Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pakistan alleges RAW sponsored terror activities in Balochistan

Before Islamabad announced its decision to call off the NSA-level talks, Pakistan's representative Sartaj Aziz had claimed that he would carry 'three dossiers on India's RAW activities' in Pakistan to New Delhi.

Muhammad Iqbal

 Islamabad, August 23, 2015 

Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to Pakistan's Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, 
shows dossiers on RAW's involvement in promoting terrorism in Pakistan in Islamabad on August 22, 2015.




Though Pakistan late on Saturday called off the National Security Adviser-level talks with India, Islamabad is understood to have prepared a dossier on 'subversive activities' undertaken on its territory by RAW, India's external intelligence agency.

The dossier, a copy of which was shown to Pakistan's media on Saturday, contains allegations of Indian involvement in terrorist activities on Pakistani soil. It also contains so-called details of RAW-sponsored activities in Balochistan as well as other parts of Pakistan.

Before Islamabad announced its decision to call off the NSA-level talks, Pakistan's representative Sartaj Aziz had claimed that he would carry "three dossiers on India's RAW activities" in Pakistan to New Delhi. He added: "If I don't get an opportunity to hand over the dossiers to the Indian NSA in New Delhi, I hope to give it to him in New York next month when he comes (there) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi." 

 Reacting to this statement, India's external affairs minister  Sushma Swaraj shot back: "Had they come to India, we would have presented an alive terrorist, Naved, to them. That is why they do not want to come. They will give a dossier, we will give a live terrorist," she said. Naved, a Pakistani national, was arrested in connection with the Udhampur terror attack and one of his accomplices shot.

Islamabad has alleged that R&AW has funded militancy in the restive Balochistan province. It claims that it has evidence of Indian financing of Baloch separatist leaders by Indian sources.

The Pakistan government says it has proof of conversations between Baloch separatists and their Indian handlers, besides confessions by captured Baloch militant fighters that point to India's involvement.

Indian hand?

Contrary to popular perception, there is nothing specific against India's NSA Ajit Doval in the dossier, but it contains a few details about what Pakistan thinks was the location of the alleged Indian handlers. To this end, Pakistan mentions Indian consulates in Afghanistan as the most likely location.

The Pakistan government claims to have proof of R&AW involvement in a number of terror attacks in Pakistan, many of these supposedly undertaken by militant organisations that are monitored by Indian diplomats and officials stationed in Afghanistan.

During the earlier-planned visit of its representative Sartaj Aziz to New Delhi on Monday, Pakistan had wanted to share with India "proof" of the latter's funding to the Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party. The Pakistan Army had recently alleged that MQM was being funded by R&AW, and some of the party's leaders are said to have accepted it.

Though there aren't many specifics available on what kind of "proof" does Pakistan have, government sources said much of these statements and confessions have come from those nabbed.

Pakistan Army says the MQM has been involved in target killing as well as running a number of protection rackets in Karachi. Its leader, Altaf Hussain, lives in self-exile in the UK.

During his talks with Doval, the Pakistani NSA had proposed to bring up the "slow progress" in the Samjhauta train blast case. 

Pakistan alleges that Indian agencies were involved in the bombing, in which several Pakistani nationals were killed. It also alleges that the case is being deliberately slowed down by Indian authorities.

Pakistan had also planned to broach with India the issue of what it calls "atrocities" faced by Kashmiris. Islamabad says that state terrorism perpetuated by the Indian security forces has resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives in the "disputed territory" and that this issue must be highlighted in any talk on terrorism.

Islamabad also alleges that India has been involved in cross-border terrorism through its International Border with Pakistan as well as through the porous Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/pakistan-alleges-raw-sponsored-activities-in-its-territory/1/460420.html

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