The terror attack on the Sunjuwan camp in Jammu is the handiwork of Jaish-e-Mohmmad terror organisation based in Pakistan as Jammu and Kashmir DGP S.P. Vaid said the attack coincides with the death anniversary of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
The increase in ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the targeting of military institutions by terror groups operating across the border shows the nervousness of Pakistan who is afraid of US creating Indian hegemony over South Asia to counter China’s growing influence in the region.
But there is a fierce competition among leaders of China, Russia and US for supremacy over South Asia. China under Xi Jinping intends to replace the US as the sole power of Asia. China is aggressively pursuing geo-political strategy and diplomacy to change the economic, security and political structure of Asia.
The Indian leadership has to be aggressive in moves and diplomacy with countries of South Asia as China has shifted power alignments by Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar Port and development of a China–Pakistan Economic Corridor and further declaring that Hambantota port is a part of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Chinese influence in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Pakistan will have serious implications for India.
SEnsing the grave situation, India entered into a bilateral logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement with United States in August 2016 that gives the two countries reciprocal access to their respective military bases for supplies and fuel. Their Strategic partnership aimed at checking growing extremism and emerging power of China and strategic defence partnership under which, the US would sell high-tech weapons only to India in the world.
Afghanistan’s former president Hamid Karzai has accused United States for establishing permanent bases in the war-torn country to maintain power in the region while Pakistan is pursuing its own interests in the Afghan war.
After the recent successes in Iraq and Syria, US main aim is to cripple the Taliban’s revenue-generation enterprise and for that Afghanistan has been converted into U.S. Central Command as Pentagon has shifted major air support capabilities by adding an A-10 squadron in Kandahar Air Force Base, 50 percent more MQ-9 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.
U.S. forces conducted air operations to strike Taliban and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, or ETIM, training facilities in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province. “The destruction of these training facilities prevents terrorists from planning any acts near the border with China and Tajikistan,” Air Force Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker, commander of NATO Air Command Afghanistan said. ETIM is a terrorist organization that operates in China and the border regions of Afghanistan, Hecker noted. “ETIM enjoys support from the Taliban in the mountains of Badakhshan.
Karzai has accused the United States of colluding with Daesh in Afghanistan and allowed the group to flourish in the country as ” under the full presence, surveillance, military, political, intelligence, Daesh has emerged.”
Meanwhile, Ashraf Ghani government is under immense criticism due to the spate in terror attacks orchestrated by Taliban and Islamic State or Daesh in Afghanistan. The ousted governor of Balkh Atta Mohammad Noor has blamed the government for failing to provide security to the people and accused Ashraf Ghani government of mismanaging the foreign aid to Afghanistan and that government “has no plan to improve the economy”.
To re-establish dominance in Asia, President Donald Trump administration’s first National Defense Strategy declared that “great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of U.S. national security.” Defence Secretary James Mattis has called for more lethal forces, stronger security partnerships, robust and innovative Defense Department to confront America’s adversaries like China and Russia while ensuring defense for its allies and guaranteeing freedom of navigation and commerce in the region.
By: Arti Bali