Indian propaganda against ISI
On 29 September 2013 Hindustan Times — a leading Indian daily carried an article both in its print and web editions stating that an upcoming TV channel “The BOL” was about to be launched and Dawood Ibrahim is investing in the project. The article further alleged that the BOL TV channel was being backed by Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency “ISI” together with members of underworld.
The legal notice issued to Hindustan Times resulted into an internal investigation by the management and removal of offended article from the website along with clarification and regrets. The entire allegation fired back uncovering the real face of Indian propagandist. In Pakistan, palmed off analysts and panelists advance India’s arguments but general public in Pakistan takes exception to Indian media allegations directed against their country and its security institutions. One can see India’s duplicity that on one hand India talks about peace and on the other hand maintains animosity against Pakistan and its institutions especially the ISI.
The ongoing Indian propaganda against Pakistan through its print and electronic media reflects its negative mindset, as India blames Pakistan’s ISI for every incident of terrorism in India. Anyhow, India in connivance with countries hostile to Pakistan is involved in slandering and defaming Pakistan. The aim is to create negative perceptions in the minds of public opinion makers about Pakistan, insinuating against its Armed Forces and ISI. They hold seminars and write books on selective themes to denigrate Pakistan. In October 2011, a two-day conference-cum-seminar on “The Challenges of Terrorism to India’s Infrastructure and Economy -11” was organized by Security Watch India (SWI), in Hotel Le-Meridien, New Delhi. Speakers from USA and UK were also invited to participate. Indian speakers blamed Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism in India while the foreign speakers were mostly concerned about selling their new technology to India saying that old security equipment like CCTV cameras had become ineffective and need to be replaced with new technology.
India and the US were on the same page, as both have had the mistaken belief that peace process in Afghanistan is stalled due to Pakistan’s unwillingness to bring Lashkar-i-Taiba leadership to book, which they say enjoy the support of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The problem is that when America made its intent known that it would complete the drawdown by 2014, Indian lobbyists started maligning Pakistan with a view to neutralizing the immense goodwill Pakistan had earned by destroying terrorists infrastructure and their strongholds in Swat, Malakand, South Waziristan and Bajaur. In fact India had been unnerved with the successes of Pakistan’s armed forces, and secondly the elements/militants India was supporting and funding were on the run. Anyhow, India is against any reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan because the Northern Alliance will have to share power with the Pushtuns and perhaps Taliban leaders. Unfortunately, President Hamid Karzai is hostage to Northern Alliance leadership and India, who throw spanner in the works whenever there are chances of a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan.
India and detractors of Pakistan, appear to have coalesced on the common objective of weakening and destabilizing Pakistan. And the only way they believe is to demonize Pakistan military and to bring Pakistan’s premier agency Inter Services Intelligence into disrepute. In the past, in case of attack on Indian Parliament, Srinagar Assembly, Samjhauta Express or any act of terrorism in India like Mumbai blasts, the finger of accusation was always pointed towards Pakistan and the ISI. However, India could not provide evidence against Pakistan; and Pakistan’s position had been vindicated as in Malegaon and Samjhauta express blasts, there was incontrovertible evidence that Lt Col Purohit and others having connection with extremist Hindu organizations, had perpetrated the heinous crimes. Yet, Indian leadership, and Indian media continue to paint Pakistan, its military and intelligence agencies in poor light. Of course, India has achieved its objective of creating wedge between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
History bears testimony to the fact that various governments in the past - from King Zahir Shah to Najibullah - were pro-Soviet Union and pro-India, and were anti-Pakistan in essence. In fact, the situation was exacerbated after Soviet forces withdrew from Afghanistan, and the US left it to the CIA to run the affairs of Afghanistan, which operated with the help of Northern alliance. Of course, there was civil-war like conditions when various groups were fighting to have control of the country. As the people of Afghanistan were fed up with the death and destruction due to invasion by Soviet forces and then internecine conflicts between the jihadi organizations, Taliban came forward, brought about peace in the land mass comprising 90 per cent of the war-ridden Afghanistan.. It was during brief period of the Taliban that Pakistan had no worries on account of the western border. But after the US and its allies occupied Afghanistan with the help of Northern Alliance, India enhanced her influence by giving aid to Karzai government. However, the strategic partnership agreement between Afghanistan and India intended to give India a greater role after the drawdown in 2014.
In yet another recent incident Rahul Gandhi in his zealous political speech alleged that Pakistan’s ISI was providing financial support to Indian students. When BJP asked him to provide the list of students getting financial support from ISI, he could give none, as there was none. Recently, in Kiran Sector (LoC) Indian military high command was embarrassed for having failed to produce dead bodies of alleged terrorists who had crossed the LoC from Pakistan to IOK and were killed by Indian Army. Indian PM ordered an investigation to ascertain LoC incidents, while interacting with PM Nawaz Sharif in New York.
The ground realities proved that it was merely propaganda. It is true that if India and Pakistan resolve their disputes, they can divert funds to social sector programmes to alleviate abject poverty and improve lives of teeming millions. But India’s intransigence and its desire for hegemony were responsible for failure to resolve disputes; thus clouding prospects for peace and better life for people of India and Pakistan.