Lies … more lies

S Madhusudhana Rao

If one wants to enjoy how Pakistanis try to bluff Indians during TV debates, one has to watch Arnab Goswami’s News Hour show. If we leave aside the filibuster, wars of words and shouting matches, the line the Pakistani speakers take during the nightly debates – they have become frequent now, thanks to cross-border attacks and militants having a field day after infiltrating into Jammu & Kashmir – is the obdurate policy of absurdity.

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S Madhusudhana Rao

Pakistan stands exposed, with every layer covering its lies with official denials being shredded by truths from their own people. But still it insists it’s all Indian propaganda and Delhi is in the habit of blaming Pakistan for every border incident.

Take, for instance, the facts the ex-boss of FIA Tariq Khosa has mentioned in his Dawn article. The Pak government’s reaction is golden silence. Islamabad might have thought that keeping mum is better than opening its mouth and defend in a convoluted way.  In all probability, once again, it could have blamed India. However, in the recent back-to-back attacks, it has reverted to the old game of lying.

On July 7, 2015, three LeT terrorists killed seven in a day-long gunfight drama in Gurdaspur district. Islamabad called it a stage-managed Indian show to blame Pakistan, even though every piece of physical evidence, including AK-47s the terrorists had used, pointed to LeT operating from across the border.

On August 6, 2015, two LeT militants, believed to be part of the five-member gang that sneaked into Jammu-Punjab region to carry out attacks, engaged our border forces in a gunfight. While one of the two was killed, another fled into a village where he was captured by civilians and handed over to security forces. His interrogation revealed he (Mohammed Naved) is from Faisalabad and his father, speaking on phone to an Indian newspaper, has even confirmed Naved as his son and he was recruited by LeT. But Pakistan has dismissed the claim as ‘baseless’ and replayed the usual India-bashing tune.

This farce has been going on and it will continue. Pakistan seems to think that whoever sneaks through the Line of Control and the international border into India is not a Pakistani. Remember, that country disowned Ajmal Kasab of 26/11. Those who were killed on the Indian soil were, in any case, not accounted for. The jihadis who were caught alive by India pose a tricky problem for Pakistan official machinery. It has to keep denying for the sake of denying. That’s the only way to provoke India and fuel friction.

It happened during the 10-year UPA rule and the same policy is continuing even after a change of guard in Delhi and Islamabad. The initial bonhomie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pak counterpart Nawaz Shariff has proved to be no more than a water bubble. Attempts towards normalizing relations are being nipped in the bud by attacks such as the Udhampur and Gurdaspur. In other words, Pakistan keeps testing India’s patience whichever government is in power. It behaves like a rogue and expects India to be a saint.

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