At long last Pakistan has decided to raise the issue of India’s meddling at the United Nations Security Council and upcoming UN General Assembly session. It should have been done much earlier, for there was always sufficient evidence at hand suggesting Indian intelligence agency RAW’s hand in fomenting insurgency in Balochistan and promoting terrorism to destabilise Pakistan. New Delhi’s use of RAW as cat’s paw is not that Islamabad should not have known. The RAW had delivered Sikkim to India as 22nd state in the 1970s and trained Mukti Bahaini to dismember Pakistan. Perhaps, the disincentive was Pakistan’s misplaced laidback trust in the so-called constructive engagement and mutually beneficial bilateralism, egged on by the thing called back-channel diplomacy. And what an irony while Islamabad was still weighing the pros and cons of raising issue of Indian meddling at the United Nations New Delhi was actively pursuing at the same forum its move to seek imposition of sanctions against Pakistan just because it had respected the court’s order on Lakhvi’s bail. But it is no more a ‘hush hush’ intelligence work by RAW; India has now declared openly that it used RAW in the past, is at it now also. For Narendra Modi government subversion in neighbouring countries by its intelligence agency is a weapon of choice – an admission first made by its defence minister Manohar Parrikar. And if there was any confusion as to who he was hinting at Prime Minister Modi removed it. What many Bangladeshis fondly call their hard-won ‘liberation’ was in fact India’s gift, Narendra Modi told them on their face in Dhaka. Soon after that Indian commandoes carried out a raid inside Myanmar, with a message to Pakistan ‘we can do the same with you’. There it was grossly mistaken for Pakistan is not Myanmar. Pakistan is a nuclear power and an Indian misadventure would get a “befitting response”, said country’s military top brass.
Somehow, even when Pakistan has been conveying its concern to India at the diplomatic level it invariably appeared to be on the back foot. Given India’s strong diplomatic presence at the world stage all these years Pakistan had been on the defensive on the question of terrorism. But no more of it; not only the Modi government has openly confessed promoting terrorism in Pakistan, the reality has begun to unfold at the international level. Let the world see the true face of India which of late has been angling to be seated at the Security Council as one of the permanent members. The upcoming UN General Assembly will be its 70th anniversary and is expected to take major decisions about emerging global challenges like sustainable development, climate change and issues of war and peace. Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Dr Maleeha Lodhi has been called for consultations about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s planned visit to the UN in September. Of course, the slated agenda of the General Assembly does have implications for Pakistan, but more critical it is that Pakistan’s concern about India’s meddling takes precedence in his speeches at the UN forums as well as in his encounters with the world leaders. India has always been trying to undo the result of the Partition, but more or less clandestinely. But no more; Prime Minister Modi has openly confessed, and took pride in India’s role in breaking up Pakistan – an act committed in grave violation of the UN Charter.