After surgery, what…?



The surgical strikes by India in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have been universally hailed. These attacks were not designed to break-up Pakistan, only some of its terror launch pads.

It has been rare for India, continuously suffering at the hands of Lahorwala terror machine for three decades, to deal an unpleasant surprise to Pakistan. From Lahore to Rawalpindi the discomfort is clearly visible to the naked eye.

The GHQ Shura has dismissed the surgical strikes as Indian ‘illusion’ even while admitting that two of its soldiers were killed in the ‘cross-firing’. They have loudly demanded ‘proof’ that India had carried out surgical attacks. That is laughable, coming as it does from the Pakistanis who have till date not provided any proof of alleged Indian involvement in various insurgencies in their country. All documentary ‘proof’ provided by India are dismissed as ‘incomplete’ or ‘vague’. Routinely!

The Shura has been shouting a lot about the ‘confession’ of a so called former Indian Navy officer they had captured, most probably from inside Iran. They say he was tasked to organise terror attacks on Pakistan while stationed in Iran. India has captured dozens of Pakistani spies and has their confessions. Will Rawalpindi GHQ or Islamabad Foreign Office accept them as ‘proof’ of Pakistan’s involvement in Indian affairs?

Pakistan lives on denials. A Champion of denials is the garrulous General Pervez Musharraf. He took Pakistan into the anti- terrorism war after Washington read the riot act.

As the US-led NATO forces marched into Kabul in the wake of 9/11 attacks on New York, he said not once but several times that he was ‘two hundred per cent sure’ that Osma bin Laden was not in Pakistan. But he had no comment when the Americans smoked out the Al Qaeda supremo and killed him in a ‘surgical strike’ close to a military installation in Pakistan.

Well, Indian government says no further ‘surgical strikes’ are planned in PoK. The Indian public is, however, anxious to see more such strikes and the culmination of the government’s efforts to ‘isolate’ Pakistan in the real sense. That will be possible when all countries with a few exceptions like China and perhaps some Muslim countries force Pakistan to demolish its entire terror structure and renounce the use of terror as a state policy.  It is unlikely to happen in near term.

While Pakistan will plan its own ‘surgical’ strike against India, regardless of the consequences, it will surely further step up its propaganda war. So far its efforts have brought no comfort to it. That was only to be expected because Pakistan has worked assiduously to become a global nursery of terror and the label has stuck to it.

Pakistan is not in a position to spread the circle of its admirers in the world. But it is certainly in a position to spread more poison against India within its own people. Its chief advantage is that it ensures continuous supply of jihadi warriors for fighting in India.

A hurt Pakistan is also sure to work more on the jihadi and terror sleeper cells it has created in India, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir. By activating them Pakistan will hope to keep the Kashmir ‘dispute’ alive and the state boiling.  India certainly has to evolve a calibrated strategy to deal with the unrest in Kashmir.

‘Dialogue’, of course, is the obvious way to restore normalcy and peace in Srinagar valley but the question is dialogue with whom. Talks can be useful only if they involve people whose voices are heard, whose writ runs over vast swathes of people and, who believe in peace but not with people who act as the parrot of masters sitting in another country.