India, ISIS Or Afghanistan: Which Should Pakistan Punish For Terrorist Attacks?

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Pakistan has moved heavy weapons to the Pak-Afghan border and tightened security measures at the border with Afghanistan, but which should Islamabad really be fighting: Afghanistan, India or ISIS?

On Monday, the Pakistan Army started moving heavy artillery, including tanks, to the border with Afghanistan in retaliation for Afghan’s refusal to extradite 76 suspected terrorists for their alleged involvement in a string of terrorist attacks in Pakistan last week.

More than 100 hundred people were killed in the string of violent attacks across Pakistan last week, including a deadly attack at a Sufi shrine that killed 88 worshipers on Thursday.

As Islamabad seeks to punish those responsible for the brutal attacks on its soil, it closed its borders with Afghanistan and launched a countrywide crackdown on terrorists, killing more than 100 militants across the country. It has also been pounding militant hideouts inside Afghanistan and killing militants belonging to Jamaat ul Ahrar.

The news comes amid a former U.S. defense secretary’s statements claiming that India has been using Afghanistan against Pakistan for many years.

Is Afghanistan to blame for the terrorist attacks in Pakistan?

As Pakistan continues to carry out shelling along the Pak-Afghan border, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Syed Abrar Hussain, informed the Afghan Foreign Office that Islamabad security officials have evidence proving that terrorists based in Afghanistan are responsible for last week’s terrorist attacks.

Afghanistan still refuses to hand over 76 suspected terrorists to Pakistan, further fueling tensions with its nuclear-armed neighbor. Meanwhile, the United States urged Kabul and Islamabad to agree on any military action inside Afghanistan against militants to prevent a military confrontation between them.

But while the Pakistani government has taken steps to stop the terrorists’ infiltration at the border, many experts believe India could be responsible for the recent string of attacks by using Afghan soil to perpetrate terrorism in Pakistan in an apparent attempt to destabilize its long-time nemesis.

India using Afghanistan against Pakistan: former U.S. defense secretary

India has been using Afghan soil to send terrorists into Pakistan to wreak havoc in the country, according to The Nation, which cites defense analyst Dr. Muhammad Khan.

Dr. Khan says the United States, which largely supports India’s stance in the international community, is aware that New Delhi is “supporting terror groups in Afghanistan against Pakistan.” Dr. Khan also urged Washington to use its “influence” on New Delhi to “stop this dirty game.”

Dr. Khan is not the only expert and who believes India is using Afghanistan to carry out terrorist attacks in Pakistan. A former U.S. defense secretary revealed that India has been using Afghanistan as a second front against Islamabad.

Chuck Hagel, who served as U.S. defense secretary under former President Barack Obama for nearly two years, said during a debate on Afghanistan that New Delhi has “always” used Afghan soil for its own military purposes. A video of Hagel’s claims was recorded at the Cameron University in Oklahoma in 2011, but it was released only recently by Washington Free Beacon Website, according to The News.

The Indian Embassy in Washington was quick to dismiss Hagel’s statements accusing India of creating and financing problems against Pakistan from Afghanistan for many years. Hagel’s statement came as a surprise, considering the fact that he had been a vocal supporter of close India-U.S. relations. Hagel served as Obama’s defense secretary from February 2013 through February 2015.

Is India behind the terrorist attacks in Pakistan?

Many Pakistanis seem to agree that India could be behind the string of terrorist attacks last week, claiming that New Delhi is interested in making Islamabad appear weak in its efforts to eradicate terrorism and possibly give U.S. President Donald Trump one more reason to add Pakistan to his infamous travel ban list barring citizens of certain Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

last week’s terrorist attacks in Pakistan came amid India’s renewed push to get the international community to declare Islamabad a terrorist state. They could make the country appear unable to deal with terrorism and would fortify New Delhi’s efforts to turn it into a pariah state and prevent foreign investors from going there to benefit from the multi-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, which runs through some of the disputed Pak-India areas.

Shortly after last Monday’s terrorist attack in Lahore, which claimed the lives of at least 15 people and injured 87 others, Pakistani Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria accused India of being involved in terrorist activities in the country. Saying that planning for the terrorist attack was done on Afghan soil, Zakaria added that Islamabad has taken the issue of New Delhi’s alleged links to terrorism in Pakistan to the United Nations Secretary General.

After carrying out terrorist acts and bombings in Pakistan, many terrorists flee the nation across the border into Afghanistan, where Pakistani forces can’t follow to punish them. Many Pakistanis believe India is providing safe havens to terrorists, including the Pakistani Taliban, on Afghan soil.

