The recent terror attack in Pathankot with the tragic loss of life of the brave Indian soldiers including the fearless young Lt Col Niranjan Kumar from Bangalore has brought into discussion once again whether this act is supported by the Government of Pakistan or not. The debate has also brought in the role of army /ISI vs the elected government.
In my opinion an act of terror against our country is an act against our sovereignty and should be dealt with the severest terms possible irrespective of whether it is state sponsored or not.
If it is a state sponsored terror, we need to go after the state. If it is the ISI calling the shots, we still need to go after the state and the ISI sponsored terrorist as there is no point negotiating with an ineffective incompetent government. If the terrorists are acting on their own, we still need to go after them wherever they are as the government is incapable or unwilling to deal with them.
This debate on State Vs Non State actors in terrorism has gone too far whether it is the Mumbai blasts, parliament attacks, Gurdaspur attack, the daily killings of innocent civilians and our jawans in Kashmir and the border areas .It is time we go after these terrorists whoever they are and whether the state is sponsoring them overtly, covertly or they are independent actors. It is only then that we would have done justice to the brave hearts of our country who have laid down their lives for the country without batting an eyelid. Let’s not debate anymore and do justice to the patriotic members of our armed forces and their families.
Let us all take a vow today that we the citizens of this great country across caste, creed, religion and political affiliations will not let the blood of our brave jawans and officers of the armed forces be spilt in vain and will fight terrorism as one nation and defeat their devilish designs to destabilize our nation.
Long Live the Brave Hearts of the Country
Dr. H Sudarshan Ballal
Chairman – MHEPL, Chairman – Medical Advisory Board
Manipal Hospitals, 98, HAL Airport Road, Bangalore-560017
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are of the writer and not of the hospital.