By Dr Shahid Qureshi :-
The alleged involvement of an Afghan national in the Lahore Bombing of 13th February 2017 raised many questions for the security establishment of Pakistan. Fingers are pointed towards Indian RAW run terrorist group in this bombing which killed senior police officers and citizens as well as injuring dozens. Obviously, the Afghan government is protecting TTP terrorist leadership in Afghanistan with the support of its allies. On the other hand Pakistani politicians like Nawaz Sharif, Abdul Achakzai , Asfandyar Wali, Altaf Hussain and others are complicit in damaging the state and its institutions.
“Indians are establishing and running Madrasas in Afghanistan with the full knowledge and support of the other stake holders. What you doing about it”? I asked General (Rtd) Javeed Ashraf Qazi and Aftab Sher Pao interior minister of Pakistan at ‘Afghanistan Conference’ held at RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) in London few years ago, they both seems surprised and almost shocked. This is what people say: your ignorance is their (enemies) power’. While looking at the media reports it sounds like that Indians and others are only working on Sunni groups. That is not the case. They are also funding and supporting Shia groups in Pakistan with collaboration of other players but that is not reported in media and it sounds like only Sunni groups are involved in terrorism. US Navy Professor and academic Vali Nasar has already presented US strategy for the Shias in Pakistan in his book.
I wrote in my article on 11th November 2016, “Vali Nasr’s Shia Revival in Pakistan and Sunnis of Iran”, “Interestingly the wizard of the US policy on Shias and Sunnis is Vali Nasar son of Husain Nasr who was close to Shah of Iran. He is Professor at the US Naval Academy, Postgraduate School, an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He tells people what they want to hear not what they should know! Vali Nasr wrote his book ‘The Shia Revival’, How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future’, in 2006 and published in USA by Publisher: W.W. Norton – ISBN 0393062112.”
The real issue is how to deal with it intelligently and to some extent Pakistani agencies are dealing with it smartly to avoid confrontation and tensions among 97% percent Sunnis and 3% Shias. As part of national action plan a strong action needed against the hate speech and abusive material need to be removed in all shape and forms.
A high-ranking security official said to me in 2006: “we can deal with these terrorist attacks and stop them in 24 hours only if we are allowed to respond in kind and take them back to the doors of the perpetrators”.
In those days, General Pervez Musharraf was dying in one sided love with the Indians. Like now a days Nawaz Sharif is almost dead in pleasing Narrander Modi the Prime Minister of India. It was the same time when Altaf Hussian was inviting Sri Lankan Tamil terrorists to do joint operations in Pakistan, because Pakistani Army was supporting the Sri Lankan forces in the operation clean up against the RAW supported terrorist groups.
There is a saying, “never give priority to those who takes you as an option”, the major problem with Pakistani establishment is their inconsistency in building confidence and credibility with relevant people ‘assets’ all over the world. In any relationship respect is the foundation and rest follow. They are good at making good friends and later making them enemies. That sound childish and myopic.
Famous British writer and former diplomat Craig Murray said to me at his book launch in London in November 2016 that: “British establishment is still using the same assets cultivated in 18th century in Afghanistan, take for example the tribe of Hamid Karazi the former President of Afghanistan. On the other hand, he and his family was protected by Pakistan but he turned against Pakistan on all forums.
While President Hamid Karzai was making ‘venomous comments’ about Pakistan at a Press Conference standing with the British Prime Minister in No: 10 Downing Street, the official residence of The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, I asked him Mr President “when are taking your 3 million refugees back to Afghanistan”? He literally had tears in his eyes and said: “I am grateful to my Pakistani brothers and sisters for their support and assistance”.
Those people who support, assist and help them in the time of need are not their priority and they don’t even acknowledge the effort. This is called ‘failure in asset management’. So if you do not respect people, they will go to those who do.
Take for example Hussain Haqqani former Pakistani Ambassador to US. He was involved in ‘Memogate’ but the asset managers made sure he is safe and protected. He was taken out of Pakistan by his handlers and now he is singing from the Indian Hymn Sheet. Same is the case with Altaf Hussain of MQM-A. British establishment will never give Altaf Husain to Pakistan whatever colour warrant you have. It is not because they love Altaf Hussain or he cannot be replaced but to assure and re assure ‘assets’ all over the world, we will protect you. That was very reason British sent special forces to rescue injured Hamid Karazi from Taliban and he remembered this all his life.
But like an abused wife suffering from ‘battered wife syndrome, Pakistani policy makers keep going back to those people ‘over and over’ again, who kick them in the teeth. It is like same old same old. Human resource development in the international arena needs prioritising, investment of time, money and consistency because there is no such thing as ‘Free Lunch’.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He speaks at Cambridge University on international politics. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ also studied Law at a British University).
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