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JAMMU: Verdict by International Court of Justice in the case of Kulbhushan Jhadav alright, will Pakistan be moved by any indictment or strictures or good counseling? Expecting rogue nation to release and return the former Navy officer forthwith is a pipe dream. So is the pledge to vigorously continue the efforts to bring back him, as vowed by the External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. Sooner the Indian nation realizes the ugly truth of Pakistan better it would be to chalk out strategies for tackling with the dubious neighbour and her lackeys in Kashmir, in the form of separatists, terrorists and mainstreamists, and across the country, in the avatar of sickularists and pseudo activists. India must understand that there are no depths to which Pakistan can plummet in her anti-India pursuit. The theocratic nation (if at all it is a nation), in fact, owes its existence to hate what comes from India and what belongs to India. They become real brutes while dealing with India or Indians. This inhuman instinct manifested in immense measure when the doctors at Lahore Hospital, instead of saving a traumatized human life, turned butchers and deprived Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner languishing in Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore for being a spy from India, his body of the most vital organs in April 2013. He was as good or ‘bad’ a prisoner as Jadhav, whose fate is little known to the outside world after being awarded death sentence. Last moments of Sarabjit’s life bore the brunt of indignity which even animals don’t face. It was eternal blessings to the noble soul that went into comma and escaped the horror, example of which is rarely seen across the world. Doctors who conducted the autopsy on Sarabjit Singh’s body back home were aghast to see what the man had suffered in the jail and the hospital just for being an Indian. They dismantled Islamabad’s theory that he had suffered injuries during scuffle with co-prisoners. The doctors certified on the basis of injury marks that Sarabjit would have been attacked as per plan, by two or more people, with an avowed objective to kill him. He is believed to have died within 24 hours of the attack and what Pakistanis made out of the ‘helplessness’ is a shameful act of medical ethics. They did not only kill an Indian national but made a show of him-a couple of doctors, joking, smiling and maintaining a guard on the dead, who according to his religion, should have been consigned to flames in shortest possible time. They indulged in sacrilege, which the entire world and many secularists in India ignored. The insult to the dead was removing his vital organs for the sake of carrying out autopsy. Were they serious in sharing the reports with Indian government, and was the Indian administration serious enough in pursuing justice? Pakistani brutes are habitual offenders. The nation has not forgotten how Lt Saurabh Kalia and his men were treated by Pakistanis in captivity from 15 May 1999 – 7 June 1999 (over twenty-two days during Kargil war), and subjected to torture as evident from injuries to their bodies when they were handed over by the Pakistani Army on 9 June 1999. Post-mortem examinations revealed that the Pakistanis had tortured them by way of burning their bodies with cigarettes, piercing the ear-drums with hot rods, puncturing eyes before removing them, breaking most of their teeth and bones, fracturing their skulls and playing these like football, cutting their lips, chipping noses, chopping off limbs and private organs, and finally shooting them dead, as evidenced by bullet wounds to the temple. The post-mortem also confirmed the injuries were inflicted ante-mortem (before death). History of Pakistan is replete of gruesome instances of trampling human dignity. A nation that can turn its back on own nationals can’t understand the gravity of hurt it has been causing to all those believing in the dignity of humans, even if they are enemies. What they did with their own jawans who kept lying in the mountains of Kargil for days together. They would have allowed them to lie as feed for vultures, had Indians not gathered their bodies to accord them soldiers’ burial after their country refused to take them back. Same happened with Mumbai serial blasts terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who went to gallows as citizen of no-land. On the contrary, Indian even gave dignified burial to slain terrorists, who have been bruising its psyche. The nation could have utilized their vital organs for serving humanity but it did not do so, least to speak of showing disrespect. With this backdrop, one finds little difference between the rogue politicians of Pakistan and those in India believing in success of any sort of engagement with Islamabad for forging of bonds of friendship and mutual trust. Such elements within the political spectrum and outside it, unfortunately, outnumber the microscopic minority of those aware of the real and hidden facet of the nation called Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Many of such ‘optimistic’ and so-called Kashmir mainstream politicians keep currently roaming around the picturesque valleys leave no occasion for pleading ‘talks’ and ‘dialogue.’
Apart from Kashmir mainstreamists, some of the Indian leaders keep singing the songs of love with Pakistan. They are the people who can dissect hearts and lungs of their compatriots for offering in a platter to Islamabad to keep it in good humour because this holds a promise of votes by a specific vote bank. Sadly, the Indian ostrich continues to dig its head in sand while Pak vulture is hovering overhead.
In such a backdrop, expecting sanity from Islamabad, that too by the diplomat turned new External Affairs Minister, speaks volumes about India’s understanding of radicalization, the core of the Islamic nation in the backyards. India seems to be settling diplomatic score more than seeking release of Jadhav, which is clear by the statement made by Jaishankar in Rajya Sabha, saying “Yesterday’s judgement is not only a vindication for India and Jadhav, but for all those who believe in the rule of law and the sanctity of international treaties”.
Diplomatic overtures won’t bow Pakistan on knees. It needs the similar response Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonstrated in Balakot ahead of the 2019-general elections. Hope the election fever does not evaporate so soon. New Delhi must accomplish the assurance given to Parliament by Jaishankar while saying, “The Government will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure his (Jadhav’s) safety and wellbeing, as well as his early return to India”.
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