- Setting the stage; Kashmir, Ladakh and World War III
by Senator Rehman Malik, https://nation.com.pk/
Despite the advice of Indian advisors to PM Modi to not take on China, Modi undertook a venture against China and brought embarrassment to India with heavy casualties on the eastern Ladakh border. The general public in India feels that PM Modi owes an explanation to his Lok Sabha and the public as to why he went against the advice to not attack China.
Modi is known for his abrupt and unwise moves like earlier orders to scrap the autonomous status of Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir (IIOK) and Ladakh and declared it a part of India. He also brought embarrassment to his country after the failure of his surgical strikes on Pakistan and got back a humiliated IAF pilot in return. PM Modi is on record having stated earlier that CEPC does not suit India. Obviously, he meant to inflict and obstruct the CEPC route via Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). Defence analysts are of the view that on the directions of his masters, he attacked eastern Ladakh to engage China in the mountains and then attack GB to cut off the CEPC route, but he had to change the plan after receiving a proper and unforgettable thrashing of his soldiers on the Chinese border and sensing the great unity between China and Pakistan; he could face both China’s and Pakistan’s armies on its triangle borders. PM Modi is under great pressure from the West to create a warzone with China to achieve larger designs against China and Pakistan. PM Modi first lost his credibility in his own country by destroying its economy, hate-mongering, and promulgating highly discriminatory anti-Muslims laws and supporting RSS. He has now lost his face by losing against China in the mountains. I always say that the West wants to stage World War III (WW-III) from South Asia and they have found a senseless implementer in PM Modi. History is witness to the fact that American-instigated wars have always failed in the past, as famous American writer Mr Peter Ullman has beautifully summed up his experiences as under:
The United States has formulated its ill-advised war strategy and its top priority to have oil and other supplies blocked to China via the South China Sea, whereas it has already succeeded in bringing countries around the South China Sea on one page to follow the US. These countries include Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and Australia against China. The most recent defence agreement between India and Australia for using each other’s islands is another indication of a joint operation against China if needed in the Indian Ocean.
Let us not forget that India has already accommodated Israel to use all of its defence and hardware and the US is India’s preferred defence partner. If war begins, then expect Israel to play its last role to convert it into a victory for the US. In the given situation, Pakistan as a nuclear state cannot remain isolated if this war erupts and will have no choice except to be on the side of China. Pakistan is the only country at this point of time which can perhaps avert this war and General Qamar Javed Bajwa can play his role; who is highly respected by almost all the expected participants of this emerging war. He may try to engage them on an anti-war roundtable conference on an urgent basis. I hope General Bajwa will take the initiative to contribute to the peace of this world as modern diplomacy is more dependent on defence strategy.