Japan must apologise to Pakistan after being befooled by India | By S Nayyar Uddin Ahmad


Japan must apologise to Pakistan after being befooled by India

UNANSWERED questions: 1.First there is the story about the Honey trap. An Air Force official had reportedly been conned into working as a “defence analyst” with a magazine in the United Kingdom, when in fact he was allegedly passing on information to intelligence agencies in Pakistan.

Authorities have arrested the air force official and now intend to find out whether he also provided any information about the base in Pathankot.

2.Then there is the thoroughly confusing story about a Punjab Superintendent of Police, Salwinder Singh, who says he was abducted by some of the terrorists while he was driving back from a religious shrine on Friday early morning, along with two others – his jeweller friend and cook.

The abductors, he says, were five heavily armed terrorists in army fatigues.According to the cook, Madan Gopal, they were overpowered by the terrorists and tied up in the back of the car.

Gopal says they were eventually dumped by the terrorists, who drove away with Singh’s car, which had a blue beacon on top of it.

Questions are being raised about what Singh – who had been transferred from Gurdaspuronly recently because of sexual harassment complaints from five female constables – was doing out that late.

Equally confusing is the decision of the heavily armed terrorists to simply dump Singh and the others, when they had reportedly earlier killed a taxi driver to use his car.

3.What follows is even more confusing. A note supposedly found in the car was what gave the media an initial idea that Jaish-e-Mohammad had been behind the attack.

The note, which was circulated to the media as well, includes the words Jaish-e-Mohammad in English, and claims that the attack was done as retaliation for India’s decision to hang Afzal Guru, a convict in Parliament attacks case.

4.Next there is the question of strange providence. Firstly, because the SP was let off, he was able to alert authorities about the terrorists being at large.

Almost farcically, Punjab Police did not believe his story at first, in part because of his “colourful background”.

Gopal, his cook, even claims that he was tortured by police, who kept asking him for the real story about what happened to the car.

Secondly, one of the terrorists is said to have used the SP’s phone to make phone calls, including one to his mother where he reportedly said that he was heading for martyrdom.

This has apparently given authorities some evidence that they can now use to pin blame on elements in Pakistan, despite the Kashmir-based UJC taking credit for the attack.

5.Next is the question about sending in the team of National Security Guard. Once the Punjab Police came around to believing that the SP’s story was real, and that it was connected to terror, alarm bells were rung.

Delhi was informed about the concerns, at which point National Security Advisor Ajit Doval reportedly swung into action.

According to Ajai Shukla, who covers national security for the Business Standard, Doval didn’t let the army run the operation and instead moved a team of the National Security Guard to the Pathankot base.

This left security of the air-base in the hands of the existing Defence Security Corps, mostly retired military veterans, the air force’s Garud commandos who lacked a specific operational brief, and the NSG.

Intent on directly controlling what he anticipated would be a walk in the park, and without anticipating that there might be more than one group of terrorists, Mr Doval led with his trump card – he ordered 150-160 National Security Guard (NSG) troopers to be flown down immediately from New Delhi.

The army was placed on the side-lines. It is revealing that not a single Pathankot casualty is from the army.

The hapless DSC [Defence Security Corps] jawans took most of the casualties. The NSG took unacceptable losses, including an officer killed from a booby-trapped terrorist body.

The army knows this ploy well and approaches terrorist bodies in J&K with caution, knowing the jihadi’s dying act could have been to activate a grenade and lie on it.”

6.Manu Pubby’s story for the Economic Times suggested that a lack of a proper command-and-control system in place made the response haphazard.

“Constant calls from the centre sent confusing messages and led to a lack of clarity over the status of the operation,” his story says, which is why the Home Minister and the Defence Minister tweeted about the success of the operation before it was actually over.

7.Harinder Baweja in the Hindustan Times echoes the same concern, raising the main question: Despite advance intelligence, how did India allow terrorists into a base located so close to the border, take three whole days to neutralise the situation and lose 11 people in the process?

8.And Praveen Swami in the Indian Express points out issues with every element of the operation which will need to be probed once the dust has settled, including the one about the lack of adequate security at the base.

Even though terrorists have successfully attacked several Pakistan Air Force bases in recent years, taking advantage of poor perimeter security, Pathankot had not installed electronic perimeter surveillance systems, further complicating the task of watching out for an intrusion.

Then of course there are the broader questions of how govt responded in New Delhi, why it did not have clarity in its approach to briefing the media and what this now means for relations with Pakistan.

Answering those questions will be hard if we’re not able to pin down just what has hit us in Pathankot in the first place.(Link:-https://amp.scroll.in/article/801374/pathankot-terror-attack-eight-crucial-unanswered-questions)

Concluding Sir, it must be remembered that the Indian government wrongly maligned you and your government in her own sordid affairs with this false flag operation against Japan also in order to hide her own nuclear provocation of intentional firing on 9 March 2022 of a nuclear supersonic cruise missile deep 124 KM’s inside Pakistan wherein a nuclear holocaust was only averted because of the alertness and cool mindedness of the highly confident and responsible Pakistani civil and military leadership.

In view of the foregoing, it is incumbent upon you as the Prime Minister of the great Japanese nation to come out clean and apologise to the government of Pakistan for the wrong and incorrect mention of Pakistan in the 16 March 2022 joint statement of Japan-India.—Concluded

—The author writes on strategic, political, economic, current affairs & sports.


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