According to the latest news from Pakistan, the country has barred a prominent journalist in Dawn newspaper from leaving Pakistan after he reported on a suspected rift between civilian and military leaderships. Citing sources, Cyril Almeid reported that the government warned the Army to stop offering covert support for proxy fighters to avoid international isolation of Pakistan. Though government has denied the story several times, the act of imposing ban on Almeid itself clarifies many doubts.
Since Uri attack on September 18, in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistan-backed terrorists, Pakistan is under pressure from different corners of the world to take strong stand against terrorism. With the surgical strike carried out on terrorist camps days later, India has pushed the demand to a new high. Apart from regaining self-respect and self-esteem, the strong position India took after Uri attack could help the country to send a new message to the world. By bringing the attention of world leaders into the crisis, India was able convince the world the danger of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, especially since the IS too has ties with Pakistani terrorists.
In the latest development, the White House backed India’s right to defend itself as with any other country, citing the recent counter-attacks from Indian side against Pakistani terrorists. Following this, the United States Department of State asked Pakistan to stop giving access to terrorists and terrorists groups. John Kirby, spokesperson for the Department of State, said: “We continue to urge Pakistan to take steps to shut down access to areas inside their borders to terrorists, terrorist individuals and groups.”
As this is the latest in a series of demands made by world leaders, India’s effort to isolate Pakistan globally was earlier strengthened by many others. The conflict between neighbours had generated subdued responses from major powers and foreign media. Immediately after the surgical strike, White House spokesman Josh Earnest reportedly said that the US expects Pakistan “to combat and de-legitimize” UN-designated terrorists. He continued as saying that the US is firmly committed to our partnership with India and to our joint efforts to combat terrorism.
In line with the statement of the US, Russia, Germany and the European Union also offered its support to India stating every country has the right to defend itself. Alexander M Kadakin, Russian Ambassador to India, then said: ““The greatest human rights violations take place when terrorists attack military installations and attack peaceful civilians in India. We welcome the surgical strike. Every country has right to defend itself.”
Another neighbour of India, Bangladesh also had supported the country’s move against terrorists. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was quoted in media reports as saying that India has “all legal and internationally accepted rights” to respond to any attack.
European Parliament vice-president Ryszard Czarnecki too had supported India on the issue. German ambassador to India Martin Ney was quoted as saying : “There are two clear norms in international law governing this issue. The first norm is that every state is under a legal obligation to make sure that there is no terrorism emanating from the territory it controls. Secondly , there is a clear international norm that any state has the right to defend its territory from international terrorism.”
India’s long time military partner, France had also offered its support to the country earlier. Condemning the Uri attack, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said the country remains “at the side of our strategic partner, India, for fighting this scourge”. Meanwhile, countries like Britain and China had taken a neutral position in their comments after the surgical strike. While Britain asked both the countries to exercise restraint in the wake of the conflict, Beijing hoped that the neighbours can deal with differences and work jointly to maintain peace and security”. While these are the prominent ones came in direct support for India in its endeavour to defeat terrorism, many others have stood against Pakistan-born terrorism in several occasions including the United Nations General Assembly.
The latest report came in Dawn claiming the rift between the government and the Army reveals the crack that India, along with other countries, could make on Pakistan. India’s efforts to isolate Pakistan globally have now made results as the reports suggests. Hopefully, the initiatives taken by India to breakdown the state-sponsored terrorism will soon find its obvious impacts.