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Fall of Dhaka - an Indian Confession

04 May, 2007

By Abdullah Muntazir


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A member of the Indian Parliament, Rahul Gandhi, who also happens to be the son of ruling Congress Party of India President, Sonia Gandhi, boasted during an election rally in the Indian city of Bareli, that the dismemberment of Pakistan had been a triumphant accomplishment of the Gandhi family. Tasneem Aslam, the spokesperson for Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responded by saying, that Rahul Gandhi's claim proves, without any doubt, that India has always been meddling in Pakistan's internal affairs. She also said that the Pakistan of today is not the same, as the one in '71, and Indian leaders must remember that Pakistan's defenses are infinitely stronger now.

Thanks to Rahul Gandhi for reminding the newer generations of Pakistani youth about who their real, historical, and permanent enemy is, otherwise intentional efforts through confidence building measures to bury their burning, smoldering past would never have let them know who had been hacking away at their country's foundations. Our very own Minister of Education, who thinks there are forty Paras (sections) of the Qur'an, instead of thirty, is also attempting to cover up, or entirely remove from the curriculum, any references to the Hindu Brahman's sinister role in the dismemberment of Pakistan and his continuous scheming and subversive activities against this country.

When looked at through a different perspective, with Rahul Gandhi's admission in view, one can clearly discern the reality of such slogans as; 'we are one', 'we are all children of the same mother', and 'walls of hatred must be brought down', etc., etc., by various Hindu leaders who come to Pakistan wearing fake cloaks of peace. Rahul Gandhi made his declaration with the utmost pride, which clearly shows that regardless of all the songs of peace that Indian leaders parrot, their vote-bank is basically dependent upon their level of enmity with Pakistan. They have, in fact, inherited this enmity from their previous generations. We are amazed as to why our government expects any good from a people who hold such narrow minded and antagonistic views towards Pakistan. If Islamabad thinks it can resolve the Kashmir issue with India through negotiations, or at least keep India from displaying an attitude of open hostility towards Pakistan, then it should re-read Emma Nicholson's report about the Kashmir issue, which is soon to be presented for approval to the European Union parliament. The report is completely biased in favor of India, and highly critical of Pakistan.

Pakistani authorities had signed the joint 'Islamabad Declaration' with India in 2004 in the hope that the international community might put pressure on India to resolve the Kashmir issue. Yet India, throughout this period, worked behind the scenes to portray Pakistan as the biggest supporter of terrorism, with the subsequent result that Pakistan which was supposed to be the staunchest advocate for resolving the Kashmir issue, is now itself under fire. Pakistan, in fact, even stopped mentioning Kashmir at international forums to please India, in the hope that this might facilitate negotiations with it, but India, on the other hand, while keeping up a façade of continuing negotiations with Pakistan, does not let any opportunity go by to blame Pakistan for cross-border infiltration. So much so, that the very next day after Rahul Gandhi's incriminatory admission, India's Defense Minister, A. K. Anthony again blamed Pakistan for supporting Kashmiri freedom fighters. If the Pakistani government, under these circumstances, is blamed for a failed Kashmir policy and a failed foreign policy in general, it instantly become enraged and begins blaming its critics of extremism. In fact, it has now become standard practice that the US, the EU, India, and Afghanistan, blame Pakistan for supporting terrorism and extremism, and the Pakistani government, instead of countering these allegations, conveniently transfers the blame onto the people, admitting, in fact, that the allegations are true.

The spokesperson for Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has claimed that this is not the Pakistan of '71, and that it now has a very strong defense. The first part of her statement is entirely correct that it is not the same Pakistan as that of 1971, as at that time, East Pakistan was still a part of Pakistan, Pakistan had a larger land mass at that time, and a larger population too. But, we disagree with the second part of her statement, on the basis of valid arguments, that Pakistan's defense is stronger than in those times. National unity is the prime element for a state's defense, and military hardware, although vital, plays a secondary role in this regard. External threats to a state cannot be countered with military equipment alone. Pakistan, nowadays, is going through its worst phase of internal unrest, chaos, sectarianism, as well as, language, tribal, and land ownership based feuds. There is active turmoil in two of the four provinces. Our own forces are in a state of war within Pakistan's borders. Political opportunists, who thrive during internal strife, have begun criticizing the country's armed forces openly, and even the freedom of the press and media is being exploited to malign them. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that the current propaganda campaign is quite similar to the one used by India to incite Bengalis against the Pakistani Army back in 1971. How can a country's defense be strong if there is a state of mutual distrust between a country's armed forces and its populace?

