Pakistan paying the piper of own actions, policies

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 04:02 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 75 times

Criticism of Pakistan for its support to terrorists is on the rise, and the country viewed as a source of terrorism in the region is under enormous pressure from various sides. Pakistan was blasted at the sixth Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process held in India for backing terror groups. Islamabad was particularly urged by Afghanistan and India, which have suffered the most in the region from Pakistan-based terror outfits, to halt its support to the terrorists.

 

Pakistan claims its envoy at the Conference has been affronted in addition to a rash of criticism hurled at Islamabad. Soon after returning home, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz told a press conference that he had been insulted by staying at the airport for 40 minutes without any Indian officials to receive him, a move termed by Aziz against diplomatic norms and etiquette.  He added he was also not allowed to talk at the summit, and neither was anyone permitted to meet him at the hotel in which he was staying. 

This is not the first time Islamabad faced with such criticism for supporting terror groups; the country comes under censure and blame nearly at every regional forum, yet it has not honestly and indiscriminately countered the terrorists. While Pakistan calls itself a victim of terrorism, it has continued to pursue its policy of employing militant groups as proxy forces against other countries. 

 

Currently, the militants fighting in Afghanistan have training camps on the other side of the Durand Line, and their leaders live in major Pakistani cities. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was the most wanted man for the world in the war on terror, and the two supreme leaders of the Taliban have either been killed or passed away in Pakistan. Moreover, the leaders and members of terrorist groups involved in terror attacks in India also live in Pakistan with complete freedom and under the guardianship and support of its spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). 

Pakistan’s reputation has been seriously eroded at the global level by its pro-terrorist policies and actions. If Islamabad really wishes to be respected, it should relinquish its policy of using terror groups as proxy forces against other countries, and engage in regional cooperation based on mutual respect.