ISLAMABAD: Pakistani security officials are confident that the latest attack on the Indian Army base in occupied Kashmir is a Pathankot-like Indian-staged drama to trumpet its terrorism mantra against Pakistan and to counter Islamabad’s diplomatic moves to expose the Indian atrocities in Kashmir at a time when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is all set to expose New Dehli at the UN General Assembly session.
Sources in the security establishment insist that the military brigade headquarter, which has been the target of what is believed to be India’s false flag operation, is Sikh dominated, chosen deliberately to antagonise the Sikhs from supporting the Muslims’ struggle in Kashmir.
It is said that from this false flag operation, India wants to achieve more than one targets, including accusing Pakistan of backing terrorism, diverting the world attention from the killings by its forces in occupied Kashmir, undermining Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address at the UN General Assembly session and creating hatred between the Sikh and Muslim communities in Indian-held Kashmir.
Security official sources said that the Uri headquarters was well guarded. “Uri is part of Jammu which has a Hindu majority population and is not experiencing the Kashmiri freedom struggle,” a source said, adding, “How is it then a few attackers find it easy to target a military installation in a high security zone?”
Like the past, the Indian media and authorities, without even waiting for any evidence, blamed Pakistan for this attack. However, the facts are that India has erected a type-A fence all along the Line of Control besides installing state-of-the-art laser sensors to detect any cross LoC movement. This arrangement is over and above the routine patrolling of the Indian Army along with its specially-trained dogs. “How then a handful of terrorists could sneak across, dodging the third largest army of the planet earth with its hi-tech gadgets and their ferocious K9 force?” a source asked.
Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is known for spewing venom against Pakistan, was to leave for his Russian tour on September 17 but cancelled his trip one day prior to the impending attack in Uri. “Hope he wasn’t waiting to see the unfolding of virtual play which he and Ajit Doval had jointly scripted,” a source suggested. He was sure that the Uri attack was nothing more than another drama in Kashmir to trumpet the Indian mantra of terrorism and scuttle Pakistan’s diplomatic moves to expose the Indian atrocities in the UNGA.
According to one official, it is always the Sikh community selected to suffer by the Hindu-led government in such self-designed attacks. “This seemingly is aimed to save the Hindus and make Sikhs scapegoats. Hindus know it well that their appointed army chief and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will handle the community to keep them silent,” the official said, adding that they also wanted to antagonise the Sikh-Muslim affinity in Kashmir as Sikhs have openly supported the just cause of Muslims of Indian-occupied Kashmir for independence.
Indian Army commanders, it is said, are vocal when it comes to Indian-occupied Kashmir and blame Pakistan for their own failure in controlling the situation in the valley. Indian Army Lt Gen DS Hooda, Commander Northern Command, in an interview prior to the uprising, said that Indian Army was not comfortable doing anti-militancy operations as the crowds favouring the Mujahideen had become a huge problem.
“It’s a big problem, a challenge for us to conduct anti-militancy operations now,” Gen Hooda said and noted that armed soldiers had little hope of competing with the militants enjoying public sympathy.
Ironically, according to the sources, the same general in a post-uprising statement said, “Pakistan is interfering in Kashmir and has a direct role in what we call as proxy war in Kashmir and there is absolutely no doubt in it.”The Indian Army’s top brass is using the allegation of infiltration of Mujahideen to conceal their shortcomings from their people and government.
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