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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Pakistan: A State of Lies – as shown by 2 pictures

The events of the past few weeks, starting with the IAF striking a major terror training facility in Balakot, Pakistan; and followed by Pakistani incursions into Bharatiya airspace; and the claims and counter-claims, have once again focused attention on a fundamental fact of the Pakistani state: that it is a state of lies.

This article does not attempt to go into the nitty gritty of the various Pakistani claims made over the course of these weeks: whether the claims of having captured 2 (or even 3) Bharatiya pilots, of having shot down 2 IAF planes, of Indian bombs landing on vacant land, etc. There is enough detailed coverage of each of these issues by now, and the interested reader may find the truth they desire.

Instead, I want to, using just two images, underline this basic fact of the Pakistani state – of being a state of lies. Once the reader sees these 2 images, no further words will need to be said. As they say, a good picture is worth a thousand words. The first image is of the date 17 December, 1971, while the second one is from a day before, i.e. 16 Dec, 1971. I need not write any more.

Pakistani Dawn newspaper front page from 17 Dec 1971
Pakistan military signing the Instrument of Surrender on 16 December 1971 in Dhaka.

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Vinay Kumar
Vinay Kumar
Devout Hindu and practising brahmin, very interested in history and current affairs of Bharat. Do not believe in birth-based "caste" but rather varna based on swadharma and swabhava, and personal commitment to that varna's dharmas. I don't judge people by the religion they profess: every human being should be treated with equal dignity. At the same time, I don't judge a religion by the people I know who profess it. A religion, like any doctrine, should be subjected to critical examination using facts and reason.


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