Pakistan's dismemberment took place in '71 because the common ideological bond that had been the basis of Pakistan's foundation and independence, and the common unifying factor of the whole nation, had been casually neglected and abandoned. It was that common ideological bond that was the single most important factor which had bound East and West Pakistan as a single entity otherwise Bangladesh would never have been a part of Pakistan. If all the various ethnic peoples with all their different languages and traditions are beads of a common string, which is Pakistan, it is because of that same common ideological factor that keeps them bonded together, otherwise, why would Balochistan want to stick with Punjab and Sindh, or why would the Pathans want to live alongside Sindhis and Balochis? Pakistan was founded on the basis of La'ila'ha'il'lal'lah (There is no deity except Allah), and the strength of our defense is directly linked to the strength of our commitment to this common declaration of faith. When our commitment to this common declaration became weak in '71, the demons of ethnicity and nationalism quickly raised their ugly heads, whereas, in a different example, the commitment of the Kashmiris remained strong throughout this period, and that is why India has been unable to subjugate them, or to break their psychological and ideological bond with Pakistan.

It is therefore imperative that our rulers should work to strengthen the ideological bonds of the nation instead of boasting about Pakistan's defense capabilities. They should not only strengthen the nations bond with our common declaration of faith, but their own commitment to it as well. They must stop state sponsorship and support of licentiousness and immorality, because Rahul Gandhi's mother once said that 'there is no need to fight Pakistan militarily anymore as we have already conquered them through our cultural invasion'. Therefore, instead of promoting Indian culture with state finances, the world, instead, should be made aware of this inhuman and barbaric culture and religion. The world should be told that even in these modern times, a Brahmin and a Shuder cannot eat at the same table.

Rahul Gandhi has boasted that his party had been instrumental in the dismemberment of Pakistan, but he should know that there are people, in fact, many, many people, who are waiting to avenge the Dacca debacle; and that too, with interest. Hindus should not forget that during the past one thousand years, they have been able to rule India for only the last sixty years; as apart from the hundred and fifty odd years of British rule, it was Muslims who have always ruled India. In fact, it was Muslims who had unified India into one large state, and it was Muslims who divided it in 1947. If one ponders upon the details of the event that Indians are currently boasting about, one finds that they have not really succeeded in that either. India had wanted Bangladesh to become a client state like Sikkim, or Bhutan, but the valiant Bengalis who had given innumerable sacrifices for the independence of Pakistan, refused to bow down in front of the Gandhi family, or any other Indian ruler for that matter, and now Bangladesh, just like Pakistan, is blamed by India for cross-border infiltration.

Bangladeshis too, should take note of Rahul Gandhi's claim, so that they can better appreciate and understand India's colonialist and imperialistic intentions. The three million Biharis Pakistanis stranded in Bangladesh should be given their due status as members of Bangladeshi society, and the wall of enmity which had been raised by India between Muslims should be brought down, and we should again become one as in the past, united on the basis of a common ideology. Pakistan and Bangladesh should form a confederation and chart an agreement for a common defense. Pakistan must act like the elder brother in this regard and extend all its cooperation for Bangladesh's defense. Pakistan needs an innovative and aggressive defense and foreign policy under a rapidly evolving global scenario.

Reader Comments:

Good advice.

Kashmir is definitely a problem for India and Pakistan. Hope, Pakistan is not loosing much more proportion of its GDP than India. India is definitely bleeding for the militancy. If Pakistan has thought of betterment of Kashmiris, they have provided good infrastructure and civic amenities to the people of Pakistan side of Kashmir. The way they have begged after the earthquake, this was pathetic.

