Combating Terror: Taking the Fight to the Enemy?
pologies if the post title sounds somewhat Bushesque. We request a little bit of patience from the reader before we get to the point. Earlier, we wrote on Combating Terror: Taking Babysteps at Home. Apparently that is only a part of the solution. We assume that the various organs of the Indian Government are actively taking steps in that direction. At this point however, let us salute our security forces for their flawless security arrangement which enabled an almost incident-free Republic Day with no loss of life amidst the heightened terror threat.
Moving over to India's neighborhood, we already noted the alarming situation in Balochistan. General Pervus Meretricius™®© who in the pretext of fighting the Global Offense Against Terror (G.O.A.T.) has been using Uncle's toys to crush the Baloch rebellion (See exclusive pictures and video of Pakistani helicopter gunships firing at its own citizens.) Praveen Swami, one of India's top journalist on terrorism issues writes in the Frontline on the situation there:
Although the Pakistan government has declared that its objectives in Balochistan have been secured, the fighting has continued apace. On January 10, for example, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid announced that the "military operation in Balochistan has been wound down". Just three days later, though, at least 18 people, including three soldiers and three Frontier Corps personnel, were killed in attacks by insurgents near the Pirkoh gas fields, 400 kilometres west of Quetta. Twelve others, who the Pakistan government claims were insurgents and Baloch leaders say were civilians, were shot dead in the course of a successful attempt to hit a pipeline taking gas from Pirkoh to Karachi.