By Dr Shahid Qureshi:-
On 18th February 2017, (yesterday) it was 10th anniversary of the tragic train bombing incident (Samjohta Express train running between India and Pakistan) by the serving Indian army officer Colonel Prohit and others. The fire bombing killed 62 people including 42 Pakistani citizens.
The Indian fundamentalist group run by the active Indian army officers paced 2 suit cases in the train and killed innocent passengers returning to Pakistan after meeting their relatives in India. Two bombs exploded at 23.52 as soon as the train left the ‘Dawana’ train station in Panipet district of Haryana. As a result, passengers, mostly Muslim Pakistanis were burnt alive in a caged train.
As usual the Indian government blamed Pakistan for this terrorist attack but a brave Indian police officer, Hamant Karkara surprised the world by exposing the Hindu fundamentalist terrorist network and arrested Indian Army serving Colonel Prohit, Major Padia and Hindu cleric Anand Swami. They subsequently confessed in the court and Swami Aseemanand told the court that he staged this terrorist attack with the full support of Indian Army.
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Police officer Hamant Karkara was killed during the operation against the Mumbai terrorist attacks on 26 November 2008. Three governments have been changed since and all the culprits of this terrorist attack are free now. Swami Aseemanand is granted bail.
Now the question is for the security establishment in Pakistan how to deal with this issue as all Pakistani political governments including the current one have failed to take this matter at international forums. It is like scoring your own goal. This matter should have been at the UNSC like the Lockerbie bombing of the PanAm flight and case should have at a neutral place.
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But sadly, Indian infiltration within Pakistani elite is so deep that it has become problematic and almost impossible for the honest and patriotic individuals to work and trust. They have been pressurised by various means including killing their family members to silent them. Major Nadeem Dar now settled in Norway is one example whose young son was killed and house was fire bombed in Islamabad. The other official was Major Kaleem, who was tortured by Indian run MQM in Landhi area of Karachi. All the culprits in Major Kaleem case were released by the court because none of the political government perused the case in the court.
Even today the hurdles Pakistani security forces facing are not from the terrorists but from the bent politicians. The recent wave of bombings in Pakistan is direct result of Nawaz regimes complacency and anti – army policy.
A senior retired officer said to me: “do you think Nawaz regime sympathisers are not in the elite institutions”. I said: I don’t know you tell me. As far Nawaz Sharif’s ‘buying and selling’ of individuals with state funds is concerned it is not new. During the previous tenures, his wife and first lady was reported saying: ‘take a general’s wife for shopping and that is enough to tame the husband’.
Due to change of strategy now they make close relatives father, son or brother as business partners as investment keeping in view as one day son or brother will become top man. To hell with the 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 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 is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ also studied Law at a British University)
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