A prominent Pakistani newspaper has come out with a story quoting Indian Foreign Secretary as saying that surgical strikes on Pakistan terror hub never happened. A “highly placed source” in Pakistan government told the reporter that their embassy was briefed by German officials about a confession made by the Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar to the German ambassador that no such surgical strike had even happened across the Line of Control.
Aren’t you reminded of Leonardo di Caprio-starrer Inception, which had layers and layers of dreams?
Now lets break the turn of event for you.
Step 1: Pakistani embassy official named Rukhsana Afzal met a German Foreign Ministry Office in Berlin.
Step 2: She raised the issue of Indian ‘atrocities’ in Jammu & Kashmir.
Step 3: Then she met German Foreign Office’s AfPak division. It was during the meeting with the department’s senior desk officer Simone Stemmler that Afzal got the ‘startling’ news.
Step 4: Stemmler told her that S Jaishankar had told the the German Ambassador to India that the surgical strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir never happened.
Now, the question is when Germany has itself supported India on the surgical strike across LoC citing New Delhi’s right to self defence, why will a diplomat defy Berlin’s stance on the issue?
The paper’s source gave other juicy details about the strikes. Samplers:
1. If pushed to the corner the Narendra Modi government will pull out a fake video from somewhere as evidence of the strikes. (Our take: Geo politics is not social media)
2. Modi government faked the strikes to show Pakistan in bad light on the world platform and portray it as a terrorist state. (Huh! Where was Osama Bin Laden found? May be that was a fake strike too.)
3. However, this one takes the cake. The source says if India is unable to prove surgical strikes even with a fake video then Narendra Modi plans to handpick some scapegoat within the Army and blame them for the entire debacle. (Our take: Blame-game and power struggle might be a thing between the civilian government and the Army in Pakistan. That’s not how we function in India)