Indo-Pak Tensions and Reality Check

By Umer Ali



During his visit to Bangladesh, Modi confessed of Indian involvement in the armed rebellion in Bengal which led to its separation from Pakistan. As anticipated and quite naturally, fuming rejoinder came from Pakistan, calling for International community to take notice of his statement.

Just when Pakistan was abuzz with Modi’s statement, Indian Minister for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in his proclamation said, “We will carry out surgical strikes at the place and time of our own choosing”. “Western disturbances will also be equally dealt with,” he further added. Responding to his statement, Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif said, “None should dare to cast an evil eye on Pakistan”. A similar statement came from the Interior Minister, Ch Nisar Ali Khan as well.

Going by such remarks from high profile officials, it looks like the tension between both countries is extremely high with no one looking to take a step back.

In Pakistan, after the above mentioned statements, public sentiments are high with social media platforms full of hate comments against India. While I fully condemn Indian rhetoric, I’m of the belief that we need to look at our own past as well before making hue and cry over India fighting proxies inside Pakistan. Let’s take a look back.

What we have been taught in our textbooks is that coward Indian forces attacked Lahore in the darkness of the night but Pakistan Army defended its frontiers and stopped them right on their tracks. The fact of the matter is quite different.

Named after one of the most incidents of Islamic history, Pakistan started Operation Gibraltar in Kashmir. Army guerillas were sent into the Indian occupied Kashmir with the objective of instating a rebellion. Pakistan, like Tariq ibn Ziyad had destroyed all means of going back. The reaction came from India and it was sudden. It led to a full scale war and both countries were left exhausted in only 17 days, thus agreeing upon ceasefire.

About the separation of Bengal, we have been taught that India, along with the help of Hindu Bengalis staged a rebellion against Pakistan, thus snatching it from Pakistan. What we aren’t told is that although India helped Mukti Bahini, it’s not only due to their help that East Pakistan got separated but it was the sheer neglecting of Bengalis in the central policymaking and not giving them the equal rights that led to the separation. We have also been kept oblivious of the fact that Pakistan Army killed the Bengalis indiscriminatingly and committed the atrocities of highest levels even against women and children.

In 1999, General Parvez Musharraf decided to conquer Kashmir by launching an attack on Indian posts. The move that was kept hidden from most of the higher echelon of Army, as well as the civil government received a massive retaliatory attack from India and Pakistan Army got stranded in the snow-covered peaks while no backup reached them. Apart from the insufferable losses, Pakistan also endured humiliation from the entire world as Nawaz Sharif; the then Prime Minister had to rush to US to stop the Indian advances.

We lament the Indian involvement in fighting proxies inside Pakistan while conveniently forgetting our own involvement in Afghan Jihad and our endorsement of ‘Talibanization of Afghanistan’. We cry hoarse over India being aggressive while completely overlooking our own aggression against India. We condemn India sponsoring separatists in Baluchistan while appreciating ISI for helping Sikhs in Khalistan Movement.

While we must condemn India’s aggressive stance against Pakistan and fighting proxies, we must also denounce the Jihadi proxies our deep state have cultivated over the years. We must voice our concern over the involvement of Pakistani establishment in flourishing the non-state actors who have time and again acted against India and other neighbors.

People on the both sides of the border need to understand that war is not a solution to their problems. Both countries need to accept each other’s reality and existence. They have to stop hating each other and focus on developing a relationship based on mutual respect. Modi led BJP government needs to realize that giving anti-Pakistan statements may get them good PR but it will hurt the sincere efforts of peace-makers on both sides as the truth is that only a stable Pakistan is beneficial for India and vice versa.

Umer Ali is an aspiring journalist. He believes in a tolerant and progressive society. He reads and writes about Pakistan and its history. He tweets at @iamumer1


  • vt rajshekhar

    भारत के दुनिया भर में 21 जून को अंतरराष्ट्रीय योग दिवस मनवाने के तुरंत बाद सेंट्रल रूस में अधिकारियों ने इसे बैन कर दिया है।

    रूसी अधिकारियों ने योग को जादू-टोना फैलाने से रोकने के लिए बैन किया है । सेंट्रल रूस में दो स्टूडियो में हठ योग की ट्रेनिंग दी जा रही थी।

    yoga is great hindu art of deceiving.kamasutra is only gift india gave to world

  • vt rajshekhar
  • tajender

    is Daur Ki Zulmat Main Har Qalb-e-pareshan Ko Woh Daag-e-mohabbat Dey Jo Chaand Ko Sharma Dey

  • Mohan

    Greece illustrates 150 years of socialist failure in Europe

    ‘We see the result of one hundred and fifty years of European socialism playing out in grand style in Greece today. The producing countries are beginning to realize that they have been robbed by the EU’s socialist guarantee that no nation will be allowed to default on its bonds. Greece merely accepted this guarantee at face value and spent itself into national bankruptcy. Other EU nations are not far behind. It’s time to give free market capitalism and sound money a chance: it’s worked every time it’s been tried.’