Nikus, Hungary - 08 May, 2007

Indian never change

FYI, even after carnage of non-islamists in both part of Pakistan, India had allowed air and other route to connect between East and west Pakistan. Most of the Indo-Pak conflict is initiated by Pakistan ( Kargil is the latest example).Unlike Pakistan, India is a democratic country. Parliament decides whether to go for war. What happened to Pakistan during 1998 (Pak PM was unaware that their army is infiltrating in neighbouring country in the guise of jehadis) will never happen in India.

Nikus, Hungary - 08 May, 2007

Fall of Dhaka

There is no use to cry on spilt milk.Better, we learn from the past mistakes and do something good for coming generation.Instead of pondering over mistakes as explained by the writer, Tansem Alam such a big dignatory should not react to a remark passed by young upcoming leader (Rahul)who is on the first step of his political journey.Fall of Dhaka occurred because West pakistan treated them as poor cousins.Writer has very rightly analysed the reasons and even advised Tasneem Aslam that internal cohesiveness is paramount requirement alongwith military power.Alone Military can't do anything.

sureshtaneja, Pakistan - 09 May, 2007

India is not Rahul

I just want to say one thing that India is not Rahul only and Rahul’s comments should not be taken as official comments from India. Although he is a very important figure in the ruling congress party but at the same time he had been passing similar immature comments before as well. He is at the very begining of his political career and such thing does happen on the both side of the border. The point is we must come out of all this and concentrate on developing ourselves. The kind of past we had it is but obvious to see such remarks coming from the both side of the border but we have to ignore it in order to move ahead. My personal suggestion to Pakistan is “India is not a country of hardcore Hindu dedicated to destroy Pakistan but entirely else”.

Sangra, Iran, Islamic Republic Of - 09 May, 2007

fundamentalist

dear plz go through history u will find that even strong maratha's protected mughals in 17 th century,they had every power to topple the mughals as they were only namesake still they helped them to rule over delhi.dont bring religion into ur article.even before 1971 war there was a myth in pakistan that 1 pakistani is equal to 10 hindus.but see how indians hollowed this claim in war.as a hindu i will tell u it was a war won against pakistan by indians[hindu+muslims+other religions] not mere hindus dear.we are happy to be secular.

prashant, Hungary - 09 May, 2007

Indian empire,,?

yes, i do agree with max, before the british consolidation of power after 1857, india was a very divided country with lots of different provinces having their own identity and rulers, even the mighty moghuls,or mouryan or ashoka could not exert thier power, or religion down the throat of people in all parts of india or what it was the larger south or soth east asian region. compared to chinese quin dynasty or persian or roman empires indian rulers were tiny this actually helped in stopping big empire invading enemies as they had to fight lots of small kings to grab power and wasnt worth it, as even alexander the grteat found out when he tried to capture this subcontinent.
like the medieval europe these subdivisions helped in the development of different languages and cultures, so instead of author's plan of uniting under islam it would be better to form a loose union like the EU so that we could keep our regional as well as larger south asian culture and identity which is different to the rest of the world.( the food, music, bollywood,lollywood an example)
Mr Muntazir,this talk of muslim ulemma and uniting billion plus people doesnt work, it is too big a union to be under a single culture, the history shows as any religion grows big many unsatisfied people try to break away to show their seperate identity,(just see how many types of christianity is there and even in the middle east nobody talks of uniting nations under islam ) its the pipe dream of some misguided people like you, grow up, and think of progress of humanity which will not only help pakistan but the whole world.

yash, Aruba - 10 May, 2007

hey Mr.benz.?

i love to read the comments more than articles, but i see this fellow from Iran keeps commenting here and there and it makes absolutely no sense,
hey Mr.Benz u seem to suffer from verbal diarrhoea, stay away from those dodgy nuclear reactors and ahMADijenad kebabs, i cannot make out what the heck u talk about, pity on you if shah was ther may be your kind of english would not have had evolved...!

amit, Netherlands - 10 May, 2007

Pak will break up soon

Dhaka fell in '71. Waziristan fell in '06. Bajaur will fell in late '07. Khyber, Orakzai, Momand, Kuram will leave Rawalpindi's grasp soon. Will Quetta and Peshawar be far behind?

