ISLAMABAD: India Today September’s issue cover photo has spread a lot of controversies across the borders. The cover photo has the image Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Shareef with a photoshopped mark of slap on his face.
The cover photo of the magazine is inspired by the speech of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on August 15, the independence day of India.
Modi stated “Today, I want to greet and express my thanks to some people. In the last few days, the people of Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have thanked me, have expressed gratitude, and expressed good wishes for me. The people who are living far away, whom I have never seen, never met-such people have expressed appreciation for the Prime Minister of India, for 125 crore countrymen. This is an honor for our countrymen.
It is irony that the part of Kashmir which Modi called occupied is a very peaceful and enchanted land where thousands of people from all over the Pakistan come to spend their vacation, and doctors recommend to the patients of depression to visit Kashmir to get out of everyday life fatigues.
The part of Kashmir which is under the governance of India has a very different story to tell. Because of the crisis in the region people always face curfews, disabling of the internet and cellular networks, suspended railway services, school examinations and Hindus are not allowed to have pilgrimage to a mountain cave.
Gilgit-Baltistan is also a very beautiful and peaceful place and called “paradise on earth” by the people of the country. Gilgit has no such issues but Modi better knows what local people have thanked him for, while he’s having the blood of thousands of Gujratis on his hands with unspeakable atrocities. On the other hand Modi reclaim the region as “unfinished business of partition”.
If you see location of Baluchistan it has great geo-political importance, it boarders Afghanistan, Iran, China and the most anticipated Gawader sea-port , for which world’s superpowers has great interest in this region.
Baluchistan is at the crossroad of oil and gas pipelines from Iran and elsewhere. It has the access point through water to China, India and Africa.
Eric Draitser, the geopolitical analyst, said there are various terrorist organization such as; the Baluch Liberation Army, Jundallah, Baluch Republican Army, Lashkar-e-Taiba are few of them, and having that number of terrorist organizations is not coincidental but it has a direct interest of United States and the Western powers.
“The United States knows they cannot compete with China economically and industrially, so they have to stop China’s development through these subversive tactics.
“They are willing to engage with various terrorist networks that they have had for many many years in order to make the Chinese stall in their economic development”
According to 2012 leaked CIA memos, the Israeli Mossad recruited Jundallah members under the nose of American CIA officers.
These organization blocking the Chinese trade by killing the Chinese people in Baluchistan and destabilizing Pakistan from inside.
India is not the only country who wants separation of Baluchistan but there are people in US congress who expresses their readiness to separate Baluchistan from Pakistan like Congressman Dana Rohrabacher who said “Perhaps we should even consider support for a Baluchistan carved out of Pakistan to diminish radical power there also”.
The Pakistan military operations against the terrorist who attacked levies forces and military convoys are depicted as the human rights violation in Baluchistan and such material is majorly found on Indian originated websites.
The cover photo of the Gen. Raheel Shareef on India Today has gone unnoticed on media and there is a possibility that it would not have a worth even to talk about, for it is considered to be a lowest form of journalism.
On social media it has been observed that the people of Pakistan love and respect Raheel Shareef and regard him as their hero.
Still there seems no chances that this matter is going to be discussed anywhere on Pakistani mainstream media, but we are waiting to hear a word from authorities.