By Dr Shahid Qureshi
PML-N and its leader Nawaz Sharif is perceived and considered as Indian RAW agent Altaf Hussain of MQM-A stationed in London under British protection. It looks like the Indians and their partners in Pakistan are in extreme panic after their assets being downed by the Pakistanis one by one. Rule number one in military wafer and intelligence operations: “you don’t first shots without a target just to boost the morale of your assets because: (a) expose you and your locations (b) you don’t know what is going to come back in retaliation (c) you just lost the exit by doing this.
Two things Pakistanis never tolerate (a) attack on the Prophet Muhammad (b) attack on Pakistan Army and ISI (c). Sadly, Nawaz Sharif and his RAW sympathisers team in Pakistan have done both in past 36 hours. They launched the attack on ISI and Supreme Court at the same time as scripted in their plan A, b and C in panic. The attacks on the Mastung – Baluchistan, KPK election rallies and continuous killings of patriotic Pakistani candidates and killings over 150 civilians adding on the to do list and right to reply in own time and place.
PML-N and its leaders are convicted and later jailed by the court of law after following the due process of law of the land in the Pakistan. I can understand the Indian panic after the jailing of their main assets Nawaz Sharif and his toxic daughter Maryam Nawaz infamous for ‘Dawn Leaks’. The arrest of Kulbhushan and his network and later downing of Nawaz Sharif and his network is bigger blow to RAW activities in Pakistan. It would be a disaster for US-Pakistan relations if US and others tried to support the Indian narrative and sabotage or undermine the upcoming elections on 25 July 2018.
The narrative PML-N and RAW trying to build in Pakistan is that elections are already rigged and have no legitimacy. This plan is going to fail because Independent Pakistani media and Judiciary are monitoring it at the forefront and taking swift actions. The flow of information is beyond imagination. This is a new phenomenon for Pakistani politicians and family business like run political parties, as they are also not going to get free ride in these elections. The election has decided to jail for two years any one who cast a bogus vote and NADRA data base would be used in the convictions. There will be international election observers and all the returning officers are members of judiciary. Over 360000 Pakistan army soldiers would be deployed inside the polling stations watching over the ballot box as well as thousands of CCTV cameras would be deployed.
On the other hand, things have changed now in Pakistan as Pakistani electronic media has over 20, TV channels and over 120 newspapers. There are over 150 million mobile phone users targeted by marketing companies by sms and text messages. A senior UK journalist and writer told me that: ‘A UK body has done its research project on how to influence people using mobile phones by sms marketing’. Pakistan has over 30 million daily Facebook Users, 51 million daily WhatsApp users, and 10 million Twitter users. In this situation local TV channels and official channels have narrow margins to kill or down play stories as social media is over active and too resilient. That also kills the narratives toed by the so called international media and its stingers in the Pakistan.
People think Indians and others should go back to drawing board and make necessary changes in their plans and have positive relationship with Pakistan of 220 million mostly young people.
(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 Azerbaijan April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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