  • Mohan

    Zaid Hamid sentenced to 8-year in prison, lashes in Saudi Arabia

    KARACHI: A Saudi court has sentenced Pakistani defence analyst Zaid Hamid to eight years in prison for his hard-hitting criticism on the Arab country over Yemen conflict, ARY News reported.
    According to reports, Mr. Hamid will also been given lashes. Some reports say that the Pakistani analyst will get 1,200 lashes alongside eight years of imprisonment.

  • Majumdar

    Mohan bhai,
    Can 1200 lashes be substituted by eating onions by ZZH?

  • Mohan

    I have no idea, but our friend Tajender would know.

  • tajender

    zaid hamid should not have gne to saaudia after supporting houti rebels ,so openly and using bad language against saudi rulers.they are good people providing millions of jobs to indians and pakistanis.

  • haroon

    zaid hamid is fool and mad he deserve what is happening to him.i hope timely also goes to saudia sometime.kafir kee gnd mein 1200 onion dalte hain .romain kya haal ho ga.

  • haroon

    Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has said he will donate his entire $32bn (£20bn; €29bn) fortune to charity.

    Prince Alwaleed, 60, is one of the world’s richest people.

    He said he had been inspired by the Gates Foundation, set up by Bill and Melinda Gates in 1997.

    The money would be used to “foster cultural understanding”, “empower women”, and “provide vital disaster relief”, among other things, he said.

    Mr Gates praised the decision, calling it an “inspiration to all of us working in philanthropy around the world”.

  • mohanrr

    agar timely …mein 1200 onion dale gaye to 20 aaloo main bhi daal doga.

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  • khawaja jamil

    ramdeo zyed hamid ke baap hain.

  • Mohan

    Among many lies which our media usually spreads, the news of Kejriwal’s family enjoying expensive holiday in Switzerland was a usual spin given by the media.

    Top Lies spread by the Indian Media in June 2015

    17. 29 June 2015: IndiaSamwad – Kejriwal’s family enjoyed vacations in Switzerland

    This “source” based news, was an “exclusive” of IndiaSamwad. The story said:

    “to relieve themselves from the scorching heat of Delhi, Kejriwal’s wife Sunita and his children were cooling their heels in Switzerland”

    They gave the impressions that an Aam Aadmi’s family, was “holidaying” in “the world’s most expensive place”. The truth came out later, from the executive editor of IndiaSamwad himself. He clarified that Sunita Kejriwal, “was on foriegn tour sponsored by Finance Ministry.” and that “40 IRS officers were selected for tour”. He also tweeted that her kids joined her later, and the cost of their tickets, was met from a loan taken by Mrs Kejriwal, on her PPF balance.


  • Mohan
  • tajender

    Maharashtra dubs madrassas ‘non-schools’

    religious seminaries should be brought in main stream with chaging character.circular of maharashtra govt is in right direction.

  • tajender

    My Prince (ALI BASHIR) :

    Ali Bashir my beloved son passed away in the early hours of on 6th of July of Cardiac arrest. He lived on this earthly abode for some 22 years and three months. He was born on 23 rd March 1990 in Manchester NH, USA. It is usually cold weather during the month of March but quite pleasant. H was a handsome boy and very talented, intelligent and had a keen observation.

    He was God gifted and won laurels and was a high achiever throughout his academic career. He was recently inducted into International honors society of Psychology. He was Psychology major under graduate student. He earned straight A’s for his grades. He would settle for no less than A+ grades in every subject from Psychology to mathematics.

    President Obama met him recently during his visit to the University and remained with him for some considerable time. He loved both his parents who had separated. He had lot of caring friends. He had an angelic appearance and a glowing face.

    We communicated on the internet almost everyday. I was planning to go back to USA soon , but he died and left us for the heavenly abode..He was Allah ‘s great blessings for us. I loved him dearly and can not fathom life without him. The thought that he has left us is unbearable. He will be remembered for his services and compassion by us all.