Is it time for the West to plan for dissolving Pakistan?

Posted on March 12, 2010. Filed under: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Communist, economy, India, Iran, Islam, Muslims, Pakistan, Russia, Taleban, terrorism, USA |

How many nations of our times are based purely on a religion and recognized by other nations as independent nations? Only two – the Vatican City and Pakistan. Ironically they share in common some traits. Both have helped in the unravelling of the USSR but not of Communism – for it still survives behind the People’s Republic of China and is working towards global dominance. Both have been courted by the USA in its Cold War struggles. Neither has disappointed. Both exert influence on the global politics disproportionate to their actual size, economy, military capabilities, and the capacity to contribute in any meaningful way towards a modern, knowledge based, technological and information society. Both manage to do so by manipulating their historical images as projections into the future.

But there the similarities end. The Vatican’s leadership has made amends to its historical victims, and has shown its flexibility and readiness to change with the times. It has steadfastly refused to underwrite radicalism of the theological variety [the severe castigation of the Liberation Theology for example].  This may change in the future. But the leadership of the Vatican have proved themselves consummate statesmen in the concessions and compromises that they have made while never abandoning the fundamental objective of total global ideological domination. This is an objective that would have been a crime if not from the “one and only true message” for any other “religion” in the times when the Church ruled supreme. But now in the days of “total religious tolerance”, there is nothing wrong in having a declared agenda of “harvesting all souls”. In fact, legal and state coercive machinery can be used to guarantee protection of any proselytizer – even someone swearing by texts that recommend putting the unrepentant unbeliever to the sword.

Where Pakistan differs is not in its protection of organizations claiming the right to practice “Dawa” or spreading of the Islamist beliefs – but in its total lack of statesmanship. Unlike the Vatican, the Pakistani leadership never apologizes to the victims of its Islamists, never acknowledges that it has nurtured Jihadis in its madrassahs, never concedes to modernization in education and social practices, never really allows any land reforms or dismantling of feudal exploitation in its backyard.

Pakistan is basically an anachronism, a nation whose only foundational claim for identity is a religion – in a historical period where the world is leaving behind, exclusive and historical claim based religions. Moreover, that religion is not even unique to the country – it is shared by a host of other nations, some of whom have louder and more well established claims of being the centre for that religion. So Pakistan is based on a type of ideology increasingly irrelevant globally as national foundation, and moreover on an ideology based identity shared with other “nations” – and therefore has no real claims of distinction from other nations. It cannot look at history and culture, for in spite of the best sadistic efforts of generations of  “mullahs” – elements of pre-Islamic cultures lie firmly interwoven in the national fabric, and those elements are shared by its imagined nemesis – India. In fact the pre-Islamic cultural element proved so strong that a part of it broke away in reaction in 1971 as Bangladesh.

So now Pakistan finds itself in a terrible dilemma. To strengthen and give uniqueness to its national foundation, it has to become more Islamic than “others”. Becoming more Islamic means more and more unquestioning obedience to a strict and literal interpretation of the core texts. That in turns means more Jihad with violent means which accelerates the competition between the ruling feudal elite, the army, the mullahs, the commons, the militants – to become “purer” than the others. That means an almost perpetual state of national Jihad. Purer Islam can only be maintained by preventing modernization – in education, productivity, technology and above all the questing mindset. Which means Pakistan will become more and more dependent on largesse from interested external sources and be a drain on the global economy as the sources would spread the cost around.

So the West and the global community should perhaps start thinking of dissolving the entity called Pakistan. Here are the brief reasons :

(1) Dissolving Pakistan saves the West (and therefore the world economy )a huge amount of money and resources needed to keep the state afloat, and a total drain, because none of that capital goes into productive capacities.

(2) Even though the Chinese are now playing second fiddle to the West, it is uncannily similar to the Ribbentrop-Molotov handshake where both sides appear to be buying time. Eventually, Russia and China could come together with Iran (or whatever is left of it even if a so-called revolutionary liberalization and democratization takes place there under non-theologians) to which the CAR will lean. As long as Pakistan remains an independent entity, it can play the prostitute and threaten to kiss the higher bidder or the one more willing to pay.  That is both a security risk and a potential disaster, if everything given to Pakistan lands up in Russian, Iranian or Chinese hands and the West’s presence is virtually terminated in the Afghan-Pakistan frontier. Dissolving Pakistan takes away this worry.

