by Brig Arun Bajpai (Retd)

Despite God knows how many times fooled by Pakistan, the die hard in India still do not want to give up their dream that Pakistani PM and its civil government is different from the Pakistani military and that these puppets will be able to override Pakistani military in establishing good relations with India. The latest in the running is the Ex RAW Chief AS Dulat and Lt General Kamal Davar (Retd) (Kamal Davar is a retired Indian military officer, and security expert who served as the first Director General of the Defence Intelligence Agency and Deputy Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff.) The other day both of them giving their respective opinion in a Military Literary Festival being held in Chandigarh, advocated that new Pakistani Prime Minster Imran Khan, elected with a wafer-thin majority, thanks to Pakistani military, must be given another chance by India to improve relations with India.

Imran khan, the cricketer turned politician in Pakistan and its new PM, made so by Pakistani Army after recent rigged elections in Pakistan, with a wafer this majority has recently made a statement that 26/11 Mumbai Jihads attack was the work of Pakistan Army sponsored Jihads organisation Lashkar-e-Toiba. Based on this statement of Imran Khan and his earlier statement that if India takes one step towards Pakistan in friendship, Pakistan will take two steps towards India, Both Dulat and LT Gen Kamal Davar are all Ga Ga wanting India to believe Imran Khan and give another chance to Imran Khan in peace process. It must be understood that Imran khan is not the first but second PM of Pakistan who had accepted that the 26/11 Jihads attack was perpetuated from Pakistani Soil by Pakistani Jihads organisations. the first PM was Nawaz Sharif who has been removed by Pakistani military conspiracy.

India has taken a very right and balanced view on talks with Pakistan. India, that is Modi government, has told Pakistan that terror and talks cannot go together. So, if Pakistan wants talks, of which India is ready then Pakistan must stop cross border terror and finish off the Jihads camps established with the help of Pakistani Army. We must not forget that did Pakistan not launch anti Jihads operations in its Swat Valley and Tribal Areas of theirs, using tanks and fighter aircraft causing collateral damage to its own people just because Tahrik-e-Pakistan Taliban is against Pakistani army and wants to usurp power in Pakistan. At the same time Pakistan read Pakistani Army deals with Lashkar-e-Taiba with kid gloves.

This Jihadi organisation has been raised, equipped, trained and nurtured by Pakistani Army because this is their fighting Arm against India. Pakistani army is a political Army incapable of fighting. Besides when a Jihads is killed Pakistani Army loses nothing but when an Indian soldier is martyred, we lose a lot. This is the game of Pakistani Army to bleed India by thousand cuts. This asymmetric proxy war is going on since 1988.Answer to this problem is that every time Pakistani Army sends across these Jihads, we must launch a surgical strike against Pakistani Army killing them. Only when Pakistan will start losing their solders they will be set right. Yes, so many times we will fail also, and buy casualties also, but then all this is part of the game. Unfortunately, our political masters lack guts. Then there are these Dulat type of people who want to give another Chance to Pakistan despite giving innumerable chances earlier. If Imran Khan is all that keen to mend fences with India then he must ensure that fast track courts are set up in Pakistan to try and sentence the culprits of 26/11 Mumbai attack which happened a decade back. Is it not pathetic that in last ten years Pakistan has changed nine trial judges and the trials are still centred in lower courts? There is also a school of thought trotted around in India that suppose Pakistan takes India seriously and acts against India centric Jihads organisations Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish Mohammad, but then India moves away from its promise and claims this as an election issue, then what? Well this is the risk which Pakistan has to take why should we bother?

Brig Arun Bajpai (Retd) is a distinguished Defence and Strategic Analyst. Views expressed are of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of IDN. IDN does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same