By Sikander Hayat
It is not a surprise to hear that India (RAW) is behind the current unrest in Pakistan but hearing it now on an international stage from a respected journalist is another story. Christine Fair in this month’s edition of Foreign Affairs says very clearly that India is hell bent on destabilising Pakistan by providing massive amount of funds, weapons and satellite imagery to Taliban in FATA, Balochistan and other parts of the country and a great effort is being put in by the Indian consulates in Afghanistan to this end.
When commenting on Pakistan’s concern about India Christine says “I think it would be a mistake to completely disregard Pakistan's regional perceptions due to doubts about Indian competence in executing covert operations. That misses the point entirely. And I think it is unfair to dismiss the notion that Pakistan's
apprehensions about Afghanistan stem in part from its security competition with India. Having visited the Indian mission in Zahedan, Iran, I can assure you they are not issuing visas as the main activity! Moreover, India has run operations from its mission in Mazar (through which it supported the Northern Alliance) and is likely doing so from the other consulates it has reopened in Jalalabad and Qandahar along the border. Indian officials have told me privately that they are pumping money into Baluchistan. Kabul has encouraged India to engage in provocative activities such as using the Border Roads Organization to build sensitive parts of the Ring Road and use the Indo-Tibetan police force for security. Kabul's motivations for encouraging these activities are as obvious as India's interest in engaging in them.”
In the light of this and many other testimonies, it can be said without doubt that India is jeopardizing American efforts in Afghanistan by destabilising Pakistan through Afghanistan because Pakistan will take steps to keep itself safe from the Indian menace and that in turn will make the war longer for the Americans. American must understand that without keeping India out of Afghanistan, there will be no solution to insurgency problem as the people like Hekmatyar and Jalal-ud-Haqqani will support Pakistan in rooting out the Indian influence as they did after the Soviets left Afghanistan.
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Here are some other sites where Indian involvement in Afghnistan has been discussed:
Analysis: Indian Army in Afghanistan
Indian Army presence in Afghanistan can ’squeeze’ Pakistan: Chief
Afghanistan: Why was India attacked in Kabul?
Pakistan: Now or Never?
And now the strategic encirclement of Pakistan
Afghanistan: India’s new colony by Furzana Shaheen
RAW Creating Trouble for NATO in Afghanistan