Manoj Joshi in Islamabad vs Pakistan (May 16), implies that the best strategy for India is to accelerate the break-up of Pakistan. Senior Indian strategists also appear to agree on this. We should encourage the R&AW to subvert Pakistan in a systematic manner if it is not already doing so in Baluchistan. Once Pakistan is divided, we can deal with the pieces in the course of time.
Tarnishing Modi’s image
The problem of fake encounters is not going to disappear overnight. There is a direct link between the failing criminal justice system and fake encounters. The recent events are part of an organised attempt to tarnish the image of Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.
Pakistan on the boil
Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has become a rallying point for Pakistanis who want to break free from military rule. Their generals have been toppling elected governments ever since Independence. India must advise Pakistan to hold fair and free elections now.
The violence leading to the armed confrontation between the supporters of President Musharraf and the ousted Chief Justice does not bode well for the fragile political stability in India’s neighbourhood. A weak Pakistan will be to the advantage of hardliners and will not be in India’s geo-political interests. The General seems to have been caught in the worst political crisis of his career. If one goes by the death toll in the clashes, this is likely to snowball into a major political crisis. The million dollar question now is which faction will the US support.
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