In Pakistan one tends to think India’s use of covert operations against Pakistan started after 9/11. It is not so. It started soon after the independence of Pakistan. India forcefully captured princely states who were supposed to be part of Pakistan. But the most wicked role of Indian intelligence played was in 1971 in the then East Pakistan. B. Raman in his book "The Kaoboys of R&AW: Down Memory Lane", notes: “Indira Gandhi decided to assist the Bengali speaking people of East Pakistan in their efforts to separate from Pakistan and achieve independence, so to be called Bangladesh. The R&AW had inherited from the IB its intelligence collection and covert action capabilities relating to Pakistan and China”. This was official line of the Indian government to cut Pakistan into two parts.
B. Raman further notes that “In 1971 India’s R&AW established a PSYWAR Division, called information division. Media professionals from the ministry of information and broadcasting as well as from the army were given the task of ensuring that international spotlight was kept focused on the brutalities of Pakistan Army”. The same game is being played by the India’s information division against Pakistan today. Indian-paid lobbies in the US, the UK and other parts of the world are highlighting Balochistan issue and supporting the cause of the separatists. But this time around India will never succeed as the Pakistanis are fully behind their armed forces and intelligence agencies.
According to the Jane Commission’s report the Indian Government is playing dirty games with regional states to exert its influence in south Asia. India is supporting Tibetans against China. R&AW has created a militant group, the Shanti Bahini, which includes Chittagong Hill Tracts Hindus and Buddhists. This group is carrying out militancy in Bangladesh.
R&AW has also supported Tamil insurgency in Sri Lanka. Indian intelligence agencies with the support of Israel trained and funded Tamil tigers against Sri Lankan government. In 1991 Victor Ostrovsky, the author of a book “By Way of Deception” told Indian abroad news service that Mossad brought many Tamils to Israel for training in 1984 and 1985. In July 1984 this inner R&AW circle arranged with Mossad to send Tamils to Israel for commando training. Thousands of innocent people lost their lives in Tamil insurgency in Sri Lanka which was supported by India and Israel.
Pakistan has to take some concrete measures to counter India’s covert operations. It has to revamp its overall intelligence apparatus and practice modern techniques to counter the covert activities of R&AW. Our politicians, media and academia must support armed forces in their fight against the Indian-sponsored militancy in FATA and Balochistan. Unity at home will enable us to face internal and external challenges affably.
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