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FOOL’S WAR in AFGHANISTAN – by Eric S Margolis

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FOOL’S WAR  in AFGHANISTAN 

by 

Eric S Margolis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifteen years ago this week, the US launched the longest war in its history: the invasion and occupation of remote Afghanistan. Neighboring Pakistan was forced to facilitate the American invasion or ‘be bombed back to the stone age.’

America was furious after the bloody 9/11 attacks. The Bush administration had been caught sleeping on guard duty. Many Americans believed 9/11 was an inside job by pro-war neocons.

Afghanistan was picked as the target of US vengeance even though the 9/11 attacks were hatched (if in fact done from abroad) in Germany and Spain. The suicide attackers made clear their kamikaze mission was to punish the US for ‘occupying’ the holy land of Saudi Arabia, and for Washington’s open-ended support of Israel in its occupation of Palestine.

This rational was quickly obscured by the Bush administration that claimed the 9/11 attackers, most of whom were Saudis, were motivated by hatred of American ‘values’ and ‘freedoms.’ This nonsense planted the seeds of the rising tide of Islamophobia that we see today and the faux ‘war on terror.’

An anti-communist jihadi, Osama bin Laden, was inflated and demonized into America’s Great Satan. The supposed ‘terrorist training camps’ in Afghanistan were, as I saw with my eyes, camps where Pakistani intelligence trained jihadis to fight in India-occupied Kashmir.

Afghanistan, remote, bleak and mountainous, was rightly known as ‘the graveyard of empires.’ These included Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Timur, the Moguls and Sikhs. The British Empire invaded Afghanistan three times in the 19th century. The Soviet Union, world’s greatest land power, invaded in 1979, seeking a corridor to the Arabian Sea and Gulf.

All were defeated by the fierce Pashtun warrior tribes of the Hindu Kush. But the fool George W. Bush rushed in where angels feared to tread, in a futile attempt to conquer an unconquerable people for whom war was their favorite pastime. I was with the Afghan mujahidin when fighting the Soviet occupation in the 1980’s, and again the newly-formed Taliban in the early 1990’s. As I wrote in my book on this subject, ‘War at the Top of the World,’ the Pashtun warriors were the bravest men I’d ever seen. They had only ancient weapons but possessed boundless courage.

During the 2001 US invasion, the Americans allied themselves to the heroin and opium-dealing Tajik Northern Alliance, to former Communist allies of the Soviets, and to the northern Uzbeks, blood foes of the Pashtun and former Soviet Communist allies.

Taliban, which had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11, had shut down 90% of Afghanistan’s heroin and opium trade. The US-allied Northern Alliance restored it, making Afghanistan again the world’s leading supplier of heroin and opium. US occupation forces, backed by immense tactical airpower, allied themselves with the most criminal elements in Afghanistan and installed a puppet regime of CIA assets. The old Communist secret police, notorious for their record of torture and atrocities, was kept in power by CIA to fight Taliban.

Last week, Washington’s Special Inspector General for Afghan Relief (SIGAR) issued a totally damning report showing how mass corruption, bribery, payoffs and drug money had fatally undermined US efforts to build a viable Afghan society.

What’s more, without 24/7 US air cover, Washington’s yes-men in Kabul would be quickly swept away. The Afghan Army and police have no loyalty to the regime; they fight only for the Yankee dollar. Like Baghdad, Kabul is a US-guarded island in a sea of animosity.

A report by Global Research has estimated the 15-year Afghan War and the Iraq War had cost the US $6 trillion. Small wonder when gasoline trucked up to Afghanistan from Pakistan’s coast it costs the Pentagon $400 per gallon. Some estimates put the war cost at $33,000 per citizen. But Americans do not pay this cost through a special war tax, as it should be. Bush ordered the total costs of the Iraq and Afghan wars be concealed in the national debt.

Officially, 2,216 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan and 20,049 were seriously wounded. Some 1,173 US mercenaries have also been killed. Large numbers of US financed mercenaries still remain in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Noble Peace Prize winner Barack Obama promised to withdraw nearly all US troops from Afghanistan by 2016.  Instead, more US troops are on the way to protect the Kabul puppet regime from its own people. Taliban and its dozen-odd allied resistance movements (‘terrorists’ in Pentagon speak faithfully parroted by the US media) are steadily gaining territory and followers.

Last week, the US dragooned NATO and other satrap states to a ‘voluntary’ donor conference for Afghanistan where they had to cough up another $15.2 billion and likely send some more troops to this hopeless conflict. Washington cannot bear to admit defeat by tiny Afghanistan or see this strategic nation fall into China’s sphere.

Ominously, the US is encouraging India to play a much larger role in Afghanistan, thus planting the seeds of a dangerous Pakistani-Indian-Chinese confrontation there.

There was no mention of the 800-lb gorilla in the conference room: Afghanistan’s role as the world’s, by now, largest heroin/opium/morphine producer – all under the proud auspices of the United States government. The new US president will inherit this embarrassing problem.

Copyright Eric S. Margolis 2016

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India’s NSA causing acute threat to regional, global peace

India’s NSA causing acute threat to regional, global peace

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They are Terrorists

– Ajit Kumar Doval running plan of re-engaging TTP militants by establishing Deash-TTP nexus
– Syrian envoy in India confirms Doval having complete data of Daesh militants, provided by Syrian authorities
– Doval organized TTP-Daesh meeting in Kandhar last month at Indian Consulate
– Doval, deceiving Obama administration, held series of meetings with Daesh warlords in Iraq, Syria, with or without CIA blessings
– Indian media confirms Doval’s secret trip to Syria and Iraq, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel admits Indian role in financing terror
– IPS officers of different state cadres very strongly follow Hindutva ideology after joining spy agencies; develop deep links with RSS
– Ajit Doval, B Raman, Sanjeev Tripthi, Alok Joshi, Amitabh Mathur formed unholy nexus to promote Hindutva mission of Akhand Bharat, Hindu supremacy
– Raman purposely kept Doval in IB to maintain a deep association for unauthorized projects despite acute professional rivalry of the two spy outlets
– Doval, Raman, Tripathi formed Chhota Rajan gang for hall of unauthorized, unsanctioned operations in region and beyond regional ambits
– Funds for such unauthorized operations are also generated through underworld gang of Chhota Rajan
– Chhota Rajan gang works jointly for RAW and IB while MI is also given its services under Hindutva nexus
– US Embassy in India, according to leaked diplomatic cables, confirmed deep links of Doval with Chhota Rajan gang
– 1990s Hazrat Bal Shrine episode in IOK was also orchestrated by Doval
– It was a Doval Plan under which Foreigners were kidnapped in IOK in 1995
– Gujarat’s anti-Muslim riots were also scripted by Ajit Doval and Sanjeev Tripathi group
– Doval, Raman organized hijacking of Indian airliner IC 814 in 1999 to fulfill an infiltration plan
– Tripathi, with Doval’s association formed plan to penetrate into Pakistani media and laid down projects like Aman Ki Aasha and SAFMA
– Doval’s philosophy of depending more in Human Intelligence helped creating more moles in regional media
– Former army Chief VK Singh’s unauthorized Technical Support Division of army was also organized by Doval, Tripathi blessings
– China’s Tibet riots of 2008 and constant Xinjiang violence are also result of Doval scripted Hinudtva policies for region

By Makhdoom Babar (Editor-in-Chief)
With inputs from Anjali Sharma and Bhopinder Singh Dhillon in New Delhi ( Additional reporting by John Nelson, Kapil Verma, Guru Mahadev, Pryanika Joshi, Asotosh Cheterji Shagufta Bhat and Zara Khan)

