After the assaults on PAF in Kamra & PAF Camp Badaber,Peshawar: The question on everybody’s mind is what is the real significance behind such assaults on our Air and military bases? What are the real agendas behind such targeted assaults? USA’s excessive fears of China and its over the board attempts to court India to contain China have turned US foreign policy into a dangerous chess-game in the region. We are in the center of a regional conflict between India and Pakistan which has been provoked by short-sighted US policies off late.US being the only real global authority as off now, above everything else needs stability for itself. These attacks by various proxies increase risks for all sides involved. India schemes to counter China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Narendra Modi’s continuous policy of keeping Pakistan’s eastern borders on boil fits into the larger game of keeping Pakistan squeezed from all sides. Such kind of tactics are used tog distract and gain time.
On top of this US and its policy makers have fed anti-Pakistan hysteria in their media as well. Not to forget, one cannot cancel out the role of Iran in all these political and military developments, keeping in view recent shift in American policy toward Iran and it’s hold on Shia groups in Afghanistan. These assaults serve to destroy the growing feeling of public confidence and will remind Pakistani citizens, law enforcement agencies, government and businessmen of the continuing insecurity and danger. This new wave of terrorist assaults against Air Force and military bases are reflecting many things in general i.e; regenerated confidence, financial and logistical support and signalling from somewhere. This will also be used by the media assets of our both our neighbors to start a new propaganda to create fear & panic.
Let me reiterate few facts behind this upsurge in terrorist assaults recently.
Little did India know these proxy wars sponsored by them has helped Pakistan army in gaining the real war exercise experience, much collaborated attacks by army and Air force and rapid counter terrorism squads in military which were non existent or not functioning properly before operation Zarb-e-Azb.
Pakistani army has greater hold on tribal areas now, it’s backing towards Ashraf Ghani’s government in Kabul, it’s rolling back of criminal gangs and street violence in Karachi, it’s successes in containing insurgency in Balochistan and influencing some of these insurgent leaders to think of a better settlement. To much of our relief there were significant gains in Balochistan in the last few months. Pakistan army is also building pressure on sectarian outfits in Punjab are some of the many factors that are contributing to a renewed national confidence and a positive mood across Pakistan. This positive new drive if allowed to continue will slowly but surely help Pakistan to change its impression across the world. This will in turn grow our domestic and international investment climate. As operation Zarb-e-Azb draws to it’s logical conclusion, even Nawaz Shareef government is showing it’s flexibility to work with military on foreign policy issues is also troubling for Modi.
India on the other hand is using the media in Afghanistan to poison the minds of common Afghan people against Pakistan through their agencies. The recent example of the burning of Pakistani flag reflects the outcome of this vicious media propaganda. Narendra Modi is trying to prevent Pakistan from emerging out of its post 9/11 dilemma. Modi’s government is conspiring to keep Pakistan under pressure in the hope of a larger regional settlement in favor of India. Modi is trying to shift the attention off his government’s internal failures by taking extreme posturing against Pakistan.
As tragic as the PAF camp Badaber assault is, some very positive aspects came out of it which show that Pakistan is changing for the better. Firstly, it was certainly a lapse of security but PAF camp Badaber is a few kilometres away from Tribal Areas and is a high security risk area. However, Quick Response Force (QRF) responded and reached the area within 10 minutes of the first bullet fired by the terrorists. Secondly, 13 fully equipped and trained terrorists came in a heavily populated area to inflict maximum deaths, in hundreds maybe but the joint operation of Military (QRF) and KPK security forces limited the causalities to 29.
Tehreek-e-Taliban’s assault on this non-flying base suggests that they wanted to get in and out as they thought this base will not be able to hold to such a massive onslaught. Such assaults on Air and military bases have a very strong negative and devious impact on the CPEC and those who are involved with this multi-billion dollar project. These onslaughts on Air and military bases also serves as a forceful message to the world that security situation in Pakistan is getting out of control and even the highly secured areas are not fully secured. Assaults like these represent the challenges that lie ahead on the road to recovery for us.
A more balanced approach from the US, better understanding between US, China and Pakistan is required to improve the regional situation. I, on the other hand think that the best support can come from the politically literate and aware Pakistanis particularly the youth. In these times with end of days, battles on our footsteps we need to prepare ourselves as a nation to undergo these renewed challenges – on the Road to Recovery!!!
** Talha Choudhry is a freelance blogger and a full-time content developer. Interested in but not limited to Geo-politics, Current affairs, Political affairs, National Security, Creative arts & Philosophy in short everything that has anything to do with life. An analyst & a humanitarian who believes in rising above personal prejudices to serve humanity, against oppression & ignorance. By spreading awareness about current geo-political scenarios & the current top developing stories happening inside Pakistan & in the region.