ISIS brings devastation, ruin and suffering

Taking responsibility for the Sufi shrine attack, which killed at least 88 worshipers and injured another 270, the Islamic State (ISIS) sent a clear message: it’s coming to cause devastation, ruin and suffering in Pakistan and all of South Asia.

Pakistan has a long history with ISIS. Last year, the militant group, which killed more than 33,000 people around the world between 2002 and 2015, took responsibility for a suicide blast at a Pakistan hospital that killed 73.

Islamabad has been fighting Islamist insurgency since after it became allies with the United States following its invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. In 2007, Pakistani jihadists formed their own umbrella organization of Sunni militant groups based along the Afghan-Pakistani border, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which has deep ties to al-Qaeda, the mail rival of ISIS.

Last week’s terrorist attacks, including the one claimed by ISIS, prompted Islamabad to take immediate action to punish terrorists and prevent any possible terrorist activities in the future. The Pakistani government said it killed more than 100 terror suspects in less than 24 hours after the Sufi shrine attack.

But whether the recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan were carried out by ISIS, India or Afghanistan, one fact remains clear: Islamabad showed its unpreparedness to deal with terrorism. Or, as leading Pakistani news outlet Dawn asks – why were those attacks allowed to happen?

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36 Comments on "India, ISIS Or Afghanistan: Which Should Pakistan Punish For Terrorist Attacks?"

  1. people now understand muslim cunning ness ..blame the victim game very well

  2. Same like 9-11

  3. Same like 9-11

  4. And USA will become mad for supporting POKIS , which take money from USA and also help terrorist to kill American soldiers.

  5. And USA will become mad for supporting POKIS , which take money from USA and also help terrorist to kill American soldiers.

  6. punish India, a joke of the day, India can eradicate whole Pakistan . Pakistan produce terrorist and export it to world , now when export is stopped BCOZ of India and USA , They are doing what they are meant to do .

  7. punish India, a joke of the day, India can eradicate whole Pakistan . Pakistan produce terrorist and export it to world , now when export is stopped BCOZ of India and USA , They are doing what they are meant to do .

  8. Abhijeet Waghmare | Feb 22, 2017, 4:05 pm at 4:05 pm |

    How much money did this writer get from pakistan…because
    Views expressed are not writers own and exactly same as cried by pakistan many times referencing chuck hagel ..and you know what chuck Hegel was referencing Pakistan
    Believes,thinks,may these words does not suit for a good article or argument
    And You won’t find any proof against India because India does not support terrorism It is not possible it is not in our blood

  9. Abhijeet Waghmare | Feb 22, 2017, 4:05 pm at 4:05 pm |

    How much money did this writer get from pakistan…because
    Views expressed are not writers own and exactly same as cried by pakistan many times referencing chuck hagel ..and you know what chuck Hegel was referencing Pakistan
    Believes,thinks,may these words does not suit for a good article or argument
    And You won’t find any proof against India because India does not support terrorism It is not possible it is not in our blood

  10. Strategic depth means strategic friendship with that stupid Afghanistan… now you may F-off !

  11. Strategic depth means strategic friendship with that stupid Afghanistan… now you may F-off !

  12. Pakistan should punish both Afghan military and terrorists in Afghanistan though there is no difference between Afghan military and terrorists in Afghanistan. Terrorists have both training camps and base camps in Afghanistan and the world knows it. Cant understand what the United States and NATO has have been doing since 16 years. Truth is that Afghanistan was providing shelter to TTP terrorists and now that TTP has pledged its alliance with ISIS. The Afghan military is using its own people for terror in Pakistan. NDS is a terrorist organization. Both Afghan military and terrorists in Afghanistan should be punished.

  13. Pakistan should punish both Afghan military and terrorists in Afghanistan though there is no difference between Afghan military and terrorists in Afghanistan. Terrorists have both training camps and base camps in Afghanistan and the world knows it. Cant understand what the United States and NATO has have been doing since 16 years. Truth is that Afghanistan was providing shelter to TTP terrorists and now that TTP has pledged its alliance with ISIS. The Afghan military is using its own people for terror in Pakistan. NDS is a terrorist organization. Both Afghan military and terrorists in Afghanistan should be punished.

  14. Is it really faire that a crime being committed by pakistan to blame Afghanistan or India for it? the bombers
    were trained in pakistan and were used by a pakistani purpose, so please be faire and realist.
    Pakistan can never lunch military operations inside Afghanistan, as far as nuclear weaponed country is mentioned above, the russian though the same we have saved the pakistanis ass from getting kicked by russians and we afghans believe on a good neighbourhood as prophet Mohammad suggest, but this is pakistan that does not respect the values of Islam nigher humanity, the time will come for which pakistan will beg for a corridor now the annual exports of pakistan to central asia is 4 billion US$ someone will be stupid to give up that amount and put the life of its people in danger, anyway removing pakistan from the world surface for us is like eating a chocolate but still we are civilised nation and we believe on humanity, respect and the rights of others.

