| by Ali Sukhanver
( May 9, 2013, Islamabad, Sri Lanka Guardian) I never knew that there is no difference between a spy and a terrorist but the recent reporting of some of our own national media houses on the Sarabjeet Singh’s death revealed upon me that a spy could be called a terrorist and a terrorist could be a spy. According to my knowledge, a spy is a person who secretly collects and reports information about an enemy or competitor. A spy is usually employed by a state or institution to obtain secret information from rival countries, organizations and companies. In short his sole responsibility is to keep secret watch on others and he is never involved in any act of terrorism. In most of the countries a terrorist is not treated in the same manner as a spy is treated because the working of a spy is altogether different from that of a terrorist. We can say that a spy is considered an ambassador of his country taking care of mischievous rather roguish interests of his country in a foreign land. The main objective of a spy is to get secret pieces of information and manipulate and exploit the situation in the larger benefits of the country he belongs to. He himself is never directly involved in any act of terrorism. Most of the time his identity remains concealed.
More pathetic is the fact that in response to Sarabjeet’s death a fifty two years old Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Haq was attacked by Indian inmates in Jammu jail. He received serious head injuries and died on 9th May, 2013. Sanaullah Haq was serving a life term there for mistakenly crossing the Line of Control. Unfortunately the Indian authorities, the Indian media and some of the media men from Pakistan who had been raising huge hue and cry on Sarabjeet’s death remained in complete state of silence on murder of Sanaullah. Such a cruel behaviour of the Indian authorities, the Indian media and their sympathizers in Pakistani media would simply mar the ongoing peace process between Pakistan and India. The desire or struggle for peace must not allow any one forget the difference between a spy and a terrorist. The terrorists deserve no sympathy whether they belong to India, USA or Pakistan and any one having a soft corner for a terrorist must also be dealt in the same way but what to do with Sanaullah Haq who was neither a spy nor a terrorist. Surely there must be some caring and kind authority that could look after the sorry plight of innocent people like Sanaullah Haq.