Foreign connection in GB violence

POLICE in Gilgit-Baltistan on Thursday said that a ‘militant commander’ suspected of involvement in the Diamer school attacks, who was killed during a search operation earlier this week, was a ‘high-profile Afghan-trained militant’. Diamer Superintendent of Police (SP) Rai Ajmal in a report submitted to the Diamer Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police said that the militant Commander Shafiur Rehman was killed in an exchange of fire with police.
The reports that Afghan trained elements were involved in attacks on schools in GB are really disturbing and speak volumes about foreign connection in creating unrest and insecurity in different parts of Pakistan. Intelligence agencies of India and Afghanistan have long been in collusion to harm Pakistan’s security and national interests. The nexus was there in FATA, Balochistan and Karachi but this has apparently been expanded to Northern Areas of the country. The motives are quite understandable – undermine efforts aimed at developing this region through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and construction of major water reservoirs which have the potential to address the issue of socio-economic backwardness of the area. India is on record expressing its intention to undermine CPEC. Similarly, it is also spearheading a campaign to make water reservoirs controversial as part of its plans to destabilise Pakistan economically.
Indian involvement and conspiracies are understandable but regrettably Afghanistan too has apparently become a tool in the hands of New Delhi to help implement this nefarious agenda. Attacks on schools by Afghan trained militants comes at a time when Pakistan’s Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani expressed lofty intentions to work together for peace and security in the region. Also these coincide with a sustained and successful campaign by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar to collect donations at home and abroad for construction of two major dams including Diamer-Bhasha. While the issue needs to be taken up seriously with Kabul, people also expect that the security division created for protection of CPEC project would become more active in identifying and eliminating such threats. The job is not difficult when local population has expressed its wiliness to work with security forces in foiling nefarious designs of the enemy.

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