7 January 2015

India wants to divide Pak Army’s anti-Taliban focus: Sethi

January 06, 2015

LAHORE: Senior analyst Najam Sethi has said that India has adopted the policy of aggressive defence in its relations with Pakistan. He said Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has declared the Taliban as weakness of Pakistan and wants to use them against Pakistan. Meanwhile, India wants to divide Pakistan’s military might in two directions in order to render it unable to wipe out the Taliban. He said the United States knows how India is using Afghanistan against Pakistan. 

He was talking to Aapas ki Baat host Muneeb Farooq on Geo News. Giving an in-depth analysis on new Indian policy, Sethi said signs of disturbance had been visible since India suspended talks at foreign secretary level. He ruled out any nuclear fight, but warned that the game will be intense. Commenting on a video showing Ajit declare Pakistan enemy of India and threaten that Pakistan will lose Balochistan if another Mumbai attack was launched, Sethi said the video shows that India is behind the situation in Balochistan. 

Sethi said Indian policy of interference in Pakistan has been continued before the installation of Modi government and will be made more active after Ajit’s taking the charge of national security advisor. He said soon after Afghan visit of Pakistan army chief Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Ajit had rushed to Kabul and offered one million dollar military aid to Afghanistan which Ashraf Ghani, however, rejected. Doval’s defeat on this front much agonised him, Sethi said, that is why he is talking of Balochistan and the Taliban. 

The senior analyst said if Pakistan army controls the Taliban with concentration, Pakistan will remain no longer weak. That is why, India has started aggression on the Line of Control in a bid to split the Pakistan military into two directions. 

Sethi said India also used Afghanistan to suppress Pakistan before Aghan jehad, in response to which Pakistan had adopted the policy of aggressive defence. In response to the Indian role behind separation of Dhaka, Pakistan had supported the Khalistan movement in pursuit of its aggressive defence, Sethi said. Meanwhile, the Kashmiris indigenously started their freedom movement, finding circumstances in favour and Pakistan had no role in it, Sethi added. He said Pakistan tried to turn Indian Punjab and Kashmir into a quagmire which may entrap the Indian army, leaving it unable to launch any adventurism against Pakistan. Najam Sethi said in view of this aggressive defence of India, there will be no development in connection with Aman Ki Asha; rather tension will further mount. 

He said Pakistan has planned its policy in this connection and Sartaj Aziz has raised Kashmir issue in the United Nations and has arranged marches in London over Kashmir issue and started sending letters in this connection. 

About attack on rally in connection with fourth death anniversary of Salman Taseer, the senior analyst regretted that one is not left with possibility to hold requiem for the lost ones. He said punishment to murderer of Salman Taseer has not been given, despite elapse of four years, while some people who are part of our judiciary had garlanded that killer constable. He said the issues of terrorism which Salman Taseer raised still exist. 

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