Abbotabad a watershed in Pakistan's history

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): The attack by United States Navy Seals on a compound in which Osama Bin Laden was staying in the garrison town of Abbotabad on May 1, 2011, has to be seen as a watershed in the history of Pakistan.

The world became aware that the Pakistan establishment, particularly the Inter-Services Intelligence, has been looking after Osama Bin Laden and his family, and had kept the world, including its major ally, the United States, in the dark.

It is significant that the United States kept the Pakistan Army and the ISI out of the loop as far as the operation against Osama's abode in the garrison town of Abbotabad. Pakistan has claimed that it knew of the operation conducted by the Navy Seals, but it continues to deny that it knew that Osama Bin Laden was staying there.

The terror groups in Pakistan, which have received nourishment from the establishment in the country, have been on a warpath since the incident.

In May 2011, terrorists raided Pakistan's premier naval base, PNS Mehran. They followed it by an attack on the Minhas Air Base at Kamra, about 64 kilometers from Islamabad, in August 2012. The attack on Minhas Air Base is believed to have been organized by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Not a day passes without violent incidents occurring in some part of Pakistan or the other. The Pakistan Army and the military intelligence agency, which were deeply involved in organizing terror attacks, firstly against the Soviet forces in Afghanistan and later against the Taliban, are now at the receiving end.

Pakistan learnt the art of proxy war from the United States in the eighties in the war against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. It saved a part of the resources it had received for training Mujahids in Afghanistan, to conduct a proxy war against India, firstly in Punjab and later in Jammu and Kashmir. It has now become a victim of the terrorist establishment itself.

What will be the impact of NATO troops from Afghanistan? We hear reports of the United States trying to negotiate with the Taliban, an ally of the Al Qaeda. Pakistan's military establishment is the exit of NATO forces from Afghanistan, which would give it a chance of regaining its 'strategic space'.

As a neighbour, India has to keep a watchful eye, and take steps to ensure that it will not be a victim of the terrorist forces. Colonel (retired) Anil Bhat's book 'After Abbottabad: Terror to Turmoil in Pakistan' is a timely publication.

Bhat has surveyed and analyzed the events in Pakistan prior to the attack on Abbottabad, the attack itself, and the emergence of terrorist organizations in Pakistan, in the tastefully brought out publication. By I. Ramamohan Rao (ANI)

(Book Review: After Abbotabad: Terror to Turmoil in Pakistan, by Anil Bhat. Pentagon Press. Price: Rs.795)

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

As two of the most glamorous sides in the Indian T20 league, the focus of the match between Mumbai and Bangalore will invariably be on the middle-order… More »

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in exhibition matches in the United States… More »

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits he must keep his anger under control if he is to end his international exile. More »

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

"Integrity is non-negotiable..." says the BCCI's interim chief ahead of Season 7 of the tainted league. More »

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Chennai have an emphatic 8-3 lead in the head-to-head with Punjab, with one game tied More »

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

The 38-year-old South African veteran turned it on for Kolkata Knight RIders in the opening match of IPL-7. More »

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

A quality that defines Rajasthan and Hyderabad is consistency. Rajasthan was one among two teams to enjoy complete dominance at home last season. Hyderabad… More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

New-look RCB will play their first game of IPL-7 on Thursday. More »

IPL: News Line

IPL: News Line

A round-up of all the news from this season of the IPL. More »

Shane Watson issues moral warning

Shane Watson issues moral warning

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

Nepal players call off boycott

Nepal players call off boycott

Thaw in relations after formation of an advisory committee that would work in tandem with the Cricket Association of Nepal. More »