India’s National Security advisor Ajit Kumar Doval has selected to move on a very deadly path of destruction and devastation not only in the region but across India as well and is leading the unholy nexus of Hindu extremists militants with the help of his former IPS colleagues and in a rare move, is reported to has established a special liaison with the militant warlords of Syria and Iraq based Deash ( aka ISIS) and is re-engaging the deeply wounded network of Pakistani Taliban, establishing their nexus with Daesh to put Pakistan in more troubled waters, reveal the Investigations, carried out by The Daily Mail.
According The Daily Mail’s investigation, the recent announcement by, on the run, Pakistani Taliban about supporting Daesh in Syria and Iraq and bid to motivate Pakistani youth for the purpose has not come merely out of nowhere but in fact it has deep roots with New Delhi. Investigations indicate that India’s National Security Advisor who is also the former Chief of India’s Intelligence Bureau and headed a variety of IB’s foreign operations in the region and even beyond regional ambits, carried out a series of open and secret visits to Iraq and Syria and held meetings with Daesh leadership. Diring these meetings, he proposed them to establish a nexus with Pakistani Taliban who are on the run and very deeply require a blanket arrangement like getting tagged with a Daesh like organizations. These investigations further indicate that Ajit Doval flew at different occasions in the last few months to Damascus and used certain elements of Syrian intelligence agencies that had contacts with the ISIS or Daesh, in their private capacities.
It remains a fact that though ISIS had declared war on Syria, there are many State and non-State actors who are friends of the dissidents. These State and non State actors were holding old ties with Ajit Doval ever since his joining of the Indian IB. The investigations of The Daily Mail further reveal that Ajit Doval had misused Syrian Ambassador in New Delhi and took a handsome data of Deash activists to establish contacts, under the garb of ensuring the unwitting Ambassador that through this data, Indian government will try to help Syrian government in hunting down Daesh.
In a recent media interview, Syria’s Ambassador to India, Riad Kamel Abbas claimed that his country had vast databases of information on the militant group Daesh (or ISIS), its sponsors and its designs. He admitted that same data was shared with India through India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
.” We have huge information on this group and their sponsors from the region. “We shared all information with Indian NSA in this fight against terrorism. Some nationals from India’s neighboring countries have also joined ISIS and, therefore, could trouble Delhi in future.” Ambassador Raed Kamel said in his interview, without realizing that the data, he and his government shared with India, was actually attained by Indians to establish fresh links with Daesh fighters to bring them to the focal point of collaborating with Pakistani Taliban, who were deeply hurt and massively destroyed in Pakistan army’s mega anti-terror operation, code named “Operation Zarb-e-Azb”.
In another rare development, Indian TV Channel ‘India TV’ and a US media organization claimed that Ajit Doval carried out a “Top Secret Visit” to Iraq, very recently. These media reports suggested that Doval’s visit was apparently part of India’s diplomatic efforts and help for stranded Indians in Iraq. However these reports do not explain as to why such an otherwise diplomatic visit was kept Top Secret by India? The Daily Mail’s investigations however indicate that it was only after such Doval trips to Syria and Iraq that the fabricated and premeditated news of certain Pakistani Jihadi elements leaving for Syria, followed by the similar natured news of the TTP’s announcement of supporting Daesh, started appearing in international and specially in the Indian media. It remains a fact that ever since Pakistan army has launched Operation against TTP terrorists in Wazirinstan, just one statement from a so called spokesman of these Taliban, Shaid Ullah Shaid, has surfaced in the media and that statement was about TTP joining hands with Daesh.
A Similar Top Secret visit was also carried out by Ajit Doval to Iraq on June-25 this year, just when Pakistan started the aforesaid army operation and began effective and smart crushing of the TTP. At that time, this visit was carried out under the garb of bringing home some 46 Indian nurses, stranded in Tikirit, a mission, which by no means, required a secret or open trip by an official of the level of National Security Advisor of India, until and unless the trip had a further classified purpose. The Investigations also reveal that Doval had made it clear to Daesh leaders that despite the fact that the Indian government wanted to extend Daesh a handsome financial and weaponry support, yet it was not possible to be materialized due to certain international reservations while same could easily be done via TTP nexus as India was already doing it in case of TTP, without anyone’s objection from amongst the global leaderships.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that a meeting in regard between certain Daesh leaders and TTP’s Afghanistan based leader Mulla Fazalullah was organized by Doval through Indian Consulate in Kandahar last month. The Investigations reveal that for the said meeting Daesh participants travelled to Kandahar by road from Iraq via Iran while Fazalullah (aka Mullah Radio) and his team were specially flown to India’s Kandahar Consulate from Nuristan area of Afghanistan where he is running a proper military base of TTP. Nonetheless, on the same night, Daesh representatives were also introduced to Khalid Khorasani, a former TTP Commander and a dissident of Fazalullah but running parelel militant organization from Kunhar province of Afghanistan under RAW patronage. Both Fazulah and Khorasani were not informed each other’s presence in Kandahar while the separate meetings with Daesh were also kept completely confidential from each other, though later it became an open secret in Afghanistan’s militant world. These investigation further reveal that to keep maintain a high level camouflage for this meeting and divert the attention of Pakistan intelligence and other Western intelligence operatives, present in the region, Ajit Doval, revived his decades old links with certain top military officials of Iran and thus managed to organized a situation at Pak-Iran border in Pakistan Balochistan area and a small border clash over there, diverted every one’s attention from everywhere else, especially from Kandahar, to this new development.
Some seasoned security analysis’s and counter terror expert see this development going beyond the apparent perception as they believe that this Daesh-TTP network will be intensively used by Doval for militancy in Pakistan as well as in China’s Xinjiang region as they smell the alliance eventually getting teaming up with CIA-backed East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) that is engaged in rather limited terror and violent activities in Xinjiang via Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. They are of the firm opinion that once US troops are pulled out of Afghanistan and India gets a security role over there, this combination of Deash- ETIM – TTP will unleash a hell in Pakistan and China in particular.
These security experts and counter terror specialists are of the view that the way Indians fooled the US government with regard to terror attack on Samjhauta Express train in 2007 and US, on the basis of intelligence provided by the Indians, took no time in declaring certain Pakistani elements as accused for the said terror act but which later turned out to be a handy work by Indian army’s serving officers in connivance with extremist Hindu militants and thus made the US to cut a very sorry figure, eventually, this time again the Indians are very conveniently fooling the Obama administration by ensuring India’s utmost resolve against terror across the world but at the same time continuing with their covert support to terrorists in Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, China etc. These counter terror maestros of the global clandestine community say that there is a possibility that this all is going on with the complete knowledge of White House and Pentagon and they have shut one eye over the issue with other being fully open or there could be a possibility of this being materialized merely between Indians and the CIA operators with little or even no knowledge, at least officially, to the White House. However, it remains no secret that the US government is very much aware of Indian NSA Doval’s deep connections with terrorists and top underworld mafias of the world that was disclosed by a classified ( declassified by Wikileaks) diplomatic cable, sent by the US Embassy in India to Washington when the NSA had just vacated the office of IB Chief. Remarks made by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in 2013 in which he clearly stated that India has been exporting and financing in Pakistan, he very much meant the terror operation organized by Indian officials, Ajit Doval, Sanjeev Tripathi, B Raman etc. Hagel said “India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan on that side of the border, and you can carry that into many dimensions.” This statement of US Secretary of Defense very clearly indicates that the Obama administration in general and its Secretary of Defense in particular are very well aware about what Ajit Doval and company have been doing over the past many years with regard to promotion and financing of terrorists and terrorism.
The Daily Mail’s investigations reveal that the Hindu extremist elements of radical and militant outfits like RSS, Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, Shiv Sena etc, started placing a special focus on religiously motivated, young IAS (Indian Administration Services) and IPS (Indian Police Services) officers, right at the training academies level from the late 60s, after India faced a severe defeat in war with Pakistan in 1965. This Hindu extremists believed that despite huge numerical supremacy in terms of troops and weaponry of India over Pakistan, Pakistanis managed to defeat Indians in 1965 as they fought with religious motivation while there was no religious motivation on the Indian side and thus it was very pivotal for India to streamline religious motivation across the society via promotion of Hindutva. It remains a fact that after the assaination of India’s founder Mr. Gandhi by activists of extremist Hindu outlet RSS ( that is now part of Indian government) in a planned manner, the major chunk of the Hindu society was repelled from religious extremism and got mainly disconnected with Hidutva ideology.
They started these young motivated Hindus under the philosophy and ideology of Hindutva Brotherhood and started transforming them into extremist Hindus. These investigations indicate that this trend was proposed or introduced by none other but an IPS officer himself. This officer is known as Bahukutumbi Raman or B Raman, an IPS officer of 1961 batch of Madhya Pradesh Cadre, who later was inducted in IB and from where he went to Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) as its founding members and died last year in retirement. Despite being retired from RAW in the last decade, Raman was kept on board and he kept providing his constant input to RAW in post retirement life.
The investigations reveal that later there was a trivial shift in the policy and focus was slightly reduced from IAS officers and was enhanced more on IPS officers as it was planned that the most dedicated ones of these IPS officers would later by inducted into spy agency IB with later expanding it to RAW. The investigations indicate that a huge number of IPS and IAS officers of different state cadres were successfully dragged to Hindutva school of thought. These investigations indicate that though there was a rush of Hindutva motivated IAS and IPS officers in the 60s and 70s, later B Raman took the task of short listing them to form a comprehensive network of top most confidants by maneuvering their respective careers and eventually ending them up in IB, RAW, CBI and other relatively important organization and on highly sensitive assignments.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that B Raman managed to create 5 officers of IPS according his requirements in a period of ten to fifteen years and managed their postings and transfers till the end of his life, with all being junior to him in the service and thus being extensively loyal and obedient to him as well. These officer included Ajit Kumar Doval, an IPS officer of Kerala Cadre of 1968 Batch and ended up as IB chief of India with current political position of being National Security Advisor of India, Sanjeev Tripathi, an IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh Cadre of 1972 Batch and ended up as RAW Chief, Alok Joshi, an IPS officer of Haryana Cadre of 1976 Batch who first served in IB up till the position of Joint Director and was later managed to be placed at RAW and is the current RAW Chief, Amithabh Mathur, an IPS officer of 1977 Batch of Manipur Cadre and ended up as RAW’s #2 with B Raman, and IPS officer of 1961 Batch of MP Cadre being their Godfather. Raman was called Guru by his colleagues and likeminded juniors.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that interestingly, all the IPS police officers were somehow maneuvered by B Raman and Hinudtva Brotherhood to reach to the top positions at IB and RAW with Ajit Doval being the most successful in enjoying the extraordinary position of NSA in his political phase of life. These five IPS officers eventually defaced the organizational identities of RAW and IB amongst their own circle and continued to deliver with mere extremist religious devotion and motivation under Hindutva umbrella. There appears to be another commonality amongst these Cops that all of them, throughout their careers have been maintaining very strong connections with Most Wanted criminals, terrorists and Mafia Dons with Chhota Rajan and his gang being the most prominent in this direction.
These investigation further indicate that despite his great desire to jump into RAW, Ajit Kumar Doval was purposely kept back in IB on B Raman’s suggestions ad by keeping Doval at IB, Raman wanted to maintain a strong support platform in IB for certain Hindutva related operations, despite extreme professional rivalry between RAW and IB and he succeed in doing so as Raman got many operations completed with secret IB help via Doval and Chhota Rajan gang’s operations for RAW were possible only by Doval’s presence at IB as Doval was the mentor and creator of Chhota Rajan and his gang. In the clandestine community of India, it is said that Chhota Rajan and his gang was perhaps Ajit Doval’s best gift to RAW and B Raman while Raman-Doval duo delivered a lot through mutual cooperation at their respective organizational ends to the cause of Hindutva Brotherhood through Chhota Rajan Gang’s operations.
Though the successive Indian governments continued to deny any links of its law enforcers or other top officials having any connection with terrorists and criminal mafias with current Modi government being no exception, yet these deep rooted links are open secrets in Indian media and society. However,in a highly classified diplomatic cable (later leaked by Wikileaks) sent by US Consulate in Mumbai on 8th August 2005, the US Mission in Mumbai confirmed this link to Washington with Ajit Doval being fully exposed in this direction.
In the cable, following assertion was made:
“In early July a group of Mumbai policemen traveled to Delhi to stake out Vicky Malhotra, an underworld figure who had been charged with numerous acts of terror and crimes, including murder, extortion explosions and arms smuggling. On July 11 the Mumbai police arrested Malhotra while he was driving through central Delhi. Accompanying Malhotra was Ajit Kumar Doval, former head of the Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB. Doval himself as well as GOI officials from the Home Ministry later declined to comment about the incident. 9. (SBU) Thereafter the Indian media was rife with speculation about why the former head of India’s premier intelligence service was caught with a known underworld figure. Malhotra is the right hand man of gangster Chhota Rajan, an otherwise Most Wanted criminal by Law in India.
GOI and the Mumbai police have not commented on the incident. The arrests and the presence of former IB chief Doval are established facts. Since the authorities are not publicly talking, everything else about the incident is speculation of media outlets.”
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that though all the above mentioned IPS officers of Hindutva Brotherhood have always maintained spectacular relations with India’s homegrown terror networks and underworld mafias, yet the Chhota Rajan gang and Dawood Ibrahim gang emerged as the prominent one’s of this chain of protected rackets. Though when Hindutva brotherhood decided to exit Dawood Ibrahim gang out of the scene for his reluctance to carry out anti Muslim operations, all the IPS gang of five went against him and Ibrahim was declared a Pakistani agent, working for Pakistan’s ISI spy agency, despite the fact that ISI had no advantage in using the services of an Indian underworld gangster who was already operating under the protection of India’s own police and intelligence network, yet his being a Muslim was more than enough for the Indian Police and Intelligence as well the local media to portray Ibrahim as an ISI patterned criminal. Some reports however suggest that when life was made miserable for Dawood Ibrahim in India, he shifted to Dubai and formed an even wider network of with the connivance of certain friends from Italian and Russian underworld mafias. These reports also suggest that Dawood had some support from his Mumbai days partners of Karachi-based Pakistani elements of local underworld yet any of Dawood’s connection with any Pakistani State organization and specially the ISI could never be established on the basis of one single solid evidence and all the hullaballoo in this direction remained merely part of media and official propagation by the Indians.
The Daily Mail’s investigation indicate that Chhota Rajan gang’s services were first utilized by Doval at the large scale level during the attack of extremist Hindus on Babari Msjid in Ajodhya in early 1990s. As this assault was made in the name of religion, yet was carried out in a manner of organized crime, Chhota Rajan gang’s input was very much required and Gang’s contribution brought Chhota Rajan in the very good books of Hindutva Brotherhood. From there onwards, Chhota Rajan gang’s activities got the full support and blessings of the Hindu extremist groups while it had the IB and Police blessings already. The investigations indicate that when Ajit Doval introduced Chhota Rajan to B Raman, Raman straightaway took Rajan and his under the RAW cover and handed him over a sort of ex-officio RAW wing that was code named by Raman as “Special Operations Division” while gang’s association with IB continued under Doval’s leadership at IB and later under Alok Joshi’s patronage while Joshi is now looking after the gang in his capacity of RAW Chief. S Special investigative report on the overall activities of Chhota Rajan Gang would be published soon. However it is worth mentioning here that Chhota Rajan gang delivered handsomely for both IB and RAW while its services were often rendered to Military Intelligence at different occasions under the Hindutva- Army nexus arrangements. Chhota Rajan Gang was used from the level of eliminating defiant crime rackets in Mumbai and other parts of India to the massacre of Nepal’s Royal family and then down to the level of killing of Indian Jai Dey of Mid-Day newspaper of India and assassination of Pakistani journalist Salim Shahzad a few years back when both the Indian and Pakistani journalists were working on investigative reports of exposing RAW, IB and Chhota Rajan Gang’s nexus. However, very smartly, using RAW pawns in Pakistani media, on the advice of Sanjeev Tripathi, RAW tried to drag Pakistan ISI into the murder of Salim Shahzad to damage an outstanding professional relationship between ISI’s media wing and local journalists to combat anti Pakistan media propagation by the foreign media and especially by the Indian Media. Chhota Rajan gang was also used for execution of organized violence in China’s Tibet in 2008 and the follow up incidents of violence and terror in China’s Xinjiang province while in Pakistan, this gang has not only been operating in Balochistan but a strong presence of the gang members was discovered during anti- terror operation in Waziristan agencies and Swat area while Afghanistan has emerged as a regional headquarter of Chhota Rajan Gang. These investigations believe that Ajit Doval has throughout been a devil’s advocate and has been insisting in use of underworld mafia’s for intelligence operations as he believes that
Underworld gangsters had more ingress in society and were more effective in penetrating into any segment of life than the intelligence agency personnel.
The investigations indicate that after getting RAW and IB protection via blessings of Ajit Doval and B Raman and later Sanjeev Tripathi, Chhota Rajan aptly expanded the gang’s smuggling gold and narcotics, extortion, gambling, prostitution, contract killings and other racketeering operations. Due to his links with the Shiv Sena’s ideologue late Bal Thackeray and his gang’s involvement in anti-Muslim riots in Bombay, Rajan soon came to be known as the Hindu Don in the Bombay’s underworld Rajan later managed to built up a steady business empire around the world acting as front offices for his illegal operations and thus got further promoted in the good books of Hindutva Brotherhood.
The Daily Mail’s investigations reveal that the glamorous world of Bollywood immediately caught Ajit Doval and Sanjeev Tripathi’s attention for easy money extortion from the heroes, heroines, producers, directors and distributors etc., who personify virtues on screen and in real life are an amalgamation of deceit, treachery, conspiracy and temerity. RAW and IB, meaning Tripthi and Doval, for quite some time, had their eyes on the Indian film industry for various reasons. With Rajan’s coming to the scene Indian film industry soon become IB and RAW’s interest in Bollywood got new dimensions. It remains a fact that the film media serves as the best possible propaganda tool for the RAW as well as Hindutva Brotherhood not only in India but also abroad including Pakistan. A blatant glorification of Hinduism and an utterly distorted fanatic portrayal of Islam is the common message conveyed through the RAW and IB sponsored movies.
According to Pahlaj Nehlani, a former President of Film Producers Association of India, the underworld lord (Chhota Rajan) started demanding overseas rights of all good movies without paying a penny in late 90s In words of a bollywood entertainment reporter Priya Bhose, “Top movies stars of the 90s including Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Sharof, Govinda, Mithun Chakaraborty, Johnny Lever, Juhi Chawala, Mundakani, Manesha Koirala and many others were forced to do a number of free shows to raise funds for Chhota Rajan at Dubai, UK, USA and other countries. The entire Bollywood, at that time, had to dance to the tunes of Chhota Rajan for the annual funds raising shows at Shiv Sena’s NGO ‘Mukti’ without any charge. Those who dare to resist were left to face the music of Chhota Rajan’s mobsters. Gulshan Kumar of Super Cassettes Industries was assassinated by Chhota Rajan’s ‘enforcers’ because he refused to sell part of his music empire worth Indian rupees 400 crore to the ZEE music Company of RAW. The conspiracy was hatched when a galaxy of Indian movie starts participated in the opening ceremony of Chhota Rajan’s luxury hotel in Dubai. Rajan’s key man in Dubai Vivekt Goswani conceived the entire plan.
Similarly, former film star and current producer and the father of a super bollywood star Hrithik Roshan’s father Rakesh Roshan’s car was fired upon in year 2000, for refusing overseas rights of his movie ‘Kaho Na Pyar Hai’ to Chhota Rajan. Roshan made repentance by asking his son Hrithik to sign RAW’s sponsored movie ‘Mission Kashmir’ produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra for less than his usual fee while in many other cases, Indian Showbiz stars were forced to sign anti-Pakistan movies like Zameen, Qayyamat, Border Hindustan Kaa, LOC Kargil etc., on fairly low rates under threats from Rajan as RAW wanted to minimize its budget for these films but at the same time desired to have leading film stars in these movies. This was a rather decent way of distortion for Doval, Raman and Tripathi to generate funds for unauthorized operations.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that Cable Operators in mega cities of India also operate with the blessings of Rajan. His brother Deepak runs the company by the name of Cable Cop, which offers film producers protection from Cable Operators who telecast new movies without authorization. According to a senior Bombay police officer Sunil Paraskar, all Deepak does is to give a call to the operators warning them not to telecast the movie for which he has taken protection money, officer Sunil also affirmed that never have the cable operators telecast a new film, produced by ‘ZEE Movies’ (as ZEE Movies enjoys comprehensive RAW protection). He later entered into Real Estate world too, to manage the land grabbing by Rajan Gang and is still in this “business”
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that since using Chhota Rajan gang had never been part of written or documented policy of RAW and IB, Chhoata Rajan Gang had to suffer hard times at different occasions on the hands of certain professional rivals in the ranks of national politicians. This had force Rajan to get his gang a political platform too. Rajan Gang made a couple of tries in this direction but from some rather low-key political parties’ platforms but failed. For the purpose, Chhoata Rajan has now approached National Security Advisor and old time friend and mentor Ajit Doval to help his gang in this direction. The media reports in India suggest that Rajan was assured a political cover for his gang by Ajit Doval, the NSA and he promised to get his gang into politics with part support of BJP in last month’s state elections of Chembur. However, it is said that no political part ever wanted to have Chhota Rajan gang presence in its ranks as they believe that such an arrangement would jeopardize party position and that was why Shiv Sena, RSS and BJP never wanted Rajan’s family or gang member to be directly winning the election and the same happened this time when after Ajit Doval’s assurance of comprehensive support from BJP, Chhota Rajan’s brother Deepak, who was otherwise the business or corporate face of Chhota Rajan Gang contested the Chembur polls from the platform of Republican Party of India (RPI) but lost once again, though stood 3rd with over 3600 votes and with 27% of voting aggregate.
The Daily Mail’s findings indicate that Hindutva Brotherhood’s tilt towards occupied Kashmir rose in 1990s. At that time Hindutva confidante Ajit Doval, who was by then fully prepared by B Raman and was placed at Intelligence Bureau, was moved to the occupied valley. Doval first started a fake insurgency movement to suppress the genuine and unarmed struggling freedom fighters and portrayed them as Pakistan-backed militants and then arranged their killings by creating counter insurgent groups that paved the way for what the Indian army, RAW and IB are doing in IOK today under the garb of combating militant insurgency and that too under the garb of highly controversial and rather draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) and POTA etc.
During this period, Ajit Doval, who was IB Area Incharge of IOK, organized a high voltage drama to counter Kashmiris’ struggle and to demoralize the freedom fighters and also to create religious controversies amongst freedom fighting groups about their leaders.
Under this conspiracy, in October 1993, Ajit Doval informed some likeminded media persons in New Delhi that some freedom fighters of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) had occupied the famous Shrine of Hazrat Bal in the valley with some highly ulterior motives that threatens the sacredness of the shrine.
