With its collapsing economy and inability to maintain its military might in the Middle East and Afghanistan, the US has been working on a covert agenda of extending strategic relations with India, culminating in the latter becoming a regional super power. By shelving its support for Palestine in the recent years, New Delhi has also upgraded its relations with Tel Aviv. Currently, India happens to be the largest purchaser and recipient of Israeli weapons in the world.
Bearing this backdrop in mind, the US-Israel-India trio have become strategic partners with a clear cut aim of curtailing China’s influence in the region by gaining access to all its neighbouring countries and also continuing the effort aimed at dominating the Islamic World by creating divisions amongst the neighbouring Muslim countries so that they could remain subservient to the alliance’s designs in the region.
Furthermore, depriving Pakistan of its nuclear arsenal and ensuring that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons is also part of the agenda to maintain the precarious nuclear balance in the Middle East.
If heed is paid to the events that have panned out in the last few years, it becomes clear that the US attacked and occupied Iraq in order to dismantle its military machine, and, to plunder oil so that it remains economically weak.
Similarly, Afghanistan was said to be occupied with the goal of destroying the al-Qaeda network, whereas, the actual aims were to control the flow of hydrocarbons from Central Asia, ensure that the Islamists do not gain affluence in Central Asia, while also looking towards isolating them and to keep Pakistan and Iran under check.
As the reasons supporting the presence of the US in Afghanistan are apparent, it is firmly believed that the continued drone attacks, strings of bombings against the Pakistani Armed Forces, killing of Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil, upscaling of the insurgency in Balochistan, killing of Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul, the Memogate scandal and last but not the least, the extraordinary hearing by the US Congressional Committee of foreign affairs on the 8th of February, exclusively focusing on the Balochistan issue, are well orchestrated events that have tarnished the already suffering image of our beloved country, with it being portrayed as the breeding ground of extremists and terroristic elements, accentuating the already fragile security condition and to put the secretarian and ethnic differences in the driver’s seat is also a reason behind this conspiracy.
Despite all its sincerities and loss, it is a universal secret that the US shipped thousands of intelligence operatives during the earthquakes in 2005 bearing the garb of construction and aid workers. Apart from anti-terrorism assignments, these operatives were tasked at obtaining information about Taliban sympathizers in the ISI and how Pakistan transports and stores its nuclear weapons.
Comically, Amnesty International has remained silent about atrocities that are being committed in Palestine and Kashmir, but, the director of Amnesty International T Kumar has proposed to apply the Leahy Amendment to Pakistan, which gives US Congress leverage to discontinue funds to a state whose army is found guilty of committing human rights violation. It is also pertinent to note that during the US Congressional Committee hearing on Balochistan, two anti-Pakistan individuals; namely, Ralph Peters and Congressman Louie Gohmert (both staunch supporters of an independent Balochistan) have gone about pointing fingers at the Pakistani Armed forces for violating the rights of the peace loving Balochs.
Since certain elements are getting impatient, the Afghan National Army is being trained by the Indians and a Pakistani based organization “Jundullah” which is funded by Israel is being used to attack Iran while money is funneled to Chechnya through Pakistan, thus, putting Pakistan at the apex of all these rather shameful activities.
Historically, the attitude of the US towards Pakistan has remained indifferent as it sided with India during the 1965 war and played an instrumental role in the fall of East Pakistan in 1971. This is in light of all our support towards the causes of the US since its inception, regardless of how trivial or unjust they have been. The “Big Boss” finds it prudent to repay Pakistan by joining forces with India to repeat the episode that unraveled in 1971.
People wake up! It is time to put all our difference aside and swallow our pride! The Baloch dissident elements can be engaged politically while simultaneously directing funds towards the upliftment of the province. Stitch in time to save nine! Losing Balochistan would spell the end of our beloved country and we would be left at someone’s doorstep with a note attached to our bodies requesting outsiders to take care of us! This is only the eye of the storm, and, if left unweathered, one cannot even fathom the extent of the damage to come. Pakistan was and is here to stay, but, such blunders would shorten our time in the limelight and plunge us in an endless pit of confusion and despair.
The author is a freelance columnist who can be reached at Xain_waseem@ hotmail.com