By Sajjad Shaukat
In November 2010, President Obama will visit India to sign a number of agreements with New Delhi. Most likely India is going to ask for C-17 and F35 aircrafts along with latest defence-related equipments from the US. India may also sign CTBT during the forthcoming visit of Obama. In this regard, UN Sectary General has recently endorsed that top brass of New Delhi has given go head to their Prime Minister. Main aim of Obama is to boost Indian defence and economy.
It is notable that as to how current Pak-US interaction of friendship and strategic dialogue will become positive as America has also been boosting India rapidly at the cost of China and Pakistan. In this context, on June 3 this year, Indo-US strategic dialogue took place in Washington. And both the countries vowed to strengthen their cooperation in key areas like defence, counter-terrorism, education, nuclear energy and agriculture.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, while calling India a “rising global power”, disclosed, “US was committed to the modernisation of India’s military and that the US military holds the maximum number of joint exercises with the Indian Army.” Surprisingly, like Pakistan, the US high officials never imposed any condition on New Delhi that American military aid will not be used against its neighbour. Moreover, Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna indicated the secret diplomacy behind this dialogue. Without naming Pakistan, he said, “the threat of transnational terrorism requires both India and the US to cooperate more closely than ever before, though the epicentre of this threat lies in India’s neighbourhood.”
Nevertheless, some political and defence analysts take Indo-US strategic ties in wake of Pak-US strategic dialogue as an ambivalent policy of Washington. But reality behind these ties is quite different.
The fact of the matter is that America which signed a nuclear deal with India in 2008, intends to make India a great power of Asia to contain China and destablise Pakistan as well as Iran. While Pakistan’s province, Balochistan where China has invested billion of dollars to develop Gwadar seaport which could link Central Asian trade with rest of the world, irritates both Washington and New Delhi. It has even shifted the central gravity of the Great Game to Pakistan.
On the other hand, China has signed a number of agreements with Pakistan to help the latter in diverse sectors.
It is mentionable that Indian former Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor had vocally revealed on December 29, 2009 that Indian Army “is now revising its five-year-old doctrine” and is preparing for a “possible two-front war with China and Pakistan.” Even Indian present Army Chief General VK Singh has said on October 15, 2010 that China and Pakistan posed a major threat to India’s security, while calling for a need to upgrade country’s defence.
India which successfully tested missile, Agni-111 in May 2007, has been extending its range to target all the big cities of
China. So Sino-Indian cold war is part of the prospective greater cold war between the US and China.
As Pakistan will be the arena of the next cold war, hence American strategic partners like India and Israel are creating instability by supporting separatist and hostile elements in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and other cities of our country. In this regard, besides suicide attacks and assaults on Pakistan’s security personnel, other incidents like kidnappings and killings of Iranians and Chinese engineers in the last three years might be cited as example.
It is of particular attention that Pakistan is the only nuclear country in the Islamic world. Therefore, India and Israel with the tactical support of America are creating instability in the country. In this regard, Indo-Israeli lobbies are working in the US and other western countries in order to malign Islamabad. With the help of especially American media, these lobbies are propagating that the next terror-plan to attack the US homeland will be prepared in Pakistan.
Besides, the United States did not compensate Pakistan fully in terms of its promises and the losses which the latter bore during war on terror. Instead a blame game against Islamabad has started coupled with the maxim; “do more” against the militants. The result is trust deficit between Islamabad and Washington, which appears to be widened with the passage of time.
In fact, US has been playing a double game with Pakistan, sometimes cajoling the latter with economic and military aid, while appreciating its military operations, and sometimes blaming it for cross-border terrorism in respect of Afghanistan.
Surprisingly, India-US relationship which has strengthened rapidly after the disintegration of the former Soviet Union is, in fact, based upon mutual hypocrisy. Overtly, both the powers are taking steps to further stabilise their ties through strategic dialogue, but covertly, they are fulfilling their self-interests at the cost of each other. In these terms, while acting upon the ‘shrewd strategies’ of political thinkers like Machiavelli and Hobbes, Indo-US alliance is artificial and unnatural.
In this connection, India wants to entrap America permanently in Afghanistan so as to achieve its secret goals by harming the US interests. If US-led NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan, India which has established a number of secret training facilities in there from where well-trained militants along with arms are being sent to Pakistan—will not be in a position to maintain them in wake of the successful guerrilla warfare of the Taliban.
So crazy in fulfilling its anti-Pakistan and anti-China aims, New Delhi is silent particularly over American losses such as cost of war on terror, amounting seven trillion dollars, increase in defence budget and acute financial crisis inside the US homeland.
It is worth-mentioning that Hindu-Zionist lobbies have accelerated their propaganda campaign through western media that China is likely to emerge as superpower of future, which would especially damage American political and economic interests in Asia. Although China is a peace-loving country, yet it has become a scapegoat of India. In this regard, setting aside Indian irresponsible record of non-proliferation, Washington’s nuclear deal with New Delhi, American pressure on the International Atomic Agency (IAEA) to sign an accord of specific safeguards with India, permitting the latter to obtain nuclear equipments from the west, ignorance of the safety of Indian atomic weapons including cases of smuggling and theft, deviation of Obama from his earlier commitments to resolve the Kashmir problem, and negligence of Hindu terrorism, despite assaults on Christians and churches might be cited as example.
Moreover, as to what extent India has succeeded in its cunning approach in deceiving the US-led Europe could also be judged from some other developments. For instance, western states make much hue and cry that Pakistan has become a failed state due to perennial wave of suicide attacks by the Taliban insurgency, but they totally ignore the Maoist uprising which has rocked India with terrorist attacks. While setting aside its own injustices towards the Maoists, India blames China for backing the insurgency. The main aim behind is also to gain further sympathies of America just as it has been getting by distorting the image of Pakistan.
In fact, India wants to extract maximum benefits from America. In this context, New Delhi has been playing an opportunist role in wake of the modern world trends like renunciation of war, peaceful settlement of disputes and promotion of economic development through regional blocs.
Optimistically speaking, Obama should take cognizance of the fact that Indo-US defence pact is likely to initiate a dangerous arms race in the region as China and Pakistan will be compelled to give similar response to New Delhi. American president should know that Indian regional hegemonic designs are a potent threat to the global peace.
US president must take serious notice of Indian gross human rights violations in Kashmir, against Maoists, Christians, Muslims and Sikhs.
Washington must force India to resolve Kashmir dispute with Pakistan for the sake of regional peace. New Delhi should also be asked to resolve other issues with Islamabad like water, terrorism and border.
Sajjad Shaukat writes for Opinion Maker. He writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations.