By Sajjad Shaukat
Relations between Pakistan and India further deteriorated since May 9, this year when on the appeal of India, the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the hanging of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadhav who was arrested by Pakistan’s security forces from Balochistan on March 3, 2016.
Notably, Indian role in Pakistan became naked after the arrest of Kulbhushan Yadav. In a video statement, Kulbhushan openly admitted that he was the serving agent of Indian RAW in Balochistan province, and during his stay, he contacted various Baloch separatist leaders and insurgents, including Dr Allah Nazar Baloch to execute the task to damage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project (CPEC). Yadav confessed that he spied for India and was “assigned with the task to create unrest in Karachi and Balolchitan…to destabilize Pakistan…he was captured, while heading Iran.” He also revealed that he was funding Baloch separatists along with other terrorists.
In this context, while addressing a joint press conference with the then Federal Minister for Information Pervaiz Rasheed, the then Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa said on March 29, 2016, “Kulbushan Yadav’s arrest is a rare case that does not happen very often.” He disclosed that Yadav was an active officer of the Indian Navy prior to his joining RAW. He also served as a scrap dealer and had a jewelry business in Chahbahar, Iran, after he joined RAW in 2013.
Although in the past too, various agents of Indian secret agency RAW were arrested in Pakistan, yet the case of Kulbushan Yadav has exposed the real face of India’s ruthless terrorism not only in Pakistan, but also in other regional countries, as New Delhi has, openly, been trying to save Kulbushan from the execution.
In fact, admission of Kulbushan Yadav clearly proves that Indian RAW has a well-organized espionage system in Pakistan, including other neighhbouring countries.
However, the case of Kulbushan cannot be seen in isolation, as it verified various related-developments and are part of Indian state-sponsored terrorism in South Asia.
It is notable that other countries, after investigation in light of the evidence send the spies in jail. However, the case of Kulbushan Yadav clearly endorses the fact that he is a spy-terrorist. But, Kulbhushan has, suddenly, been declared by the Indian head honchos, as India’s son of the soil after sleeping over him for a year.
The heated debate on the death sentence to Commander Kulbhushan Yadav (the Butcher of Balochistan) may have surprised many in the international media. Nevertheless, they are missing the forest for a tree. Just to remind them about the Kulbhushan enterprise and its cost extracted from Pakistan soil by Indian state sponsored terrorism would be a good starting point.
The date gleaned from our research on cost of Kulbhushan Enterprise is mind boggling. This Indian Blue Bird was a top gun of RAW, funded to a tune of 500 million USDs with a strategic mission to achieve defined RAW objectives within Pakistan.
Besides, India has been blatantly sponsoring terrorism in all his neighboring countries since long. All in the name of a very aggressive doctrine, the Indira doctrine; the timing of Indira Doctrine coincided with the implosion of civil war within Sri Lanka which changed this tourist paradise into a hell-hole for next three decades.
RAW’s next big game opened against arch-rival Pakistan after the fall of the Taliban regime, as Afghanistan became the centre of the power game led by the US with approximately 40 intelligence agencies actively pursuing their agenda. RAW exploited the swathes of ungovernable areas of Afghanistan for setting the bases across the Durand Line and even within some of Indian consulates in Iran, with objectives such as befriending anti-Pakistan terrorist organizations and support selective but ruthless terrorist organizations like BLA, BRA, MQM (militant wings), TTP, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Daish etc; penetrate the area west of River Indus, including Balochistan, to support proxy war against Pakistan; support to dissident leadership of Baloch separatists like BLA etc, and supply them arms and ammunitions to sabotage life line of Balochistan, especially the communication networks; provide diplomatic assistance to dissident leaders and organize seminars and conferences in major capitals of the western world to highlight the cause of liberation of Balochistan.
The extent of RAW’s involvement in Karachi, and Pakistan’s provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and even urban centres of Punjab and Sindh provinces may not be fully known; however, the intelligence gathered from Kulbhushan has uncovered some of the strategic directives given to him by South block and Ajit Kumar Doval who is the real controller of Indian offensive doctrine and state sponsored terrorism, while the leader of the ruling party BJP, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi implement Doval’s doctrine.
Pakistan’s defensive attitude to RAW’s blatant involvement within Pakistan in kinetic and non-kinetic domains is one reason this agency has operated so freely and ruthless on Pakistani soil. Despite the handing over of dossiers to Indian leadership in Sharm al Sheikh, the cozying of top political leadership to Indian overtures has probably convinced the Indian establishment that Pakistan was a soft state and its leadership could be taken for a ride behind the smoke screen of Bollywood and smiling Modi.
The Indian track record of dealing with her neighbours is not very bright, Pakistan had its share of four wars right from 1948 including dismemberment in 1971, Sikkim was absorbed, China was engaged in a war across the Himalayas in 1962, Sri Lanka was invaded and subjected to RAW’s proxy war for three decades, Maldives was coerced, even the Kingdom of Nepal has been isolated through trade embargos and arm-twisting. China has also been subjected to RAW’s proxy war within Chinese Tibet, so who is left? What could be Pakistan’s strategy to deal with RAW’s blatant involvement, as this agency has been badly exposed to the entire world? This is the million-dollar question.
Nevertheless, Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs, embassies abroad and media need to keep on pointing out that Kulbhushan Yadav is a confirmed spy and terrorists and is part of the Indian state sponsored terrorism.
Pakistan has built up her case with complete preparation through the trove of intelligence gathered from Commander Kulbhushan and is presenting it bluntly to India. Islamabad also needs to share the information with Iran and Afghanistan with a request to uncover the Indian agenda to use the soil of friendly countries against Pakistan. For the international community and our western allies, Pakistan needs to build its case on the lines of post-Mumbai India; especially exposing the Indian state’s active involvement in unleashing a reign of terror in Pakistan, including other countries like Afghanistan.
It is mentionable that the Kulbhushan enterprise was directly responsible for 1345 Killings of innocent Pakistanis and injury to 7500, the financial cost to Pakistan has been approximately 3 billion USDs mainly in lost business and bad perception affecting tourism, sports (cricket), exports and imports; Indirect cost may not be ever known. What about the kith and Kin of Pakistanis, who perished due to the Kulbhushan enterprise and the trauma suffered by loved ones? Spy is a benign name and Kulbhushan was a mass murderer with the blood of 1345 Pakistanis dripping through his fingers; the Pakistani ‘liberrati’ and champions of human rights may comment on the plight of families whose bread earners perished in the heinous enterprise called Kulbhushan Yadav.
Indian frustration is also apparent, as they find Indian-held Kashmir slipping away at a very fast pace in order to hide their anxiety, (he frenzied media, fed by RAWs omnipresent hand is almost ‘barking at s high pitch’. Kashmir could also spell disaster for India, as the adjoining starts of Khalistan may be the next to demand autonomy and independence. Sikh diaspora is already gearing up for a global referendum called Khalistan 2020. New Delhi has her hands full and would do better to look inwards rather than blaming Pakistan and her Intelligence agencies for every pot broken in the potter’s house.
Indian response by possible abduction of a retired Pak Army officer from Nepal is boomeranging on India’s face; the concocted story prepared by RAWs propaganda machine and being churned by Indian hostile media. Besides, it raises some important questions in the conduct of state craft.
New Delhi has initiated a new game by abducting Pakistani national from foreign lands; especially the Indian periphery. India must realize that she has more assets in the neighborhood including Afghanistan and the dangerous precedent of abducting national from SAARC countries could trigger a strategic response by other states, where RAW surrogates and spies will be forced to either quit their missions or hide like jackals.
Nonetheless, Kulbhushan Yadav is the spy of India’s ruthless terrorism, which continues unabated in Pakistan and other regional countries, including Indian Occupied Kashmir.