So we read a op-Ed in NY Times on Dec. 9 contributed by The Pakistani President Zardari (remember Mr. 10 % !). The title is: “The Terrorists Want to Destroy Pakistan, Too!”
Some of the observations are:
1. “The Mumbai attacks were directed not only at India but also at Pakistan’s new democratic government and the peace process with India that we have initiated. Supporters of authoritarianism in Pakistan and non-state actors with a vested interest in perpetuating conflict do not want change in Pakistan to take root. “
2. To foil the designs of the terrorists, the two great nations of Pakistan and India, born together from the same revolution and mandate in 1947, must continue to move forward with the peace process.
3. India is a mature nation and a stable democracy. Pakistanis appreciate India’s democratic contributions. But as rage fueled by the Mumbai attacks catches on, Indians must pause and take a breath. India and Pakistan — and the rest of the world — must work together to track down the terrorists who caused mayhem in Mumbai, attacked New York, London and Madrid in the past, and destroyed the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad in September. The terrorists who killed my wife are connected by ideology to these enemies of civilization.
4. For India, Pakistan and the United States, the best response to the Mumbai carnage is to coordinate in counteracting the scourge of terrorism. The world must act to strengthen Pakistan’s economy (Mr. 10 % asking for more money!) and democracy, help us build civil society and provide us with the law enforcement and counterterrorism capacities that will enable us to fight the terrorists effectively.
To your charges, Mr. Zardari, I think the best response is what Indian Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed in a veiled reference to Pakistan said in the UN: “Raising dust to confuse the trail so that the “merchants of terror can hide” is not acceptable. “
Mr. Zardari, do not you know that Pakistan has over the decades become an established hub of terrorism! It is a failed state, a rogue nation who must be dealt sternly! It is an international migraine! What ever is happening in Pakistan is regrettable and worrisome for India, and pakistan has become an incorrigible rogue for India! India has not been able to set its own house in order and Pakistan is exacerbating the issues for India. Can India take some effective measures to solve the issues, I doubt it!