On the other side, Ajit Doval, using IB platform, sent a classified SOS to Lieutenant General Zaki, Security Advisor to the then Governor of IOK, informing him that locks securing access to the Moe-e- Muqaddas sanctum had been tampered with, and that 40 militants had entered the shrine with 12 LMGs. Upon receiving this IB reports from Doval, General Zaki, without awaiting verification, called Governor KV Krishna Rao and Union Home Secretary NN Vohra and informed them that an attempt had been made to steal from the shrine its famous relic, a purported hair from the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)s beard. He also hurriedly summoned a meeting of the Unified Command. The Governor asked Zaki to intervene and eventually, two battalions of the Indian Army laid siege at the shrine on October 15, 1993. This is said to be the first major operation under the Hindutva-army nexus, at least with regard to IOK in which Hindutva activist, in the ranks of IB provided a platform to Indian army to go wild in IOK under the garb of hunting down the militants.
But The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that it was merely a promo of the film as the evidences reveal the entire Doval game from the IB’s platform in IOK with regard to Harat Bal Shrine episode.
Decades down the line, the Indian government’s then Divisional Commissioner and Chief Negotiator and later Chief Information Commissioner, Wajahat Habibullah has recounted the behind- the-scene maneuvering and the disconnect between various government agencies and higher ups during the said episode.
In an issue of India’s weekly Tehelka magazine, Hibullah writes that the militant leaders holed up inside the Shrine were already in touch with the outside world through an unlisted telephone connection installed inside the shrine at the behest of the Intelligence Bureau (IB). He writes that he was amazed the way the militants appeared always so well informed of daily events outside during his negotiations with them. One day the Telephone Department told Habibullah, who was also Divisional Commissioner of the Kashmir Valley, that they had discovered an unlisted telephone connection, inside the Hazrat Bal shrine premises. When he asked the department to disconnect the line, he was told by the IB that the line should be allowed to remain as it was there at their behest. The Telephone Department had in the meantime told Habibullah that they had discovered an unlisted number inside the premises of the shrine.
“I, of course asked that the line be disconnected forthwith, only to receive a call from the Intelligence Bureau that the line was there at their behest, and that it should be allowed to remain operational,” writes Habibullah.
According to Habibullah, when he discovered this development and brought it into the notice of General Zaki, General Zaki got furious and asked Habibullah to discuss the matter with him in person.
Habibullah says that on his way from Raj Bhavan to the shrine, he was asked by Lt Gen Zaki to accompany him to his residence, so that the development could be discussed in details and with secrecy. “On the way, a military truck rammed our car injuring Zaki and almost killing me and it later proved that the crash was no mere accident,” says Habibullah.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that it was a multifaceted plan to not only create a rift between different freedom fighting groups and to disgrace the most prominent group JKLF in the eyes and minds of allied groups by creating a blame of bidding to steal the sacred hair of Holey Prophet (as JKLF was the most successful freedom fighter group had commanded a great respect and following amongst the other similar groups) but it was also aimed at paving the way for army operations and lastly to generate a feeling of insecurity and helplessness amongst the Muslims on the both sides of LoC by capturing of Hazrat Bal Shrine by Indian army with Muslims being helpless and merely on the mercy of Hindu soldiers, a philosophy that is key of Hindutva operations is very strongly exercised by Ajit Doval and his group while the same was behind Doval scripted Gujrat’s massacre of Muslims in 2002 under Modi’s Chief Ministry and the current wave of military hostilities on LoC and along the working boundary by Indian army, under the newly implemented National Security Policy by NSA Ajit Doval is also part of the same Hindutva philosophy.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that the plan was jointly conceived by B Raman and Ajit Doval as Raman had mastered in creating fake freedom fighting groups during his handling of Khalistan freedom struggle by the Sikh community of India. Under the plan Ajit Doval penetrated some IB supported individuals into the Shrine, fixed a phone line inside the Shrine to give instructions to the fake occupants as doing so through Radio (Wireless system) was not safe. Sent a fake report to media persons and to the Governor’s security advisor; organized siege of most sacred shrine by Indian army; arranged a safe and secret exit for his own sent occupants and in the meanwhile, after learning that his plan had been smelled by officials like Habibullah and General Zaki, gave them a life threat by arranging a lethal road crash and succeeded in doing all that he wanted and planned as neither Habibullah, nor General Zaki ever uttered a single word over the issue for decades. It, at the same time, speaks very high of Hindutva-army nexus as a Muslim officer with the rank of Lt. General in the Indian army could never utter a single word despite having the complete knowledge that a life attempt on him was made by none else but by a serving driver of the Indian army.
This episode led the Indian army and its so-called security forces to go for killing and brutally torturing of millions of Muslims in IOK under the garb of militancy combat. Kashmiris were not engaged in any armed struggle for their freedom until Ajit Doval managed to portray them as armed insurgents via exaggerated and glorified Hazrat Bal episode. It remains a mystery just like the 26/11 Mumbai attacks where the entire security chain of and establishment of India could not over power the attackers armed merely with AJ-47 assault rifle and a bunch of ordinary hand grenades for about 70 hours, in Hazrat Bal, two battalions, fully armed and equipped with all weaponry and sophisticated assault tools, could not over power merely 49 militants for days and days and eventually let them walk feely under an agreement. The safe exit of 40 militants who were reported to be armed with assault rifles highly mysteriously disappeared from the “Crime Scene” with at least 2 battalions of Indian army merely acting as silent spectators.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that the original plan was to arrange the stealing of the sacred relics from the Shrine and let the occupants go vanished via a tunnel that Doval had already arranged and got dug with the help of army personnel. Doval believed that such blame on JKLF would put all other freedom fighters on the mission of eliminating all JKLF operators as part of Jihad and the most prominent freedom fighter group will be eliminated by its own followers. However, threat perception experts and evaluation analysts at the IB, RAW and Army headquarters, rejected this part of Doval plan as it was perceived that such a move will bring a great religious wrath not only in IOK but also across India and most probably across the Muslim world and thus it was decided to end the mission in safe exit of occupants.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that back in 1993, a young Pakistani journalist Makhdoom Babar, who, at that time was working as an investigative reporter with Islamabad based newspaper Pakistan Observer, filed a comprehensive investigative report, proving that Ajit Doval had actually planned a tunnel out of Hazrat Bal Shrine to secretly flush out his ‘organized’ militants as according to the initial plan, they were supposed to flee along with sacred relics but after this part of the plan was rejected, the drama ended up in free and safe passage to the occupant militants but without taking away any of the belongings from the Shrines. But on the other side the tunnel was ready and was discovered by some media persons. To cover this up, it was officially stated that this tunnel was dug out by army personnel to penetrate into the shrine to overpower the militants. However, it was never explained by Indians as to why that tunnel was not utilized by the military commandos and secondly, why the tunnel was dug in a manner that was going from inside the shrine to outside and not from outside to inside?
The Daily Mail’s investigations further reveal that the rather soft freedom struggle in IOK though touched new heights after Doval organized the Hazrat Bal Shrine drama, yet there was another high profile incident, again organized by Doval with the help of Hindutva network in Indian army and with a close coordination of his Guru, B Raman in 1995.
This was the incident that brought IOK under global scanner and introduced high voltage to the freedom struggle in Kashmir with adding high grade militancy to it. These investigations indicate that during the early 19990s, when BJP-backed Indian government of VP Singh put IB, RAW and MI together to run special operation in IOK to crush the freedom struggle in the occupied valley, Doval was posted as IB Chief while a former RAW Chief GC Saxena (yet another IPS officer with acute Hindutva following) was made Governor of IOK and the RAW’s wing on IOK was placed under the supervision of B Raman. Doval, Saxena and B Raman organized a plan of creating fake freedom fighting organizations as V Raman had done the same very effectively in case of countering Sikhs’ similar freedom movement of Khalistan in the 1980s. Using this experience, Doval was advised by B Raman to form fake Muslim freedom fighting organizations out of jobless Muslims of the valley and also out of extremist Hindu activists from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that is a paramilitary wing of Hindu ultras. Doval, following Raman’s direction formed different fake Kashmiri freedom fighter organization with title names, similar to those of the original ones and thus the occupied valley saw a mushroom growth of Hrakat this and Harkat that and Hizb this and Hizb that, suddenly, on the patron of the same exercise in case of anti-Khalistan campaign while the same was later introduced in Pakistan in forms of different factions of TTP including Jindulla and Ahrar-ul-Hind etc.
In his book, titled, Kao Boys of R&AW, B Raman writes, “We were directed by Delhi to organize secret armed training for the cadres of RSS in the Jammu area to counter the freedom movement. This was originally the idea of LK Advani. So RAW held two secret meetings with RSS representatives from its Jammu Branch to discuss the beginning and modalities of the said training. First meeting was at local hotel in Jammu while the 2nd one was held at Ambassador Hotel in Delhi.” After these meetings the mission of militarization of IOK started off that would later see the Hazrat Bal Shrine episode in 1993 and kidnapping drama of some six Western tourists, on an expedition trip to IOK, organized jointly by RAW, IB and MI in 1995.
At that very juncture of time, CD Sahey, another IPS officer (of Hinudtva school of thought), merely one batch senior to Ajit Doval and some 6 batches junior to B Raman was made as Chief of RAW operations ( under immediate subordination of B Raman) in IOK with Ajit Doval being appointed as IB head for IOK ops. The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that in July 1995, in the mountains of IOK, six Western tourists, included two British, Keith Mangan (from Middlesbrough) and Paul Wells; two Americans, John Childs of Simsbury, Connecticut and Donald Hutchings of Spokane, Washington; a German, Dirk Hasert; and a Norwegian, Hans Christian Ostrø were abducted by one of Doval created Kashmiri freedom fighters’ group with the comprehensive planning and assistance of RAW, IB, MI and the IOK Police. The purpose of this drama was to portray Kashmiri freedom fighter as high profile and ruthless militants and not simple freedom fighters, in the eyes of the global and especially the Western communities and governments while the other purpose was to glorify certain “Doval converted” freedom fighters which ultimately were made extraordinarily glorified through Raman, Doval joint efforts later in 1999 through a hijacking drama. In their book, titled “Meadow, Kashmir 1995- where the terror began”, two British journalists and searchers Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark have categorically exposed this Indian drama. The Daily Mail’s investigations reveal that despite all odds, it establishes as an undeniable fact that first seed of the armed terrorism in occupied Jammu and Kashmir was seeded by Ajit Doval by Hazrat Bal episode and later flourished by the Kidnapping and hijacking dramas and perhaps Doval expects that the crop that he seeded in Kashmir, is about to be harvested in Kandahar via the Daesh-TTP drive.
Though Doval claims that he was spying inside Pakistan during those days and had achieved many goals during stay in Pakistan and thus had nothing to do with IOK developments during those years, yet his claims go completely wrong by checking his service record and going through his posting tenures. Doval claims of spying inside Pakistan also stand challenged by former senior army officer of Pakistan army Brigadier (Rtd) Junaid Zaman. “One of the surefire ways to get popular among the Indian public is to claim that you have served as a spy in Pakistan sometime. The myth of Ajit Doval spending eight years as a spy in Pakistan is total pack of lies, and this is in fact a total responsible and well researched information which can be give in this regard”, says Brigadier Zaman.
“I do not say that it’s not possible that India could never have a spy in Pakistan, or there never was, or there is not a single Indian spy lurking in Pakistan. There will be hundreds of them for sure, as we have many on the other side. Bigger the country, more the spies. Anyway, more than the traditional spies there are better ways now to get what is important,” says the Brigadier in one of his columns in local media.
He further says “Narendra Modi believes in stronger government with a threatening attitude so it wasn’t a surprise when he appointed Ajit Doval as his national security advisor in India. Ajit, who thrived on the myth of him being the premier spy in India who spent time in Pakistan and never was caught. On that basis, he rose within the ranks of BJP, though he never held any designation. His formed a think tank which was basically a front for BJP to formulate and push RSS-oriented espionage agenda to any incumbent government. Nobody took them real serious, not even the Indian army because they knew the truth behind Doval being the premier spy in Pakistan. Doval has been a real drama queen throughout. He tried back stab Sikh Movement while infiltrating within Golden Temple. The truth is that when Doval tried to pass him as Pakistani spy within temple, nobody really cared, as they were welcoming even the people who claimed to be angels from heaven. There are also many fantastic stories about him creating a rift within separatist in different parts where India has occupied forcibly. Courtesy to all those myths, he even got himself Kirti Chakra award, and now also has managed to secure the juicy national security advisor seat.
The problem is that such hollow people always remain in quest to prove themselves. With fishy characters Doval in charge of Indian security with full backing up of Hindu extremists, the region might drift into a dangerous game because Doval likes to play dirty and secretive. But he still has to taste the real espionage, so he if tried any of that trick which he only has read in the books so far, he for sure is in for a nasty surprise from this side”, concluded Brigadier in his column.
According to Indian media, Doval does not want India to give an inch in Kashmir. In fact, he is against any agreement between India and Pakistan that allows the Line of Control to be recognized as the national boundary. India’s position can only be that it owns the entire Jammu and Kashmir, including Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. “Pakistan, if not punished for waging a covert offensive against India, should, at least, not be rewarded by it,” Doval wrote in one of his media columns.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that the 2002 butchering of thousands and thousands of Muslims in Indian state of Gujarat when Narendra Modi was Chief Minister there. This episode that earned Modi the title “Butcher of Gujarat” across the world, is also attributed to Doval. In his last days in IB, Doval scripted the Gujarat Carnage for Hindutva Brotherhood as Modi government in the state was very desperately looking for any such exercise to terrorize the monitories and to win the next elections. Investigations indicate that this time B Raman and Ajit Doval’s disciple from IPS, Dahyaji Gobarji Vanzara the then Deputy Inspector General of police was selected to head the mission. f. He has been in jail since 2007 on charges of having conducted a series of extrajudicial (“false encounter”) killings while heading the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS).
An IPS officer of the 1987 batch, Vanzara, an extremist Hindu and who would worship Narendra Modi as “god” had his tenure as head of the city crime bureau full of spurt in encounter killings. He was known to be close to Home Minister Amit Shah, who made 331 calls to Vanzara and other police officers, many of them around the time of these killings.
Investigations indicate that indeed, there was considerable evidence that Vanzara had been carrying out home minister Amit Shah’s orders on these killings. On May 18, 2008, ex-DSP N.K. Amin, also arrested in the case, told the court “that a police-politician-criminal nexus was in operation in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case.” The high level of direct communication from Shah, as minister, to an on-duty officer has also been questioned in court.
In the Tulsiram Prajapati case, the encounter killing took place in Banaskantha district. Just 13 days earlier, Vanzara was surprisingly transferred there as DIG Border range.
Vanzara’s resignation letter refers to political mileage obtained from the killings. In the 2007 elections, Modi had asked the electorate as to what was to be done with people like Sohrabuddin, to thunderous responses of “Kill him!
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that as a result for orchestrating and scripting the amazing plan of Gujarat Carnage, Doval wanted to have some important assignment in Central government on contract basis after his retirement from IB. However he was advised to wait till Modi forms a government at New Delhi and in the meanwhile, he was accommodated by making him the head of a BJP, RSS fund NGO, a think Tank named Vivekananda International Foundation’s as its chief. He was asked to work there and to continue his liaison with IPS network in police, IB and RAW and continue giving his inputs to relevant quarters in IB and RAW for Hindutva’s cause. He was finally made NSA, superseding a number of BJP leaders and elected MPs, after Modi formed the government at Delhi.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that that the much glorified hijacking of an Indian Airlines’ flight, IC 814 in 1999 to Kandahar, Afghanistan by fake Kashmiri insurgents was also a handy plan of Ajit Doval and B Raman.
The Daily Mail’s investigations reveal that since IB, RAW and MI operate under the Joint Intelligence Committee and by virtue of what, often carry out operations with collaborated efforts, once again in 1999, IB and RAW wanted to flush in some Kashmiri freedom fighters who were first abducted by IB, under Doval’s instructions and were later lured to operate for India, during their days in detention and they agreed to do so. However, there arose the issue of how to make them high profile Kashmiri freedom fighter across the world and specially in the eyes of Kashmiri sympathetic groups in Pakistan as otherwise they had not contributed to the freedom struggle of Kashmiris and were merely minting money in the name Kashmir Jihad while one of them was actually an MI-6 operator. To make them Kashmiri heroes to provide them an easy ingress and penetration into Pakistan-based Jihadi outfits, it was first attempted to achieve the goal via a high profile kidnapping of some Western tourists in IOK during 1995 by raising the demand of these freedom fighters in exchange of kidnapped hostagesl However, as contrary to the expectation of Ajit Doval, CD Sahey and B Raman, when this issue escalated too high, in the Western world, the idea of launching them as gloried Jihadis was dropped.
The Daily Mail’s investigation reveal that 4 years later, in 1999 it was decided they should now be launched as Jihadi heroes via a glorified hijacking.
The investigations indicate that since late B Raman was a maestro in arranging hijackings as he did it many times in 1980s through fake Khalistani groups to dent the Khalistan movement and also to implicate in the same, he gave a plan to Doval and the Indian airline flight was very conveniently hijacked by some very little known “Kashmiri freedom Fighters”
The Daily Mail’s investigations reveal that though a plane, en route from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India on Friday, 24 December 1999, was hijacked. Indians were very quick in accusing Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, a Pakistan-based Islamist group, of the hijacking. Hijackers ordered the aircraft to be flown to several locations. After touching down in Amritsar, Lahore and Dubai, the hijackers finally forced the aircraft to land in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which at the time was controlled by the Taliban. It was very interesting for security experts and counter terrorism specialists to observe that though the ultimate destination of the hijackers was apparently not known to any one on the earth, yet Indian media was very efficiently predicting about every nest destination of the hijacked flight while a Peshawar based journalist of a RAW-linked local media organization was also predicting every next mover of the hijackers with a great accuracy.
After landing at Kandahar air port, hijackers forwarded the demand of releasing three Kashmiri freedom fighters named, Azhar, Omar and Mushtaq. All the three were not very well known with regard to their contributions in freedom struggle of Kashmiris but became world famous after the hijackers spelled their names. On the other side, Doval; from IB and B Raman and CD Sahey from RAW, launched a global media and psychological operation campaigns of branding the demanded trio as being ISI backed Kashmiri militants, arrested by Indian authorities for terrorism.
It remains a fact that all the three remained engaged in Occupied Kashmir and were arrested by Indian authorities. Yet, it also remains a solid fact that all the three were arrested as part of a joint RAW, IB campaign of creating counter insurgents from within the ranks of the actual insurgents. However these three were picked up with a different purpose as during their Five Star detention, they were trained to carry out well calculated operation in Pakistan, following RAW, IB instructions. The later series of developments proved that these militants, after being release by Indians and after reaching Pakistan, got hectically engaged in activities that were very much against Pakistan and very defaming for ISI. For instance Omar, who was originally an British MI-6 agent and later crossed over to RAW and IB, first formed a network with Al-Qaeda operatives and kidnapped and killed American journalist of Wall Street Journal, Daniel Pearl and later during his days of detention by Pakistani authorities, hurled a completely baseless allegation of Pakistanis being behind attack on Indian Parliament building in 2002.
. None of them ever turned out to be of any service to Pakistan or its ISI. It also remains very interesting to notice that the Chief negotiator to negotiate with hijackers, appointed by Indian government was none other but great Ajit Doval, actual organizer of the entire hijacking drama, while his RAW partner from IOK, CD Sahey was the part of the negotiation team. Doval kept the negotiation process for about a week, to get maximum media coverage of the incident across the globe, like it was done in case of Mumbai attacks where drama was carried on for over 70 hours to bust just 9 attackers but the drama was kept alive for global media coverage for that much time. Such a similarity of media coverage related operations, speak very low of the professional approach of RAW and IB policy makers.
The Daily Mail’s investigation indicate that for dealing with Pakistani media, just before the launching of mega terror operations across Balochistan province of Pakistan, IB and RAW decided to deal with Pakistani media separately to avoid any linkage of the media persons and media houses of Pakistan with RAW alone. When Pakistani security agencies were focusing RAW’s penetration into Pakistani media, IB was forwarded, though the policy remained the same, collaborated and joint. These investigation reveal that since Ajit Doval very strongly believed in supremacy of human intelligence (Humint) rather than technical intelligence (Techint, or technological snooping) as he, even today feels that human assets, which can infiltrate nations and militant organizations, help intelligence aagencies to understand the enemy’s mindset and get precise information, he discussed the matter with his accomplice in RAW, Sanjeev Tripathi who by that time was heading a RAW desk that deals with Pakistan related operations. Though this plan was organized when Doval was having his last days at office as IB Chief, yet Sanjeev Tripathi fully agreed with Doval’s vision in this direction and thus organized a comprehensive plan in this direction under which an NGO, South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) was generated, comprising certain unwitting as well as willing journalists from both countries while a separate media plan under the garb of Aman Ki Aasha was also launched with Doval giving complete input even after his retirement and the platform of his Thin Tank, mentioned above was used. Both SAFMA and Aman Ki Aasha were launched with a vision of discouraging the Kashmir issue and putting 50-50 onus on Pakistan for peace with India while the same was never the fact. Aman Ki Aasha however gained new dimensions later on and the entire clandestine mission was exposed in April 2014 when the media house, conniving with RAW and IB, itself blew its nexus by hurling a series of allegations and accusations on ISI chief after one of its journalists was targeted by unknown shooters in Karachi.
The Daily Mail’s investigations also indicate that when former Indian Army Chief and now a BJP elected MP, VK Singh decided to establish a special terrorists cell out of its military establishment to carry out terrorist operations inside Pakistan and code named it as Technical Support Division (TSD), he had no resources and infrastructure to carry on with plan as military laws were giving him no room for such an illegal adventure. Investigations indicate that at that juncture of time, General VK Singh sought help from Doval and Tripathi and the funding and resources of RAW and IB were used through Hindutva nexus for the creation, training, arming and financing of this TSD. Some reports also suggest that in this process, RAW and IB got certain week point of VK Singh himself and these week points were very much to force him to toe a certain line with regard to Pakistan and China
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that Dharamshala based Dalai Lama network is also jointly managed by RAW and IB and Sanjeev Tripathi, with the input of retired Doval, organized the 2008 riots in China’s Tibet, code named “Ashes on Snow” while supporting the CIA backed ETIM for generating violence and terrorism in China’s Xinjiang province is also on the manifesto of RAW and IB.
These investigations clearly indicate that India’s National Security Advisor could be the Security Advisor for Indian Prime Minister but he, with this highly objectionable background and with even more alarming current profile and activities, is a constant and crystal clear threat to global peace and imminent terror for the regional countries, with even India itself cannot be considered safe from his venom of Hindutva. The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that if this state of affairs of Ajit Doval, Sanjeev Tripathy and Alok Joshi like extremist Hindutva planners would not be checked timely and properly by global powers and regional leaders, the Hindu extremism and militancy will soon emerge as a monster that no one could ever be able to handle.

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India’s Fake Encounter Drama in Kashmir By Sajjad Shaukat

India’s Fake Encounter Drama in Kashmir

By

Sajjad Shaukat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BLOOD OF KASHMIRIS IS FLOODING THE STREETS

While, World Looks on…

 

On the one side, India claims to be world’s largest democracy, but, on the other, these claims have often been proved by international media including its own opinion makers as fake.

 

India is presently holding State Assembly Elections in the Indian occupied Kashmir. These sham elections in no way are substitute to the UN approved resolutions to hold plebiscite as per aspirations of the people of the valley.  The ongoing elections have been portrayed as a historic success as far as the turn over is concerned. But, this self-generated perception lacks any substantial evidence, especially, when no foreign media and election observers have been allowed to cover the polling process.  In this regard, the vicious dream of the BJP government in the shape of “Mission 44” has already been criticized by Indian politicians as well as the international think tanks.  However, BJP’s overconfidence to achieve the mission itself pollutes the transparency and legality of fake elections.

 

Like its past record, India is once again staging a fake encounter drama across the Line of Control (LoC) to implicate Pakistan for infiltration. Sources suggest that for the purpose, the fundamentalist government of the BJP asked Indian secret agency RAW to arrange some terror attacks in the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). It did so when on December 5, this year, militants sneaked into an Indian military camp in the Indian held Kashmir, killing 11 soldiers and policemen. The arranged attack was followed by a gun battle between the Indian security forces and the militants, in the state capital, Srinagar—and a grenade blast in south Kashmir. Two militants were killed later in the clash in Srinagar where BJP-led hardliner Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit is due next week on election campaign.

 

However, the fake encounter drama on the camp took place in the Uri sector, near the heavily militarized border with Pakistan where there is no chance of infiltration. But following previous blame game, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “These terrorists keep coming from Pakistan”, and “Pakistan should make an effort to stop them.” Besides, Indian high officials and media also accused that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is behind these terror attacks in the Indian controlled Kashmir. They forgot they Kashmiri people are fighting a war of liberation and for their legitimate rights, as recognized by the UN resolutions.

 

Nevertheless, the drama is still on and Indian venomous media which has openly started implicating Pakistan and LeT for the attacks. Such orchestrated dramas have many a times been exposed in the past as well. Besides, previous episodes, in the recent months of 2014, reportedly, Indian military had killed two militants in August, three militants in Keran Sector in September, and seven terrorists in October, three in November, while in Tut Mari Gali sector, three were killed. These are Indian LoC encounter dramas; however, Indian forces have also been violating ceasefire on the Line of Control and Working Boundary. The problem is that there is no dearth of hate and war mongers in Indian Army, and it is always their agenda to keep the LoC in the line of fire. Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the helm, the incidence of ceasefire violations has increased. Army has also been given free hand to indulge in fake encounters to implicate Pakistan.

Question arises as to why India is staging encounter drama?  The plausible reasons are obvious.  Firstly, it may be an attempt to create hype prior to the election campaign visit of Modi in the alleged area, falling in the sector where terrorist attack drama is being played. Secondly, the failure of BJP to win in the Muslim majority area seems imminent and it is trying to accuse Islamabad for sabotaging the elections through LoC attacks. Thirdly, the alleged attacks are part of campaign to malice Pakistan internationally and tarnish its image worldwide before the forthcoming visit of the US President Barack Obama who will travel to India in January 2015 to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and also to attend its Republic Day celebrations.

 

It is of particular attention that in November 2013, the then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Defence Minister had expressed concern over the ‘fakes intrusion’ claims of the Indian Army in Keran sector, making it clear that the troops enacted a drama “as there was no evidence on ground to suggest any infiltration bid by the militants.”

 

While, Indian government is accusing Pakistan government of giving legitimacy to Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, claiming that a recent rally being held in Lahore by the group which masterminded the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks was being viewed with concern in India. New Delhi has since long been demanding the deportation of Saeed from Pakistan so that he can be tried for his involvement in the Mumbai attacks. Islamabad has refused to do so stating that there is no credible evidence relating his involvement in the attacks. And, Lahore High had released Hafiz Saeed on the ground that there is no evidence about his involvement in the Mumbai mayhem.

 

It is notable that on July 19, 2013 the Indian former home ministry official and ex-investigating officer Satish Verma disclosed that terror-attacks in Mumbai in November 26, 2008 and assault on Indian Parliament in January 12, 2001 were carried out by the Indian government to strengthen anti-terrorism laws.

 

In fact, Hafiz Saeed is a die-hard patriot and continues to raise the banner of ideology of Pakistan. Recently, a two-day national conference organized at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore by JuD called for a countrywide movement to protect the ideology of Pakistan. Hafiz Saeed inspires the great majority of the people of Pakistan and has the capacity to mobilize them and unite them against the foreign conspiracy against the country. Therefore, especially, New Delhi considers him as an obstacle in its plan to weaken and destabilize Pakistan.

 

 

 

 

Nonetheless, there is a need to expose India’s fake LoC encounter drama to implicate Pakistan to hide its own failure to set its own house to order. Pakistan’s high officials and media must highlight that such fake encounters have become second nature of India to appease Indian radical and extremist groups like BJP, RSS VHP, Shiv Sena and other similar groups, and thus malign Pakistan.

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Gambling against Armageddon by Amb.Munir Akram, former Pakistan ambassador to the UN

Gambling against Armageddon

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Munir Akram, former Pakistan ambassador to the UN | 

 

IN an opinion piece last year, Henry Kissinger observed that over the next couple of decades a nuclear war was likely to take place between India and Pakistan. The nuclear factor was in play in four major and one minor India-Pakistan crises: in 1987, 1990, 1998, 1999 and 2002.
 
In 1987, when an Indian army chief launched the Brasstacks military exercises along Pakistan’s exposed desert borders, Pakistan responded by deploying its forces in the north where India was vulnerable. Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s agreement to a mutual stand-down no doubt also took into account the informal threat from Islamabad to bomb India’s nuclear reactors in case Pakistan was attacked. (After the crisis ended, the Pakistan-India agreement not to attack each other’s nuclear facilities was jointly formulated in one day.)
 
In January 1990, when the anti-Indian insurgency erupted in Kashmir and India threatened Pakistan, a conflict was forestalled by US intervention. The US acted when it learnt that Pakistan had begun to arm its nuclear-capable aircraft.

The operation of mutual deterrence between India and Pakistan is being eroded.


armageddon21During the night of 26-27 May 1998 — the night before Pakistan conducted its nuclear explosions in response to India’s tests — Pakistani radar detected unidentified aircraft flying towards its territory. Islamabad issued warnings of instant retaliation to India and relayed these to the US and Israel. This may have been a false alarm; but it illustrates the danger of accidental conflict in the absence of real-time communications.
During the 1999 Kargil war, the nuclear dimension was implicit, given that the crisis occurred a year after the India-Pakistan nuclear tests.
 
During the 2002 general mobilisation by India and Pakistan, the director general of the Pakistan Armed Forces Special Plans Division enunciated its nuclear ‘doctrine’ in a news interview. The ‘doctrine’ envisaged that Pakistan would use nuclear weapons if: it was being militarily overwhelmed; its nuclear or strategic weapons or facilities were attacked; and it was subjected to an enemy blockade.
 
The projection of this doctrine, including at a UN news conference by this writer in July 2002, sparked a fall in the Indian Stock Exchange, the evacuation of foreign personnel and embassy families from New Delhi and a demarche by Indian business leaders to prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, and reportedly led to the Indian agreement for a mutual drawback of forces.
 
The operation of mutual deterrence displayed in 2002, however, is being eroded by several developments.
 
One, the conventional military balance is becoming progressively unfavourable to Pakistan. India is engaged in a major arms build-up. It is the world’s largest arms importer today. It is deploying advanced and offensive land, air and sea weapons systems. Pakistan’s conventional capabilities may not prove sufficient to deter or halt an Indian attack.
 
Two, India has adopted the Cold Start doctrine envisaging a rapid strike against Pakistan. This would prevent Pakistan from mobilising its conventional defence and thus lower the threshold at which Pakistan may have to rely on nuclear deterrence.
 
Three, Pakistan has had to deploy over 150,000 troops on the western border due to its involvement in the cross-border counterterrorism campaign in Afghanistan, reducing its conventional defence capacity against India.
 
Four, the acquisition of foreign nuclear plants and fuel, made possible by the Indo-US civilian nuclear cooperation agreement, will enable India to enlarge its nuclear weapons stockpile significantly. To maintain nuclear balance, Pakistan has accelerated production of fissile materials. Both nuclear arsenals are now large and growing.
 
Five, given its growing conventional disadvantage, and India’s pre-emptive war fighting doctrine, Pakistan has been obliged to deploy a larger number of nuclear-capable missiles, including so-called ‘theatre’ or tactical nuclear-capable missiles. The nuclear ‘threshold’ is now much lower.
 
Six, the Kashmir dispute — once described by former US president Bill Clinton as a nuclear flashpoint — continues to fester. Another insurgency is likely to erupt, certainly if the Bharatiya Janata Party government goes ahead with its platform promise to abrogate Article 370 of the Indian constitution (which accords special status to Jammu & Kashmir). A renewed Kashmiri insurgency will evoke Indian accusations against Pakistan and unleash another Indo-Pakistan crisis.
 
Seven, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has obviously decided to adopt an aggressive posture towards Pakistan, no doubt to appeal to his hard-line Hindu constituency. The recent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control are an ominous indication of such belligerency.
 
Eight, India is reportedly involved in supporting the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and the Baloch Liberation Army to destabilise Pakistan internally.
 
Nine, India has terminated the ‘composite dialogue’ with Pakistan. Its precondition for talks — an “absence of violence” — is impossible for Pakistan to meet.
 
Ten, the US and other major powers evince little interest in addressing the combustible mix of live disputes, terrorist threats, conventional arms imbalance and nuclear weapons in South Asia.
 
During the parallel dialogue initiated by the US with Pakistan and India following their 1998 nuclear explosions, Pakistan proposed a ‘strategic restraint regime’ with India which would include mechanisms to resolve disputes, including Kashmir; preserve a conventional arms balance and promote mutual nuclear and missile restraint.
India rejected the concept of a mutual restraint regime.
 
The US at first agreed to consider Pakistan’s proposal. However, as their talks with India transitioned from restricting India’s nuclear programme to building a “strategic partnership” (against China), the Americans de-hyphenated policy towards Pakistan and India, opened the doors to building India’s conventional and nuclear capabilities and disavowed any interest in the Kashmir dispute. Currently, Indian belligerence is bolstered by US pressure on Pakistan to halt fissile material production and reverse the deployment of theatre nuclear-capable missiles.
 
If a South Asian Armageddon is to be prevented, it is essential to build a structure of stable deterrence between India and Pakistan and find ways to deal with Kashmir and other outstanding disputes. Reviving consideration of a strategic restraint regime would be a good place to start.
 
The writer is a former Pakistan ambassador to the UN.

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Pakistan – US Relations by K.Hussan Zia

Pakistan – US Relations

K.Hussan Zia

 

 

 

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To understand a country one has to really know the ethos of its people. This is not always easy for someone who is not a part of the culture. The inability to understand often leads to poor judgement and miscalculation. Just to give one example, a joint US National Intelligence Council and CIA report released in 2000 predicted: “by year 2015 Pakistan would be a failed state, ripe with civil war, bloodshed, inter-provincial rivalries and a struggle for control of its nuclear weapons and complete Talibanisation” (The Times of India, 13th February, 2005). 2015 is almost here but the dire prediction seems nowhere near coming true.
There is much misinformation and many misconceptions about Pakistan. Unfortunately, most of these are negative as well as deeply embedded. There is conceptual and practical confusion that some people think has been fostered deliberately. Human beings tend to sub-consciously erect a defensive wall of cognitive dissonance in such situations. Perceptions are not easily dispelled. The best I hope to do is to explain the facts as I see them and leave the rest to you.
Not Intolerant
There is a general impression that people in Pakistan are bigoted and intolerant. In reality they happen to be anything but that.
According to a survey published in The Washington Post last year (15th May 2013), Pakistanis are more tolerant than people in almost all the countries in Europe, including France, Germany and Holland. Only Norway, Sweden and Britain have a higher rating. About 6.5% of Pakistanis said they would not like to have a neighbour from a different race. In India, on the other hand, more than 40 % of the people would apparently not like it.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/15/a-fascinating-map-of-the-worlds-most-and-least-racially-tolerant-countries/
Also not Violent
Pakistanis are also not violent. The rate of deaths due to violence per 100,000 people in Pakistan is still less than that in the US (5.0 as against 6.5). It is only a fraction of what it is in almost all of Africa, Latin America (including Mexico) and also Russia. It is about the same as for India and Israel but less than in most of Eastern Europe. (http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/cause-of-death/violence/by-country/)
The incidents of rape in Pakistan are among the lowest in the world —- less than one thousand a year for a population of 180 million. France on the other hand, with one-third the population of Pakistan, averages more than 10,000 cases a year. President Carter, in his recent book ‘A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Power and Politicsclaims some 12,000 women in the US military alone were raped in 2012. Yet, ironically, human rights organizations in the West chose a rape victim from Pakistan and paraded her around the world to symbolize the plight of women in general. (http://www.salon.com/2014/04/10/america_as_the_no_1_warmonger_president_jimmy_carter_talks_to_salon_about_race_cable_news_slut_shaming_and_more/?source=newsletter).
Karachi is often labeled in the western media as the ‘most dangerous city in the world’ (The Financial Times, 28th June, 2014). If you were to do a Google search of the top fifty most dangerous cities in the world you will not find Karachi’s name on the list. http://www.businessinsider.com/most-dangerous-cities-in-the-world-2012-10#
The rate of violent crime in Detroit, Michigan is seven times greater than that in Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city. (http://www.beyondtheheadlines.org/lovely-lahore/)
 
Terrorism
Much is also made of religious extremism and incidents of terrorism in the country. These are not peculiar to Pakistan or the Muslims. Yet, the word ‘terrorism’ has been made more or less synonymous with Muslims which has no basis in fact. According to the list compiled by the FBI for the twenty-five-year period between 1980 and 2005, Muslims were involved in only six per cent of all the terrorist acts committed in the US as against the Jews in seven per cent and Latinos in forty-two per cent. http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-05-01/non-muslims-carried-out-more-90-all-terrorist-attacks-us-soil
 
The European Union’s Terrorism Situation and Trend Report for 2010 indicates that out of a total of 294 ‘failed, foiled or successfully executed’ terrorist attacks in Europe in 2009 only one was by Muslim extremists. As against two by the group opposed to the importation of wines from North Africa (article by Dan Gardener in The Ottawa Citizen of 5th January 2011).
 
Extremists are found in any religion be it Christianity, Judaism or Hinduism. The same is true for acts of terrorism but the two, that is, religious extremism and terrorism are not synonymous (The Battle for God, by Karen Armstrong). IRA in Northern Ireland, ETA in Spain, Shining Path Guerillas in South America, Naxallites, Nagas, ULFA, NDFB, the Khalistan Army to name a few in India, Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, FLQ in Canada —- are not Muslims. (Dying to Win, by Robert Pape, University of Chicago).
 
The threat posed to the West by Muslim extremists may well have been exaggerated and even misplaced according to Sir Richard Dearlove who had been head of Britain’s MI6. He thinks the 9/11 attacks put a ‘distortion’ towards Islamic extremism in the public consciousness which has remained ever since. According to him we should be concentrating on Russia and China instead:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2684077/ISIS-threat-exaggerated-says-former-MI6-chief-Sir-Richard-Dearlove-thinks-pathetic-Britons-spreading-messages-internet-ignored.html#ixzz37GNeZ95N
There was no terrorism in Pakistan to speak of until General Musharraf, under pressure from the US, broke longstanding agreements with the tribesmen and sent troops into Waziristan to hunt down Taliban escaping from Afghanistan. The force used was excessive, inappropriate and unlawful. It is the basic cause of terrorism in Pakistan today (The Thistle and the Drone, by Akbar S. Ahmed).
Taking advantage of the situation, some other actors have jumped into the fray using Afghanistan as their base. India, for instance, has about one million people of Indian origin living in the United Kingdom and she needs only two consulates to look after their needs. On the other hand in Afghanistan, where there are only 3,600 or so Indian nationals, she now maintains seven consulates, most of these in towns along Pakistan’s border. They are widely believed to be involved in supporting terrorism inside Pakistan.  
Similarly, CIA memos reveal that in 2007 and 2008 Israeli agents posed as American spies and recruited men to work for the terrorist outfit Jundallah in Pakistan to carry out false flag operations against Iran (‘False Flag’, by Mark Perry, foreignpolicy.com, 13 January 2012).
 
US – Pakistan Relations
Coming to the US-Pakistan relations; political co-operation between the US and Pakistan has been primarily determined by the needs and policies of the US. This is not to say that Pakistan gained nothing from it; only that she has almost always done what she has been told to do, sometimes even at the expense of her own best interest.
In 1974, India decided to go nuclear leaving Pakistan with little option but to follow suit, much to the annoyance of the US. It remains a serious issue between the two countries. Most Pakistanis are convinced that removal of this capability will always remain the principal objective of the West in Pakistan. It is the primary reason for the trust deficit that exists between the two countries (See Douglas Jehl’s review of the book ‘Lawless World in theNY Times of 14th October 2005).
New World Order
The collapse of the Soviet Union left the US as the only super power in the world. Many a strategist scrambled to find a new role for her. One of the first among them was Zbigniew Brzezinski who in his book, The Grand Chessboard hypothesized that any power looking to dominate the world needed control over the Euro-Asian land mass.
This was followed shortly afterwards by Samuel Huntington’s ‘The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. His thesis about ‘civilization’, meaning race and religion, forming the basis of future conflict in the world was not entirely convincing, nonetheless, it received inordinate amount of publicity.
To some it appeared as if the West was now in search of a new common threat to replace the one posed by the erstwhile Soviet Union. This would hopefully prevent the western nations from turning against each other, as has so often happened in history.
A 1992 US Department of Defence report under envisioned the United States as a colossus astride the world, imposing its will and keeping world peace through military and economic power. It drew too much criticism at the time and was withdrawn shortly afterwards. The issue was revived in 2000 under the name ‘Project for New American Century’.
President Bush apparently went along with its recommendations as reflected in his 2002 National Security Strategy Report. It envisaged permanent U.S. military and economic domination of every region on the globe, unfettered by international treaty or concern. Among other things the US also embraced the right to pre-emptive attacks against perceived enemies (see Gen. Wesley Clark interview with Amy Goodman on ‘Democracy Now’:http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2007/3/2).
 
Aftermath of 9/11
The attacks on 9/11 created understandable anger and calls for revenge and retribution for the atrocity. According to Bob Woodward in his book ‘Bush at War’, the President was intent on invading Iraq but the Secretary of State, Colin Powell suggested it should be Afghanistan because she was more ‘doable’. Ironically, there was neither any Iraqi nor Afghani among the alleged hijackers.
More bombs were dropped on Afghanistan than had been during the entire World War II. Significantly, on 31st January 2002, even before the bombs had stopped falling, the US Government announced it would support the construction of an oil pipeline across Afghanistan into Pakistan. A month later, Pakistan’s Musharraf signed an agreement with Hamid Karzai to build an oil and gas pipeline from the Caspian Sea basin to a port in Pakistan.
General Musharraf, who had previously staged a coup to overthrow an elected government, did everything he was told. It included provision of naval and air bases to NATO, opening land and air routes to Afghanistan, deploying 60,000 Pakistani troops along the border, apprehending and handing over to the US, without due process, any fighters escaping from Afghanistan; providing long-term logistic support and invaluable intelligence. In the first year alone, the US Central Command made a total of 2,160 demands and Pakistan acceded to each and every one of them. http://www.centcom.mil/Operations/Coalition/Coalition_pages/pakistan.html.
In the process Pakistan’s economy suffered major losses, to the tune of over 10 billion dollars in just the first year alone. This does not include the military expenditure and wear and tear of infrastructure, etc. The total loss that Pakistan’s economy has suffered until now exceeds 200 billion dollars. She has also lost more soldiers in this war than all the NATO countries put together.
We don’t hear any of this from the politicians or media in the West; the talk is only about the 20 billion dollars given in ‘aid’ over a period of twelve years which includes re-imbursements for the cost of logistic supplies provided by Pakistan to NATO troops in Afghanistan.
 
Drone Attacks
As the occupation continued, casualties among the western troops mounted which was not popular at home. There was also public weariness with the war. A new strategy was evolved using drones and night raids by Special Forces to minimize US casualties. It has had little effect on the final outcome of the war but the damage done to the US image, particularly in the affected countries, is immense (http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/pain-continues-after-war-for-american-drone-pilot-a-872726.html#spRedirectedFrom=www).
The surgical nature and pinpoint accuracy claimed for these operations is a myth. So is the claim that it is only the terrorists who are targeted. In an article on Facebook entitled ‘Are We at War With Pakistan? Congressman and at one time presidential hopeful, Ron Paul writes, ‘former US ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, when asked to define who can be targeted by the drones, said: ‘The definition is a male between the ages of 20 and 40’. (http://www.facebook.com/ronpaul/posts/10152361365996686 and
Colonel Kilcullen, who has served as adviser to General Petraeus in both Afghanistan and Iraq, estimates the kill ratio of innocent civilians and terrorists is more like 50 to 1 (‘Death From Above, Outrage Down BelowThe New York Times. 16th May 2009). The Peshawar High Court in its judgement on a case about the drones put it closer to zero per cent.
Imagine having up to six drones circling overhead twenty-four hours a day, not for a day or a week or a month but for years on end, making a constant buzzing sound that never ceases. Anyone listening to it knows that it can bring death and destruction to anyone at any time. It creates a deep-seated psychological fear —- a sort of unending emotional torture for all the inhabitants.
The lives of people in the area have changed completely. Children aged five to ten no longer go to school. Men are afraid to gather in groups of more than two or three. Weddings, which used to be such joyous affairs with music, dancing, and drumming, are now subdued events with only close family members present. Since funerals have also been targeted by the drones, they are now small gatherings as well.
It has not made the US any safer. The children of those killed in Waziristan are and will continue looking for Americans, wherever they can find them, to avenge the killing of their kith and kin for a very long time, indeed for generations to come. The tribal law, Pakhtoonwali, more or less makes it obligatory for the descendants of anyone killed to seek revenge from the offending party. It is known as badal or badla —- you kill one of mine, I will kill one of yours —- and there is no time limit on it (Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices inPakistan’, NYU School of Law and Stanford University Law School) .
This is not all by any means. Eleven and twelve year old boys and men well in their seventies, including even a ninety-year-old, as well as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, were incarcerated and tortured at Bagram, Guantanamo and other places. There were no charges laid against them. To the outside world it gave the impression of hubris and contempt for the feelings of others and humanity itself.
On the night of 25–26 November 2010, US helicopter gunships attacked two army posts well inside Pakistan without any provocation. The attack lasted almost two hours and stopped only after all but two of her soldiers had been killed. To make matters worse, for a long time the US even refused to apologise for the atrocity.
Two months later a Blackwater mercenary working for the CIA shot and killed two Pakistanis on a busy road in Lahore and fled the scene as hundreds of people watched. President Obama even claimed diplomatic immunity for him which he did not have. There was uproar in Pakistan as was to be expected.
To add salt to the wounds, a bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives in support of the claim of some separatists in the province of Baluchistan to secede. These very people had been earlier declared as terrorists by the US and the European Union. It was perhaps the lowest point in relations between the two countries: http://baluchsarmachar.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/rep-rohrabacher-introduces-bill-recognizing-baluchistans-right-to-self-determination/
 
Not Doing Enough
Ever since she invaded Afghanistan the US has accused Pakistan of not doing enough to stop infiltration by Taliban, which is a euphemism for the Pashtoon or Pathans who are resisting the occupation.
It is next to impossible for Pakistan to stop the volunteers given the nature of the terrain, the familial connection between the people on either side of the border and their commitment to each other. There are also three and a half million Afghan refugees who have not gone back since the Soviet invasion. They are even more committed to the liberation of their country.
NATO had 100,000 plus troops who had done very little to secure the border on their side which makes any criticism of Pakistan disingenuous. The general feeling in Pakistan is that the US was trying to make her a scapegoat for what is now generally accepted as an impending debacle.
If the West has an interest in Central Asia it is a mistake to have an adversarial relationship with Pakistan. Realistically, the West can only have access to the Central Asian resources either through Iran or Pakistan. It needs both of these just in case one becomes unavailable for some reason. It is in the interest of the West to exercise caution in relations with both these nations.
 
Conclusion
Terrorism kills only a fraction of the people every year than are killed in accidents on the roads. Wars against terrorism, on the other hand have killed millions and climate change threatens to kill many times more. So why are we ignoring climate change by giving it benefit of the doubt which isn’t there and destroying entire societies and countries in the name of fighting terrorism —- worse still, accumulating trillions of dollars in debt in the process?
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that these wars have only created enemies where none need to exist. Dealing with the causes that led to terrorism in the first place, would have been much more effective and advisable. If only a part of the three trillion dollars that have been blown away so far on the ‘wars on terrorism’ had been used to better the lot of humanity, the world would be a far more peaceful and prosperous place for everyone to live in. As an example, only one per cent of it ($ 30 bn.) was enough to put an end to world hunger.
The United States is a great country, perhaps the greatest the world has ever seen. So much good was expected of her. What she has done especially since the turn of this century has not made the world a safer or better place. One can only hope that things will soon change and she will use her tremendous potential for the benefit of humanity and the future of mankind as a whole and not be seen to serve the interests of a selected few.
The writer is author of the books, ‘Pakistan: Roots, Perspective and Genesis’ and  ‘Muslims and the West: A Muslim Perspective’.  This article is an extract from the keynote address delivered by him at a conference on US – Pakistan relations held in the United States in July this year.

 

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