  15. Is it really faire that a crime being committed by pakistan to blame Afghanistan or India for it? the bombers
    were trained and were used by a pakistani purpose, so please be faire and realist.
    Pakistan can never lunch military operations inside Afghanistan, as far as nuclear weaponed country is mentioned above, the russian though the same we have saved the pakistanis a from getting kicked by russians and we afghans believe on a good neighbourhood as prophet Mohammad suggest, but this is pakistan that does not respect the values of Islam nigher humanity, the time will come for which pakistan will beg for a corridor now the annual exports of pakistan to central asia is 4 billion US$ someone will be stupid to give up that amount and put the life of its people in danger, anyway removing pakistan from the world surface for us is like eating a chocolate but still we are civilised nation and we believe on humanity, respect and the rights of others.

  16. Kashif, Pakistan need to stop sending fake currency notes into India, stop supporting terrorists groups harming India and in all put that “Bleed India through 1000 cuts” policy of General Zia into a dustbin and become friends with India and all your neighbours. These old double game dirty policies of Pakistan based on its strategic depth requirement will only bleed Pakistan more than any one else in the region. It is not too late for you guys now, but if you guys delay further we may have to discuss in the year 2027 how Bangladesh & Srilanka have left behind Pakistan in their economic growth.

  17. Kashif, Pakistan need to stop sending fake currency notes into India, stop supporting terrorists groups harming India and in all put that “Bleed India through 1000 cuts” policy of General Zia into a dustbin and become friends with India and all your neighbours. These old double game dirty policies of Pakistan based on its strategic depth requirement will only bleed Pakistan more than any one else in the region. It is not too late for you guys now, but if you guys delay further we may have to discuss in the year 2027 how Bangladesh & Srilanka have left behind Pakistan in their economic growth.

  18. Kashif, India never focused on Pakistan so far. Instead India focused on its economic growth during the past 70 years (approximately) and especially since Indian Economy opened up during early 1990’s. And as a result of the same good policies India grew economically, now reached a stage where it has become self-sufficient and one of the 5 biggest economies of the world. On the contrary Pakistan during the same period was obsessed with Kashmir and India. It only appears that Pakistan focused more on proving to the Muslims in the region and to the world in general that the foundations of Pakistan which is a Two Nation theory is the best thing to happen. In fact, Pakistan appears to have tried very hard to prove that the Two Nation theory has brought substantial benefit to the people of Pakistan. But in reality, this has become a mirage for Pakistan while at the same time India grew in heaps adding salt to Pakistan’s wound. And this Indian growth story includes Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and other sects, all a part of this inclusive growth story. It is only recently that a new government has come in India which is showing more than required focus on Pakistan. And there is a reason for this extra Indian focus which is due to Pakistan’s continued support to Terrorists groups. Now that you know the consequences of such extra Indian focus on Pakistan, my best advice to you and your government/army is that you don’t mess with India.

  19. Kashif, India never focused on Pakistan so far. Instead India focused on its economic growth during the past 70 years (approximately) and especially since Indian Economy opened up during early 1990’s. And as a result of the same good policies India grew economically, now reached a stage where it has become self-sufficient and one of the 5 biggest economies of the world. On the contrary Pakistan during the same period was obsessed with Kashmir and India. It only appears that Pakistan focused more on proving to the Muslims in the region and to the world in general that the foundations of Pakistan which is a Two Nation theory is the best thing to happen. In fact, Pakistan appears to have tried very hard to prove that the Two Nation theory has brought substantial benefit to the people of Pakistan. But in reality, this has become a mirage for Pakistan while at the same time India grew in heaps adding salt to Pakistan’s wound. And this Indian growth story includes Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and other sects, all a part of this inclusive growth story. It is only recently that a new government has come in India which is showing more than required focus on Pakistan. And there is a reason for this extra Indian focus which is due to Pakistan’s continued support to Terrorists groups. Now that you know the consequences of such extra Indian focus on Pakistan, my best advice to you and your government/army is that you don’t mess with India.

  20. It’s a bit Rude to say but the fact is that these Indian Idol worshipers are true example of “Paranoid” society.
    They are bound & surround by ancient ideology, which prevent them to grow and think outside the box.

