A Tale Of Two Attacks: It’s The High Time For Iran To Choose Either India Or Pakistan
As long as there are crazed or crafty leaders to play on old fears, a mob will turn cruel— Leigh Bracket.
It is what, in line with old hackneyed Indian pattern, happening again right at the moment. Terrorism is an old fear emanated, as per Indian demagoguery and souped-up chilly-sauce media, only from Pakistan to unleash herd impulses of revenge for electoral manoeuvring. An old terrorized veneration qua camouflage for covering up security lapses. And at this time in a rogue attempt to stop growing regional redundancy by contriving another false-flag operation.
The tale digs up its inception in the last week that witnessed two attacks having the same modus operandi—ramming an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus carrying security personnel. One in Iran near the border. Other in Pulwama: Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). Iran’s border attack claimed 27 lives of Elite Revolutionary Guards. Whereas Pulwama attack killed over 40 Indian soldiers in IOK.
But the interesting facet is not about the same suicidal demeanour of two attacks. Rather it’s the analogous tones of outburst by both Indo-Iran top political brass that stunned all here in Pakistan. Pouring a heap of censure on Pakistan, both Iran and India called for revenge. Indian reaction is not surprising though. Whether it’s 2001 Indian Parliament attack or 2008 Mumbai carnage, India’s traditional scapegoat is Pakistan to hide its own incompetence. So obviously following the previous panorama, Pulwama too is not an exception.
Ironically, it is actually Iran’s outrage that raised eye-brows. Revolutionary Guards Chief Maj. Gen. Muhammad Ali Jafri warned Pakistan it would “pay a heavy price” for allegedly harbouring militants who launched the suicide attack. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi made a telephonic contact with his Iranian counterpart to offer cooperation in investigation. A Pakistani delegation would now visit Tehran to address Iranian concerns.
But again, one query is yet to be solved. Behind every perpetration, there should be a rational motive. To trace out Pakistan’s alleged involvement, should not we gauge both the incidents with the unit of beneficiary? The most potent question is: Who is beneficiary? Pakistan? Especially when she is on verge of her politico-economic and even diplomatic revival.
In case of Pulwama, the evidence is staggering. Not even a single Brahman Hindu soldier was in the deceased list. 11 Sikhs and other low-caste Dilits were among dead. India was direly in need of such a false-flag operation. The longed-for Indian stimulus was to isolate Pakistan diplomatically. Ever since the PM Imran Khan’s calling the shots, this very parochial Indian ambition bites the dust. In addition, skulking behind Pulwama, the four-pronged Indian ambitions are much more perverse this time. One, Modi’s bid for re-election with anti-Pakistan slogan. Two, to ward-off Khan’s Kartarpur masterstroke. Three, in the wake of the US drawdown, how to keep colossal Indian investment from wasting and to halt shrinking strategic space in Afghanistan. And the last titanic one: influencing the Jadhav’s case before the ICJ by playing the Pulwama victim card. So Pulwama, in view of the myopic Indian lens, helped it out to water its four-pronged narrative.
So far as Iran is concerned, it’s pertinent to mention that Pakistan has always been more emphatic towards her neighbouring brotherly nation. Historically, Pakistan tried to lessen the acrimony between Post-Khomeini Iran and America. Pakistan never allowed the US to use her territory against Iran—for instance when the US incited Jandullah, Pakistan immediately handed over Jandullah’s mastermind Abdul Malic Reegi to Iran. Pakistan indirectly sided with Iran in 2015 by maintaining the strict neutrality in Yemen. Conversely Iran’s attitude against Pakistan has not been as rosy as it should be. Iran pampered hostile factions to fuel subversive activities inside Pakistan. Kulboshin Jadhav used Iranian soil to stage insurgency in Pakistani Baluchistan. Uzair Baloch had dual Iranian passport reportedly at the time of his arrest by Pakistani authorities. Iran’s tilt toward India is patent in Chabahar to encircle Pakistan vis-à-vis Gwadar. Even on Feb.26, both Iran and India are going to celebrate ‘Chabahar Day’ that presents a stark contrast to Gwadar port.
Admittedly there’s never a perfect time for anything. But again, it’s actually timing that is everything. The timing of both incidents, in this case, with the same modus operandi. The timing on the eve of Prince Muhammad Bin Salman’s (MBS) arrival in Pakistan. Strange! Isn’t it? The deeper you think, the more silent you become. You must understand the reasons behind the reason. Modi clandestinely ran from pillar to post to dissuade MBS from visiting Pakistan. Even the last ditch effort in terms of Pulwama was also made out. But no avail particularly in face of MBS’ pertinacity.
Iran has its own reasons to dislike MBS. We are not here to judge either who is right or who is wrong. Suffice to say it that a long dispute means both parties are wrong. But behind all this lingered-on dispute, not even a single figment of Pakistan’s covert or overt role is to be traced out. So, for God sake, don’t penalize Pakistan whose new leadership longs for unity and solidarity within the entire Muslim Ummah. Don’t blame Pakistan for the wrongs about which she couldn’t even think about. In spite of having all the proofs in hand, Pakistan didn’t name the country whose soil was used by RAW to sow the seeds of discontent on her land. It is India’s own stance before the ICJ that Jadhav was kidnapped by Pakistan’s premier agency from inside border area of Iran. Astonishingly, Iran voiced no denial to this Indian stance so far.
The way Iranian media painted the MBS’ visit to Pakistan is very unfortunate. There is an element of humiliation in that coverage. No second thought prevails here that India is ephemeral enemy. But Iran is deemed as brotherly neighbouring country. It’s for this very reason that even after Jadhav betrayal, Pakistan didn’t point the finger at anyone. That Pakistan observed pin-dropped silence. Though silence is also an expression. Yet silence is not an expression of weakness. Qua a sovereign state, Pakistan knows very well to guard her national interest.
To sum it up, maybe, it’s the high time for Iran to choose either Pakistan or India. Playing on the both sides of wickets is not possible now. The time for hypocrisy has long been passed away. PM Imran Khan’s latest warning of “Pakistan would not think, but immediately retaliate to fend off any misadventure” is not only for India. Instead, it’s for anyone who has its evil eye on the country.