Signs of a Brewing Storm

Posted on December 22, 2008
Filed Under >Jauhar Ismail, Foreign Relations, Politics
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Jauhar Ismail

The photo to the left shows stormy clouds gathering over Islamabad on December 16, 2008.

Today, which is just six days later from when this photo was taken, I believe there is another storm brewing in Islamabad on its political and foreign relations front. Not withstanding the conspiracy theories still circling around in Pakistan, there is growing consensus in the rest of the world that Pak-based elements were behind Mumbai attacks. Gordon Brown served a notice to Pakistan during his visit and it seems that the U.S. agrees. Moreover the steps Pakistan has taken so far haven’t been very convincing. India has called a meeting of its envoys throughout the world to discuss next steps. The last time such a meeting was called was before the 1971 war. This has led the U.S to send Adm. Mullen back to Pakistan for a second time in as many weeks. Meanwhile Pakistan high commission in India has confirmed that it has received a letter from Ajmal Kasab.

Here is an article from Dawn and the Washington Post Editorial on this very issue:

(i) The daily Dawn
(ii) The Washington Post

The last time Pakistan was so isolated diplomatically against India was during the aftermath of Kargil.

In another development Pakistan Airforce suspended commercial flights in major Pakistani cities today and did a low altitude fly-by as part of their increased vigil.

One can only hope that our leaders especially the security establishment can comprehend the gravity of the situation and take steps in the right direction.

Photo Credits: Title photo is courtesy of Abid Zia at Associated Press of Pakistan.

64 responses to “Signs of a Brewing Storm”

  1. Alethia says:

    Yes, I have been concerned about a possible attack by India on Pakistan. But I certainly feel it’s important to visualize the circumstances where India and Pakistan will live in peace and cooperation. That would be the best outcome even of the terrible tragedy at Mumbai.

  2. ARUN says:

    Why are both our countries letting this war talk take over. Lets all talk of peace please

  3. Yasir says:

    These so called war clouds are nothing but cheap political drama by the media and governments in both India and Pakistan. It is best ignored.

  4. Rafeeq says:

    The price of peace is eternal vigilance.

    The movement of Pakistani troops as international forces gang up on us just because we are a Muslim country, is exactly right.

  5. Alethia says:

    I am an American friend of Pakistan who has witnessed events over the past 37 years. I remember 1971 as if it were yesterday. The same kind of nexus between elements in India and the international media that helped to dismember Pakistan then is shaping up now to create havoc. However, Pakistan today has, thank God, some better things going for it today than in 1971. First, it has a democracy. Even if the new democracy is a bit wobbly in the feet, it’s a big asset, believe me. Second, the people, government and armed forces are united in their determination to defend the country. Third, the country’s military position is enormously enhanced vis a vis India as compared to 37 years ago. Pakistan today is indiginously producing fighter aircraft, tanks, submarines etc. And it suffers no arms embargo.

    I’m praying for Pakistan during this time and have faith that, God willing, the people of Pakistan will persevere through this very difficult period. I also am praying that India and Pakistan can come together as equals and fight the scourge of terrorism jointly.

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