COAS exposes RAW clearly and loudly

CHIEF of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has once again minced no words in pinpointing Indian spying agency RAW for its blatant interference in Balochistan. Addressing a seminar on Peace and Prosperity in Balochistan at Gwadar on Tuesday, the COAS said the Indian agency is also trying to create obstacles in the way of realization of the gigantic project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but vowed to foil all such conspiracies.
We appreciate General Raheel Sharif for focusing on the issue of destabilization of the country by some foreign forces, secret agencies and their local agents. However, it is somewhat enigmatic that we took many years in exposing designs of India especially in respect of Balochistan and are now taking too much time in addressing the challenge in a comprehensive and satisfactory manner. The threat has been there since long but it was, perhaps, for the first time that the issue was publicly raised with India when the then Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani conveyed Pakistan’s concerns in this regard to his Indian counterpart (Manmohan Singh) at Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh. However, we believe our authorities concerned lost focus and did not give due attention to the threat and as a consequence there was phenomenal increase in anti-Pakistani activities by RAW. The recent arrest of RAW agent Kulbhushan from Quetta and his revelations should have served as an eye-opener but regrettably our focus is on politics and not on grave threats to the very security and survival of the country. The question arises what we are doing to plug loopholes, dismantle all networks of foreign agents and expose designs of foreign powers before the world community. The extreme lack of sensitivity on an issue that pertains to security of the dear state is unacceptable. We would propose that the Government may convene an All Parties Conference (APC) where participants should be briefed in detail about activities of RAW and other foreign agencies and the measures being taken to tackle the problem. The discussion and exchange of views would help crystallize all aspects of the challenge and how best to address it. If, for some reason, the Government is unable to convene an APC, we would urge Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah to take the initiative to ward off threats to the homeland.

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