Let me begin with a candid confession: Hitting terrorists right where their terror training camps were operating openly in Pakistan with full impunity was something which I could not imagine even in my wildest of dreams but this present dispensation led by Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi has made this happen in reality! India has certainly outsmarted even Israel! It has to be borne in mind that Israel has never had to deal with a nuclear armed state or with conventional armed forces of the size of Pakistan’s. This has undoubtedly boosted India’s image and has shattered the charade that India only knows how to tolerate terror attacks but never knows how to retaliate against such attacks!
To be sure, India has hit targets now across the international border that is deep inside the very heart of Pakistan in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. PM Narendra Modi on March 1, 2019 rightly declared that the country will no longer be “helpless” in the face of terror, saying a “New India” will pay back terrorists with ‘interest’ and that their influence has been curtailed and will be curbed further. While reiterating his government’s firm resolve to hit hard against terrorism by retaliation, PM Modi slammed the previous Congress-led UPA government for not following such aggressive tactics and accused it of “blocking” surgical strikes post 26/11 Mumbai attacks in November 2008. The then Air Force Chief wanted to hit deep inside Pakistan but Centre did not then give the green signal!
Simply put, PM Narendra Modi rightly said that, “The country has been facing the menace of terrorism for years but there is a big difference now…India will no longer be helpless in the face of terror.” No one can deny that the whole world including Pakistan and terror groups operating in Pakistan are now themselves feeling terrorized by what India has done under the leadership of PM Modi and for this we all must feel proud of him! One can gauge this even if we hear Pakistani leaders themselves saying in Parliament that India had the guts to send 14 air fighter planes right inside Pakistan to hit and we could not prevent it! On the contrary, India had gunned down their F-16 airfighter which tried to enter India very swiftly! This alone explains why many Opposition members in Pakistan cried “Shame, Shame” the moment Imran Khan entered Parliament!” Who can deny this? Only the political opponents of PM Modi!
It is a national tragedy and a national shame that some major opposition parties after initially hailing the air strikes have now suddenly taken a U turn and are shamelessly questioning the capability of our air force to strike deep inside Pakistan and calling for concrete proof so that they can believe it! Nothing on earth can be more shameful! PM Modi is right in saying that, “The world is supporting India’s fight against terror but a few parties suspect our fight against terror. These are the same people whose statements are helping Pakistan and harming India.”
Telling Opposition parties to stop weakening India with their statement to strengthen their own politics, the PM rightly said, “Modi will come and go, India will remain. Don’t weaken India for your political mileage. Your politics can wait but not the nation’s security.” Air Marshal Hari Kumar who as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of Western Air Command oversaw the Balakot air strike on terrorist training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad rightly said that, “What was the task set to us we have achieved it. The rest of it is for the government to decide. Nobody wants war.” But he then rightly added a rider that, “Neither can we tolerate terrorists killing our citizens. We cannot tolerate cross border terrorism. The message has to be sent that we cannot lose citizens, in uniform or otherwise. Our IAF has the capability to hit anywhere.”
Will Opposition leaders question this also? When the whole world including dreaded terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad who claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror suicide bomb attack on CRPF is acknowledging air strikes by India in Pakistan, some of our politicians shamelessly led by the like of Mamata Banerjee are questioning whether the air strikes by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on a terror camp in Pakistan resulted in any casualties at all. Mamata said without any remorse while talking to the media at the State secretariat most brazenly and recklessly that, “From today one, we are hearing, particularly on national television channels that 300-350 persons died in the air strikes. We want to know how many people actually [have] died. Did anyone die at all? Where were the bombs dropped? Were the bombs dropped at the right place?”
If Opposition parties still continue questioning our forces, they will themselves be squarely responsible for contributing the most in ensuring Modi and BJP’s thumping majority in the upcoming elections! God cannot stop BJP from winning if Opposition leaders keep mocking at our soldiers by asking for proof so that they can believe what Government says or for what top defence officers say! Time will prove whether I am right or wrong!
