Anna`s remarks on Pakistan spur virtual war

India`s champion of anti-corruption Anna Hazare`s recent remarks on his readiness to fight against Pakistan in the event of hostilities have spurred a virtual Indo-Pakistan war.

Updated: Oct 23, 2011, 14:00 PM IST

Islamabad: India`s champion of
anti-corruption Anna Hazare`s recent remarks on his readiness
to fight against Pakistan in the event of hostilities have
spurred a virtual Indo-Pakistan war.

Hazare wrote on his blog that he had fought on the
India-Pakistan border as a soldier and was ready to take part
in a war against Pakistan.

"Even today you can see the marks on my forehead left
behind by Pakistan`s bullet. This is my active conviction that
Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so.

Today once again if I have to, I am ready to take part in
war against Pakistan. But some people can only speak and don`t
do anything on ground (in reality for Kashmir) and this is
unfortunate," Hazare posted on his multi-lingual blog
annahazaresays.wordpress.com.

The post was first noticed by a blogger on the website
for The Express Tribune daily.

"Not long ago, international media saw the rise of a new
star; a man who vowed to reincarnate the principles of
Gandhi...We hoped his anti-graft movement would come to
Pakistan as well.

Moreover, we prayed that the Pak-India border would be
adorned with flowers and candles rather than barbed
wires...However, today all of my hopes suddenly evaporated
when I read Anna Hazare`s blog," wrote Omair Tariq.

What hurt most Pakistanis was the statement that Hazare
was willing to take part in a war against Pakistan.

"I don`t understand how people can name him as a second
Gandhi when Hazare talks about war, something Gandhi was
fiercely opposed to.

I have heard that Gandhi went on to a fast till death
mission on the issue of the distribution of resources to
Pakistan and one shouldn?t forget that this was in favour of
Pakistan, not against it," Tariq wrote.

"...Thus, I don`t think Anna Hazare will be welcomed in
Pakistan after his arrogant declarations," Tariq concluded.

In response to Tariq`s post, Indians and Pakistanis
jumped to defend and oppose Hazare.

A reader wrote, "This article is our wake-up call, thank
you for bringing it up. Everyone in India and here was already
eulogising Anna Hazare as though he descended straight from
heaven.

However, just brace yourself against a diatribe from
Indians here as I am sure you`ve hit their raw nerve by
exposing his `peaceful` demeanor."

An Indian reader said he couldn`t stop laughing at the
post. "Dear friend we are not allowing Anna to go anywhere and
not to your country to say the least...And by the way...do you
think your problems can be solved? Can`t see it happening any
time soon man..."

Another Indian reader who signed in as Shalini Singh
posted: "You are perfectly alright from your view point, you
are a patriot, you are a peace lover. But you know that in
your country people are not so good (except few like you),
mainly the politicians, they want to rule the country based on
Kashmir issue. They are for no one.

And about Anna Hazare, he is also a patriot like you,
that`s why he said if its needed to defend his country, he
will fight war.

Won`t you fight for Pakistan if needed?" AK Murthy too
snubbed Pakistani comments with, "Thank you for not welcoming
Anna to Pakistan. After all who in their right minds would
wants to visit Pakistan?"

PTI