Feelers from Kabul suggest, that the emboldened Taliban fighters, for whom capturing of power in Afghanistan had been a cakewalk, now confidently feel that their next target would be to occupy Pakistan.
According to the reports, the Taliban fighters’ enthusiasm has shot up as they have established a caretaker government of their own with the Islamic Sharia law in Afghanistan. But they believe it is only a beginning, but the fight will continue with an aim to establish jihad in the whole world.
The immediate priority now for them appears to be to establish jihad and impose Islamic Sharia law in Pakistan. They are of the view that Pakistan is not fully Islamic now and does not fully follow the Sharia law. They also think, if need be, that the army hardware left behind by the US army in Afghanistan could come handy. However, at present Pakistan has earned a dubious distinction of being an epicenter of the world terrorism, for having harbored at least 10 terrorist groups, including the Taliban and al Qaeda.
For the Taliban, scruples and loyalty are the last words and, if it warrants, they would not hesitate to wage an armed fight against Pakistan though all along Pakistan has been hoping that the Taliban would be helpful and friendly, should there be another war against India. Perhaps with that prime intention only, Pakistan is harboring militant and terrorist groups.
Indications are that for the Taliban fighters, who have been itching for the spread of Islamic law and jihad, Pakistan seems an easy prey. The Taliban fighters, it is stated, are even ready for employing suicide terror attacks if that serves their objective.
If the immediate step for the Taliban is to capture power in Pakistan, it signals a trouble for India, which is already facing Pak’s cross-border excesses for over 60 years.
According to CNN’s breaking news on October 12, al Qaeda threatens India saying “Kashmir is ours.” It says: “A terror group named al Qaeda released an 18-minute-long video and claimed authority over Kashmir.” If this is true, it is an open indication that al Qaeda would lend its supporting hand to Pakistan in a war against India.
It may be recalled that notorious terrorist leader like Osama-bin-Laden, the founder of pan-Islamic militant organization, was given a shelter by Pakistan. Bin Laden was finally killed by the US Navy Seals in a surprise raid on his fortress-like hideout, which was just a few miles away from the Pak Presidential Palace. Pakistan also provides shelter to known anti-social elements, who are terrorism financers. They include Dawood Ibrahim and some other money launders and drug mafia.
Pakistan, which has lost three wars against India, yet keeps on fomenting trouble by clandestinely sending armed militants across the border to India. They are playing havoc in Kashmir perennially. Currently Pak-trained terrorists are targeting selectively Hindus and Sikhs by launching a series of armed attacks in Kashmir. Pakistan is deeply infatuated and drunk with untenable greed and ambition to annex Kashmir. With that intention, Pakistan has befriended China, another trouble-making neighbor of India.
At every international forum, Pakistan leaders and its successive prime ministers have been raising the Kashmir issue blaming India for human rights violation. After the recent success in Afghanistan of the Taliban, its staunch supporter, Pakistan, has become bold. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 27 hinted at devastating consequences if his country unleashes nuclear arms in desperation against India.
He said: “….This is one of the most critical times … there will be a reaction to this. Pakistan will be blamed. Two nuclear armed countries (Pakistan and India) come face-to-face like we came in February. And my belief is la ilaha illallah there is no god but one. And we will fight. And when nuclear-armed country fights to end, it will have consequences far beyond the borders. It will have consequence for the world, which is why I repeat, I am here. Because I am warning you, it is not a threat, it is a fair worry that where are we heading.”
In a fitting reply, India represented by its envoy Vidisha Maitra, said: “Prime Minister Imran Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinkmanship, not statesmanship. Even coming from the leader of a country that has monopolized the entire value chain of the industry of terrorism, Prime Minister Khan’s justification of terrorism was brazen and incendiary. For someone who was a cricketer, and believed in gentleman’s game, today’s speech bordered on crudeness of a variety reminiscent of the guns of ‘Darra Adam Khel’.”
Throughout his whole speech, he spewed venom of hatred and unleashed threat of nuclear arms, but he received a fitting slap on face by the Indian diplomat, exposing him of his hallow threats. Imran Khan might be living with false assumptions that the Taliban are behind him in his nuclear fight against India. He should read the mindset of the Taliban, which is aiming, as a next step, at snatching away power from him. The snake he is feeding with milk is planning to bite him.
As a good neighbor, India also cautions him of the threat lurking behind. If the Taliban take their “next step,” Pakistan will become another Afghanistan — an abandoned state. But India wants a flourishing friendly neighbor and not a burrow of militants and terrorists.
– Contributed by Mr. J.V. Laskshmana Rao, a former National News Coordinator of Express News Service, New Delhi, and former Chief Editor of US-based India Tribune. He frequently travels between India and the US.
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