Let me say this on record: I am not associated with BJP in any manner or with any of its sister organizations like RSS among others! In fact, till recently I was in fact the worst critic of BJP and my dislike started with BJP’s handling of Kargil war under stewardship of former PM late Atal Bihari Vajpayee and stupidly welcoming Pakistani invader Musharraf like a royal emperor only to get attack on Parliament, attack on Akshardham, releasing the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad Masood Azhar along with 3 others etc, foolishly choosing not to retaliate hard even after the Defence Services Chiefs wanted to hit Pakistan hard and this continued even after PM Modi took over for foolishly declaring Ramzan ka ceasefire thus directly helping Pakistan and terrorists to attack freely our soldiers wherever they want and whenever they want or going to Pakistan all of a sudden and getting Pathankot in return and then again foolishly inviting ISI agent only to be rebuffed by Pakistan when India’s turn came for sending NIA to Pakistan or allowing withdrawal of criminal cases from about 10,000 stone pelters as we saw in Mehbooba’s term as CM who came to power with BJP’s support.”
My blind hatred for BJP diminished after surgical strikes that Indian army soldiers carried out after Uri terror attack and it now stands almost destroyed after this unexpected air strikes right inside Pakistan where terror training camps were operating with impunity! Honestly speaking, I am deeply impressed by these air strikes and I truly applaud and appreciate PM Modi for taking such a courageous decision that has shaken Pakistan to the core! No political party and no PM in last three decades ever dared to do what BJP under stewardship of PM Modi has chosen to do now! The whole world is talking about it! India cannot be taken for granted now no matter how loudly the Opposition parties may scream!
But Opposition parties led by Mamata are leaving no stone unturned to undermine it! My father till recently always used to admire her leadership qualities to which I used to nod! But now I have told even my father point blank that how can any true Indian talk like this and speak in a way that directly helps our enemy nation that is Pakistan? My father conceded then that she should not have spoken like this as she is directly questioning rather insulting not just PM Modi but even our forces who fight so valiantly!
Even Lt Gen (Retd) DR Soni while speaking in a news channel too was at pains to note that leaders question directly our forces and their capability to strike deep inside Pakistan and said that what impact will it have on the morale of young soldiers and officers with about 5 years experience these politicians don’t think while speaking! How frustrated Pakistan is can be well gauged by the fact that it has brazenly started indiscriminate firing in border areas just like it did after the surgical strikes in 2016 and now the same old story is being repeated again! What bigger proof is needed than this? The Opposition once again after initially welcoming the attack have started following Mamata! Are they not responsible for scripting their own electoral debacle?
It is high time and Opposition must specify whether it stands with Pakistani version or with Indian version? You cannot have it both ways! No true Indian will ever back Pakistani version which even some of their own brave journalists are not ready to accept. Very rightly so!
Is the brother of Masood Azhar speaking lies and shedding crocodile tears while saying that they have suffered a lot and lost many? Countering denials of the Pakistani government and military, Maulana Ammar who is the younger brother of Masood Azhar who heads Jaish-e-Mohammad has in an audio confirmed that Indian fighters hit the JeM camp near Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunwa province of Pakistan. He said that, “This is a declaration of war by the enemy. The Indian aircraft did not attack any safe house of any agency. It did not bomb the headquarters of any agency. They bombed a centre where students were learning jihad for the assistance of Muslims of Kashmir. This is not a jihad of any agency, by coming out of its territory to attack us, India has ensured we start our jihad against it.”
Will Mamata and the likes of her question this also? Have they not really gone crazy in their blind hatred for PM Modi? You answer that! Every true Indian should endorse what Arun Jaitley has said that, “Opposition has given a chance to Pakistan to smile.” Should we be proud of this? People will reply them by voting! Not for me to reply by pen!
I don’t know who is misguiding Mamata Banerjee to venture to even say something senseless like this that, “We don’t war for the sake of politics. If war takes place in the interests of the country then our full support is with the country. We don’t want war for political interests and for winning an election. We want peace.”
What message is she trying to send by saying this? Does India want war? Has India engineered Pulwama attack for political interests? Has India retaliated for winning an election?
