My response to the article on Pulwama Massacre and to the subsequent developments too

I M Sharma

The article on Pulwama massacre 'Nation demands Answers' by Shamsul Alam was overall OK and pointed out how Modi and BJP are using and distorting the realities of Pulwama massacre to their own nasty electoral ends, but his equating the same with the 1999 Kandahar hijack situation and blaming Vajpayee Govt for releasing 3 terrorists (including the current JeM Chief) for more than 100 passengers is quite in bad taste. That way, the hawk Ajit Doval also described the developments as due to the 'diplomatic failure' of the Government. One should remember that when Hijackers released some 27 passengers in Dubai, they also stabbed one person [perhaps trying to flee] to death and were quite merciless. Moreover, they were protected by Taliban armed personnel in Kandahar airport and our Indian Government did not then have diplomatic relations or representatives in Afghanistan. What Vajpayee government did was quite correct - they could not have jeopardized the lives of more than 100 passengers for mere 3 terrorists released, especially since the government in Afghanistan itself was fanatic and near terrorist supporting the terrorists. There was no chance for any armed intervention either.

As for Pulwama attack investigative journalism is missing in the country. The only evidence to link JeM with it is the video of the suicide bomber posted and gone viral on media almost immediately after the attack. Then there are many doubts raised on the video itself. That it was filmed somewhere in Afghanistan, that the logo or flag shown there is not that of JeM and that the weapons shown there were / are not in use by Kashmiri militants ever, that one person by name of this same Dar was arrested by Army in the end of 2016 or 2017 after an encounter in which 2 of his colleagues were killed and kept in his custody [so suspecting some sort of stage-managing too], etc. If you accuse a citizen of any other country or its government - naturally and certainly that government will ask for actionable evidence. That's what Pakistan asked in case of the Bombay attacks too and GoI did supply some or much evidence to them in that regard. Here I may add that it was not Indian intelligence but Pakistani investigative journalists who traced Kasab's family and village in Pakistan, went there, interviewed his relatives, and confirmed that Kasab indeed was a Pakistani native citizen when their government was denying loudly and our Government had no proof  to rebut [the denial] either.

Now the goodwill peace gesture of Imran Khan, PM of Pakistan, to release Abhinandan [and having released by now] was/is also interpreted as a ploy and due to fear of Pakistan which is being isolated in international circles due to the great victories of Narendra Modi in diplomatical field etc. and more due to so-called Geneva Convention compulsions. UTTER NONSENSE.

I posted on Facebook this message to readers: "Even by Geneva Conventions Pakistan was not bound to release Abhinandan so soon. The Convention only stipulates that PoW be released without being charged for criminal cases etc. at the earliest AFTER THE CESSATION OF ACTIVE HOSTILITIES. I have also repeatedly pointed out that after the Bangladesh War India kept around one lakh Pakistani Prisoners of War for months together in detention even AFTER THE TOTAL CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES AND END OF WAR and then only released and sent them back. So certainly this was a GOODWILL PEACE GESTURE by Imran Khan and also an intelligent PR exercise too and it enhanced their prestige in international circles. Tragedy is that India is still not recognizing but persisting in its jingoism and chauvinism and talking as if it was all because Pakistan was afraid of India!"

Now Abhinandan is released by Pakistan but still not in the open free world. I just posted on Facebook:

Delay may be mainly due to over-enthusiasm and chauvinism of welcoming crowds at Wagha border who shouted not only "Hindustan Zindabad" slogans but also "Pakistan Murdabad" slogans, it seems. That would have definitely irked and pained the Pakistani side and caused the delay.

No relatives of Abhinandan seem to have come to welcome and after a cold handshake by some officers he seems to have been whisked away to perhaps medical tests and interrogation by intelligence agencies.

Will Wing Commander Abhinandan be released soon from the custody of military authorities and sent on leave to live with his family at the earliest? It is to be seen.


I.M. Sharma, Advocate and Editor, LAW ANIMATED WORLD.
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Mar 2, 2019

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