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Islamabad

March 2, 2018

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Agents of terror

History of human civilisation bears witness to the fact that nations used to interfere into internal affairs of neighbouring states for securing their national interests, which were usually limited to expansion or protection of their own physical and geographical boundaries. However, over a period of time, the dynamics of nation-versus-nation interventions have entirely changed, whereby the states now merely concentrate on protecting their respective economic, strategic and political stakes in neighbouring countries through statesmanship, brinkmanship and partnerships. For nevertheless, being a chronic trespasser, the concept of national interest and the courses of action to achieve the same still hovers around forced intrusions, uncalled-for interferences and terror-oriented spying into non-violent neighbouring countries.

The use of spying as a tool of national strategy is as old as the concept of nationhood itself. From the day humans started living in communities in the course of societal evolution, their distinct mental and ideological features started producing feelings of jealousy, envy, suspicion and distrust for the people living on the other side of the mental or virtual boundaries.

These complex sensitivities were not limited to the neighbours who stood better-off in terms of riches or prosperity, rather the ones with equal or even lower fortunes had more than often remained the target of prejudice for unimaginable reasons. And to satiate such open-ended competitive sensations, covert procedures were employed through informers and spies.

Nevertheless, all along the history of such clashes of interest, the spying aspect remained restricted to gathering of vital information or crucial data on the opponents. However, of today India has the singular distinction to give spying an altogether new and brutal form, that is 'spying for terrorism' within the countries of its proximity. Being aggressively intruding, interfering, and prying by her very fibre, India has over the years been meddling into internal affairs of neighbouring Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China and every-so-often in Pakistan to fulfil its dubious national interests. In case of Pakistan, India's unfounded rancour and unilateral animosity have gone to her head like madness; the disorder does not allow the infected ones to act gentlemanly. Spanned over the last 70 years, Indian agents fanned terrorism, supported violence, and created as well as financed separatist movements through their notorious spies such as Gopal Das, Ravindra Kaushik, Surjeet Singh and Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan.

During the last decade especially, India has invested heavily to sponsor terror and subversive activities in Pakistan through agents and their facilitators. The arrest of a serving Indian naval officer and RAW agent Kulbushan Jhadav in Balochistan by security forces in March 2016 has again exposed India's nefarious designs against Pakistan’s sovereignty. Jhadav confessed that he had contacted and funded various Baloch separatists and insurgents to cause damage to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project and Gwadar Port, create unrest in Balochistan as well as Karachi and support all the individuals who worked to destabilise Pakistan. The mission at-hand with the terror-spy was to establish a ‘Tiger Force’ in aimed at spreading sectarianism in the city.

However, in order to make the truth look murkier to the world through its hulking media power, India has now pushed its Baloch proxies such as Abdul Qadeer Baloch (alias Mama Qadeer on self-exile in Afghanistan) to propagate that Kulbushan was not arrested while crossing over to Pakistan from the Iranian border but was instead kidnapped from Chahbahar by Pakistani agencies. Conversely, Kulbushan Jhadav’s open confession to the investigators as well as to his own family members that visited him last month, of carrying out terror assignments in Pakistan has once again proved the fact that every time a RAW agent is caught red-handed, India initially refused to accept him as its citizen at all, yet after a few weeks down the line each one of them would abruptly turn out to be the "proud son of the soil" in the eyes of both Indian officials and media. Kulbushan Jhadav has all the terror credentials under his belt to become one as well.

While India keeps herself overly busy devising heinous ways of undermining the sovereignty of Pakistan through terrorism and sabotage, the Kashmiri ‘Intifada’ in the meantime has reached a boiling point, Punjab's Khalistan movement has seen a vigorous resurgence, the Maoist-Naxalite rebel attacks on Indian paramilitary forces have phenomenally swelled up from earlier three police stations of Naxalbari, Khoribari and Phansidewa of Darjeeling district to hundred Indian districts at present. The saner perceptions should have rung the dread bells making India understand that it rather badly needs to set its own house in order.

It is right time for India to do a sincere soul-searching and introspection, at least for once in her national life-time, to make herself realise that putting the house of your very next-door neighbour on fire means nothing less than burning down your own home as a natural consequence. More especially, when the all-pervasive seditious and separatist air inside your country merely needs a tiny spark from outside to become an outraging inferno for the entire region. Rational and serious thinking by New Delhi on non-interference concepts would prove gainful not only for regional peace at large but also for its own survival as Indian union.

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