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If This Is Not A War Then Please Tell What Else Is



It would be the biggest lie if someone says that such a dastardly and worst terror attack witnessed by India since independence at Pulwama on February 14 has been committed by few individuals without the active support of Pakistani Army and ISI. The dreaded terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad whose founder Maulana Masood Azhar India had freed in 1999 after Indian plane was hijacked along with other terrorists has openly claimed responsibility for the same! If this is not a war against India then please tell what else is?

It is most intriguing to note that India continued with the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan even after Kargil war in 1999 in which we officially lost more than 600 soldiers, Mumbai attacks of 26/11 in 2008, repeated attacks on our border states, attack on Parliament in 2001, hijacking of our plane by terrorists trained by Pakistan’s ISI and Army, and repeated beheading of our soldiers in last couple of years! The withdrawal of MFN status to Pakistan just recently in wake of the Pulwama attacks is welcome but this alone won’t suffice! It is a very small step!

Needless to say, it must be accompanied by various other measures like stopping all water which Pakistan gets by virtue of the Indus Water Treaty which India had signed with Pakistan in 1960! Why should we allow them to gain water when they are so bloodthirsty and keep slaughtering our soldiers and people not sparing even women and children? Why should we not stop all cultural exchanges with them?

Going forward, it must be said that we must also stop playing all games with them till all terror leaders are arrested in Pakistan and strictest action is not initiated against them which includes deportation of Masood Azhar to India along with other terror leaders like Hafiz Saeed of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Syed Salaluddin of Hizbul Mujahideen! All visits by Indian pilgrims to Pakistan at any site must be immediately discontinued for no religion can be above the unity and integrity of our nation and there can be no compromise on the security of our nation!

Why can’t Centre discontinue all exchanges with Pakistan and boycott them on every platform? Not stopping here, why can’t India even go ahead and declare Pakistan as “Aataankistan” or “Terroristan” as demanded by Maulana Mehmood Madani of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind and Rajeev Chandrashekhar who is BJP MP from Bangalore? Why can’t India retaliate very hard whenever any anti-India procession is taken out anywhere in India and make sure that those who pelt stones at our soldiers are not spared under any circumstances?

Why can’t we nuke all relations with Pakistan? Why for politicians ruling in Centre are relations with Pakistan more important than our soldiers? Why play sports with Pakistan when they send terrorists to kill our soldiers after training and arming them to the teeth and their soldiers especially BAT come to Indian side of border to behead our soldiers and carry away their head to be played as football or presented as trophy to Pakistani generals as we saw during 2000 when the head of an Indian soldier was presented to Gen Musharraf by dreaded Al Qaeda terrorist Iliyas Kashmiri who earlier was in Pakistan’s BAT and to whom Gen Musharraf gave Rs 1 lakh as cash prize for presenting him a severed head of an Indian soldier as was reported in many English dailies?

Why have any kind of exchanges with them or business of any kind? Why should Wagah border retreat ceremony not be scrapped? Why should Kartarpur corridor be opened to which Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh had voiced his strong disapproval?

Why presence of dreaded Khalistani terrorists who were present with Pakistani Army Chief Gen Bajwa while border was being opened not compel the government to cancel it? Why politicians don’t realize that by allowing Pakistanis to freely come to India and for Indians to freely go to Pakistan as we see happening in case of Kartarpur corridor is the surest recipe to disaster? Why we ignore that posters of dreaded terror leader were pasted not just in the Guruidwara where Guru Nanak was born but also at all places along the way? How can we maintain relations with a nation that glorifies terrorists and vows to “inflict thousands cuts on India” and “break India to thousand pieces”? 

Why inspite of lakhs of soldiers killed by Pakistani soldiers and terrorists trained by Pakistan Army and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) since last so many years have we not nuked all relations with Pakistan? Why have we not recalled our ambassador from Pakistan and told Pakistani diplomats to leave India immediately? Why have we not closed our embassy in Pakistan and ordered Pakistan to do the same in India? Why we repeatedly trust Pakistan only to be backstabbed?

