By Brig Asif Haroon Raja
Dual faced Indian leaders show the soft face of India to the world depicting India as humble, peace loving and harmless and hide its real face full of intrigue, falsehood, cunningness and malice. Her neighbors in South Asia have to deal with the second face. In order to hide her crimes against humanity, India masquerades as champion of democracy, secularism and protector of human rights. Indian spin masters religiously follow devious Chankyan tactics to harm her enemies. She has border and water disputes with all her seven neighbors in South Asia which she has deliberately created to keep them under her thumb. One of her favorite tricks is to put the onus of her crime at the doorsteps of others and herself act as a victim. Her propagandists have the uncanny skill to project white deeds of their opponents as black and India’s black deeds as white.
Of all her neighbors, Pakistan troubles her the most since it refuses to accept Indian hegemony and also contests the Indian created disputes of Kashmir, Siachin, Sir Creek and dams resolutely. Pakistan is the only country which despite being very inferior in men and material has gone to war with five-time numerically superior India thrice and has all along defied India’s uncalled for belligerence. Fourth round got averted in 1987, 1990, 1999, 2001 and 2009 at the eleventh hour. India has been employing depraved Chankyan tactics against Pakistan very frequently, which includes false promises, covert war, coercion, blackmail, false flag operations and polluting the minds of friends of Pakistan. India has always got away with her misdeeds because for 43 years she was backed by USSR and now her sins are being covered up by USA. India’s RAW cooked up several dramas to falsely implicate Pakistan.
Taking advantage of her closeness with USA after the collapse of former Soviet Union, India tried hard to convert Kashmiri freedom movement into terrorism and to get Pakistan declared as an abettor of terrorism but failed. 9/11 provided the opportunity she was eagerly looking for and thereon all her efforts were directed towards getting Pakistan declared a terrorist state, ISI a rogue outfit and to defame and crush freedom movement in Kashmir which had become her Achilles Heel. These steps had become necessary to hide growing Hindu terrorism in India pursued by RSS-Bajrang Dal-VHP-BJP combine.
The first major attempt was made on December 13, 2001 by way of staging an engineered terrorist attack on Indian Parliament and terming it as horrific as 9/11 attacks. As per the cctv footage displayed, five out of six unknown terrorists were killed by the police while the whereabouts of the sixth is not known to this date. Kashmir focused Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Muhammad were blamed for the attack and it was alleged that ISI had masterminded it. Allegations were leveled without carrying out investigations and gathering evidence. I have written copiously on the shoddy drama enacted with the blessing of USA with specific objectives of extracting concessions on Kashmir, keeping Pakistan under pressure and to get draconian anti-terrorism laws passed from the parliament.
I distinctly remember the hyperactive response of Indian civil and military leadership, Indian media and Indian public, all baying for Pakistan’s blood. All in unison outrageously started beating their chests and drums of war. Anchors in Indian TV channels screamed and soured their throats painting Pakistan in black. In no time war hysteria was created and within days the entire Indian military might was mobilized and deployed to wage a war. The US which was party to the false flag operation and the western world sympathized with India and censured Pakistan.
None in India or in western world questioned as to what gains Pakistan would have made through this foolish act when it had opted to become frontline state to fight global war on terror and had deployed 70,000 troops along its western border. Why the hell should Pakistan have opened a second front when terrorism had become the most heinous crime? For full ten months Indian leaders kept breathing fire to browbeat Pakistan and would not accept any explanation or peace overture from Pakistan. Hats off to Pak military; it didn’t get overawed and remained in battle positions fully poised to take on the aggressor squarely. Ultimately, Indian forces backed off in October 2002.
While Pakistan military emerged as a victor on the military front, Gen Musharraf caved in on the diplomatic front and obliged India and USA by banning six Jihadi groups engaged in assisting freedom fighters in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and gave it in writing that he would not allow Pak soil for use for cross border terrorism. This written commitment was self-indictment, which impelled Vajpayee to sign peace treaty with Pakistan in January 2004 and to renew composite dialogue. Vajpayee and later Manmohan Singh duped Musharraf into believing that all core issues including Kashmir would be resolved through talks but wasted all the time in CBMs without touching the real issues.
