Another ‘Khyber to Panipat’ warning by Pakistan’s UN envoy

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* Abdullah Hussain Haroon says it’s imperative to avoid ‘blame game’ after Mumbai attacks
* Calls for efforts to help Pakistan defend itself, ‘stamp out threat to entire world’
* Says attacks aimed at defeating liberal, secular forces of India

By Khalid Hasan

WASHINGTON: Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Pakistan’s permanent UN representative, in a letter to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has described as ‘regrettable’ the attempt being made internationally to “involve Pakistan through its government and people to bear the brunt of the outrage against the Mumbai incident”.

Calling the ‘American intervention in Iraq’ among ‘the costliest mistakes made by mankind’, he writes that the international community is better served by the ‘reality of peace’.


He stresses that it is ‘imperative and the need of the hour’ to avoid the ‘blame game’. This the ambassador follows with what has become his hallmark, since he states this in every other speech he makes.

He writes, “In my various discourses at the United Nations I have tried to explain that in history, whenever the Khyber is breached, India becomes vulnerable and the flash point is always within Indian boundaries typically at Panipat. For a long time we have tried to tell the world that the frontline has shifted from Afghanistan into Pakistan and the consequences for India, Middle East and China are obvious. It is the intent of the anti-peace and nihilistic people who wish to create a Trotsky-like formula, with the eventual goal of acquiring a stronghold in Pakistan. The world prefers to perceive this as an insurgency and does not recognise the potential of this movement in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province to spill over into adjoining countries, thereby widening the conflict.”


Haroon calls for efforts aimed at helping the government of Pakistan not only to defend itself, “but to stamp out the threat to Pakistan and to the entire world once and for all”, which requires financial aid, political understanding and ‘unstinting military support’.

He adds, “Whosoever have planned the Mumbai episode are part of a deliberate international move emanating out of Al Qaeda” to ratchet up tension, extend the field of conflict and to undermine normalisation between Pakistan and India.


Also to “force this as an issue in an election year in India, which while confusing Muslims who are 15 percent of the electorate, may result in an angry Hindu victory and a possible defeat of liberal and secular forces of India”, Haroon says.

The attacks could also be an effort to divert Pakistan’s soldiers and forces out of the NWFP to the eastern front to counter any threat by India “thereby releasing the immense pressure of military operations of the Pakistanis that have confounded the forces of terrorism”, he writes.

Haroon says another purpose of the attacks is to “impel the collapse of nascent democracy and undermine the delicate relationship between the military and the current democratic dispensation in Pakistan”; and to “cause Hindu-Muslim bloodshed in India, thereby creating greater aggravation within the Muslim population resulting in an increase in Al Qaeda and other similar enrolment in India”.

The ambassador writes that another objective of the Mumbai attacks is to ensure that the “American government, which has been the arbiter between Pakistan and India, would be in its transition stage and would not be able to intervene during these crucial moments to let sanity prevail”.\12\02\story_2-12-2008_pg7_14


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