If one were to talk of forked tongues, one prominent example would be Musharraf. Heading Pakistan, the man had no compunctions telling the world media there is not one single terrorist on Pakistani soil. Here is a man who said he wanted good relations with India but described India as the most devious enemy repeatedly in his autobiography ‘In the Line of Fire’ authored while he was President of Pakistan. But while his forked tongue was just like many of his ilk, what is worse about Musharraf is that his soul is much more forked, twisted and jaundiced than his tongue. Why else would an army chief disgrace his uniform and refuse to take back the bodies of his soldiers, as he did during the Kargil Conflict showcasing them as infiltrators even as his lies were exposed from his telephone intercepts talking to his number two from Beijing.
What Sartaj Aziz conveniently does not mention is that while the 1949 UN Resolution called for plebiscite, it categorically ruled that before the plebiscite Pakistan must withdraw all its security forces from territory of J&K.
For the Pakistani public, the Dawn was prominent in exposing lies of Musharraf but even as this man stands indicted for the killing of Baloch leader Nawaz Akbar Khan Bugti in 2006 nothing is likely to happen because the military holds the country to ransom and the administration is toothless.
Now writing in a Kolkatta based publication New Approach exclusive titled ‘India-Pakistan Challenges Way Forward’, Sartaj Aziz, current Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs, has shown a veritable display of his forked tongue. To begin with in reference to J&K he writes “India is not ready to plebiscite under the UNSC resolution from which it reneged after 1954.” Now in his present position it is not possible that Aziz is illiterate, that he has not read the said UN resolution or that this resolution is written in a language alien to him.
What he conveniently does not mention is that while the 1949 UN Resolution called for plebiscite, it categorically ruled that before the plebiscite Pakistan must withdraw all its security forces from territory of J&K. Pakistan not only reinforced her security forces in J&K but also changed the demography of area through large number of settlers from the plains, which continues to-date, killing the plebiscite issue altogether.
Though Aziz cannot fool the Indian public, he chose to so write this in an Indian publication, using the same forked tongue his kin display at international forums. He goes on to write that the human rights situation in J&K deeply pains the Pakistanis. But friend Aziz is silent on: the institutionalized killing of Shias in Gilgit-Baltistan, abrogation of fundamental rights of the population of POK; indiscriminate aerial bombings and use of artillery in FATA, Waziristan and Balochistan killing thousands; discovery of mass graves in Balochistan; some 2,50,000 Pakistan refugees already having fled to Afghanistan due to violence and human misery, with millions displaced.
Lakhvi is still in jail only because of US pressure and for no other reason is common knowledge even though he is treated as king in prison.
Sartaj Aziz writes about misery of fishermen taken prisoners by both sides but what about the 54 Indian military prisoners in Pakistani jails even when India treated 93,000 prisoners of war most humanely and returned them to Pakistan post liberation of Bangladesh?
What about punishing those who brutally tortured Captain Saurabh Kalia and five other soldiers for 22 long days before they were shot, and their mutilated corpses delivered to India during 1999, the postmortem revealing the Pakistan army had indulged in the most heinous acts; of burning their bodies with cigarettes, piercing ear-drums with hot rods, puncturing eyes before removing them, breaking most of the teeth and bones, chopping off various limbs and private organs of these soldiers besides inflicting all sorts of physical and mental tortures before shooting them dead.
What about Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja, whose MiG was shot down over Indian soil on May 27, 1999, was used for target practice by Pakistani soldiers after he bailed out and opened his parachute landing on the Pakistani side of the LoC? But lo and behold, Aziz writes in his article that trial for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack is being held twice every week. You expect that to be believed Aziz? Can you count how many years have passed since 26/11, multiply that by 54 weeks and then how many sittings that comes to with two sittings per week? That Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is still in jail only because of US pressure and for no other reason is common knowledge even though he is treated as king in prison.
Surely Mr Aziz you must have read the editorial in The Nation of 3rd March 2015 titled ‘Brass Tacks’ that read, When a violent international criminal suspect is allowed to live a life of luxury in the nation’s central jail, when that suspect happens to be the operational head of a banned militant organization while the nation is in the middle of a raging war against “all shades of terrorism” then it raises serious doubts over the state’s sincerity to the cause.
Sartaj Aziz made an official statement saying, “Pakistan should not target militants who do not threaten the country’s security.” That says it all.
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, operational head of Lashker-e-Jhangvi, arrested from a militant training facility, is living as the state’s honoured guest in the infamous Adiala jail. He and his companions are housed in several rooms, where they have access to television, internet and mobile phones as well as the ability to have unlimited visitors, any time of the day, who don’t have to identify themselves, and are afforded complete privacy.
Instead of keeping him under constant surveillance, the government has allowed him turn Adiala jail into his personal command centre, where he can monitor the happenings of the world, meet his subordinates, and issue directions; all the while being guarded by policemen on the public’s payroll. The irony is lost on the government. This is not some obscure jailhouse, where such lapses in protocol can be pinned on individual corruption or fear.
This is Adalia Jail, a few kilometres away from the GHQ; the military and the government top brass must have tacitly approved of this arrangement, perhaps even ordered it. How can one trust the government to combat terrorism when terrorists like Lakhvi are afforded such preferential treatment?”
Pakistan’s foreign policy remains with the military with Hafiz Saeed as the coordinator for directing terror against India…
Quite recently, Sartaj Aziz made an official statement saying, “Pakistan should not target militants who do not threaten the country’s security.” That says it all. So terrorist organizations like LeT and its front organizations are free to undertake terrorist attacks in India, Haqqanis can target Indian assets in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s foreign policy remains with the military with Hafiz Saeed as the coordinator for directing terror against India, this rabid mullah let loose along the LoC to direct cross-border attacks and firing to infiltrate his rabble and Aziz writes about India violating the border?
Quite amusingly, Aziz also writes in his aforesaid article that Siachen needs to be resolved based on ‘spirit’ and not ‘positions’. Why so Mr Aziz? Isn’t that because you have been fooling the Pakistani population that you are on the Siachen Glacier whereas India is in full control of the Saltoro Range dominating the Siachen Glacier and your forces are far away to the West on low ground? Isn’t that why one of your Captain rank officer was court martialled and thrown out of service more than a decade and half back because he was leaking the actual ground positions?
Sartaj Aziz writes that “maintenance of conventional balance and strategic stability in south Asia is pivotal for stable Pakistan-India relations” but pray why does he not say anything about the US advising Pakistan years back to go in for a no-war pact with India, Pakistan’s refusal to do so, adoption of terrorism as state policy, mad race to produce nuclear weapons, arming naval vessels with tactical nuclear weapons in complete disregard to possible accident and what that would lead to. And what balance are we talking Mr Aziz with China digging up dozens of missile silos in Gilgit-Baltistan?