Siddharth, Ukraine - 12 May, 2007

fall of dhaka

this guy Abdullah doesn't have aa clue as to what he is talking about. The only reason people like Abdullah and Muslims hate hindus is because of our prosperity. They cant stand it. So they then brainwash todays muslim youth by using "Islam" as the reason to hate us. Perhaps people like Abdullah should realise that Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh used to be a prosperous hindu land until the muslim invaders arrived and destroyed everything. The pakistanis like Abdullah also must realise that they don't look like Arabs. They look like indians because their ancestors were indians and that too hindus. What happened was that the arab invaders came and forcefully converted people to Islam and then those that were converted passed the teachings of Islam to future generations. What abdullah and all pakistanis must realise is that their ancestors were hindus.

subhash, United Kingdom - 12 May, 2007

Truth Hurts

I think the writer did a great job in conveying a simple message of Islam, Unity. Yes, we the Pakistanis erred and did wrong to the Bengali brothers. It is time to accept our mistakes, and united ourselves under one banner. If EU can unite, why do you people out there fear unity of Muslims? We all have something in common and we feel better/stronger with those who we feel are closer to us. We Muslims love humanity, and want to live in peace with everyone. We denounce all sorts of terrorism today and clearly announce that none of Alqaeda or fanatics represent the peaceful religion of Islam. stay tuned... United States of Islam

umair malik, United Kingdom - 12 May, 2007

History cannot be altered on whims

You are right Mr. Dayal! Pakistan Army, Mr. J.A Bhutto, vested Pak industrialists of Pakistan were totally responsible for creation of Bangladesh. They could never allow a Bangla leader to become Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Pakistan public are paying the price even today. How could Pakistan can forget the ultimate humiliation from Indian forces comprising with Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Christians and Persis holding larger than life statues of great Pakistan warriors? Nearly five divisions, 100,000 of them were captured in 1971! I was a college student then, and those great mighty pak forces numbering 60,000 of them surrendered to a battalion of incoming Indian forces? We were surprised then. They could have defended the capital Dhaka for six months had there been will to do so? But, pak forces always thought East Pakistan a colony of them and shred it in the first opportunity that was available to them. Better, author should come out of his illusions and correct his path otherwise some more provinces of Pakistan would come out of its boundry like Bangladesh. Remember Pakistan was never made for the name of Islam (which is a great religion)but for Pak Army. Anybody want any further proof?

Pradip Kumar Shome, Hungary - 31 May, 2007

Dont even care to raed the full text.But wud like to tell u that only credibility Rahul Gandhi has got is that he is the son of Late Rajeev Gandhi.It may be true that India was having a deep role in pakistan's dimemberment,But as of now no one heeds towhat rahul gandhi says.There is a sort of consensus among indian youth that Pakistanis r like brother and we shud not waste our time n energy in fighting.We can be friends and we shud stive to achieve that level of faith n trust.Let we all forget the past to build a better future.
Regards
Rohit

Rohit, Pakistan - 20 June, 2007

Tit for tat

India and pakistan have both meddling in each others affairs. India interfered in bangladesh, Pakistan tried to get its revenge by helping khalistanis, but failed. its simple as that.

I personally have nothing against the people of pakistan. some of my best friends are pakistanis. here in USA nobody seems to care. however i have utter hate for ISI and the terror groups that it sponsors.

Paramveer Singh, United Kingdom - 08 December, 2008

Pak ..please understand

Pak, Please understand that Pakistan is at US mercy in terms of its defense. I cannot disclose my identity.
Yes, the Pakistan army is stronger than Indian army. But in case of a war, if US stops supplying spare parts, Pakistan will lose in 3-4 weeks. Pakistan has the best planes and the best pilots. But a blown out computer coded chip on the US planes and tanks will make everything useless. Please Please understand the gravity of how Pak is at US mercy.

Sameer, Ukraine - 28 December, 2008

indo pak

indo pak enimity started on 1947 and till 2009 pakistan is looser loosing bangla desh loosing economy etc.only gaining terrorism but still pakistan crying for kashmir like a little baby i cannot understand what pak will get from kashmir when he will loose pakistan.both countries are eqipped with sophesticated weapons spending most of the money at the cost of poor public.pakistan must think of their own big problems instead of kashmir problem.

sahil, Pakistan - 16 September, 2009

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