March 09, 2016
'The attack on the Pathankot base constituted an act of war. Yet Modi's only public comment up until now on that attack has been to blame it on "enemies of humanity".'
'Modi came to power talking tough about Pakistan. But in office, he has pursued a Pakistan policy that has lost both direction and purpose,' argues Brahma Chellaney.
Despite Pakistan's unending aggression against India ever since it was created as the world's first Islamic republic in the post-colonial era, successive Indian governments have failed to evolve a consistent, long-term, policy toward that country.
In stark contrast, Pakistan has maintained the same India policy since its establishment -- to spotlight Kashmir as the unfinished business of Partition and to undermine Indian security by whatever means, fair or foul.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power talking tough about Pakistan. But in office, he has pursued a Pakistan policy that has lost both direction and purpose. Worse still, Modi has failed to learn the lessons from the Pakistan blunders of his predecessors.
It has taken less than three months for Modi's Pakistan policy to unravel, thanks to the boomerang effect generated by his Lahore visit on Christmas Day.
By paying a surprise visit with little preparation to a State whose hostility toward India is inborn, Modi ingenuously thought he was making history.
Yet what the trip yielded is a continuing series of terrorist attacks of Pakistani origin on Indian targets -- from Pathankot and Mazar-i-Sharif to Pampore and Jalalabad.
In fact, after Modi's much-publicised bear hug of his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, in Lahore, it took barely a week for the terror masters controlling Pakistan to thank him for his visit by carrying out terror attacks through surrogate Jaish-e-Mohammad on India's Pathankot air base and on the Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan.
The Pathankot attack was the military equivalent of the 2008 Mumbai strikes on civilian targets by terrorists from Pakistan.
After New Delhi began pressing the Sharif government for action against Azhar Masood and other JeM terrorist leaders for carrying out the New Year's terror attacks at Pathankot and Mazar-i-Sharif, Pakistan used another terrorist proxy -- the Lashkar-e-Tayiba group -- to carry out an attack in Pampore, India. Afghan intelligence and former Afghan president Hamid Karzai have also linked the Jalalabad attack on the Indian consulate to Pakistan.