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India – the state that sponsors terrorism

Mohammad Jamil


India’s deep-seated animosity towards Pakistan can well be measured through her secret plots, spying schemes and espionage/sabotage missions sent inside Pakistani territory in the form of clusters of secret agents, spy networks, criminals, terrorists and groups of saboteurs. Specially- trained and highly dangerous terrorists and saboteurs are sent by Indian military and intelligence agencies to clandestinely slip into Pakistani territory to execute criminal plans including bomb blasts, target killing, and other disparaging activities. Many a spies and RAW agents had been arrested in the past, but with the arrest of Kulbhushan Yadav – an on-duty naval officer – India stands exposed that it is the state that sponsors terrorism. The heated debate on the death sentence to Commander Kulbhushan Yadav may have surprised many in the international media; however, they are missing the forest for a tree.
Just to remind them about the Kulbhushan enterprise, the top gun of RAW was funded to the tune of 500 million USDs with a strategic mission to achieve RAW’s objectives within Pakistan. However, many are surprised over India’s slumber for one year then coming out to declare Kulbhushan as India’s son of the soil. Anyhow, all India’s neighbors are suffering from India’s vile acts to a more or a lesser degree. India has been blatantly sponsoring terrorism in all his neighboring countries since long. It was done in the name of an aggressive doctrine – the Indira doctrine. The timing of Indira Doctrine had coincided with the emerging civil war in Sri Lanka which changed this tourist paradise into a hell for next three decades. In India, no matter who was at the helm of affairs, policy of intimidating its neighbors through interference in their internal affairs and extending hegemony over them continues.
All of India’s neighbors like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan have been wary of its hegemonic designs; whereas Sikkim had been forcibly merged with India. In the first week of November 2016, Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee had visited Nepal, which was the first visit by a president in 18 years and he conveyed his government’s position on Indo-Nepal ties. Nepali government knew that people of Nepal are unhappy over India’s interference in their country’s affairs; and this was the reason that an undeclared curfew on Kathmandu roads was imposed for the safety of Indian president. The two Presidents talked of history, civilisation, culture, geography, and the proximity between the people of the two countries – all of which bring them uniquely closer. They did not make public the differences between the two countries, but people of Nepal are aware of India’s machinations.
India had taken the position that communities living in the Terai, especially the Madeshis (said to be of Indian origin) and the Tharu ethnic minorities, were concerned over the proposed boundaries of the new provinces, which could lead to their political marginalization. Anyhow, the then Nepal’s Ambassador to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyay had said that “Foreign Secretary Jaishankar’s mission to Nepal just before ceremony of declaration of constitution, came too late.” India’s attitude and behavior with its neighbouring countries has been contrary to the norms of peaceful co-existence. Instead of recognizing their sovereignty and equal status, India wishes a pliant behavior on the part of its neighbours, and demands of them to act according to its dictates. India expects of its neighbors to formulate their external, internal and even defence policies according to its will and wishes.
India has arrogated to itself the role of determining the extent of independence and sovereignty its neighbours will enjoy. Such bullying attitude was at display in 2009 when India had rebuked Sri Lanka for expressing a desire to procure radars and other smaller equipment from Pakistan and China, as Indian-origin radars in service with Sri Lanka proved ineffective and failed to detect air attacks of Tamil Tigers. Ignoring the fact that Sri Lanka was an independent and sovereign country and had the right to pursue its policies, M.K. Narayanan, then India’s National Security Advisor, had said: “We are the big power in this region. Let us make it very clear. We strongly believe that whatever requirements the Sri Lankan government has, they should come to us. And we will give them what we think is necessary.” This is language of hegemons and neocolonialists and not democrats.
RAW’s next big game started against arch-rival Pakistan after the fall of the Taliban regime, as Afghanistan became the centre of the power game led by the US with approximately 40 intelligence agencies actively pursuing their agenda. RAW exploited the swathes of ungovernable areas of Afghanistan for setting the bases across the Durand Line and even within some of Indian Consulates in Iran, with objectives such as befriending anti-Pakistan terrorist organizations and support selective but ruthless terrorist organizations like BLA, BRA, MQM (militant wings), TTP, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Daish etc; penetrate the area west of River Indus including Balochistan, to support proxy war against Pakistan; support dissident leadership of BLA etc, and supply them arms and ammunitions to sabotage life line of Balochistan, especially the communication networks; provide diplomatic support to dissident leaders and organize seminars and conferences in major capitals of the western world to highlight the cause of liberation of Balochistan.
The extent of RAW’s involvement in Karachi, Balochistan, KPK and even urban centres of Punjab and Sindh may not be fully known; however, the intelligence gathered from Commander Kulbhushan has uncovered some of the strategic directives given to him by Ajit Kumar Doval. Pakistan’s defensive attitude to RAW’s blatant involvement within Pakistan in kinetic and non-kinetic domains is one of the reasons this agency has operated so freely and ruthlessly on Pakistani soil. Despite the handing over of dossiers to Indian leadership in Sharm al Sheikh, the cozying of top political leadership to Indian overtures has probably convinced the Indian establishment that Pakistan was a soft state and its leadership could be taken for a ride behind the smoke screen of Bollywood and smiling Modi. Pakistan and India had four wars from 1948 including dismemberment in 1971. Earlier, China was engaged in a war across the Himalayas in 1962.

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