Why should Nawaz Sharif even bother to call the surgical strikes into PoK a fake when there are enough Indians doing his job for him? And high profile ones at that.
While every one of them is from a non-BJP political party (no great coincidence), the Narendra Modi government is no less at fault for making this operation look like India has taken over Lahore.
Put in perspective, similar strikes happens in Syria and Yemen multiple times a day. There is a great difference between the highly limited military initiative on 18 September and the political message of intent that it sent across the border. Our politicians have mixed up the two. Which is why Mohan Parrikar drinks deep of mythology and struts about making inane remarks like he was the inspiration behind the strike.
It is also why good old Arvind Kejriwal is a current trending hero in Pakistan and has the crust to question the armed forces and send out smoke signals of doubt that it ever happened.
Then we have Sanjay Nirupam of the Congress bleating about the secrecy with no concept whatsoever of why classified information is classified and P Chidambaram chiming in and Ajay Alok of the JD(U) putting in his two bits. In Islamabad, the trinity of command must be rolling on the carpet with mirth.
These Indians are hilarious.
And since these specific gentlemen are so popular in Pakistan at the moment for turning a military action into a political football and kicking it around, would the Pakistanis be so kind as to invite these four and any other of their ilk to come and see the ‘lack of evidence’ in the seven places that were marked as terrorist camps and whom we targeted. Let them see the lush green grass undisturbed, the complete lack of any proof that the military went in, talk to the villagers, visit the cop station at Mirpur and chat with the cop who spilled the beans. Our politicians love fact-finding missions so why not?
Tell you why… for one, they won’t have the guts to go across the border.
For another, these self-appointed PR agents for Pakistan won’t even know where Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel and Lipa sectors are and they will follow their Pakistani hosts like sheep to whatever spot they are shown and see nothing but cornfields waving in the breeze. How about some daffodils, too? Please go tell your Prime Minister, nothing happened, have some chai with our happy, happy villagers.
None of this questioning has anything to do with freedom of speech, our democratic rights or any of those parameters. No one should be allowed to make political capital out of national security. It hasn’t been two weeks since the strikes and these types want to be invited to the premiere of the uncut movie.
One day, Modi will show them the evidence on the promise that they will publicly eat crow, allow themselves to be tarred, feathered and ridden out of town on a donkey.
Till then ask this lot to stop doing Pakistan’s work for it.