We have lost more than 44 soldiers in one single attack by a suicide bomber belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad which is a terror organization based in Pakistan and the casualty is bound to rise further as many are still struggling for their lives in various hospitals! Can we still overlook everything? Just one surgical strike as we saw after Uri attacks in which we lost about 19 soldiers is just not enough!

Why can’t we implement what former Army Chief Gen Shankar Roychowdhury said about an year ago of sending suicide squad to Pakistan and hurting them where it hurts them the most by attacking their Army locations? Why we have no strategy to give Pakistan a befitting reply? Why we always tend to fool ourselves that let us give peace one more chance?

Why our soldiers are repeatedly facing cross border firing as and when Pakistani Army wants and yet why we keep engaging them and keep extending them all benefits like MFN which till recently was fully in operation and it was India which unilaterally was conferring Pakistan with all the trade benefits? Why give security to Hurriyat leaders who rant against India and openly favour Pakistan? Why inspite of facing innumerable terror attacks sponsored directly from Pakistan have we not declared Pakistan a terror state and on the contrary allowed them to accrue all benefits to which they should never have been as they just don’t deserve it?

How can any sovereign country behave like this? How can any self-respecting nation behave like this? How can we allow Pakistan to take all benefits from Indus Water Treaty from 1960 till 2019 even though they are mercilessly killing our soldiers and masterminding attacks on them and innocent people?

No doubt, Rahul Gandhi who is the Congress President has very rightly said that this is an attack on the very soul of India! Even PM Narendra Modi has not just strongly condemned the dastardly terror attack but has also vowed to take revenge most ruthlessly! This is welcome but just one attack won’t suffice.

All benefits being unilaterally extended to Pakistan must stop henceforth just like Centre has done in case of MFN for which it must be appreciated but this alone is just not enough! A lot more needs to be done and Pakistani actors and Pakistani players and all Pakistanis must be boycotted so that a very loud and clear message goes out to Pakistan that India will no more take any more just lying down and it will strike and hit hard where it hurts Pakistan the most! All interactions of all kind must stop with Pakistan and this should continue till Pakistan agrees in principle to give up its proxy war by terror against India and itself hands over physically all big names of terrorists like Hafiz Saeed who is chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Masood Azhar who is chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad and Syed Salaluddin who is chief of Hizbul Mujahideen among others to India!

It will certainly not amount to an exaggeration if I say that, “If this is not war then please tell what else is?” We must all including our political leaders sink all our differences, internal bickerings and join hands to boycott Pakistan in every manner and support the strongest possible action against them and terrorists sponsored by them so that they never dare to take India for granted again! Those who pelt stones at our soldiers or dare to attack our soldiers in any manner must be immediately killed because they are acting as soldiers of Pakistan which is an enemy state and this no nation can ever afford to tolerate under any circumstances!

Not just this, those who swear by Pakistan must be thrown out of India and not allowed to remain in India for a single second! My best friend Sageer Khan very rightly said to me way back in 1993-94 that, “Repeated killings of our brave soldiers should never go unpunished. If they are allowed to go unpunished then Pakistan and terrorists sponsored by them would be more encouraged to retaliate even more strongly against us and this can never be allowed under any circumstances but we see this happening most unfortunately right in front of our eyes. This must stop now. Those who chant slogans of Pakistan must be thrown out of India and should never be tolerated and allowed to remain in India because no person can be a Pakistani and an Indian at the same time. All benefits given to them should be withdrawn and their citizenship should be terminated forthwith.” Why is this not being done?

There has to be now strict zero tolerance policy not just against Pakistan which has declared war against India since last many decades especially after it suffered its worst defeat in 1971 which saw Pakistan splitting into Pakistan and Bangladesh but also against all their supporters who are in India yet profess to be Pakistani but are not prepared to leave India under any circumstances! We can afford to be complacent only at the cost of our own peril! 

Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,

s/o Col BPS Sirohi,

A 82, Defence Enclave,

Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,

Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh.