Pakistan has once again done the same thing for which it has invariably showed its deep propensity. With the killing of five Indian soldiers at Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir, the trust building process between the India and Pakistan took a beating as well as efforts for bettering the ties between the two neighbouring countries got a big jolt. Earlier in January this year, the brutality of Pakistani rangers came to light with beheading two Indian soldiers along the LoC. Pakistan’s repeated audacious and provocative acts put a question mark on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s strategic policy with neighboring countries. In international diplomacy, weaker countries are suppressed but the way India is bowing down before Pakistan time again, is exceptional. On the one hand it is being claimed that India is an atomic power and a strong contender for permanent UNSC seat, on the other the government is proving itself as a weaker nation by adopting a wavering approach on the national security. Defence Minister AK Antony’s earlier statement in the Parliament was viewed as a clean chit to Pakistan. When the Parliament and the entire nation vehemently objected this statement, the government realised its blunder. Finally, Antony retracted and advised Pakistan not to test India’s patience. It seems that Antony’s first statement came in the light of proposed dialogue between Prime Ministers of both the countries in the sidelines of UN meeting slated in September.

India has been keeping soft corner for Pakistan for a long time for the sake of bettering ties with its neighbouring country but the effort went in vain. One of the main reasons is the elected government of Pakistan is under the grip of its Military power. The whole world knows that how the Pakistan government runs under the pressure of its Army. With the humiliation of three defeats at the hands of Indians, the Pakistan Army has been sponsoring terrorism to retaliate it. India is unable to counter this pseudo-war waged by Pakistan. Our policy makers know that terrorists dare to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir with the support of Pakistani Army and indulge in terror activities. But our Army fails to curb the infiltration bids as well as terror acts. The countrymen want to know, how long India will remain bow down before Pakistan in the name of making better relationship? How long our security personnel and civilians will be falling prey to the Pakistan’s brutal acts? It’s true that a country should have a better relationship with its neighbors, but at what cost? Shouldn’t India have broad strategy which not only curbs terrorism but also makes Pakistan feel that sponsoring terrorism will cost it dearly? Presently, India seems to have no clear policy in context of Pakistan and this is the reason that the Pakistani government and Army have succeeded in vitiating the minds of people of Jammu-Kashmir.

The Pakistani government has been spreading misinformation that India is creating disturbance in some areas including Balochistan through its intelligence agency RAW but the international community sees no merit in the claim made by Pakistan. On the contrary, they are aware that Pakistan’s ISI is sponsoring terrorism in India through Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad. Despite all, India failed to mount pressure on Pakistan. It’s disappointing that India, which used to say that no dialogue would be held until Pakistan stops sheltering terrorists, now agrees to keep even 26/11 Mumbai attack out of its agenda in the name of normalizing relationship. Are the easing visas and trade deal so important that terror issue is put on backburner? Some people may say it as India’s generosity but fact is that it goes against diplomatic theories. Undoubtedly, war isn’t an alternative and such thing should come to the mind. But it doesn’t mean that India should dilly-dallying in sending a stern message to Pakistan.

It seems that India has no clear diplomacy for Pakistan which makes Islamabad feel that it has to rein in its army for better relationship with former. Pakistan will also have to stop rallies and gatherings from where anti-India venom is poured out. Surprisingly, Hafiz Saeed openly threatens to India and Pakistan washes out its hands saying that it is doing nothing wrong. Pakistan needs to be reminded that despite having solid evidences against the masterminds of Mumbai attack, it took no action against them. Certainly, Pakistan is deceiving India by showing reluctance in producing guilty in court in the Mumbai attack case. It is quite surprising that the Manmohan Singh government continues to provide relaxations for better ties with Pakistan. The Indian government must make it clear that whether the current policy regarding Pakistan is its own or Congress party’s. As both the Congress and the government have different views towards Pakistan. Such contradictions clearly reflected in the silence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over this issue.

During his tenure as PM, Manmohan Singh has been advocating that his priority is to bolster India’s position in the international community but it does not seem that he has succeeded in realizing his promise. Not only Pakistan, China has also been daring India and now it appears that both the countries joined hands to weaken India. Whatever policy India has adopted regarding Pakistan, is unknown. But the path, the government has taken, seems to be making a weak image of India.

(An original copy of the article published in Hindi on August 11, 2013 translated by the English editorial. The author is the Group Editor of Dainik Jagran)