The indispensible role of Pakistan in Afghan peace process is causing desperation and frustration for India. India views new development as a threat to her huge investments in Afghanistan and is fraught to safeguard her vested interests against Pakistan. India’s vast diplomatic presence in Afghanistan is already raising alarms of suspicions amongst the international community and policymakers. Interestingly, India has four consulates in Kandhar, Herat, Jalalabad, Mazar-e-Sharif and one Embassy in Kabul. On the contrary, India has three consulates and an embassy in Australia where volume of her defence, trade and other collaboration is much more as compared to that with Afghanistan.
India’s diminishing role in Afghanistan, especially on the face of Pakistan’s role in Afghan peace process is also against her hegemonic designs of emerging as Big Brother in the region. Presence of such an un-proportionate diplomatic arrangement/activity in a war- torn country seems something beyond diplomacy. The fact is that it facilitates her sinister designs of targeting Pakistan with ease. Pakistan has repeatedly raised serious concerns and apprehensions at every forum that such unnecessary and lavish diplomatic infrastructure is aimed at supporting, funding and fuelling ethnic and sectarian terrorism inside Pakistan. Indian intelligence agencies have been operating many Pakistan-specific training camps for TTP as well BLA terrorists who carry out their nefarious activities indiscriminately by targeting assigned soft and military targets in Pakistan. Unfortunately, some elements within Afghan intelligence agency NDS also join hands with RAW in stirring unrest in Pakistan. Recent arrests of Indian RAW terrorist Kulbhushan Yadav and an officer of NDS from Balochistan has given authentication to Pakistani allegations in this context.
Afghanistan, a playground of ongoing great game, badly sandwiched between various strategic perspectives, is not spared by her so-called friend India. India is committed to exploit the situation to fulfil her strategic ambitions through malicious scheming, mostly against Pakistan. Moreover, the political landscape of war-ridden Afghanistan which is dominantly fraught with manoeuvres and intrigues between different power-hungry ethnic and political groups as well as individuals, offers India excellent opportunities to augment her manoeuvres to create fissures in the society, exploit extremists groups like TTP, ETIM etc. “National Unity Government” in Afghanistan is literally divided between President Ashraf Ghani (a moderate) and pro-India CEO Abdullah Abdullah.
India has a known history of keeping Afghanistan unstable, weak and dependent to exploit its soil for encircling Pakistan, checking the progress of China and create forced ingress in Central Asian markets. To keep the situation favourable for her malicious activities, India through her pet proxies and RAW-backed operations remains engaged in widening trust deficit between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Frequent terrorist attacks against Afghan government are part of this grand strategy. Recent attack in Afghanistan which triggered Afghanistan’s criticism against Pakistan and resulted in cancellation of Abdullah Abdullah’s forthcoming visit to Pakistan is also a case in point.
India through its strong shadows and footprints in Afghanistan has always exerted efforts to weaken Pakistan through its allies like Baloch/Sindhi sub-nationalists and other anti-Pakistan elements. General Stanley Mcrystal, former Commander of ISAF, believes that Indian presence in Afghanistan will create security concerns for Pakistan. He states, “Increasing Indian influence in Afghanistan is likely to exacerbate regional tensions and encourage Pakistani counter-measures.” Over the years, India has always tried to blunt Pakistan’s influence in Afghanistan. As part of her strategy to harm and weaken Pakistan, stemming from India’s own version of a Monroe Doctrine, in which New Delhi sought to dominate South Asia in the decades after independence. Even after it overwhelmingly supported the secession of East Pakistan in 1971, New Delhi continued to back Baloch insurgents in Pakistan.
Pakistan is fully aware of the fact that a stable Afghanistan means a stable Pakistan. Pakistan has been and will continue making concerted efforts in helping Afghanistan restore an atmosphere of stability and peace while anchoring on the mooring of strong diplomacy and sustained national growth. Unfortunately, no efforts on the part of Pakistan or international community can succeed unless real trouble-creator is singled out. One can recall the remarks of ex-US Defence Secretary Chuck Hegel who in his talk on Afghanistan had remarked that India had been using Afghanistan as a second front against Pakistan and over the years financed problems for Pakistan. India being the major beneficiary of instability in Af-Pak region, is focusing in China, Afghanistan and Pakistan to create instability.
The deadly wave of terrorism which has consumed over sixty thousands lives, mostly of Armed Forces and LEAs is an unasked for reward of our efforts in fighting against global terrorism. Pakistan had set no limits in combatting menace of terrorism without caring for her own losses in terms of life and property. Despite all efforts, sincerity and resolve to help restore peace in Afghanistan, Pakistan is still blamed by Afghanistan of not doing enough. This is regrettable as well as ridiculous. This blame game engineered by international spoilers, especially India to tarnish image of Pakistan is highly condemnable.