(3)  Dissolving Pakistan and putting up new independent states actually creates new multiple centres where Jihad can be protected and nurtured. One Pakistan becomes many and the western problem multiplies. One of the best bets is to allow India to absorb the populations and the territories.   India is a growing economy which can absorb the costs. It has the capability and the will to manage multicultural groups and religious animosities. Culturally Indians of the western part of the country will be closer to the Pakistanis across the border [Punjab for example shares the language across the border in spite of the state sponsorship of Urdu] compared to any other external ethnicity or country. Moreover the costs of developing infrastructure and the economy or carrying out necessary social reforms will be borne on Indian shoulders and not on the west.

(4) As the price for non-intervention in the absorption, the West could extract concessions from India that it will have assured access and facilities to reach the CAR through channels and routes maintained and developed through Pakistani territories connecting the Karakorum Highway and other CAR approach routes.

(5) The Taliban lose their foster home, and are buffered off from the crucial supply routes of Karakorums and the Arabian Sea. The so-called Kashmir problem vanishes as the Pakistani military and ISI mechanism to foment terrorists inside India vanishes.  So one of the greatest excuses for maintaining Jihad from the Pakistani side vanishes.

India, because of linguistic and unique cultural history, will remain firmly in western and specifically the Anglo-Saxon or Atlanticist orbit for generations to come. There are sufficient fissures in the Indian ruling class for the west to exploit and protect western interests.

It is worth a try – at least the largest source for generating terror of the Jihadi and allied kind (through international crime and other non-religious or ethnic militancy) will be effectively liquidated. At one stroke West no longer has to face Islamist terror, pay for upkeep of Jihad, and instead can profit from a growing economy which bears all the costs!


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5 Responses to “Is it time for the West to plan for dissolving Pakistan?”

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Pakistan will survive as long as its utilty as a pawn in the hands of the Anglo-Americans remains.

The Americans are known to be comfortable doing business with the most evil regimes, as long as it serves their national interests.

Ethics has no place in geo-politics.

There is no reason for them to give-up such an useful tool, in the neighbourhood of Russia, China, Iran, India and the Central Asian Republics.

India can not stop the Americans from aiding Pakistan, but it surely can factor this while spending money on business and weapons deals.

This actually contradicts the Identify of your blog
Though I cannot of think of what to do with Pakistan after dissolving I definitely think merging it with India will be the worst thing to happen. You definitely don’t want more terrorists some even crawling into ruling class after merger. We have enough problems with the existing Islamic population in India.
I believe fissures is not the correct word to describe our ruling class. May be canyon is! We have large enough gaps that will allow the extremists (already in India & from the merged jihad state) to claim power in the entire sub continent. No way…a definite no to allowing more terrorists into India.

If you think about it, only under state-national control can the ultimate task of eradicating the bases of Islamism/Jihadism be undertaken. As long as Pakistan exists as an independent entity it can manage to play around in gaining international support and preserve its jihadi bases.

I am sorry you did not get my point.
Our state-national control…..
Could not hang Afzal Guru. Still spending tax payers money to keep him alive in Jail.
And then the Kasab case… it is still rolling. Do we need a trail in the first place after seeing that guy on national television with guns??
and so on…

So I think such a thing will make matters worse until we give up the so called ‘secular’ gov.

Well I was asking the “west” to consider not blocking such an attempt. To do any such thing there has to be a ledership in place in India that is up to the challenge. One of the problems I think that most regimes in India have had is a deep seated fear and alienation from the Muslim masses. The regimes and the elite behind them, have had admiration for the “ideology” (probably a kind of jealous admiration for its ruthlessness and their own helplessness and self-restrictions imposed by a more sohisticated culture), but hatred of the “practitioner”. This has made them do everything to preserve the Indian who happened to be born into Islam as a separate identity – untouchable, unacceptable, and so alien that they should almost be treated as guests. Indian culture pampers the guest and tolerates misbehaviour and tantrums from the guest.

In a family we thrash wayward members if necessary, for we love them, and we bring them back if they have gone astray – with liberal application of the stick if necessary. We do this because we love them, and care for them – and want a normal future for them as well as that they do not become a nuisance for the neighbours. As anything bad they do reflects on the family name. The Congress governments ahave mostly failed to have this feeling of a “family member” for Muslims.

My impression is that, the Congress or the Left’s desperate pretensions of being excessively and blindly Islamophile comes from a deep seated Muslimophobia [not Islamophobia].

I have consistently pushed in my blog against Islam as an ideology, but I want Muslims of India to come out of this alien ideology fixated on the 7th century deserts of Middle East – which has nothing in common with the geography and cultural roots of the subcontinent – and which has never really tried to compromise with its precursors in India. I want them back into the fold as non-Muslim Indians – and I have nothing against them as human beings but everything against their beliefs.

This is where I stand diametrically opposite to the Centre-Left position so far [who knows even they may come around to my views in the future!]

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