Using terrorists to harm Pakistan
India is aiming to achieve this aim with the wishful thinking that ultimately Pakistan will be declared as a terrorist state and western powers will end Pakistanís nuclear capability and she will become a permanent South Asian hegemonic power. In this game plan India is exploiting Kashmiriís freedom struggle continuing since 1989, and global war on terror (GWOT), being fought in Afghanistan for the last ten years. To damage Pakistanís relations with the US, NATO countries and Afghanistan, Indian intelligence agency (RAW) covertly sponsors terrorist acts against the US and western targets in Kashmir and Afghanistan and blames Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism. Such Indian designs have been unearthed by the recent revelations made by Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark, in their book titled, ďThe Meadow Kashmir 1995 Where the Terror began,Ē released in March 2012 (UK). The authors have claimed that July 1995 kidnapping of six western tourists, (two Britons, two Americans, one German and one Norwegian) in Anantnag district of Indian held Kashmir and subsequent murder of four hostages (earlier one escaped and another was beheaded) was carried out by a group of Kaskmiri militants, who worked for Indian Army. But it was all along blamed by India that Mujahideen supported by Pakistani intelligence had abducted the US and western tourists.
The book claims that the militant organization, Al-Faran was ready to free the rest four hostages for money but deal was sabotaged by Indian establishment. Later Azad Nabi (pro-Indian government militant) bought four hostages from Al-Faran for Rupees four lakhs and shot them on 24 December 1995. The hostages were killed twenty days after Indian security forces killed three Al-Faran militants and captured two more militants, who were responsible for abduction. In this book compiled after years of investigation and research, the authors have proved with credible evidence that Indian Establishment was behind this brutal act and even failed the talks to facilitate murder of the hostages just to put blame on Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism.
This book should act as an eye opener for the US and western countries and Pakistan to visualize how India uses its intelligence agencies to create situations by engineering terrorist acts against western targets with the objective to blame Pakistan for the ultimate objective of getting it declared as a state sponsoring terrorism. In fact the book provides sufficient evidence that India, as a state is sponsoring terrorism in occupied Kashmir and it also strengthens the already existing perception that she is also sponsoring terrorist acts in Afghanistan, FATA, Balochistan and other parts of Pakistan. Indiaís involvement in Balochistan is almost proved by the findings of the Judicial Commission formed in Pakistan for the recovery of missing persons. According to The Express Tribune newspaper, Pakistan dated June 9, 2012, Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, the Head of the Commission, addressing a news conference at Quetta stated that the foreign intelligence agencies wanted to deteriorate the situation of Balochistan in order to destabilize Pakistan. He added that out of 460 missing persons from all over Pakistan, 42 bodies of missing persons were found from Balochistan, and claimed that foreign intelligence agencies were involved in the crime.
In the light of this finding of the Commission it is very logical to conclude that RAW must be in the leading role in this treacherous game of abductions and related murders in Balochistan. Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal further said that the list of missing persons also contained the names of those living abroad and also those who have been involved in terrorism-related cases. He further claimed that some of the missing persons were in Afghanistan and they could not be recovered because they were in US controlled territory. In the light of these findings of the Commission and revelations of the above mentioned book it can be safely corroborated that Indian intelligence agency (RAW) is involved in engineering abductions and murders in Balochistan and other parts of Pakistan by using dissident Baloch and other elements. In the scenario discussed above while the US and western countries should be conscious of India using renegade groups for committing terrorist acts against western target as a policy to blame Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism, Pakistanís political and military leadership should also be vigilant and monitor such Indian activities as India might be supporting the Baloch separatist elements using Afghanistan as a staging ground as it did in the then East Pakistan in 1971.
óThe writer is working for IPRI.