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    Current INDO PAK Tensions the real agenda

    It has been widely reported in the international press that tension between Pakistan and India has surged following a December 13 attack on the Indian parliament. India, which blamed the attack on Pakistan-based Kashmiri separatist groups, subsequently recalled its high commissioner to Islamabad and ordered the expulsion of a Pakistani diplomat.

    India also announced that bus and train services between the two countries will end on January 1st 2002. Further action could include a possible ban on Pakistan airline flights, abrogation of a water treaty, downgrading of embassies, and cancellation of Pakistan's "most favoured nation" trading status.

    "There is concern amongst many nations on the result of war between India and Pakistan...concern is but natural," Vajpayee said.

    Meanwhile Pakistan urged India to pull its troops back to peacetime locations and said it will only move the "bare minimum" of its own forces to the border as tensions mount between the two nuclear rivals. Musharraf blamed the whole escalation in the tension on India insisting that that Islamabad did not want to aggravate the situation and would like to resolve differences through dialogue.

    The United States in turn froze the assets of the two groups, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e Tayyaba. Even though the U.S. administration admitted at the time that it did not have definitive proof that the two groups carried out the Parliament attack, but that they also had no reason to dispute India's contention.

    However in truth these events are related to the American plan for India to dominate the region. With the US having paved the way for the Indian-friendly Northern Alliance to dominate the new political arrangement in Kabul and, simultaneously, promising the Indians unprecedented military co-operation, Pakistan is now faced with potential hostility on two fronts.

    America is once again playing its old game of empty promises to Pakistan, while acting strictly in its own selfish self-interest. Recently, American officials Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld in interviews with PTV stated that America would not desert Pakistan after the end of the current crisis. While American officials were giving these public assurances on Pakistani television, they were categorically refusing to provide Pakistan with F16’s and warning China about future missile co-operation with Pakistan. To compound Pakistani humiliation even further, Admiral Blair, Commander-in-Chief of America’s Pacific Command, was visiting India in order to promise New Delhi “unprecedented military co-operation”. The form of military co-operation became clearer when Under Secretary of Defence Douglas Feith arrived in New Delhi. Amongst the issues on the agenda were joint exercises between the two defence forces, enhanced training for each other’s officers in the two countries, military purchases from the US, space co-operation, equipment for border security across the LOC and issues relating to sophisticated dual use technology. In addition America has also given a green light to Israel’s revived offer to India of the sophisticated Phalcon early warning radar system.

    The American arming of India coupled with India’s own massive budget increases in the last two years and Pakistan’s IMF driven defence cuts will significantly tilt the strategic balance towards India in South Asia.

    The present Pakistan Government having submitted fully to American pressure, is consequently powerless to oppose the American plan for India to dominate the region. Only the Khilafah, once it is established in Pakistan, will be able to counter Indian domination of South Asia.


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    [This message has been edited by Abdali (edited January 01, 2002).]

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