The year 2016 dawned on India with enough indications (remember the terrorist strike on the Pathankot airbase in January) that Pakistan-based terrorist outfits would not let us fully concentrate on issues which can help realise our dream of emerging as a developed nation by 2020, as envisioned by the 11th President of India, the late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. While Pakistan has been doing all it could to create roadblocks on the way to growth to distract Indiaâ€™s attention, China too has been helping in this design in its own way.
Terrorists from across the Indo-Pak divide have been successful in striking against Indiaâ€™s interests anywhere, anytime obviously because of Pakistanâ€™s disguised complicity. Pakistan has been maintaining double standards on the issue of cross-border terrorism. While it has promised many times to the world community not to allow any territory under its control to be used by terrorists, it has been behaving entirely differently when it came to dealing with India-centric extremists and terrorists.
India has pointed out time and again that the training infrastructure of Pakistan-based extremist outfits like the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiyaba remain intact, but the authorities on the other side have remained unmoved. These extremist organizations have been found to have been collecting funds openly in the name of â€śjihadâ€ť. Those involved in India-related extremist activities have been changing the names of their organizations, but their anti-peace projects remain unchanged.
The oft-repeated argument of Pakistan that it too has been a victim of terrorism and that it has launched drives to eliminate such elements carries no meaning when extremist masterminds like Masood Azhar and Hafiz Mohammed Sayeed can be seen roaming around as free citizens of Pakistan. Every time India suffers a terror strike the world gets proof of Pakistanâ€™s claim of acting against terrorist outfits being hollow.
In view of these realities, it was not surprising that the outgoing year began with the first major terrorist attack by Pakistan-based extremists on the Pathankot (Punjab) airbase on January 2. Six security personnel got martyred in the process of neutralising the terrorists till January 3. Pakistani personnel, too, were allowed to become part of the enquiry that began to establish how all this happened and who were the elements involved in the planning and execution of the nasty programme. It did not take much time for the investigators to find out that the daring attack was the brainchild of Masood Azhar of the Jaish-e-Mohammed. Now in the last month of the year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has formally charge-sheeted Masood, his brother and some other people found to have been involved in the incident.