Peace treaty was a ruse to defuse Kashmir movement, which had run out of control of 700,000 Indian security forces, to fully concentrate towards covert operations against Pakistan using Afghan soil and to use India’s western front for cultural invasion. In order to infuse some reality in her cooked up 12/ 13 drama, Kashmiri origin medical student Afzal Guru was arrested and put on trial on unsubstantiated charges that he had plotted the attack on Parliament. He was unjustly given death sentence and ultimately hanged in 2012 in Tihar jail, where earlier on Maqbool Butt was hanged, without informing his next of kin and secretly buried. His tragic hanging ended the 2001 saga based on falsehood in which both BJP and Congress were privy and complicit.
Between the periods of 2002 to 2008, all acts of terror occurring in India were pasted on LeT and ISI. A case was systematically built to establish linkage of the two and then get the duo blacklisted in UN. Western media chipped in to demonize LeT. On January 2002, American Cultural Centre in Kolkata was attacked by unknown militants and Pakistan was promptly blamed. On July 11, 2006, blasts occurred in a train in Mumbai, killing 190 and injuring 600 people and Pakistan was blamed. Blasts in Samjhota Express in which 55 Pakistani passengers died were also attributed to Pakistan. So were terrorist acts in Malegaon mosque, Mecca mosque and in Pune. Even the suicide attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul in July 2008 was ascribed to ISI. After six years of sustained efforts by India to malign ISI and LeT, Mumbai attacks took place on the night of November 26, 2008 and hell broke loose.
Anti-terrorist chief of Maharashtra Hemant Karkare was the first Indian police officer to expose Hindu terrorism in 2008. While investigating Malegaon terror case, he was horrified to gather that Hindu terrorist group supported by Lt Col Purohit and serving Indian military intelligence officers were involved in all the terrorist acts in India that had been put in the basket of Indian Muslims and Pakistan. He arrested the culprits and gathered sufficient incriminating evidence to indict and convict them. A fake Hindu saint Swami Aseemanand after his arrest in 2010 was the second Indian to expose Hindu terrorism. He disclosed the role of Hindu right wing members in Malegaon terror act and thus seconded the charges levied by Karkare. These disclosures were highly damaging for the reputation of India making loudest noise against terrorism as well as for Indian military and Hindutva supporters.
Another worrying development was the eruption of massive unarmed protests in Kashmir valley over Amarnath land scam in summer of 2008. Obama during his 2008 election campaign gave added shock by promising resolution of Kashmir dispute if voted to power. In panic RAW in consultation with Indian leadership, CIA and Mosad devised Mumbai drama. The objectives were to divert world attention from Kashmir, color the perceptions of Obama on Kashmir, put off composite dialogue that had made considerable progress, get LeT and ISI branded as rogue outfits, find an excuse to aerially strike so-called training camps in Muredke and Muzaffarabad and above all bump off Karkare.
Since the plot was conceived and implemented in haste, the plot makers left a trail of glaring loopholes. I highlighted all those in my articles and exposed the falsehood but our media remained defensive and our political leadership apologetic. In contrast to Zaid Hamid and Mubashar Luqman’s bold fight back, Hamid Mir went on a spying mission and sold Indian story and British newspaper report that the lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistani belonging to Faridkot village in Punjab. Rahman Malik went a step ahead by validating Indian charge that the launch was hired from Karachi harbor by six persons. His version was rebutted by our naval chief. Malik arrested and indicted Jamatud Dawa leaders to appease India and in a roundabout way admitted that 26/11 attacks had been planned in Pakistan. Our High Court and later Supreme Court freed Hafiz Saeed for want of evidence much to the dismay of India and Malik.
How can Pakistanis forget the lunatic behavior of Indian leaders and media on the night of 26/11 and several weeks after? A storm was kicked up and no amount of reasoning, explanation and gestures would lower their tempers. After holding LeT and ISI responsible for the attacks, war hysteria was built up, our DG ISI arrogantly summoned and all strike formations offensively deployed. India stuck to her rigid stance that LeT backed by ISI was involved and for about three years kept pressing Pakistan to hand over the named accused or punish them. She made the renewal of talks conditional to punishment of the accused. Fake documents were provided to prove her contention.
We also live to remember that Ajmal Kasab (not his real name) who couldn’t speak Urdu was unfairly tried in a kangaroo court and awarded death sentence. No judge or lawyer from Pakistan or Interpol was allowed to meet him. He kept pleading in Marhatti language till last that he had been falsely implicated. In a video clip available on U-Tube, he is heard seeking Bhagwan’s (god) mercy. He was hanged to death and secretly buried inside the jail.