What type of peace is she talking about? That peace under which stone pelters alone are given full freedom to attack our brave soldiers fearlessly and act like true Pakistani soldiers? That peace under which our forces keep getting killed and we keep inviting foolishly ISI agents as was actually done after Pathankot terror attack? That peace under which Ramzan ka ceasefire is declared as we have seen time and again which actually is unfettered licence to terrorists and BAT (Border Action Team) of Pakistan to attack our soldiers when unarmed and unprepared, behead them and take their head to be kept as trophy or to be played as football with amongst themselves as has happened also actually? This is the type of peace which Mamata wants?
What is worse is that once Mamata says something so brazenly and foolishly, we see leaders from other parties too quickly jumping in the bandwagon and singing the same tune like her! They are themselves responsible for scripting their own defeat well in advance! Even God cannot save them from losing if they keep endorsing what Pakistan says and keep assailing our forces capability to strike deep inside Pakistan!
Even some Pakistani ministers have acknowledged right inside Parliament that this is the first time after 1971 that Pakistan has been attacked by India! Are they also speaking lies? Obviously India will not send 12 planes and drop 1000 tonnes bomb just to kill a crow or just to target few trees or just to fool the world! Will Opposition question this also! God help them! Even God will refuse to help them in the upcoming elections if they refuse to mend their ways!
As it turned out, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rightly said in a dig at opposition and sections of media who have raised questions about the effectiveness of IAF’s strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammad’s terror camp at Balakote deep inside Pakistan that “compulsive contrarians discovered a new Balakote” which lies just next to LoC inside Indian territory. Jaitley while speaking at the launch of book titled ‘Mann Ki Baat – A Social Revolution on Radio’, based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio broadcast rightly and wisely said that, “When our Air Force reached Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, before one could gather any information someone started saying it is very close to the LoC (Line of Control) and some people whom I call compulsive contrarians discovered a new Balakote without even checking that Balakote is not across the LoC but in our own Poonch.” Why will our own Air Force attack our own territory” Jaitley rightly asked, suggesting that the simple question escaped the “compulsive contrarians” because of their bias.
Let me tell Jaitley: Every true Indian stands with Centre in what they have done and proudly salute for doing what no government in power in Centre has ever done before! Even Israel has applauded it as “most courageous”! I am so proud of PM Modi for what he has done after Pulwama attack that it is for the first time in life that I who till some time back was his worst critic will venture to even say that, “God must ensure PM Modi’s victory as he deserves it richly for what he has done. By retaliating strongly we have proved to the world that we are not just sitting ducks and can strike very hard where it hurts the most and most swiftly when provoked!”
Lord Krishna had once famously said that, “Vinash kale viprit buddhi” which means that when time is destined to bring disaster then mind also stops working! This is what all those leaders of opposition led by Mamata Banerjee are demonstrating now most brazenly!
Mamata and the likes of her are not ready to believe even Maulana Ammar who is younger brother of jasih chief Masood Azhar who said that, “Today the enemy has answered all questions itself when the enemy crossed the mountains and entered our land and launched attacks on our Islamic centre.” Mamata will not buy any argument that is opposed to her nonsensical stand! She stands fully exposed!
Maulana Mehmood Madani of Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind has warned Pakistan that they will be sorted out if they don’t reform. He also said that just recently Hindustan has proved that we are not weak. Now will Mamata and likes of her question Madani also? How long will Mamata run away from the stark truth? It is advantage BJP and she is only further serving to accelerate the pace!
Will Mamata question space technology also and photos of the destroyed sites of Jaish hideout? What has happened to her? So surprising that even some of her learned MPs like Derek O’ Brien of TMC are questioning BJP leader Manoj Tiwari for wearing army dress and insulting army! What is wrong in it? Manoj Tiwari rightly asked that if someone wears Nehru’s dress, will it be his insult? The whole nation is proud of Army!
Rajanth Singh who is Union Home Minister and whom every true Indian saluted after he shouldered a coffin of a slain CRPF soldier during a wreath laying ceremony for the martyrs of Pulwama terror attack rightly and wisely said that, “You have seen the power of our Army and CRPF. Once the government decided to strike terrorist hideouts on Pakistani soil, there was no second thought. Our jawans successfully accomplished the plan and destroyed the camp where around 300 terrorists were staying and taking training.” He further rightly quipped that, “As Pakistan is a neighbouring country, we should have cordial relations with it. Indian PMs have always tried their best to have a good relationship, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee even went there with a peace message. But I wonder why Pakistan does not give up its nefarious designs against India.”
Talking about the response of the global community after the Pulwama attack, Rajnath also rightly said: “Today, the entire world has come on a single platform against terrorism. Even the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which represents about 57 Islamic countries, invited India to its conference. This shows that India’s influence over the world communities has increased.” Who can deny this?
Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj addressed the OIC as a guest of honour, which was a big diplomatic success for India. She rightly and sagaciously summed up by saying that, “The success of a country could be measured by its military and diplomatic wins. Our armed forces destroyed terror camps in Pakistan and we also successfully won the diplomatic battle.”
It is most heartening to note that Rajanth Singh has declared that the government had decided to fight a decisive war against terrorism and it has begun! He also said after laying the foundation stone of CRPF Group Centre in Chakia (Chandauli) in UP that, “Terrorism has emerged as a big challenge before the world community. Not only India, but most of the countries in the world are affected by terrorism. But, I assure you that it would not last very long as our government has decided to wage a decisive war against terrorism to eliminate it completely from the Indian soil.”
Talking of all-round pressure on Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism, Rajnath predicted that, “A situation will soon arise when Pakistan will be compelled to eliminate terrorism from its soil. Otherwise, a situation would be created for complete elimination of terrorism from Pakistani soil. No power in the world can stop it. India has shown the world that it could hit terrorism not only on its own soil but also on foreign soil.”
No doubt, this present dispensation at Centre has very swiftly and sternly proved this also which has forced dreaded terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad who initially roared like a tiger by claiming responsibility to mellow down and then cry like a cat and lick its wound in the open as we saw Maulana Ammar doing who is younger brother of Jaish chief Masood Azhar! Centre’s crackdown on terrorists, on sympathizers of terrorists like Hurriyat by withdrawing their security and sending some of them to jail, withdrawing MFN status from Pakistan, imposing 200% duty on import items, banning Jamaat-e-Islami, deciding not to give India’s share of water to Pakistan etc are some few steps which are really comemdnable even though there are many more that have been taken or are being contemplated currently to be taken in future! Pakistan must wake up before it is too late!
It is a no-brainer that Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi should stop fooling the world by saying that, “We will not allow Pakistani soil to be used by any group or any organisation for terrorist activities against any state including India”. Even an insane person will not believe Qureshi! This is because when Hafiz Saeed who is Chief of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba or Syed Salaluddin who is chief of Hizbul Mujahideen and ehad of United Jihad Council publicly threaten to kill Indian and butcher them mercilessly and to bleed India by thousand cuts, do they do so because they are shooting some film?” How long will Qureshi and Pakistan fool this world?
Former Pakistani Army Chief and President Gen Pervez Musharraf had himself said a long time back that, “Osama to hero hain ji hero. Hafiz Saeed bhi to hero hain. Woh to bilkul aasli hero hain. Wohi baat Syed Salaluddin ki hain. Bharat ke liye ye aatankwadi hain paar hamare liye to yeh freedom fighter hain ji aur bilkul aasli hero hain ji.” Will Qureshi deny this also? What all will he deny?
How long will Qureshi refuse to see the ground reality and the writing on the wall? Qureshi and his country Pakistan must remember the abiding validity of the time-tested old adage that, “You can fool some of the people some of the time, you can fool all the people some of the time, you can fool some of the people all the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
No matter how hard Opposition parties may try to discredit the present dispensation, the real dirty face of Pakistan stands exposed in front of the world! The present dispensation has now sent a very strong message that India will not tolerate sponsored terrorism and will not respect any longer the boundary lines to target terror training camps! I must confess that I who till recently considered myself the most trenchant critic of BJP and PM Narendra Modi too has been radically transformed and melted substantially by these air strikes and tough measures taken against Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism from its soil!
Keep it up! Bravo! Don’t rest till each and every terrorist is eliminated and keep launching such surgical strikes whenever any information is received from anywhere of terror camp operating in any part of Pakistan! The whole nation stands with you very firmly! Have just no doubt on this!
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
s/o Col BPS Sirohi,
A 82, Defence Enclave,
Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,
Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh