India has a history of carrying out false flag operations to achieve its goals. The Uri attack, and before that the Pathankot incident, had all the hallmarks of false flag operations. The Ganga hijack in 1971 was also such an operation.
Also called stage-managed activity or conspiracy theories, such operations are becoming a norm in modern world. Author Richard Dolan in a conference 2015 talked about the “false flag era.” According to Dolan, because false flag operations require control over the global media narrative and the ability to intimidate other countries into not speaking out against inside jobs, only a few countries have the means and motives to pull them off.
“The false flag phenomenon is distinctively modern and used as an ideological weapon to control populations with the fear of a manufactured enemy. They are used in ostensibly democratic systems where people believe they have inalienable rights. Such democratic systems must shock people into sociopolitical and geopolitical consent and, as such, require sophisticated modern propaganda systems and advanced covert operations teams with highly proficient skills.”
Nevertheless, the Indians usually make a mess of false flag operations. Not too long ago, in 2015, the Indian authorities had sunk a boat off the coast of the western Indian state of Gujarat, claiming that it was coming from Pakistan with explosives on board. A senior official of the Indian Coast Guard had claimed that the four people on board the fishing vessel had ignored repeated warnings and had deliberately set the boat on fire. The fabricated terrorist plot was exposed when the Indian Coast Guard DIG B K Loshali contradicted the government’s version of events in connection with the interception of the boat and said the Indian Navy had itself blown up the boat, which had not been exploded by the alleged suicide attackers. He was removed as the Chief of Staff in Northwest region and attached to Indian Coast Guard’s zonal headquarters. Loshali then faced court martial proceedings after being indicted by a Board of Inquiry.
Yet another example in this regard. In July 27, 2015, three gunmen allegedly opened fire on a bus in the Indian Punjab and then stormed a police station in a town called Dinanagar. The attack led to the death of three civilians and four policemen and injured 15 others. The shootout between the Indian armed forces and the attackers continued for about 12 hours. It was the first such attack in the Indian Punjab since the mid-1990s when an insurgency was running in the state for setting up the independent state of Khalistan. Again it was a crazy plot with no head and tail. Nevertheless, the Indian authorities were quick to blame Pakistan.
It seems that Indian intelligence Raw has now a full division working at false flag operations directed at Pakistan. Apparently, such operations have a huge emotional appeal in the Indian public; perhaps it reminds them of thickly woven — and mostly stupid and unrealistic — Bollywood plots. The Modi government with limited powers of comprehension and deduction is unable to convince the world about Pakistan’s role in such operations. Nevertheless, Pakistan should expect more such plots in the future.