Dr Muhammad khan
In order to malign and defame Pakistan, India has been conducting fake terrorist attacks on its soil and in Indian occupied Kashmir. However, there has been disclosure of truth later on by internal sources of India. Few years back, Times of India reported that, a former Under Secretary of Indian Home Ministry R V S Mani, has revealed in the court that, “the Indian government, and not Pakistan, was behind the parliament attack (13/12, 2001) and Mumbai attack (26/11 2008) in India.” The officer of home ministry was categorical in his revelation that, this was orchestrated by India to formulate and strengthened the counter-terrorism laws in India and to defame Pakistan. As per the Times of India, Mani has submitted signed the affidavits in the court and a member of CBI-SIT probe team, Satish Verma has told him that, these attacks were set up “with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation.” Besides, at time such revelations have been coming from Indian media and at time Indian courts would reveal these facts at later stages, after damage is done.
One such attack was conducted on Indian financial capital Mumbai on November 26, 2008, that killed 167 innocent people, including Hemant Karkare; in-charge of Anti-terror Squad. Mr Hemant Karkare was the chief investigating officer of another terror attack conducted by a serving Indian Army officer. Immediately after this attack, Indian Government and media blamed Pakistan. Then Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh issued a reckless statement that, “roots of these attacks are in a neighbouring country.” While rejecting the Indian allegations, Pakistan condemned these attacks and offered its help in the investigation. Following the attack, India did try to mobilise its armed forces especially its Air Force, but vigilance and quick response of PAF put IAF on defensive.
It is worth mentioning that, in October 2008, Mr Hemant Karkare, Head of Anti-Terrorist Squad, Maharashtra, was investigating the terrorist acts of a serving Indian Army officer; Lieutenant Colonel Prashad Srikant Purohit was arrested on the charges of attack on Malegaon Mosque bomb blast. During investigations, it was revealed that the officer along with a number of his accomplices was also involved in the attacks on Samjota Express 2007, besides a number other terrorist attacks. Mr Hemant Karkare was about to reveal this terrorist network, once mysterious Mumbai attacks took place and he was first one to be killed. Earlier, Indian media broke the news that the lieutenant colonel SP Purohit had a huge network of Hindu terrorists spread in the length and breadth of Indian Army and otherwise.
Another stage managed event was attack on Indian Parliament on December 13, 2001. Whereas all attackers were killed by Indian security forces and without any evidence, Pakistan was blamed and India mobilised its armed forces all along the international border, creating war hysteria. Later, an innocent Kashmiri; Afzal Guru was arrested and hanged on the false charges of harbouring the militants, on February 9, 2013, a political murder, as Indian unbiased scholars declared.
There is a long history of Indian fake and shameful attacks to kill its own people. In 2000, on the eve of the visit of former US president, Mr. Bill Clinton, India maliciously exploited his presence once its secret services stage-managed a drama of killing thirty-six Sikhs in Indian Occupied Kashmir. In 2003, Hindu extremists of BJP and RSS burnt a number of compartments of a train carrying Hindu pilgrims in Gujrat and levelled the charges against Muslims, subsequently causing massacre of over 2900 innocent Muslims. Later on as result of investigation, it was proved that this was an act of BJP and RSS to instigate Hindus against Muslims. In 2007, Hindu extremist elements burnt alive68 Pakistani passengers of Samjota Express near Panipat and levelled the changes against Pakistan.
In January 2016, Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot was attacked by unknown assailants and again Pakistan was blamed. In September 2016, the drama of Uri Attack on a Brigade Headquarters was stage managed primarily to sabotage the indigenous freedom struggle of Kashmiris and to defame Pakistan as cross border terrorism. Besides, there has been a series of such attacks all aimed to blame and defame Pakistan and to divert the attention from Indian massive human rights in IOK. These planned attacks include; Mumbai train attack, July 2006, killing 190 people and injuring over 600 people. Melagaon Bomb Blast, Sep 2006, near the Hamidia Mosque, killing 37 people.Hyderabad Makkah Masjid Terrorists Attack, 18 May 2007, killing 16 people. Attack on Dargah of Khawaja Moin-ud-Din Chishti in Ajmer Sharif in October 2007 by RSS terrorists. Terrorists Attacks in UP Courts on 23 Nov 2007, killing 15 people. Jaipur Terrorists Attack, on 13 May 2008, killing 63 people and injuring 200. Ahmedabad Terrorists Attack July 2008, killing 45 people. Delhi Terrorists Attack, Sep 2008, a series of five synchronised bomb blasts took place within a span of few minutes at various locations in Delhi. Reportedly, 30 people were killed and over 100 got injured.
The series of Indian fake attacks reminds us the critical moments of cold war; the Cuban Missile Crisis, once President J.F Kennedy was asked by US Defence apparatus to approve a plan whereby, committing perceived acts of terrorism in US cities, and blamed on Cuba in order to create public support for a war against Cuba through “Operation Northwoods.” The ultimate objective of this entire planning was, “The desired results from the execution of this plan would be to place the United States in the apparent position of suffering defensible grievances from a rash and irresponsible government of Cuba and to develop an international image of a Cuban threat to peace in the Western Hemisphere.” US Joint Chiefs of Staff though authorised this plan, but President John F. Kennedy rejected it. The powerful lobby in US later ensured a meticulous assassination of Kennedy, still a mystery.
A word of advice for India is that, world is totally aware of such phoney and fake acts. US has reconciled its relation with Cuba and there is a move forward for the resolution of bilateral issues between US and Cuba. India too needs to reconcile and resolve the issues, rather continuing with this undesirable trend of phoney attacks. Reconciliation would place India at a higher pedestal at regional and international level; otherwise world would continue viewing Indian acts as; fake and anti-Pakistan.
— The writer is International Relations analyst based in Islamabad.