It is time to declare Pakistan a terror state

It is shocking that after almost three decades of being victims of terrorism, Indians still feel it in their hearts to befriend Pakistanis.

Written by Ashoke Pandit | Updated: February 22, 2017 3:41 pm
(Representational image) India refuses to accept that Pakistan is in a state of continuous war. This thought has infiltrated our media, our reputed educational institutions, our bureaucracy, our culture, our cinema. (Representational image)

Almost 30 years of violent hostility, thousands of soldiers martyred and more or less the same amount of people killed, maimed or families just destroyed and still we think a hundred times before calling Pakistan a terrorist state. In the name of trade, in the name of culture, in the name of humanity… we have sacrificed our self-respect, our dignity to maintain a relationship with Pakistan. Indians for decades have been subjected to the lies, deceit and the violence of a nation whose global claim to fame has been as the biggest exporter of terrorism.

One of the biggest and the deadliest terror stars of the world have their roots in Pakistan. It may be the killer of American journalist Daniel Pearl, 26/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden, founder of Jaish-e-Mohammad Azhar Masood or India’s very own Dawood Ibrahim or the LeT chief Hafeez Saeed, all have been natured and nurtured on the fertile land of Pakistan. Still we think hundreds of times before declaring Pakistan a terrorist state.

India refuses to accept that Pakistan is in a state of continuous war. This thought has infiltrated our media, our reputed educational institutions, our bureaucracy, our culture, our cinema. In fact, today communism here has become synonymous with the propagated agenda of Pakistan. Pakistan’s motive isn’t to maim this generation, but the very posterity of our country.

Student politics was once synonymous with revolution and renaissance. Today’s students take pride in screaming slogans akin to Bharat ki Barbaadi… We have our very own people in Parliament screaming hoarse against Indian Army when a terrorist is killed, they question the integrity of the Army on a surgical strike, they cry their lungs out when a dreaded terrorist is killed or hanged. Their cries, their sympathies seem to vanish when a young innocent child refuses to cry to honour the martyrdom of her father.

Pakistan is not an enemy state but a terrorist state. Wars are fought on frontiers, but Pakistan and her terror minions have infiltrated India and subjected us to the worst terror attacks in history. The list is too long and too painful; a territorial conflict between two countries need to be sorted out by bilateral discussions and if worse comes to worse a military action on its borders. But Pakistan’s chosen mode of solution is back stabbing and terror. It has created an army of Pakistan-sponsored civilian stone-pelters where an entire generation’s answer to conflict is resorting to violence.

It is shocking that after almost three decades of being victims of terrorism, Indians still feel it in their hearts to befriend Pakistanis. The logic let the pyres burn and tombs piles up while we sing, dance and play in the backyard is outrightly inhumane.

We Indians have grown up on the teachings of Gandhi. He did say present your second cheek if slapped on the first one, but even he fought a hard battle to drive the British out of the country. He didn’t dine with them, didn’t trade with them, he called for a complete boycott. He didn’t say let’s carry Satyagraha movement wearing British silk. During the non co-operation movement he didn’t say let’s play with them while our young boys gets hanged and killed by the British. He resorted to a cent percent boycott, he didn’t go partial, he went all out to literally drive the British out. His methods were non-violent, but one cannot forget that the word violence can’t be deleted from non-violence. Violence creates pain and declaring Pakistan as a terrorist state will have its shares of cuts and wounds, but when a part gets infected and turns gangrenous, you don’t treat it with bandaid and have to amputate it. It’s time we stop mincing words, to shout out and declare Pakistan as a terror state.

Political parties must come together and pass a Bill declaring Pakistan as a terror state. Such a legislation has already been proposed by MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

The author is an Indian filmmaker and a social activist. He tweets @ashokepandit. Views expressed by the author are personal and do not reflect those of The Indian Express.  

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  1. C
    Feb 23, 2017 at 2:06 am
    Indian Gov't is biggest Terrorist Even Their PM was Declared A Terrorist by USA and others..Challenge to all Indian Gov't;br/gt;Poor Indian People paying for it under name of TAX
    1. H
      Feb 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm
      Lakh di lanat ho india
      1. P
        Feb 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm
        Sorry Pandit dog. No takers for your argument. We all know the atrocities committed by deable Pandits all these 3000 years since you guys came from(driven out) from Central Asia. We also know the atrocities committed in the last 70 years by Indic s and especially for the last 30 years. Stick your middle finger in your and be happy.
        1. J
          Feb 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm
          stans desire to eliminate India comes from their deep rooted inferiority complex that they are unfortunate children of islamic invader's rape lGacy and per of India. lt;br/gt;They think they are Arabs and turks , but they look more like Indians than any Arab or turks. Deep down they know that they are born out of raped hindu mothers. They cant accept the truth and want to eliminate India altogether so that there wont be anything left to challenge their lies that they were always muslims.
          1. M
            Feb 22, 2017 at 2:34 pm
            It's time for stan to p the law and sign by pm that India is terrorism exporting country and name it as a (terror state of india)and that would suit india
            1. S
              Feb 22, 2017 at 4:03 pm
              The leaders should send their children to the war area then they will realize the value of human beings. Shame on you india..
              1. A
                Feb 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm
                Abbasi- Why freaking out. we will call apples as apples, what else you want to call it.
                1. M
                  Masood Ali
                  Feb 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm
                  Definitely this retaliation is not a eyewash. Terrorism ripping apart stan on daily basis. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The fear is now Retaliation will have Retaliation by Tehrike-e-Taliban and Tehrike-e- Islam. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Tehreke- e- Taliban has not unleashed it's havoc since long on Pak and the next blow will be definitely form TEB. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Pak has to manage many fringe group,offshoots and ISIS. And JUD also roaring to pounce on since Hafeez Saeed house arrest and Masood Azhar Jaishe Mohamed is waiting for his turn to display terror talent on Pak innocent;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And Jamat E Alnusra is a new comer taking lessons from subordinates to blow stan.
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