Whose war is it anyway?

Quetta shuraSartaj Aziz has stated clearly that ‘Pakistan cannot fight Afghanistan’s war‘ on our own soil. This is an interesting change of policy as for long we have been told that it was ‘America’s war’. The one consistent piece of our policy is that we refuse to accept that it is ‘our war’.

We refuse to accept this war even though Taliban commanders are regularly caught on our soil and even carry official documents issued by our government. Isn’t this the same complaint we make that the Afghan government is doing for India? ISPR said that gate at Torkham border was needed due to Afghanistan permitting terrorists entering Pakistan to carry out attacks. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has accused Afghanistan of supporting TTP, and COAS has even demanded that America bomb TTP camps in Afghanistan.

But what is good for the goose is also good for the gander, isn’t it? Couldn’t Afghanistan say that fighting TTP is ‘not our war’ also? Or America could say the same? We cannot ignore foreign militants inside our borders and expect others to take actions against anti-Pakistan militants inside their borders. Instead of pointing fingers and playing victim, we should face the reality that there are no ‘good terrorists’ and ‘bad terrorists’.  The war is against all terrorists, and it is our war too.

What really killed Major Jawad Changezi

Major Jawad ChangeziMajor Jawad Changezi’s martyrdom earlier this week is well known. Though this has been reported many times in the media, there remains a lack of honest discussion about what killed him. According to the official statement of ISPR “Major Ali Jawad who was injured in firing by the Afghan army embraced martyrdom in hospital on Tuesday”. Why was Afghan soldiers firing on our soldiers? According to ISPR “firing by Afghan forces was aimed at disrupting the construction of a gate well inside Pakistani territory at the border so that terrorists and illegal Afghans could enter Pakistan without any checking”.

So the official story is that Major Ali Jawad was killed by Afghan army who was trying to protect terrorist routes into Pakistan. Even if we accept that this is correct, isn’t the story still incomplete? Why would Afghan army want to help terrorists sneak into Pakistan? This is where the story begins to break down. Simple facts turn into complicated conspiracy theories, evidences turns into rumours, and honest speaking turns into raised eyebrows and silent stares.

The problem is that one cannot give the real answer without speaking about unspeakable things. Things like how Taliban come and go from Pakistan so freely carrying official Pakistan documents. One would have to discuss how we continue to talk about these same Taliban are continuing to do suicide attacks while their leaders are planning from our soil. We would have to talk about how Taliban killed 11,000 innocent Afghan civilians last year. We would have to talk about our own Army refuses to take any action against Taliban even while they are on our own soil.

In other words, honestly answering the question ‘What really killed Major Ali Jawad?’ one would have to talk about his own Army’s national security plans. This is a conversation no one wants to have.