Terrorist Against Terrorist? India Needs To Be Careful
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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is not one to mince his words. In an interaction with media, he said on Thursday (21 May) “you have to neutralise terrorists through terrorists only”. He defended his statement by saying that unlike the previous Government, the current regime has given a free hand to the army, and that the army goes after potential threats with the assurance that their Government is right behind them.
This statement is a welcome one. However, the concerning matter that filters out from such a statement is that what exactly the Minister meant by terrorism tackling terrorism. If it is nabbing and killing insurgents and terrorists from across the border backed by proper intelligence, it is a very promising observation. However, on the contrary if it means fake encounters, that may lead to culpable homicide, as has been observed many times in terrorist prone areas, this statement needs proper understanding.
This acknowledgement indicates that the army is now given the permission to carry on surgical strikes (an attack without prior warning to deal with a specific target) against the terrorists as against random operations without any decisive results.
The theory that Parrikar has talked about utilising financial benefits to use terrorists against their own outfit is a double edged sword. True, many of the militants plunge into extremism because of financial necessities. However, the training that they receive and the venom that is then drilled into them cannot be wiped out by money altogether.
Differentiating good terrorism and bad terrorism, which our neighbours love to advocate, is clearly having its impact on Pakistan. The scourge of extremism has to be dealt with decisive strategy. Terrorists have no religion, they have no morality. They only have the motive to spread mass suffering and destruction, and India should be careful if they are planning to use them for their benefit.