|The Author is Former Director General of Information Systems and A Special Forces Veteran, Indian Army|
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran 'Taliban' Khan is in pitiable state. His army chief General Q.J. Bajwa (QJB) has handed him the impossible task of organising international intervention or mediation on Kashmir. Imran has been groveling, sniveling, shouting and screaming in every possible forum but his inability to muster support is turning him into a nervous wreck. Possibility of a sack with failure to meet QJB's demand is gnawing at his innards. No other country would put its Prime Minister in such despicable position. Writing in the 'Dawn' on September 15, Cyril Almeida describes the prevailing irony of Pakistan: outsized expectations were always going to collide with reality, but that reality has turned out to be so dismal and the collision come at such speed is down to something else; Imran has politicised a whole generation, only to deliver it into servitude to Pakistan's old establishment; just because Imran is flailing around doesn't automatically have to mean that a better front-man can never be unearthed, and; perhaps Imran really has no interest in anything beyond becoming PM as a final chapter in a life well spent. But Cyril Almeida's article apart, Pakistan's political and economic failures are taking the country down. Army's genocide in Balochistan is aggravating Baloch alienation. Dissent in Sindh is growing with attacks on Hindu temples and assault on a Hindu priest on purported blasphemy charges. In FATA, the army has been firing on Pashtun demonstrators, increasing disenchantment of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), as is the public unrest in Gilgit-Baltistan. The Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) wants to take over Pakistan – same as IS and AQIS to convert it into an Islamic Emirate. The economy is in ICU and the FATF 'blacklisting' is hovering like the Sword of Damocles. Imran's 'Naya Pakistan' is drowned in rising radicalisation of the masses. Failing to get international support and ruing lack of support from Muslim Ummah, Imran is calling on Kashmiris to take up arms against India. He has already made two trips to Pakistan occupied J&K (PoJK), even demonstrators shout slogans "Niazi Go Back". His desperation showed at a rally in Muzaffarabad (capital of PoJK) where he warned that India's actions in Kashmir will make the Indian Muslims believe they do not belong in the country and drive them towards extremism. He said, "I will take a stand for Kashmir in a way that no one else has ever stood…. Kashmir is an issue of human rights...The brutality of the Indian forces...will flare extremism… What India is doing against Muslims will promote extremism in the Muslim countries also. And they will stand up". Imran also said he was going to address the United Nations General Assembly next week and he will not disappoint the people of Kashmir. Imran's maverick comments promote ironical humour. He talks of purported atrocities on Muslims by India but dare not talk of genocide in Balochistan, FATA and GB, or China's appalling treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang least QJB and Beijing pull his legs apart splitting his body vertically in two halves.
Indian Army never indulges in torture whereas there are numerous instances on record of Pakistani army doing so. Imran has been exhorting population of PoJK to rush the LoC en masse but his last call from Muzaffrabad ended up with, "Don't go to the LoC. Let me go to UNSC first and let the world know about Kashmir." QJB is busy with ceasefire violations (1050 in this year alone), targeting villages, schoolchildren, ambulances, civil vehicles. Emergency meetings are on with terrorist leaders. Attempts to infiltrate across the LoC and IB, by sea and through Nepal are continuing.
Pakistan-origin author Ayesha Siddiqa reveals that movies too are among Pakistan army's business concerns. Naturally fake clips of atrocities in J&K are easy to concoct which Maleeha Lodhi flaunts in New York, and ISI forwards to select western media with usual bribes to reproduce. But the pressure of India having revoked Article 370 has resulted in the Pakistani hierarchy going bonkers. QJB forced Imran to sign his three year extension but with the army's rant over the years of Kashmir being the core issue of Pakistan and its jugular, some mullahs are indirectly calling QJB a eunuch. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who was cat's whiskers in Musharraf's cabinet, blurted to media in Geneva that "Jammu & Kashmir is a State of India". Now Imran has admitted that in case of war with India, Pakistan will lose. But he adds that if one is cornered and about to lose then Pakistan would use nuclear weapons. Nuclear tail wagging has been the pet ploy of the Pakistani army since it tickles western think tanks. QJB can be expected to make Imran hype the nuke war bit at UNGA also. Salvation for Pakistan is accepting the reality of Kashmir being part of India, give up terrorism and join the region for collective development and prosperity. But the Pakistani army will not permit this least they lose all the power, money and stranglehold over Pakistan. Ironically, developments every second day are stomping on QJB's tail, who in turn is exerting more pressure on poor Imran. Slamming Pakistan over its decision to move the UN on Kashmir, British MP Bob Blackman has said that Pakistan should first vacate PoJK as Jammu and Kashmir was part of sovereign India. Now the White House has issued a statement that President Trump will attend the 'Howdy Modi' event in Houston, Texas, on September 22, for which some 50,000 Indo-Americans have already registered. Modi and Trump will be meeting again after the G7 Summit in France on August 26, and Trump will also be addressing the audience. Reham Khan, Imran's ex-wife has revealed Imran's propensity for drugs. He will perhaps need to increase the intake to withstand the mounting pressure, but one feels sorry for the Poster Boy of Pakistan.