On May 5, 2014, Lashkar-e-Taiba’s leader Hafiz Saeed chastised Pakistan’s GEO Group, accusing it of representing India and favoring India’s views against Pakistan. He then proceeded to write an op-ed in the very same group’s Urdu newspaper, Jang, two weeks later on the occasion of the anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests. In his op-ed, Saeed warned Pakistan’s political leadership of India’s enmity with Pakistan and urged them to exercise caution in dealing with the new Indian government.
India conducted its May 18, 1974 nuclear tests a mere 93 miles away from the Pakistani border. These nuclear tests were conducted within a few years of East Pakistan having been lost. After the 1971 victory, Indira Gandhi stated that the Two Nation Theory as a credible concept now lay somewhere at the bottom of the Bay of Bengal.
But why did India conduct nuclear tests even after it had successfully managed to dismember Pakistan? The truth is India accumulated nuclear weapons and missiles not because it harbors any good intentions towards its neighbors, but because it wishes to dismember them. Pakistan, by contrast, has only pursued nuclear weapons for self-defense. Nuclear technology is essential to Pakistan for two reasons.
One, India to this day has not accepted the reality of Pakistan. It opposes the integrity and raison d’être of the Pakistani state. India is an enemy of Pakistan and Islam on political, religious and societal lines. The concept of “Akhand Bharat” is but a manifestation of the religious, political and militant extremism of India’s leaders. India’s leaders harbor the same ill-will towards Pakistan today as they did in 1947 or 1971. Nuclear weapons are thus needed to protect Pakistan’s independence and sovereignty.
Two, Pakistan is a developing country and is confronted with many challenges, including an energy crisis. We are now also faced with critical water shortages as a result of India’s “water terrorism” against us. With the help of nuclear energy, Pakistan can hope to address critical shortages in energy supply in Pakistan.
Sixteen years ago, the ruling BJP party threatened to seize Azad Kashmir and annihilate Pakistan after they tested their nuclear weapons. The BJP is back in power in India. Narendra Modi is now the prime minister and most Indians appear to be enthusiastic at the ascendance of this extremist leader.
We appeal to Pakistan’s leaders that they should not forget that India’s attitude towards Pakistan has not changed in the 16 years since the nuclear tests . India’s attitude towards Pakistan is one of hatred and enmity. Our past leaders were prepared to sacrifice Pakistan’s independence and sovereignty in the quest for peace with India. They deviated from our long-standing official position on Kashmir. But what did Pakistan get in return from India? Enmity, sabotage, terrorism, water aggression and hatred.
The clearest evidence of India’s antipathy towards Pakistan is the most recently-concluded elections in India, which were contested exclusively on the basis of hatred towards Pakistan. These elections have revealed India’s farcical claims of secularism and friendship with Pakistan. BJP’s agenda involves the abrogation of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status, replacement of the Babri Masjid with a Ram temple and the repatriation of all Hindus living abroad to India.
We therefore ask Pakistan’s political leaders to reassess their priorities in dealing with India. Optimism is perhaps a good thing, but being delusional isn’t. In international relations, delusional thinking can lead to the downfall of countries. It is important, therefore, for our government to clearly identify our enemy and understand its aims and motivations. [جنگ]
The MJC appears to be working overtime on account of the new leadership in India. We also understand that Saeed has scheduled a Ghazwa-e-Hind (Conquest of India) conference on June 5 in Rawalakot, PoK, with the usual suspects Maulana Saifullah Khalid and Nassar Javed likely to be in attendance. (h/t @TarekFatah)