“Talks” or “No Talks”?
December 16, 2011
On the world chess board there is nothing that can be termed as unpredictable and unexpected. One wrong move may take you back to the point from where you started. World’s sole superpower along with at least 46 allies is facing a humiliating defeat by a handful of Mujahideen in Afghanistan. It is a media game that makes conspiracies based on presumptions and turns ill-intensions into monsters.
Whether it is Al Qaida, which is still being presented by West as a blood thirsty joint trying to invade the whole word or Taliban, who are being confused with Al Qaeda to continue trillions of dollar game in Afghanistan or it is members of Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) in Pakistan, who were presented as if they are Taliban to earn a few million dollars, all revolve around speculations and presumptions.
The US’ so called 2 May 2011 successful operation in Pakistani city of Abbottabad was an eyewash to make the American public and rest of the world believe that US has martyred Osama bin Laden. No one can deny the fact that for last two years or so, US media and its sponsored channels and websites had been making fictitious videos of Osama Bin Laden public in order to see if there is a rebuttal or reaction, but when no one challenged the authenticity of the videos, it was presumed that Osama bin Laden is dead. In an attempt to make a trophy out of the unconfirmed death of Osama Bin Laden, a drama was staged.
Ever since the cowardly act of unprovoked attacks by US and allies on major non-NATO ally’s positions that martyred at least 24 Pakistani Army soldiers, western media has started a black propaganda campaign against Islamabad. Recent days witnessed headlines in international media that Islamabad is in negotiation with Taliban. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani as well as Interior Minister Rehman Malik denied the reports that Pakistan is holding talks with Taliban. Interestingly Reuters has quoted Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, the deputy commander of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, that talks for an end to the insurgency were underway. Whereas this baseless and unfounded report has been rejected by Pakistani authorities.
There is no doubt that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan declared a ceasefire with the government to allow government to enforce its writ and Sharia on the basis of an act of parliament. However, TTP has refuted international media reports that they are holding talks with Islamabad. Propaganda is being carried out that Pakistan has accepted the demands of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan which include: 1) Cutting off ties with US by suspending the NATO supplies from Pakistan to Afghanistan; 2) Expelling US from Shamsi Airbase in Balochistan; and 3) Canceling scheduled official visits of high-level Pakistani military and civilian delegations to the US. In fact, western media is trying to instigate both sides to start fresh hostilities.
Pakistan is a sovereign country and its parliament does not get dictation from the groups. If some countries had been inking secret and unconstitutional deals with individuals, it is neither the liability of the government nor can anyone compel Islamabad to honour it. The people of Tribal Areas, Swat and other affected areas are loyal Pakistanis so are their leaders. If some individual is misled, or, on the instigation of enemies, has joined fifth columnists, he or she can be brought back to the camp and grievances removed. Leaders like Nek Mohammad, Baitullah Mehsud or Maulana Sufi Mohammad, who at times had worse relations with the government are still respected by many and would remain heroes for them for ever. One wonders if those who condemn creation of Pakistan and work for announced enemies are freely moving in Pakistan, why anybody else should not get the same rights. How to deal with own nationals is Pakistan’s internal matter and has nothing to do with other countries. Talks or no talks, it would be the decision of Pakistani parliament not individuals.
It would be interesting to recall that quite recently, Supreme Court of India issued orderes to disband Salwa Judum, an armed civilian group formed to fight Maoist insurgency in Chhattisgarh and directed the Centre to desist forthwith from using any of its funds for supporting, directly or indirectly, the recruitment of Special Police Officer for purposes of engaging them in any form of counter-insurgency activities against Maoist/Naxalite groups. However, no one raised any concern. Rather, Human Rights organizations praised the ruling despite New Delhi dubbing Maoist/Naxalite as home grown terrorists. It is one record that where Indian government made a lot of hue and cry but Human Rights activists including Gladson Dungdung welcomed the Supreme Court verdict and claimed, “We already had a huge rally recently with about 3,000 people calling for disbanding of Salwa Judum.” One wonders why there is double standards elsewhere and Human Right organizations and International Organizations are silent spectators in Pakistan.