India blames Pakistan again
For long, has Pakistan been wrongly accused by its neighbor India along with the western nations like the United States and the United Kingdom of its involvement in terrorism in the region and beyond. Off recently Indian agencies have come up a new racket to defame Pakistan and associate with it the evils of terrorism. According to the Indian media the Indian agencies carried out counter intelligence raid at House No 39/ A-1, A-Block Lajpat Nagar in South Delhi and apprehended Zakir Pathan and subsequently Iqbal Khan Mehmand, Afghan nationals in September 2017.
While one cannot deny the historical civil-military split in Pakistan, the wars, and perennial conflict, the blanket view that the country’s military is intent on spreading terror and destruction in India must be challenged.
Since 2009, 31 military installations, including airbases and intelligence headquarters, have been attacked by the militants affiliated with the Al Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban, and its affiliate and the sectarian killer group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). The attacks on Pakistan’s naval and air bases have led to the destruction of expensive equipment and loss of military personnel. If terrorism is sponsored singularly by Pakistan’s intelligence networks, then it would be irrational to believe that the military attacks its own installations.
New Delhi has blamed Pakistan-based militants for attacks in recent years on Indian Territory. What they conveniently ignore is that Pakistan itself has been a victim of terrorism. The reality is that the militias since the Afghan jihad have fragmented, made further worse by the Al Qaeda’s operations for more than a decade. Pakistan is fighting this menace—mostly a result of continued regional conflict and its past security policies—and trying to eliminate these networks.
Pakistan has repeatedly expressed concern over the growing influence of the Islamic State in Afghanistan and its concentration on the borders with the Afghan neighbors. “We have been consistently raising serious concerns about the rising footprint of Da’esh in Afghanistan. Concentration of Da’esh along the borders with Pakistan, Central Asian Republics, Iran and China further alarms us of its negative implications for Afghanistan, Pakistan and regional security,” said Foreign Office spokesman Mohammed Faisal. He had further added that the evidence of Da’esh’s cross border raids on Pakistani military posts have been shared on several occasions with Afghanistan. India is also aware of the growing problem yet the only thing it is concerned with is to somehow affiliate Pakistan to such terrorism and discrediting its position in the International World.
The Operation Zrb-e-Azb has been another attempt by Pakistan to rid the region of the evil. Soley on its own Pakistan Army launched an operation against the terrorists residing in the province of Balochistan and destroying their safe havens. In recent months, the state has effectively eliminated the LeJ leadership, and several groups that comprise the Pakistani Taliban.
After the arrest of Khulbhushan Jadhav a symbol of India’s “interference” in Pakistan, Islamabad recently arrested “India trained terrorist” Muzafar Nagraj and his accomplices that were affiliated with India. To get the blame off of themselves, after the arrest of Zakir Pathan and Iqbal Khan Mehmand who are Afghanis, Police in India has described the arrest as “big catch” and has predictably tried to blame Pakistan for it.
The arrest by Indian agencies happened in New Delhi around September 2017 but it’s only now that top diplomatic and intelligence sources have confirmed details to The Indian Express. The alledged IS operative, who lived in New Delhi in the guise of an engineering student, was flown to Afghanistan days after he was arrested and is, at present, understood to be in custody at a key US military base in Afghanistan.
In fact, so “high value” is this Afghan bomber that his confessions and interrogations are seen as one of the possible reasons behind the string of successes achieved recently by US forces against the Taliban in Afghanistan. An 18-month-long surveillance operation in Afghanistan, Dubai and New Delhi yielded intelligence that a group of 12 IS operatives were being sent after training in Pakistan to carry out bomb attacks in the region.
The Indian Police where on one hand celebrates cracking a “plot” hatched by the Islamic State in New Delhi on the other, its indulgence in maligning Pakistan and associating every mishap in India to its neighbor shows the deep seeded hatred for Pakistan.
Pakistan’s civil and military leaders have to find a solution for the jihad industry that has grown with state patronage around the Kashmir issue. How elaborate it is, and how much of it is under the state control are questions that must be addressed now. Non-state actors must not be allowed to fuel conflict between nuclear nations. What more is that Indian Media needs to address its insecurities and work towards finding a solution to the animosity.
Militant groups causing cross-border attacks have to be stopped by Pakistan and India through cooperation and dialogue. If the talks collapse, it would mean that terrorists achieved their objective. This is what Pakistans newly elected Prime Minister advocates and urges Modi to feel need to deliberate in the days to come.