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Islamabad, Delhi and Kabul busy are in destructive game

by Muhammad Afzal Khan Lala, 28 January 2009

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(Frontier Post, 28 January 2009)

At the advent of 21st century intellectuals the world over predicted that the new millennium will usher in peace, human rights and dignity of man. Mankind will show tolerance, endurance and maturity. The man of this planet who has conquered space will be a messenger of peace to other planets. But unfortunately this century began with such chaos, wars, religious and sectarian extremism, violence, brutality, suicide bombing, and destruction that it rather disgraced humanity. There seems no end to this phony, aimless reign of terrorism. Life has become difficult for everyone. On one hand the civilized nations claim to conquer space and universe but their war mania has made the world a living hell for human race. The new world is like a global village but instead of love, brotherhood and harmony among the nations it has segregated and distanced the nations, waging wars, creating disturbances and bringing destruction. History testifies that wars cannot bring peace. The use of brutal force cannot win over nations. Human hearts and minds are won by love and persuasion. The clouds of war have endangered the human race. The sea pirates hijack ships for million dollars ransom. Kidnapping for ransom in our region has reached its climax and no one is safe in their homes and even the heavily guarded are more at risk and vulnerable. Terror reigns supreme. The close examination shows bloodshed, terrorism and turmoil has badly affected the three neighbourly countries --- Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. Uncertainty is the order of the day in all the three countries. The unfortunate part of this phenomenon is that our think tanks think these conditions are self created. First that India has never accepted the partition of subcontinent and is aspiring for a united India “Akhand Bharat”. The entire world voted for Pakistan in UN for membership except Afghanistan. Evidently they have not accepted Pakistan. These experienced wizards don’t think for a moment that after Independence of Pakistan and India both the governments supported secularism. Extremism, violence, sectarianism and religious divide were almost non-existent. Gandhi ji, the follower of non-violence was assassinated by a biased Hindu. During Liaqat Ali Khan’s Government in Pakistan Sir Zafarullah Khan, a renowned Qadiani, was minister for Foreign Affairs and Jagirdar Lal Mandal, a Hindu of the lowest caste (Dalit) was holding the portfolio of Law Ministry. India still claims to be a secular state but the Hindu religious extremist leaders dominated and eclipsed the secular policy. On the eve of partition and creation of Pakistan, religious parties of undivided India and their veteran leaders were opposed to the creation of Pakistan. Even after partition, some of the religious parties sarcastically castigated Pakistan (Land of the pure) as “Na-Pakistan” (Land of the un-pure). Today both the nuclear powers have billions of rupees defense budget and are always in warlike condition. Both of them are impediments in the way of their people’s welfare due to heavy defense spending. Europe has fought wars for hundreds of years for liberation of its people from the clutches of the church and feudalism. Today for the sake of a bright future they have a single currency. They have national boundaries on papers but there is a complete freedom of movement of the people, trade and commerce in Europe. We need visa and permit to visit our brother Islamic countries. Economy has been shattered in Pakistan. The Gateway towards central Asia for international trade is closed. The worsening law and order situation and fragile economy have led to capital flight. Investors in Hayatabad “Industrial state” are compelled to shift their business from Peshawar. All the three countries are equally at fault and are faced with identical problems like suicide, bombing, terrorist insurgency, remote control blasts, etc. If we look at the terrorists activities and the relations between three countries, they should jointly expose and stop these hidden’ hands. Although all the three countries proclaim to be allies in the ‘war on terror’ in their heads of the state meetings, parleys but in practice it is not so. All the three suspect each other. This mysterious and doubtful attitude has made the task of the terrorists easier. It is very easy for the anti-human forces to engage these three neighbouring countries in permanent hostility to maximize their socio-economic crisis and thus attain maximum benefits out of this volatile situation. I have pointed out on a number of occasions and again reiterate my stance that peace in this region without peace in Afghanistan is impossible. This viewpoint is now crystal clear because this region has been turned into a battlefield of the superpowers. Interference of one country into the internal affairs of another country is against the basic charter of the United Nations and the policy of armed interference in Afghan affairs has affected the people of these three countries, destroying its commerce, trade and society and this is a continuous process. What the extremist forces are doing today here and who created them and against whom --- who supply them arms and ammunition and who finance them? These insurgencies are undesirable. Notwithstanding the three governments’ differences, if the enlightened humanist and progressive and secular forces are consulted, they will support peace efforts for the better future of the people of this region. I firmly belief that this is not a matter of years but days to resolve this issue if there is a will to do it. The fish cannot survive without water — same is true about the terrorists and extremists. If their funding is stopped and the three neighbours evolve a joint mechanism to combat terrorism, there is no justification for war. The accusations and suspicions will cease and as Europe and America have succeeded in dominating the global economy, market, Asia will be second to none. At the end, I appeal the nations of the world to help us in restoration of peace for the betterment of mankind. I especially appeal all Pukhtoon Afghans to stop this aimless war as this region needs peace more than any one! (This essay was written in Pashto language by Khan lala and translated by Akhtar Muneer Bacha, Zar Ali Musazai and Idrees Kamal)