The  convened by the Chief Minister the Mastung incident, and chaired by the Prime Minister passed a unanimous resolution condemning the episode as an act of the anti-state elements, provoked at the order of the foreign powers. It expressed the resolve to take all steps to eliminate such terrorism, and foil the foreign conspiracies designed to stir ethnic strife in Baluchistan, sabotaging the CPEC. The conference declared the incident as a national tragedy, and eulogized the intelligence shown by the political parties and the provincial government, to thwart the efforts of the enemy, in this regard.

What is significant about the resolution is that for the first time the Baloch political leadership, unlike their cautious stance on insurgency in the province before this incident, has unequivocally condemned the elements responsible for acts of terrorism in the province as anti-state operators. This indeed is a very encouraging development, one that would give a big boost to the efforts of the security forces and the law enforcing agencies who are engaged in fighting the menace of terrorism and insurgency in the province.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the conference regretted the statements of the Indian leaders, against CPEC and observed that the enemies of Pakistan were subverting development projects, by creating instability in the country. This statement of the Prime Minister and its relevance to the situation is undoubtedly substantiated by the Indian stance on the CPEC, where the Indian minister for external affairs addressing a press conference in New Delhi recently said “India has conveyed its objections to Chine over CPEC as it goes through Azad Kashmir. This time we did not keep it there. We lodged a protest calling the Chinese Ambassador. We lodged a protest through our Ambassador in China and when Prime Minister Modi visited China he talked about it very firmly saying it is not acceptable to us”. This comment by the Indian Minister prompted China to give its version on the subject with the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman HuaChunying talking to media said “The construction of CPEC will not target any third country. It is not only of great significance for promoting development of China and Pakistan but also of great significance to the stability and development of the whole region. As for Kashmir region, it is an issue between Pakistan and India.” The Chinese thus rejected the objections raised by India.

The fact is that the Indians are not only trying to sabotage the CPEC at the diplomatic level, but they are also using RAW to sponsor acts of terrorism within Pakistan, with a view of creating ethnic cracks through incidents like Mastung and to exacerbate the security and law and order situation in the country. Unfortunately the Indian animosity towards Pakistan is not confined to only CPEC, where they even lobbied with the ADB not to fund the Basha-Diamir Dam, contending that the site was in the disputed territory. There have also been conscious and deliberate efforts to wriggle out commitments under the Indus Basin Treaty, by constructing controversial Dams on river Jhelum and Chenab, designed to squeeze supply of water to Pakistan that also violates the international conventions on use of river waters by the riparian countries.RAW has reportedly established training camps in the border region in Afghanistan and has also been sponsoring cross-border terrorism in connivance with the Karzai-regime. Nawaz Sharif and General Raheel Sharif in their recent visit to Kabul, had raised this issue with the Kabul government, presented concrete evidence to this effect, demanding dismantling of terrorist infrastructure built on Afghanistan territory by RAW. The latest incidents of firing along LOC and the bellicose blustering by the Indian leaders, are also discouraging portents in regards to chances of amity between the two countries.

Regrettably, the Indian leaders fail to realize that the economic advancement that they desire to achieve is inextricably linked to peace and security in the region, especially peaceful co-existence with Pakistan. Their anti-Pakistan designs and the desire to establish hegemony in the region would remain an elusive dream in the presence of a nuclear Pakistan. The trans-regional project like TAPI and the gas-pipeline that it is contemplating to construct through sea under the territorial jurisdiction of Pakistan will remain non-starters, especially the latter in the backdrop of recent extension in the maritime zone of Pakistan by 150 Km by the UN. SAARC will also fail to achieve its objectives without affability between Pakistan and India, where other regional forums striving for regional connectivity and peace would also remain ineffective without resolution of disputes between the two countries.

Pakistan is surely mindful of the need for peace in the region, where the PML(N) government actually went the extra mile to mend fences with India by advocating enhancement of bilateral trade with them and to begin a new chapter of relations between the two countries by burying the unenviable past. Nawaz Sharif even went to India to participate in the inauguration of Narendra Modi, but these gestures have been reciprocated through hostile and anti-Pakistan measures by his government. Soon after he returned from India, the Indian troops resumed firing along the LOC and the working boundary, where even during this week, the act has been repeated.

In view of the foregoing facts, the Indian rhetoric for peace and tranquility in the region and improvement of relations with Pakistan is nothing but hypocrisy to camouflage their real motives. The Indian leaders need to revisit their stance in regards to relations with Pakistan in their own interest, as well as that of the region. Their continued hostility towards Pakistan and non-recognition of the emerging realities will have a severe boomerang effect to the chagrin of the teeming millions on both sides of the border, yearning a positive change in their economic situation and peaceful environment.

Pakistan government led by Nawaz Sharif and the military establishment, are determined and capable of taking the fight against terrorism to its logical end and to ultimately wreck the plans of the enemies of the country. The successes achieved by operation Zarb-e-Azab, targeted operation in Karachi and action against terrorists and insurgents in Baluchistan, are seen enraged testimonies to this effect. CPEC is an economic life line for Pakistan, where nobody should have doubts about the fact that it will take all possible steps to make it a success.