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The URI Attack : Modi Acts Strong

We have been living with terrorism for a prolonged time, although it has assumed epidemic proportions only in the recent years. Post 9/11 attack the entire world has woken up to the problem and has been debating its nature, causes and cures. But the collective responsibility to counter terrorism has inconsolably failed and failed to that extent that at present no single nation is free from this scourge. The recent Uri attack is one such fundamental instance of how the entire global collective responsibility system on terrorism has been thoroughly futile. The September 18 attack  near the town of uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir which was reported as the deadliest attack on security force in Kashmir in the last two decades. 18 Indian army jawaans were killed and an additional 20 to 30 were injured. India-Pakistan relationship have been complex and doddery due to several political, economic, geographical  and diplomatic affairs. To resolve such disputes, the neighbour country who in-fact enjoys being the most favoured nation from time to time has used the most violent method to make itself heard. Terrorism has assumed epidemic proportions only in the recent years and the recent uri attack was the deadliest attack on security force in Kashmir in the last two decades.

Aftermath of the uri attack the Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a strong note  to the impostor Pakistan and said, “India would never forget the Uri terror attack and would make all efforts to isolate Islamabad globally.” On 29 September, a military encounter between India and Pakistan began and India conducted a successful surgical strikes   across the Line of Control on Pakistan occupied Kashmir(POK) and around four dozens militants were killed. Moreover, around 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba militants has been killed and more than 300 jihadis including L-e-T head Hafiz Saeed had run away from POK to the main land of Pakistan. The Hindi idiom , “Laaton ke bhoot baaton se nahi maante” is true in case of Pakistan and hence surgical strike was the need of hour. Habitual fabulist Pakistan rejected the claim stating that Indian troops had not crossed the LOC but had only engaged in border combat with Pakistani troops. India’s announcement also marked the first time India has publically acknowledged crossing the Line of Control.

On 29th September, The Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh,, picked up the hotline and spoke to Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza, his Pakistani counterpart, to inform him of Indian Army’s operations against terrorist launch-pads across the Line of Control in PoK. Shortly afterwards, he addressed a press conference to give out the details of the operations to the media and through them, the nation. Every Indian was thrilled and rapturous with the bold step taken by the government and Indian Army.

This is obviously not the first time that the Line of Control (LOC) has been crossed, but this is surely the only time when the crossing has produced tangible results. This highlights the conviction that Prime Minister Modi has displayed. Gen (Retd) Bikram Singh, the former Chief of Army Staff, had the following words to say, in a TV interview: “These kinds of operations have been done in the past. I’ll be honest with you .But, the scale at which it has happened, the political will after which it has unfolded is something to be appreciated. Earlier, it was left to the military to carry out. But this time the military operations have been supported entirely. I would say, they’ve been steered by political will, by political agenda.”

 

The Most Favoured Nation(MFN) clause is a key concept in the liberalization of International trade which provided trade equality among International Trade Organization  members.MFN is when a country enjoys all the lowered tariffs and reductions of trade barriers. Members of WTO agreed to accord both after implementation of the WTO on January 1,1995. It should be noted that India had given MFN status to Pakistan in 1996 but Pakistan didn’t not respond positively citing un-resolved Kashmir issue which is in-fact no issue of conflict as Kashmir is and will be an integral part of India.

As far as the issues of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status, and Indus Water Treaty (IWT) are concerned, the Prime Minister continues to be briefed by experts from the concerned Ministries. Chances are that the MFN status will be revoked. Business lobbies have also welcomed the prospect of such a revocation. So far as the IWT is concerned, India has announced its intent to scale up construction of dams, and move towards ending the unilateral concession, which it had granted to Pakistan. In doing so, India will not violate international law, for it will only be claiming its rightful share, as per the Treaty. Other options relating to a review of the Treaty itself, are also being considered.

In Pakistan ,  breeding of  terrorists is a profession, a permanent source of employment and income. But while the nation celebrated the valiant efforts of the Indian Army and the government some habitual Modi haters turned into India haters. The absence of sense of accountability amongst the political leadership is so alarming.  Our sick politicians raised finger over army questioning the reality of surgical strikes. It started with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who asked for a proof of surgical strike followed by Congress Sanjay Nirupam. Sick Politicians should “keep politics aside,” when the matter is of severe importance and national interest. They should remember that Indian army is not a political entity. India has fought wars of 1947, 1962, 1965, 1971 and 1999. Most of these wars were fought under congress rule. No one till date asked any proof of these military actions.

There are many mushroomed so called “intellectuals” who are sympathetic to the Indian version of the Left (which believes in: hate India, hate nationalists, hate Indian culture and of course, hate oppressive Indian army), portray as the prodigious “Aman Ki Aasha” apostle. It is India’s major diplomatic victory that today no nation is questioning the surgical operations carried out by our brave army. Mind it, don’t be soft enough to become a soft-target. I know Taj was not built in a day but it should have been rebuilt in a day.

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