Ink hasn’t yet dried yet on Hafiz Syed’s claim of India’s hand behind latest attack on Karachi airport – and on FATA based Tehrik-e-Taliban claiming the same.
“Indo-Pak dialogue was never thought of opening up such possibilities” tweeted an excited man from Nagpur. “This means Mr. Syed intends to cede FATA to India! Long live Akhand Bharat!” Tweet response from Hafiz Syed could not be obtained because his keyboard is reported to have broken and melted because of the warmth, heat and trembling of excitement.
On the other significant development, a senior diplomat of Pakistan has claimed access to the new Pakistan doctrine of India. He labeled it summarily as “pervert” on the condition of anonymity.
“I suspected it since the days their bus crossed borders at Attari and later our trucks crossed border at Kargil. It is not mere coincidental. Every time after that bus diplomacy, India is using sweet talk to create rift in Pakistan’s internal discourse. Every time there is a call of friendship from India and we respond, our hardliners do something nasty to the extent of being self-destructive.”
Our source went ahead linking the bus diplomacy with Kargil, Agra summit with the army coup, a long standing dialogue with General President Musharraf with Musharraf himself – all the way up to recent attempt of India of “inviting Nawaz Sharief, showing sweetness and boring him to death by making him listen to the same oath for dozens of times”, which according to our source, led to attacks on Karachi airport. “The shock of my life came when the doctrine document came in my hand. It reads ‘Love thy neighbors for love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill them all the same.’ What a pervert way to mix and twist quotes of prophets with those of novelists!”
Indian side replied in usual manner. “We want peaceful and friendly relations with all our neighbors.” Off the records Indian diplomats were more open: “There is no way you can win their hearts. We can understand that they would trust us in war. Here is a genuine attempt to reach out with love – and they are treating us as a teenager trying to express his love to his neighboring girl!” and then went ahead quoting Ghalib “ishq par zor naheen hai yeh woh aatish ghaalib, jo lagaaye na lage aur bujhaaye na bane” [Love is uncontrollable O Ghalib! It is a fire which can neither be ignited, nor can be doused.] Another Indian diplomat had a different view: “Such accusations are out of assumed self-importance and delusion of grandeur by Pakistan. Given the state of that nation, do you think any wise Indian wants to even visit Pakistan? Where is the question of poisoning, splitting, warring or annexing? And all this is also reflects a ’72 virgin paradise’ view of India. We have our own Badaun’s to worry about! Psychoanalysis of such utterances may lead to conclusions like wishful thinking.”
While there is more heat than light, Indo-Pak dialogues are on the track and everyone in the right sense of his/her mind on both sides of the border are hoping that the fire of love will finally ignite itself.