    I don’t want to paint everyone in India with same brush but a vast majority…

    Their social attitude unwarranted jealousy, and exaggerated self-importance, It may be an aspect of chronic personality disorder, as schizophrenia in which the person loses touch with reality.

    Pakistan is reality check for them.
    They scared of Pakistan Phobia All day & night in their Mainstream Media talks about Pakistan whereas we don’t give a s

    Indians are scared from the rise of Pakistan every positive and negative developments are being discussed in India and silly peoples self-claimed intellectuals with Mindless Heads, Heartless Chests, Soulless bodies and with senseless humour trying to comment as their obligation with filth & hatred irrational arguments.

    Whereas “WE” Pakistanians don’t give !!! But only pray for their betterment.
    We will Rise! We will Prosper! We will take back our Kashmir from your goddamn mother’s womb!

  21. Now Pakistan dare one attack on Indian soil, they will suffer grave consequence on their terror sanctuaries!!

  22. Now Pakistan dare one attack on Indian soil, they will suffer grave consequence on their terror sanctuaries!!

  23. The writer is just insane!! Pakistan is playing victim card to absorb sympathy and dollars!!

  24. The writer is just insane!! Pakistan is playing victim card to absorb sympathy and dollars!!

  25. PAKI Military attacking its people in the guiese of terrorists to prove that they themselves are the victims of terrorism..Just declare Pakistan a terrorist country

  26. PAKI Military attacking its people in the guiese of terrorists to prove that they themselves are the victims of terrorism..Just declare Pakistan a terrorist country

  27. yaa..Its neither India nor Afganistan and ISIS..its Pakistan its self attacked its most hated sunnis of Paki Military…Its done to divert attention of word that we are victims of terrorism its self…They took many steps to prove himself an innocent country..like arresting Hafiz syed,etc..dont divert attention just focus on Pakistan a terrorist country…

  28. Its neither India nor Afganistan and ISIS..its Pakistan its self attacked its most hated sunnis of Paki Military…Its done to divert attention of word that we are victims of terrorism its self…They took many steps to prove himself an innocent country..like arresting Hafiz syed,etc..dont divert attention just focus on Pakistan a terrorist country..

  29. yaa..Its neither India nor Afganistan and ISIS..its Pakistan its self attacked its most hated sunnis of Paki Military…Its done to divert attention of word that we are victims of terrorism its self…They took many steps to prove himself an innocent country..like arresting Hafiz syed,etc..dont divert attention just focus on Pakistan a terrorist country…

  30. Its neither India nor Afganistan and ISIS..its Pakistan its self attacked its most hated sunnis of Paki Military…Its done to divert attention of word that we are victims of terrorism its self…They took many steps to prove himself an innocent country..like arresting Hafiz syed,etc..dont divert attention just focus on Pakistan a terrorist country..

  31. Its neither India nor Afganistan and ISIS..its Pakistan its self attacked its most hated Shias of Paki Military…Its done to divert attention of word that we are victims of terrorism its self…They took many steps to prove himself an innocent country..like arresting Hafiz syed,etc..dont divert attention just focus on Pakistan a terrorist country.

  32. Its neither India nor Afganistan and ISIS..its Pakistan its self attacked its most hated Shias of Paki Military…Its done to divert attention of word that we are victims of terrorism its self…They took many steps to prove himself an innocent country..like arresting Hafiz syed,etc..dont divert attention just focus on Pakistan a terrorist country.

  33. Totally a concocted piece of writing. India is definitely in sync with Afghanistan over Pakistan’s cross border terrorism. But, this is fetching imagination too far. Pakistan has sufficient internal problems to invite such incidents. And, so essily evading the US’s role clearly shows the lack of integrity by the scholar.

  34. Totally a concocted piece of writing. India is definitely in sync with Afghanistan over Pakistan’s cross border terrorism. But, this is fetching imagination too far. Pakistan has sufficient internal problems to invite such incidents. And, so essily evading the US’s role clearly shows the lack of integrity by the scholar.

  35. Don’t worry writer, surgical strikes on terrorists training camps is Pakistan is not too far away. US/Indian airforce must be waiting for this opportunity. And Pakistan has opened doors for that to happen. These double games by Pakistan wont last long. The real enemy in the region is Pakistan, it looks very certain now that it will be fixed very soon.

  36. Don’t worry writer, surgical strikes on terrorists training camps is Pakistan is not too far away. US/Indian airforce must be waiting for this opportunity. And Pakistan has opened doors for that to happen. These double games by Pakistan wont last long. The real enemy in the region is Pakistan, it looks very certain now that it will be fixed very soon.

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