Stage-managed drama of drone attack in IIOJK | By Prof Dr Muhammad Khan

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Stage-managed drama of drone attack in IIOJK


BOTH theory and practice define the term false flag operation as an act committed with the aim to disguise the real source while blaming the other party.

In the power politics of contemporary international system, a state may undertake false flag operation to defame the rival state (s) for attaining strategic objectives.

India is such a state which has mastery over such covert operations with the intent to defame the neighbours.

Among the neighbours India has always targeted Pakistan through direct and indirect strategies, false-flag operation being the most common in the last two decades.

On 27 June 2021, two low intensity drone attacks were reported by Indian authorities on Indian military installation in Jammu area of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

These drone attacks caused minor damage to a building of Jammu Air Force Station of Indian Air Force.

As per Indian sources, these drones were used to drop two improvised explosive devices (IED).

Ever since this attack, India is widely propagating that, Pakistan and Pakistani-backed militant organizations are behind these attacks.

Indian National Security Advisor Mr Doval is trying to raise this issue at the level of SCO and may be at other international forums as well.

Indeed, these low-level drone attacks which did not cause any damage were deliberately planned and executed by India as false flag operation to defame Pakistan, upon its failure to re-engage the Kashmiris leadership during the All Parties Conference held in New Delhi on 24 June 2021.

Despite being Pro-India, the fourteen parties APC over future of Jammu and Kashmir could not bring consensus.

Indeed, these leaders demanded India to restore the pre 05 August 2019 status and stoppage of demographic changes in IIOJK.

Whereas India is not ready to compromise over any of its illegal act, rather trying further change the status of the state with the sole purpose of undoing the identity of Kashmiris.

Indian failure to convince the pro-India Kashmir leadership has compelled New Delhi to stage-mange the drama of drone attack, the first ever attack in IIOJK.

The Pulwama attack of February 2019 was a false flag operation as disclosed through the social media leakages of Indian journalist and anchor Arnab Goswami. Arnab Goswami had been very close to Prime Minister Modi, General Bipan Rawat and RSS.

Being closer to Indian top echelons, the journalist had the insight of the Indian false flag operation at Pulwama.

Arnab Goswami was very happy over the killing of over 40 Indian soldiers in the attack, since it was the first phase of Modi’s election victory.

The leaked WhatsApp chats of the journalist Arnab Goswami with Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) CEO Partho Dasgupta revealed that he (Arnab) knew about the Pulwama attack, at least, three days in advance.

Indeed, India has a history of false flag operation against Pakistan. While taking advantage of incident of 9/11, Indian spying network planned and executed the infamous Parliament attack in December 2001 and mobilized its armed forces to attack Pakistan.

Later, in November 2008, India conducted another major false flag operation; the Mumbai attack-2008, killing over 160 people which also included foreign nationals.

This was aimed at creating international impact against Pakistan. After Mumbai false flag operation, India tried to attack Pakistan, which was deterred by PAF.

Subsequent Indian false flag operations include: Pathan Kot attack on Indian Air Base of 02 January 2016 and Uri Attack of 18 September 2016.

The 2008 Mumbai attack was a false flag operation, staged managed by Indian Government.

Very surprisingly, the leadership of this greatest democracy of the world has dared to kill its own citizens to defame its neighbours or else for strengthening anti-terrorist laws, again against its own people.

According to Times of India, a former Under Secretary of Indian Home Ministry Mr R V S Mani, has revealed that “the Indian government, Not Pakistan, was behind the Parliament Attack (13/12, 2001) and Mumbai Attack (26/11 2008) India.”

This officer of the rank of Under Secretary of Indian Home Ministry was categorical in his revelation that this was orchestrated by India to formulate and strengthen the counter-terrorism laws in India and to defame Pakistan.

As per the Times of India, Mr Mani has submitted signed affidavits in the court a member of CBI-SIT probe team, Satish Verma has told him that these attacks were carryout out”with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation.”

The unfortunate attacks on Indian financial capital Mumbai on 26 November 2008, had killed over 160 innocent people, including Hemant Karkare; in-charge of Anti-terror Squad, who was conducting inquiry of terror attack committed by serving Indian Army officer, Colonel Prashad Srikant Purohit; arrested on the charges of attack on Malegaon Mosque bomb blast and Samjota Express.

After disclosure of EU Disinfo Lab, dozens of Indian false flag operations and narratives against Pakistan international community will no longer accept what India has stage-managed on 27 June 2021.

Indeed, it was highly unprofessional way of executing the drama. There were contradictions in the statements of IAF officials and Indian NSA and FO.

Though it was a multi-purpose stage-managed drama by India but it badly failed to accrue the desired results for India.

There is rift a going on in the power centres of India between CDS (Gen Bipan Rawat) and NSA (Doval) and the drama of Drone attack is largely believed to be part of this inner politics.

— The writer is Professor of Politics and IR at International Islamic University, Islamabad.

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