Indian Home Minister Sushal Kumar Shinde was the third Indian to disclose the ugly face of India involved in terrorism. On January 20, 2013, he claimed that BJP and RSS were promoting ‘Hindu terrorism’ through their training camps. He said that the two were behind the blasts in Pakistan bound Samjhota Express train in which 55 Pakistanis were burnt to death, in Hyderabad’s Mecca mosque and the Malegaon mosque in Maharashtra. He added that the accused blamed the minority community for the crime. His remarks drew an angry response from BJP, which demanded an unconditional apology but Congress leaders defended Sushal. They said the right wing terrorism was a reality in India and that there was enough evidence of RSS backed terrorism. Sushal however didn’t divulge the whole truth and concealed the heavy involvement of Indian military intelligence in Indian Muslims and Pakistan specific terrorism and in promotion of Hindutva.
The curtain has finally lifted and what was speculated has now come true. Former Indian Home Ministry officer and investigator Satish Varma has spilled the beans asserting that both December 2001 and November 2008 incidents were orchestrated and pre-planned by incumbent Indian government to pressurize Pakistan, discredit ISI and freedom movement in Kashmir and to justify imposition of draconian laws in IOK already in place. He stated that serving Indian Army officers and Military Intelligence were deeply involved in terror attacks. Times of India dated July 14, 2013 broke the news. India’s Home Ministry Under-Secretary RVS Mani submitted signed affidavits in the court to substantiate Satish Verma’s report. He stated that Satish who had been part of Central Bureau of Investigation, told him that December 13, 2001 attack on Indian parliament and November 26, 2008 attacks in Mumbai were a set up to achieve specific objectives.
It is indeed most befuddling to note that the Indian and Pakistani media, which excel in flashing breaking news and making mountain out of a mole, have remained mum over this earth shaking revelation. Geo TV and The News in particular were conspicuous in their mysterious silence. Similar is the response from India-Pakistan leadership and that of the super-active western media. All want to hush it up and move on and consolidate Indo-Pakistan trade ties rather than hollering over past events. While the lackadaisical responses of India and the west are understandable, what is incomprehensible is the laid-back behavior of our media. It is more concerned with leaked Abbottabad Commission report and is trying to extract as much juice out of it to malign Army and ISI rather than discussing the sensational revelation made by Satish Verma. Lt Gen Pasha’s mention of ‘dollars, alcohol and woman’, which has ruffled the feathers of media persons, sounds convincing.
For 13 years, Pakistan has been grinded and given all sorts of names and subjected to insults for its uncommitted sins. Pakistan having lost about 50,000 lives and $100 billion because of the US instigated war on terror has been castigated for not doing enough and is accused of either being complicit or incompetent. Our media has been lending strength to the jaundiced propaganda of Indo-western media. The US has been encouraging India to carryout terrorism adventures and false flag operations against Pakistan. India, the real criminal is pampered, cajoled, glamorized and richly rewarded for putting Pakistan in the dock. Both USA and India helped by our media have been falsely painting Pakistan as the nursery of terrorism and the most dangerous country in the world whereas in reality the two are the biggest terrorist states in the world, intentionally fomenting terrorism in Pakistan and maligning it on false charges. The duo in unison has repeatedly stabbed Pakistan while pretending as friends. The world sympathized with India for being a victim of terrorism and Pakistan projected as the villain of peace.
Now that the cat is out of the bag and India caught with its pants down and its intrigues fully exposed, will the international community that has been supportive of India rise to the occasion and denounce Indian wickedness? Will India be held accountable for officially promoting terrorism and destabilizing Pakistan to force it to give up supporting cause of Kashmir and to become a compliant state? Will it be held responsible for unjust hanging of Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab and death of hundreds of innocent people in malevolent false flag operations and sponsored terror acts simply in pursuit of her geographical and economic ambitions? Will our media be quizzed for its biased role in promoting Indian and western interests at the cost of our national interests?
Peaceful and friendly relations with India is highly desirable but why should Pakistan keep giving in and extending one-sided concessions to India despite being repeatedly betrayed and the latter giving nothing in return except false promises and never hesitating to knife Pakistan whenever opportunity comes its way? When will our leaders comprehend that the US and India would like a pliant Pakistan but not a politically stable, economically sound and militarily strong Pakistan?