Perfecting the art of self-deception

By K.N. Pandita

A friend defined a hypocrite as one who believes in his own lies. History of separatist movement in Kashmir is a classical example of hypocrisy meaning people believing in their belied moment.

Kashmiri seditionists and traitors know that the slogan of aazaadi is a lie being the camouflage for accession to Pakistan, yet some have begun to believe that ‘aazaadi’ is round the corner. Others, more sadists, know that they are enjoying freedom in full measure and its fruits, yet they hold on to the slogan for material rewards it brings. This is hypocrisy incarnate. If you have buyers why not publicize the sale of your commodity howsoever counterfeit.

Political opposition and various pseudo nationalist in Kashmir have come together to castigate General Rawat for what they call his “indiscrete” statement on Kashmir over-ground militants. A tirade against the Indian Army Chief has been let loose alleging that he has some hidden agenda up his sleeves for Kashmir.

Farooq Abdulla and his son Omar both of whom served as Chief Minister in the State and also as ministers in the Union Council of Ministers after taking oath of allegiance to the Constitution of India and of J&K, have now become more vocal in this maligning campaign.

Today, while Omar Abdullah speaks to his local and foreign audience that J&K has not integrated into the Indian Union, his father declares his solidarity with Hurriyat separatists and finds pride in walking behind them. He declares stone pelting by Kashmiri youth on law and order enforcing personnel as an act of self defence.

This show of newborn sympathy with Kashmiri youth stands in direct contrast to Farooq Abdullah fathering the PSA when he was the chief minister. Under this Act, hundreds of Kashmiri youth were interned and charged with seditious activity. It was the NC-Congress coalition rule that had sponsored the Act. Again, NC-Congress coalition was at the helm of affairs in J&K in 2012 when 127 fatalities of Kashmiri youth happened.

Now that election to two vacant parliamentary seats in Srinagar and Anantnag is round the corner, Farooq exudes sympathy with the stone pelting youth calling it an act of self-defense. Mehbooba Mufti, too, had characterized seditionists as freedom fighters during election campaign of 2002 to make a foothold for PDP. Farooq repeats the formula.

Activity that gravely wounds nearly 7,000 police and security personnel on duty cannot be called an act of self-defense; it is an attempt of intended murder. Ironically, while according to Farooq stones are to defend the youth, he has super Z security provided by the Indian government to defend him and his family.

It is this so-called self-defence strategy against which General Rawat wants the people to speak. He has been given the freedom of handling the security related situation to the best of his ability. Like a true patriot he has invoked the support and goodwill of nationalists and humanists in and outside Kashmir for the task assigned to him.

Incidentally, Pakistan is also faced with almost identical security scenario on domestic plane and the civilian government in Islamabad has given the Army Chief full authority to deal with security concerns especially those arising out of the killing of 88 innocent persons and wounding of 348 civilians in the bomb blast at Sehwan Sufi shrine in Sind.

Let us compare the methodology of Pakistan army chief in handling critical situation created by the terrorists with the identical situation created jointly by Kashmir seditionists and traitors in Kashmir and their mentors across the border.

Writing in the Dawn of February 26 under the heading ‘Shift in Security Doctrine’, Pakistani columnist Rana has unfolded General Bajwa’s new security doctrine called Radd-ul-fasad literally meaning ‘Rejection of sedition’ focused on destroying the infrastructure and support networks of terrorists inside the country. The new doctrine approved in the 22 February Corps Commanders’ meeting comes close on the heels of former Army Chief General Raheel’s doctrine of Zarb-e-Azb , and is intended to be an improvement on that doctrine.

Those who have castigated General Rawat for his statement should find out the number of killings made by Pakistan army under Zarb-e-Azab operation. This has been kept a guarded secret. But we like to remind Kashmir traitors and seditionists that in pursuance of General Bajwa’s radd-ul-fasad operation, the General himself claimed Pak army killed 100 “terrorists” across the country in a one-day operation. That is the way how terrorism has to be eradicated.

Radd-u-fasad doctrine broadly recommends deployment of Rangers in the operation against terrorism and full implementation of National Action Plan that had culminated in zarb-e–azab operation.

