The ongoing deadly threat

This paper covers the real and imminent threat to Pakistan's survival. When the partition became imminent, Hindu leaders and Mountbatten advanced the date of transfer of power from June 1948 to August 1947 to impose a sudden/abrupt implementation of the partition leading to chaos: migration of 10 million and death of 5 million seekers of their own homeland. Pakistan was denied means to run the state. Mountbatten (MB) was refused the position of common Governor General by Quaid-e-Azam which embittered him further. Quaid-e-Azam had read his mind to scuttle the establishment of Pakistan and prove it unworkable and failure on ground hence his rejection of MB's offer. On July 19, 1947 Mountbatten, bitterly venomous, addressed Quaid-e-Azam: MB: "Do you realise what this will cost you?" Jinnah: "It may cost me several crores of rupees in assets." MB: "No, it may will cost you the whole of your assets and future of Pakistan." The evil eye followed Pakistan all the way. The invasion of Kashmir was planned by MB and executed by the British generals commanding Indian Forces. The great Armada was personally launched by MB. The next most serious choke was applied through the Indus Water Treaty (1960): Pakistan lost three Eastern Rivers. The World Bank solution violated the International Law which does not allow change of direction and the flow of the rivers anywhere in the world. River Ravi passing through Lahore was given to India. Subsequently Pakistan saw with open eyes India building dams and powerhouses on the three Western Rivers which were designed "for exclusive use of Pakistan." The Indian Minister for Power and Water, Chakravarty, said openly in a formal meeting of the IWT council held at Delhi: "When we abrogate IWT, Pakistan will be in a state of draught and Pakistanis will cry for drops of water" (June 14, 2002). The COAS of the Indian Army also said, "The rejection of Kalabagh Dam by elements in Pakistan enhances the insecurity of Pakistan. Salal Dam was completed without our knowledge" (2003). Pakistani authorities raised a mild objection on Baglihar Dam (2005) when it was nearing completion. The World Bank mediator finally advised lowering of the dam by 2-ft. India had its way towards the final thrust to kill Pakistan. The ground-breaking ceremony (February 9, 2008) of Kishanganga-Jhelum Hydel Project - vision 2030 - located at Muzffarabad, was held at Aiwan-e-Sadr Islamabad: India has challenged it. India is quite used to imposing its will on Pakistan. Eyes shut and minds closed, we continued to digest Indian violation and backtracking like that of Siachen, firming up the LoC (there will be no revision of boundaries) and iron-fencing along the boundaries, by taking advantage of the ceasefire. I see many officials, intellectuals and scholars displaying their vigour and vehemence at various platforms and seminars: recounting treachery of MB and India: it is like pressing hard on accelerator and nor being able to apply the gear. We have failed - the enemies can outwit us: this seems to be our status today: only the good and bold leadership can do the needful. Never in the history of mankind anyone ever allowed digging of own grave by the enemy. Pearls of Wisdom Visit to Moscow (1996): The director of South Asian Studies and about 25 highly placed scholars received the Kashmiri delegation headed by Mr Hamid Nasir Chatha, the chairman of Kashmir Committee. After formalities the director asked Chatha to spell out "the Real Problem, Pakistan was facing in dealing with India." Chatha counted Indian tactics of by-passing the UN Resolutions, genocide in Kashmir, fraudulent accession and the farcical elections etc. The Russian director repeated his question again and again regarding "the real problem" after every experience narrated by the chairman. Finally he said, "None of what you have counted proves 'The Real Problem' you are facing with India. Your 'Real Problem' is that you are weak and you cannot face India squarely. You have no chance of changing the situation." In Berlin: Mr Koffman, an intellectual who participated in three or four meetings with us, at different venues, asked me to stay back for an exchange of personal views. His words: "If Poland and Finland have a problem and Finns suffer many casualties, will it bother the people of Pakistan? What if there was an earthquake in France causing severe losses of lives and property, will it move many people of Pakistan? When thousands of Africans die of famine, do you sweat?" He said, "My advice to you is not to waste your efforts, money and time on seeking sympathy from other nations. Do it yourself. Don't waste your scanty money and resources. Think of facing the problem yourself. Nobody, in this world will fight for you." We were warned by Mr Lienthal of Tennessee Valley Authority in 1951: "With no waters for irrigation (West Pakistan) would be like a desert: 20,000,000 acres would dry up in a week, tens of millions will starve. No army with bombs and shellfire could devastate a land as thoroughly as Pakistan could be devastated by the simple expedient of India's permanently shutting off the sources of water that keep the fields and the people of Pakistan alive." We must have known that Kalabagh and Bhasha dams and other projects are the water-management schemes of local resources: they are not the replacement of the three Western Rivers being controlled by India. Why there was no challenge offered to the enemy? Even the governments were inclined to concede the rights to India to build Wullar-Barrage: the source of Mangla Dam which can be turned into 110 sq mile of sandy-patch. The groundwork of Wullar Barrage was destroyed by the mujahideen on April 7, 1990. Between 1947 and now who is or was responsible for the security of Pakistan and its water resources? I wish, I pray, we must know our enemy or enemies and must know how to stand against them. We are already in the minefield. The writer is a Retired Brigadier

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