Indian and some Western spin doctors frequently allege Pakistan of having association with Taliban. Pakistan being herself the worst victim of Taliban has many a time denounced any proximity with Taliban. The impression of proximity is in fact a malicious propaganda to fuel mistrust between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Pakistan is and will continue facilitating Afghan-led peace process with utmost seriousness to see peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan in the neighbourhood. At the same time Pakistan strongly urges international community to take notice of conspiracies against her sincerity and resolve.
India is known to have contact with extremist and terrorist outfits like TTP etc, whom it frequently uses to implement her designs to keep Pakistan and Afghanistan unstable and in chaos. Asim Umar, an Indian citizen of Uttar Pardesh who had migrated to Pakistan in 1990 managed to become Chief of al-Qaeda’s South Asia Chapter. This confirmed RAW terrorist has also created AQIS women force under title of “Shaheen Force.” India has similar reputation of having thick association with ISIS and al-Qaeda at international level. In 2014 Indian NSA Ajit Doval visited Syria and Iraq on the pretext of assisting Indian Ministry of External Affairs in evacuation of stranded Indian people, however, the secret visit was used to create contact with ISIS leadership. The visit and the contact of Doval were widely reported even by Indian media. Similarly, Indian consulate in Kandahar was utilised for creating harmony and contact between TTP and ISIS elements, who so far have claimed many terror incidents in Afghanistan. Recently, an EU-based, research institution named ‘Conflict Armament Research’ (CAR), undertook a 20-months exhaustive study to track weapon supply chain of Daesh. The study revealed that seven Indian companies are involved in provision of over 700 components used in manufacturing of lEDs by Daesh. The investigation revealed that India is the second largest supplier of lethal material needed for fabrication of deadly IEOs for Daesh.
Successful progress of Operation “Zarb-e-Azb”, which has been admired internationally, is also a source of jealousy for India and its allies across the globe. The said operation has broken the back of terrorists (TTP), who now find it extremely difficult to continue their activities. India, which has invested heavily on TTP and similar outfits, does not want their activities to stall and has therefore threatened TTP leadership that their funds will be stopped if they are unable to keep pace of terrorist attacks inside Pakistan. As an alternative, India also wanted to replace TTP with ISIS to broaden the theatre of her nefarious activities to three countries i.e. Pakistan, Afghanistan and China. TTP and disenchanted Afghan Taliban are being lured in to join ISIS ranks which are propagated as “Al Khorasan” in Afghanistan.
India is highly frustrated over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a fortune-changer venture worth $46 billion. The project will be a perpetual source of prosperity in Pakistan. India has already conveyed her reservation rather annoyance over CPEC to China but of no avail. For sabotaging the grand project, India has allocated a handsome amount of $300 million to RAW as initial grant to target CPEC. It has established special office at Lodhi Road, New Delhi, while RAW’s chief, is personally supervising the given project. Raw is mobilising all its resources including friendly regimes, banned terrorist groups, sympathisers in political parties, electronic/print media, NGOs, human rights activists, mafias, traders and lawyers to accomplish its task. Prior to the activation of different groups on CPEC, RAW is orchestrating an organised and collaborated media campaign at the international, regional and local levels to project exaggerated stances of so-called Baloch nationalist leadership, missing persons issue and socio-politico-economic deprivations of Baloch people etc.
Recent revelations of RAW terrorist, Kulbhushan Yadav, confirm that India is garnering help from friendly regimes, banned terrorist groups, its cronies in some political parties, etc., to hinder smooth implementation of CPEC project. In the same context, India is sponsoring foreign terrorists (Uzbeks, Chechens, Tajiks, etc.) through Afghan soil against Pakistan and China. Similarly, RAW has also intensified its efforts in strengthening ETIM along Pak–China border.
Afghanistan, a war-ridden country has mostly been unstable due to internal rifts of war lords or external interventions. The long years of war and political instability have made Afghanistan devoid of ability to discriminate between friends and foes. It all is not the fault of Afghanistan only, the conspirators and insinuators both from within as well as the outside are too strong to be countered by the political sanity prevailing in the country.
Prevalent situation in Afghanistan is a logical fallout of callous ignorance, inefficiency and non-sensitivity of Afghan leadership in responding to the problems. To divert their public attention, they frequently resort to blaming Pakistan without acknowledging their own shortcomings and increasing mischievous activities of RAW-NDS nexus etc. It is high time for Afghan government and its people to start differentiating between their friends and foes. It is ridiculous to perceive that Pakistan is seeking an unstable Afghanistan. Pakistan has harboured three million Afghan refugees for three decades and is still looking after about two million of them. Presence of regional and extra-regional proxies aimed at destabilising Pakistan and Afghanistan is a reality. Undoubtedly, the beneficiaries of an unstable Afghanistan are those forces, which desire to expand their strategic ditches to legitimise their presence and relevance in the regional environment and continue to encircle China and wage proxies against Pakistan.
Courtesy: The News International