Sultan M Hali
EVERY new-year commences with the dread of a new false flag operation by India and the blame being pinned on Pakistan for perpetrating the attack. In 2015, it was the “terror boat drama” while in 2016, it was the Pathankot terror attack. Both of these blew up in Indian faces, after ample evidence came to light from Indian sources, exposing them as false flag operations. In the case of the former, Indian Coast Guard DIG B K Loshali was sacked for passing remarks on media channels that contradicted the government’s stand over the sinking of the alleged Pakistani boat off the Gujarat coast on 2015 New Year’s Eve. In the second incident mentioned, too many loopholes in the official version of the story and Pakistan’s quick response to investigate the accusations of Pakistani hand in the gory episode discredited the Indian government’s story.
The first week of 2017 passed peacefully but on 9 January 2017, India—unable to resist the temptation of taking potshots at Pakistan, staged an attack on General Reserve Engineers Force (GREF) Camp in Batal (Akhnoor). According to Indian media reports, three GREF employees were killed in an attack by “terrorists” at around 0200 hrs on 9 January 2017. Apparently, the choice of location of the false attack was well chosen and meets a number of sinister Indian objectives. GREF camp is situated only two kilometres from the Line of Control (LoC) in Batal village of Khour area (Akhnoor). Indian media was quick to state that the attackers came from across the LoC. GREF is a subordinate organization of Border Roads Organization (BRO). While the Indian authorities are yet to find out the number of attackers inside their camp, they lost no time in linking them to Pakistan.
The possible rationale for this most recent Indian drama could be manifold. India’s failure to garner international support for isolating Pakistan may have prompted Ajit Doval, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Security Advisor aka National Terrorism Advisor, for his penchant for using terrorism as a state tool, to hatch a new plot. After the deadly Uri attack on 18 September 2016, staged to bring Pakistan into disrepute on the eve of the 71st session of UN General Assembly failed, India choreographed a false surgical strike against selected alleged terrorist training centres in Pakistan. When this lie was nailed India desperately attempted to bring Pakistan into the dock by moving the BRICS and Heart of Asia summits to castigate Pakistan.
When these too did not bring the desired results, India tried to move the UN to have Jaish-i-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar designated as an international terrorist. China blocked each such nefarious attempt by India. Frustrated by these setbacks, India is attempting every possible trick in its Chanakyan guideline for deceit and treachery, the Arthashastra. Its media proliferated a cock and bull story quoting intelligence sources as saying that ISI had made a tactical shift in its strategy for India and had recently set up a terror camp in Marisot (situated on Thailand-Myanmar border). They further quoted sources as saying that ISI was using Taliban ‘fighters’ to train Rohingya Muslims to launch terror attacks. It added that terror launch pad in Mae Sot may be used to launch attacks.
Moreover, Indian media house surmised that ISI was training groups like Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami Arkana (HuJI-A) and some Khalistani militants with the help of the Pakistan Taliban. Intelligence agencies reportedly say that ISI was arranging huge funds and weapons for terror activities. The story’s preposterousness can be gauged from the fact that the TTP is the sworn enemy of Pakistan and its armed forces. It has been targeted, crushed and prosecuted. It would be unthinkable that its elements would become the tools of ISI. Yet to lend credence to its story, Indian media portrayed a supposedly arranged meeting between Maulana Abdul Kuddus (Rohingya Muslim of Pakistani origin who heads the HuJI-A) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed. Kuddus is believed to be close to the Pakistan Taliban.
There is a possibility that Indian Army might be preparing groups for launching (another) “Surgical Strike”. Recent preparations, rehearsals for surgical strikes by Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (RRF) and Para Special Forces troops may be pointers in this direction. Indian media also made a ridiculous claim that Pakistan Army was using chemical weapons against civilians in North Waziristan. To support its odious claim, the blurred image of a scarred family was presented. To hide its lie, it was claimed that the image was too gory to be broadcast. This scribe was on a number of Indian channels battling the false accusations. Unfortunately India does not desist from bringing on Pakistani origin traitors and turncoats like Tarek Fateh and Baloch as well as Pashtun participants who have sold their souls to Mephistopheles to support their argument with false accusations against the Pakistan Army and the State.
In a bid to hide its own atrocities against innocent Kashmiri youth in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK)—the cold blooded murder of popular Kashmiri youth leader Burhan Wani, which triggered unrest in the Valley and in the backlash, more than a hundred youth have been martyred and over 3000 of them blinded by pellet guns fired by security forces—India is trying to point fingers at Pakistan. Mehbooba Mufti, the puppet Chief Minister of IOK, claims that Pakistan is responsible for the unrest in the Valley.
Morale in Indian armed forces is dwindling; recent videos posted on Facebook by an Indian soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav states: “From morning to evening we work, standing in all weather conditions. No matter the rain, no matter the snow, in all conditions we do our duty, but neither the media nor any minister pay heed to our problems.” In the videos, the BSF jawan, Tej Bahadur Yadav, shares the reality of living at the frontlines. He says how they are not being fed properly because of the corruption at top levels- the services and life that a jawan is entitled to, has gone for a toss. There have been hundreds of cases of fragging (killing superiors or fellow soldiers in frustration). To hide its inadequacies, Indian designs to use such fake incidents to malign Pakistan but India should know that Pakistan will not be a pushover.
—The writer is retired PAF Group Captain and a TV talk show host.