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The risks associated with endorsing the Khalistan movement: An alert for Pakistan

The interaction between domestic politics and global dynamics can have far-reaching effects in the intricate field of international relations. Neighboring nations frequently find themselves privately enjoying each other’s problems.

The long-simmering conflict between Canada, India, and their Western allies has given the Khalistan movement more momentum. While some in Pakistan would be tempted to take a positive perspective of India’s situation, it is important to acknowledge the risks that this movement may bring to Pakistan, India, and regional stability, as noted in a paper by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI).

There are many threats associated with the extremist movement of Khalistan, like as secessionism, terrorism, and religious radicalism. Pakistan runs the risk of internal terrorism when it supports these groups.

According to the IPRI assessment, one of the movement’s most concerning aspects is Khalistan’s initial claim to Lahore and other portions of Pakistan. Extremists from Khalistan have the ability to incite conflict between themselves and the Pakistani government by claiming territory. The already unstable area becomes even more unstable as a result of this problem.

Pakistan’s backing of militants in Khalistan is causing a rift between the nation and the international community. The world’s growing worry over Pakistan’s role in encouraging extremism is already reflected in its presence on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) grey list. Pakistan’s international reputation and diplomatic connections are severely jeopardized by its deteriorating relationships to the United States, a longstanding ally, and its increasing isolation in the region.

Significant information was recently revealed by General Hamid Gul, the former chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), exposing Pakistan’s backing for radicals in Khalistan. It draws attention to Pakistan’s goal of influencing and destabilizing the area through the employment of terrorist organizations. This statement further complicates the relationship between India and Pakistan by lending credence to the claims that Pakistan supports extreme forces within India.

The IPRI report also cited Terry Milewski’s book, “Blood for Blood,” in which he highlights the long-standing historical significance of Pakistan’s crucial role in assisting the Khalistan movement since its inception. Pakistan has a long history of encouraging separatist and religious extremism, as seen by its unwavering backing for extremists in Khalistan. Because of its past, Pakistan’s long-term ambitions and propensity to incite instability in the area are cause for concern. The book goes on to disclose that Zulfikar Bhutto’s 1971 “revenge” plan involved aiding in the creation of Khalistan.

While it may appear advantageous in the short run to inflame tensions and instability in India, endorsing narratives pushed by specific political figures and extremist organizations might have unintended consequences. This will function as a force multiplier and jeopardize Pakistan’s territorial integrity as well as the peace in the region if it is not addressed.