INDIA CAUGHT IN THE WEB
Since the US-led NATO forces occupied Afghanistan after 9/11, stiff resistance of the Taliban militants against the occupying forces created unending lawlessness in the country which has become a most conducive place for India in connivance with Israel so as to prepare conspiracy to fulfill its secret strategic designs against Iran, China and especially Pakistan. Israel’s she could not have if India did not target Iran also.
Under the pretext of Talibinisation of Afghanistan and Pakistan, India has been running secret operations against Pakistan from its consulates in Mazar-i-Sharif, Jalalabad, Kandhar and other sensitive parts of the Pak-Afghan border. It has spent millions of dollars in Afghanistan to strengthen its hold on the country. New Delhi has not only increased its military troops in Afghanistan, but has also decided to set up cantonments. In this respect, puppet regeme of Hamid Karzai with the blessings of the US encouraged India in using the Border Roads Organisation in constructing the ring roads by employing Indo-Tibeten police force for security.
According to an estimate, world’s 90% heroin is cultivated in Afghanistan where the brother of Hamid Karzai is running the drug trade. However, money earned through drug-smuggling and even hostage-takings is utilized in buying weapons, being sent to the foreign agents in Pakistan. The Jundallah operation against Iran was a link of the same chain.
In the past, emboldened by the tactical support of the US and Israel, Indian RAW, based in Afghanistan has been sending well-trained agents in Pakistan, who have joined the ranks and files of the Taliban. Posing themselves as the Pakistan Taliban, they not only attack the check posts of Pakistan’s security forces, but also target schools mosques and other sectarian targets in coordination with Blackwater that has been outsourced to India and Israel. They continuously conduct suicide or other modes of attacks in Pakistan. In this context, India has also arranged some Madrassas in Afghanistan where highly motivated and RAW-paid militants are being trained with the help of Indian so-called Muslims scholars. Now, Indian support to insurgency in the Frontier Province and the Baloch separatism has become a common matter.
Besides backing terrorism in Pakistan; India, Israel and elements of CIA are also in collusion with the Balochi separatist leaders who have taken shelters in Afghanistan. For example, Akber Bugti’s grandson, Brahmdagh Bugti has been operating against Pakistan from Kabul. On July 23, 2008, in an interview with the BBC, Brahmdagh Bugti revealed that they “have the right to accept foreign arms and ammunition from anywhere including India.”
Pakistan’s civil and military high officials have been repeatedly revealing that Indian RAW, Israeli Mossad and other foreign agencies, collaborating in Afghanistan are involved in creating unrest in Pakistan
On April 23, 2009, in the in-camera sitting of the Senate, Rehman Malik displayed documentary evidence of Indian use of Afghanistan to create unrest in FATA and Balochistan.
During various press briefings, ISPR spokesman, Maj-Gen. Athar Abbas has also indicated infiltration from Afghanistan by saying that foreign spies along with huge cache of arms, made of Indian origin were captured during the military operations.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quereshi have also repeatedly indicated that Islamabad has strong evidence of Indian intervention in Pakistan, and the same would be shown to the foreign countries. Same was accepted by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Sharmal Sheikh, Egypt but still there is no let up on that.
Regarding Indian undue incursion, even Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani assertively said in the NATO meeting at Brussels that the NATO countries, which have greater stakes in Afghanistan, should pay heed to the concerns raised by Islamabad particularly regarding Indian interference in Pakistan through Afghanistan. On his return from Brussels on February 1, Kayani denied that Pakistan wanted a “Talibanised” Afghanistan, and said his country has no interest in controlling Afghanistan. He also stated firmly that his priority was Eastern Border with India and not the war on terror although peace and stability in Afghanistan were crucial to Islamabad’s long-term interests.
In the past, some American officials had also suggested to engage India in Af-Pak strategy. But while realsing the ground realties, a shift started in the US strategy in the end of 2009. In this regard, on September 20, 2009, NATO commander, Gen. McChrystal had clearly revealed: “Indian political and economic influence is increasing in Afghanistan including significant development efforts…is likely to exacerbate regional tensions.”
During his recent visit to India, US Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates, while discussing Afghanistan with Indian leadership, has urged India to be transparent with Pakistan about their activities in Afghanistan.
In this connection, some rapidly changing developments show that India will have to withdraw its networks from Afghanistan in future. To what extent, India has been creating lawlessness in Afghanistan by using Afghan soil for terrorist activities against Pakistan as well as Iran could be judged from the fact that on January 16, three foreign ministers of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan committed to non-interference in the internal affairs of each country, ensuring that their territories were not used for activities detrimental to each other’s interests.
On January 29 this year, in their final communique, world leaders of the London Conference agreed on a timetable for the handover of security duties to the Afghan forces in late 2010, while backing Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s plan to reintegrate the willing Taliban to pursue political goals peacefully. In this context, sources suggest that dialogue with the Afghan Taliban has already started through some backdoor channels.
While India was interested in the training of Afghan security forces, and was covertly making strenuous efforts in that respect, but no country in the London Conference considered New Delhi’s case. On the other side, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has remarked that Islamabad was ready to train Afghan forces on is own soil. In fact, Afghanistan and Pakistan share common geographical, historical, religious and cultural bonds. So Islamabad’s case of training the Afghan forces is stronger than that of New Delhi which is only manipulating the phenomenon of regional terrorism against Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Moreover, Pakistan’s successful Swat-Malakand and Waziristan military operations have surprised the US-led western countries as our armed forces dismantled the command and control system of the Taliban militants within some months. They did in eight months what the US-led NATO forces could not do in Afghanistan in more than eight years. In this regard, while praising Pakistan’s security forces, western high officials insisted upon New Delhi to observe restraint in connection with its war-mongering style. It is due to these developments that the US and European countries have donated million of dollars for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
It is owing to these new developments in relation of Pakistan and Afghanistan that while applauding Islamabad’s role against terrorism, President Obama and other high officials of America have openly been saying that they badly need Pakistan for war on terror.
It is mentionable that in the State of the Union address, the US President Obama has repeatedly said that American combat troops will begin a phased withdrawal from Afghanistan from July 2011. Nonetheless, after bearing major losses like cost of war, amounting to more than 6 trillion dollars, financial crisis and domestic pressure, US strongly supports process of reintegration—peace and reconciliation with the Afghan Taliban with the sole aim of leaving that country in accordance with the announced schedule.
Meanwhile, although the US-led coalition has started the operation, Moshtarak(Together), the largest offensive military operation since the in 2001 in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, yet it is also part of American fast exit strategy from Afghanistan.
If US-led NATO forces pull out of Afghanistan, Indian influence will be eliminated by the Taliban insurgency. As a result New Delhi will have to retreat from Afghanistan, rolling back its anti-Pakistan agenda.
Sajjad Shaukat is regular writer for Opinion Maker. He writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations.