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Imran Khan Says Pak Made Biggest Blunder, Admits Training Terrorists

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has admitted that his country has committed to join the US in its war against terrorism following 9/11 attack on the twin towers in New York. But, he has regretted that by doing so Pakistan has committed one of the biggest blunders.

This commitment by his previous governments, he says, had followed the US request earlier to train militants to evict Soviet forces from Afghanistan. But those governments should not have made such commitment “what they could not deliver.”

By saying so, Imran Khan has unabashedly admitted in clear terms that Pakistan’s ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) has been giving training to terrorists, but the country could not keep up its commitment to join the US in war against terrorism. Imran Khan made this remark on September 23, while addressing the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where he arrived to address the United Nations General Assembly.

As if Pakistan has not been a breeding ground before that, he has conveniently ignored the fact that Pak-sponsored militant camps have existed even earlier than that when the militants trained in such camps had frequently crossed the Indo-Pak border and caused havoc by attacking civilian and military installations and killing several people, including security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and other cities in India.

Ever since, Pakistan lost East Pakistan (now known as Bangladesh) in its liberation war, Pakistan intensified its claim on Kashmir. But India had told Pakistan and the world that Kashmir is integral part of India, by an instrument of accession signed by the princely state’s the then ruler, Maharaja Hari Singh. Pakistan also then agreed at various bilateral summits and meetings that Kashmir is an integral part of India. Earlier, India’s former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru unwittingly took the issue to the United Nations when Pakistan illegally and forcefully occupied a part of Kashmir which is now known as PoK (Pak occupied Kashmir). Since then Pakistan has been sporadically causing unrest in Kashmir, and since 1990, frequently violating the border and clandestinely exporting militants and separatist elements to India. The Pak-sponsored and trained terrorists have killed thousands of civilians and security persons in Kashmir and other places in India. Thousands of Kashmiri Pundits have fled the state because of atrocities committed on them by separatists and terrorists.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir, after suffering for over 70 years without any development because of the Article 370 which has been meant to protect Kashmiris’ special identity, ethnicity and culture, has been abrogated on August 5 because it had not served the purpose, but adversely affected the development of the state. The present Indian government has done away with it, with a good intention to help all-round development of the state, including its industries and provide increased job opportunities to the local people. The so-called Article 370, which was temporary but kept sustained too long by various governments at the Center to protect vote bank politics, had only discouraged development, encouraged separatist elements and led to Pak-sponsored terrorism in the state. Therefore, to ensure internal and external peace, bring order in the state and encourage exercising uniform governing rules and development, the Central government has given a farewell to the Article 370 and made elaborate arrangements for tight security of the people in the state by moving in extra armed forces.

Though the present Indian Parliament has overwhelmingly voted its abrogation, the Pakistani Prime Minister and his government, which are waiting with an intention to gobble Kashmir, have been trying to internationalize the issue, and recently they approached the International Court of Justice, UN Human Rights Commission and other international forums, but found little support from them. There has been an overwhelming agreement and support to India that Kashmir is an integral part of India and the dispute, if any, can only be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan, and others have no role in it.

Imran Khan regrets that Pak became radicalized when it had committed one of the biggest blunders of agreeing to join the US war on terror, following the 9/11 terror attack by the al-Qaeda.”

Faced with such huge international humiliation, Imran Khan now puts the whole blame on the US, for his country’s willingness to join the US war against terror. But the whole world knows that Pakistan has been the breeding ground of terrorism, and it, as its national policy, breeds, trains, supports and exports terrorism. This is evident from the fact that various terrorist organizations and terrorist leaders are harbored by Pakistan. Recently, former US Defense Secretary James Mattis remarked, “Pak is the most dangerous among all countries he dealt with.”

On September 23, in a bilateral meeting in New York, which was second (the first was in Houston on September 22) between US President Donald Trump and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trump expressed confidence that Modi would be able to solve the problem of radical Islamic terror. While India had succeeded in convincing the world leaders that its recent decision on Jammu & Kashmir is India’s internal matter, Pakistan’s position on the same hasn’t been taken seriously by any nation.

– Contributed by Mr. J.V. Lakshmana Rao, a Freelance Journalist in Chicago. He frequently travels between US and India.

Picture Credits: Reuters



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