Front page editorial: Let us speak with one voice

Published: September 24, 2016

This editorial appeared on the front pages of The Express Tribune and Daily Express asking the nation to stand united and speak with one voice against the threat of violence from India.

This is the first time that the Express Media Group newspapers have carried a editorial on the front pages to signify the importance and gravity of the situation.

A trigger-happy India is whipping up war hysteria. Pakistan can ignore this at its own peril.

The situation is grave enough for this paper to write its first ever front page editorial. We do so to bring the alarming state of affairs into clear focus and cut through the haze generated by Indian jingoism, hyperbole and emotionally drenched rhetoric. A nuclear-armed India threatening violence on a nuclear-armed Pakistan; whichever way you look at it, this cannot end well for either party. And yet, the prospects of violence remain real. Indian belligerency, deliberate as it surely is, may in the end turn out to be nothing more than aggressive posturing aimed less at us and more at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s own electorate. We hope this may be the case.

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But hope is never a plan of action. Pakistan’s reaction to India’s dangerous brinkmanship has been restrained but firm. This is a good start. There is no need for Islamabad to indulge in a slanging match with India. The more that New Delhi threatens violence and spews venom at us through its proxies in the media and elsewhere, the more it resembles a state that is unable or unwilling to act maturely in face of pressure. For a nation of a billion people that pretends to carry weight on the global stage, this is shockingly infantile behaviour.

The consequences of violence between Pakistan and India are no secret. Indian strategists have over the years crafted fancy-titled doctrines aimed at convincing themselves they can punish Pakistan without feeling considerable pain themselves. The nuclear equation however has stunted all such doctrines. Pakistan’s deterrence capability is well-documented and firmly locked in place. Let us be very clear: if we did not have this nuclear shield over our heads, India would not have thought twice before embarking on a military adventure.

India may have lost soldiers in the Uri attack, and loss of life anywhere is to be mourned, but Kashmiris living under Indian occupation continue to suffer far worse than Indian troops ever have. New Delhi may froth at the mouth all it wants; it cannot wish away the fact that it is a brutal occupying power with the blood of Kashmiris on its hands.

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So while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took the correct line in his speech at the UN General Assembly, he must go a step further and face up to the prospects of an Indian military misadventure. He must categorically state that the Line of Control is a red line, which if crossed in any way, at any time will trigger an immediate and decisive retaliation. We do not want violence, but India must never forget that Pakistan is not Nepal or Bhutan.

This message must be delivered in one voice by the State and the citizens of Pakistan. There is a time to discuss the failings of our short-sighted policies and their negative consequences. This is not that time. Make no mistake: we are faced with clear and present danger from India. This threat must be met with resolute determination.

India needs to snap out of its self-propelled hysteria and act its size, if not its age.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Ahmed
    Sep 24, 2016 - 8:56AM

    Couldn’t said it any better.
    Proud nations don’t balk down in the face of a belligerent enemy, We used to hear from elders that Indian Hindus used to be very refined and understated against enemies but this generation of Indians is childish and immature and undeserving of economy prosperity. They forget that half of indian population slept hungry until a few years ago. They will never dare this kind of tone against China or any other country. It is our immature leaders military who has created this environment. Indians forget that Russian was once a bigger super power the India will ever be….It is time for Pakistan to close the indian chapter permanently and have nothing to do with that country and its childish politicians. Shut down indian channels movies etc…India will never be a friend let us move on…Recommend

  • Aamir
    Sep 24, 2016 - 9:50AM

    A request for clarification form editors

    So was the Line of Control a red line in 1998 when Pakistan embarked on Kargil misadventure?Recommend

  • Fazal-e-akbar Safi
    Sep 24, 2016 - 10:11AM

    Excellent depiction what majority of us thinking. Hope our verbal warnings will prevent them from doing a one sided adventure.Recommend

  • wajid hameed
    Sep 24, 2016 - 11:27AM

    I think Pakistan now shows his position in the entire world brave and strongly regarding Kashmir .Shame on you India for your cowardliness…Now you are alone in the world. Recommend

  • Yadav
    Sep 24, 2016 - 12:34PM

    @Ahmed: Move on. Its high time Pakistan moves on and let India progress and prosper in peace. Pakistan is waging a cowardice proxy war as it has no guts politically nor militarily to face India upfront.Recommend

  • Jamal
    Sep 24, 2016 - 3:15PM

    Thank you Tribune for the clear and too the point editorial. Agreed we all Pakistanis are against indian jingoism on war.Indian media and GoI should be clear we will not back form supporting Kashmiris in their due struggle for self determination and indian occupation.Bring it on we are ready.Recommend

  • Striver
    Sep 24, 2016 - 6:43PM

    Love you Tribune for this article. Now you’re representing PK sentiments. Recommend

  • cautious
    Sep 24, 2016 - 8:00PM

    How about an Editorial which ask for the State to quit sponsoring/supporting terrorist? Seems to me that’s the root cause of most of Pakistan’s issues.Recommend

  • sha
    Sep 24, 2016 - 10:17PM

    I didn’t see any this type of editorial when laden was killed near a military academy. World need a explanation how laden was sheltered in Pakistan.Recommend

  • tj
    Sep 24, 2016 - 10:23PM

    Seems like dictation directed from army head quartersRecommend

  • Pawan Karki
    Sep 26, 2016 - 7:11AM

    “India must never forget that Pakistan is not Nepal or Bhutan.”
    This statement has drawn my attention. Stating Bhutan would have been no matter of concern but stating NEPAL seems quite irrelevant. Now we wanna see how different is Pakistan from Nepal while dealing with India. I accept that we have no nuclear arms and we are not in a state to fight back with India being armed and we are the country of buddha and peace. Violence is not what we are taught. Despite these we still shout back and aware India about its misdeeds towards Nepal. Since not like Nepal and Bhutan we are eager to see Is Pakistan just shouting back too like times before or is going to settle the matter for one and all time peacefully causing no loss to the humanity?Recommend

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