Indians are in top positions worldwide, while we are known for terrorists. We feel very bad for our country and wonder what will happen to our children.

One may wonder why is Pakistan in a state of war with India just for Kashmir? What is the big deal about Kashmir? Actually Kashmir is an excuse. The Pakistan state and army will never want a solution to this issue. They need to keep this emotional pot boiling as it plays a major role in its existence. Any political leader, who tries to mend ties with India, is eased out.

Pak army is Punjabi dominated and they have the control. They feel they are big and powerful and can fight India though they have been defeated all the time. They oppose anything India does. Trying to bleed India with a thousand cuts is the central theme of Pakistan’s doctrine as a revenge for India breaking up Pakistan in 1971 and capturing 93,000 Pak Prisoners of War. Pakistan just can’t forget this defeat and insult. By doing so they don’t realize the repercussions internally and externally. Pakistan stands exposed for all the wrong doing.

Secondly, the only way Pakistanis can be kept together is not just by religion, but Kashmir. Nothing else matters. Health, education, poverty alleviation, infrastructure development, energy etc takes a back seat. It’s Kashmir. The Pak population has been brainwashed into believing Kashmir is pivotal without which Pakistan is incomplete. It has been drilled into the minds of Pakistanis that Kashmir belongs to Pakistan, is important for Pakistan’s very existence.

Thirdly, the Pak army doesn’t want this issue to be resolved. If it ever is, this will directly affect the fate of the Pak army and ISI. They owe their very existence to their enmity with India without which they would lose their exalted status in Pakistani society and the enormous power they wield in government, and be relegated to the background. Defence budgets would be slashed and new gizmos would be hard to come by. The Pak Generals would no longer be able to laugh all the way to the bank. Would they then like to lose the immense power they wield in Pak society and the government? Not in a million years!

So, this proxy war against India by Pakistan in Kashmir will continue. The Pak Army/ISI will keep trying to infiltrate their terrorists who are their low cost, strategic assets into Kashmir. Maximum they might be killed by the Indian forces, no one bothers. The Pak Army doesn’t have the wherewithal and guts to face the Indian Army directly and thus have outsourced this conflict to their proxies like the LeT and JeM who they have trained and armed since the past three decades to wage this proxy war against India on their behalf. They call it jihad.

These terrorists are trained and brainwashed to do the Pak Army’s bidding. This tactic hurts not the Pak Army but the poor, illiterate mercenary being sent across the borders as cannon fodder, while Hafiz Saeed, (a globally designated terrorist by the UN), leader of this pack of mercenary jihadi goons called the LeT, rants and raves against the Kafirs with the tacit understanding of the Pak Government. Apart from all this, another main reason could be water, which flows to the fertile fields of Pakistan’s Punjab. It is their life line. No wonder Pakistan has signed an Indus treaty with India.

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