The broad features of NAP are as follows:

• Before the Peshawar incident, government decided to proceed with the execution of extremists convicted in terror related cases. The Government has already started implementation.
• Special courts, headed by the officers of the armed forces, will be established for the speedy trial of terrorists. These courts will be established for a term of two years. (these have already become functional)
• Formation of armed militia will not be allowed in the country.
• There will be a crackdown on hate-speech, and action will be taken against newspapers, magazines contributing to the spread of such speech.
• Financial sources of terrorists and terror organisations will be cut.
• Banned outfits will not be allowed to operate under different names.
• Special anti-terrorism force will be raised.
• Measures will be taken to stop religious extremism and to protect minorities.
• Madrassas (religious seminaries) will be regularized and reformed.
• Print and electronic media will not be allowed to give any space to terrorists..
• Communication systems of terrorist organisations will be destroyed.
• Social media and the Internet will not be allowed to be used by terrorists to spread propaganda and hate speech, though exact process for that will be finalised.
• Like the rest of the country, no space will be given to extremism in any part of the Punjab.
• Operation against terrorists in Karachi will be taken to its logical conclusion.
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• Elements spreading sectarian violence will be prosecuted.

These are some of the prominent action plans of Pakistan army to eradicate the menace of terrorism in the cherished land of Kashmir traitors. To implement NAP with all purpose and intent radd-ul-fasad operation will allow deployment of Pakistan Army, Air Force, Naval Force and Civil Armed Force for anti-terrorism operations in all parts of the country wherever required. Also, the country is to be cleansed of all arms and stockpiles of gun powder. Military courts have been established to try seditious elements and area fully functional.

Army and the government both have approved these measures and and its implementation has been inaugurated with the liquidation of a hundred suspects.

Terror was born and nurtured in Pakistan under state patronage. And Pakistan is now fighting the Frankenstein using all possible means and strategy of suppression and repression in the name of security of the State. This shows that Pakistan’s government is fighting its own people be it zarb-e-azab or radd-ul-fasad.

The question I would like to put to the traitors and seditionists of Kashmir is what if India also adopts identical course of combating terrorism in Kashmir? What justification can they bring forth to denigrate Indian action against Kashmir militants in that case. Why we should not deal with Kashmir terrorism according to same doctrine?

On the other hand, what India is mulling to do by way of intensifying its action against accelerated terrorism in Kashmir can be gauged from the recommendations made by a special team.

Quoting Home Ministry sources, Tauseef Mustafa wrote in the Indian Express “A Ministry of Home Affairs report has purportedly recommended the “control” of the mosque, madrasa, print and television media, political scenario changes, strengthening of intelligence infrastructure and communication with Hurriyat’s moderate faction to help improve the situation in Kashmir”

While specifying the communities that form the Valley’s population – Shia, Bakkarwal and Pahadi Muslim – the document suggests providing development schemes as incentives to deter locals from getting “lured by separatists” or succumbing to the widespread cult of Wahhabism. It also advises revival of Special Operation Group to deal with militancy stemming from across the border. It also advised formulating new laws to include a corporate social responsibility provision for business houses in the state. This, it said, will help the economic situation and help tackle the unemployment problem.

An unbiased comparative study and dissection of two modules for combating terrorism, one by Pakistan (NAP) and the other by India, will bring out the big difference in their approach and policy. Nowhere does the NAP of Pakistan speak a word about development or talks.

Pakistani General speaks of “revenge for each drop of blood” while the Indian General appeals to the families not to allow their youngsters to be lured to terrorist camps and get killed in the process. Those who have been critical of General Rawat will hang their heads in shame when they come to know how General Bajwa will be handling terrorists in his country. We will not recommend our Army Chief to replicate the module of his Pakistani counterpart because unlike General Bajwa he is handling his own misguided youth and not the Frankenstein as in the case of General Bajwa. Here lies the difference,

If the seditionists and traitors in Kashmir have chosen to perfect the art of self-deception, we will say ‘God help you.’
(The writer is the former Director of the Centre of Central Asian Studies, Kashmir University: knp627@gmail.com).

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