Recently, Pakistani government released Indian spy, Surjeet Singh who was handed over to the Indian authorities at the Wagah border crossing. He was sentenced to death in 1991.
Surjeet Singh openly admitted that he was in Pakistan to spy. In this regard, he said, “I was a RAW agent. No one bothered about me after I got arrested. Don not ask me too much.”
Quite opposite to the confession of Surjeet, on June 29, this year, Indian Home Secretary RK Singh remarked, “We do not accept that Singh was Indian spy”, adding, “It is completely wrong.” However, it shows Indian illogical approach as New Delhi denies facts in order to conceal the presence of other Indian spies in Pakistan.
On the other hand, while reaching India, Surjeet Singh again admitted before Indian reporters that he was sent to Pakistan by Indian secret agency RAW for espionage purposes.
While Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari commuted death sentence of another Indian spy, Sarabjit Singh into life imprisonment on June 26.
Surjeet Singh revealed, “Sarabjit Singh is a terrorist and terrorists are not released.” On the other side, Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna who welcomed Surjeet Singh’s release, stated that it was now “time for Sarabjit Singh to be freed.” Like Indian home secretary, even external affairs minister is defending the Indian agents. It shows that Indian high officials are deliberately and officially sending RAW agents to destabilise Pakistan.
Besides, the released Indian spy also pointed out, “All Indian prisoners are treated well in Pakistani jails. Sarabjit Singh is also doing well there…I was treated well by prison officials and I am thankful to them.”
On the other side, India has arrested hundreds of Pakistan’s citizens, accusing them of being spies after they strayed across the land or maritime border due to unconscious mistake. They also include some tourists who went to India. Quite contrary to the well-treatment of Indian spies in Pakistani jails, RAW and other security agencies employ various techniques of torture on the so-called Pakistan’s suspected persons. Most of the Pakistani nationals have also been murdered in Indian jails, while a majority of them have been killed in fake encounters.
However, both Surjeet Singh and Sarabjit Singh were responsible for the string of bomb blasts in Faisalabad, Lahore and Multan in which several innocent people were killed. They were also behind other terror-activities in Pakistan.
On June 28, 2012, BBC reported, in recent years, “several Indians returning from Pakistani jails have admitted to spying for Indian intelligence agency RAW” and some have criticised India’s government for abandoning them.”
It is mentionable that in April 2011, Gopal Das, an Indian prisoner was released after President Zardari intervened in his case. Upon his release, Das confessed that he was RAW agent. Similarly, Kashmir Singh, sentenced to death in Pakistan in 1973 for spying, was released in March 2008. He later on admitted that he was Indian spy.
The fact of the matter is that admission of the Indian spies indicates that RAW has a well-organised spy-network in Pakistan. In this respect, Indian RAW with the tactical assistance of American CIA and Israeli Mossad has well-established its espionage network in Afghanistan. Besides, in a religious Madrassa of Wakhan, located in Afghanistan is functioning under the patronage of Indian officials. It is being used for brainwashing of very young boys who are Afghans, Uzbeks, Tajiks and Caucasians including so-called Indian Muslims. They have also been made to learn Pashto and traditions of Pathans. Posing as volunteers, they join the Taliban activists to fight against Pakistan’s security forces. In this context, highly trained militants, equipped with sophisticated weapons are being sent to Pakistan’s various places to conduct target killings, suicide attacks, bomb blasts, assaults on civil and military installations, forced abductions and sectarian violence.
Indian RAW, CIA and Mossad have also been supporting the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and another separatist group, Jundollah (God’s soldiers) which have been committing various subversive acts in the province of Balochistan. The main aim behind is to separate Balochistan to fulfill secret strategic designs of US, India and Israel.
It is notable that since April, 2011, heavily-armed insurgents from Afghanistan’s side entered Pakistan intermittently, targeting the security check posts and infrastructure in Upper Dir, Chitral and other areas, bordering Afghanistan.
As part of cross-border intrusion, recently, more than hundred militants, equipped with heavy arms entered Pakistan’s region of Dir, attacked two checkposts of the security forces, while bloody clashes between the intruders and Pak Army continued for two days, which resulted in martyrdom of 17 Pakistani troops. Taliban released a video on June 27 which showed the heads of 17 Pakistani soldiers captured in a cross-border raid from Afghanistan were beheaded.
Indian RAW is fully backing intermittent incursion to weaken Pakistan as it is the only nuclear country in the Islamic World. For this purpose, in Afghanistan’s Kunar and Nooristan provinces, with the help of foreign secret agencies, their affiliated militant groups which are also penetrated into Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have set up safe havens in Afghanistan to conduct cross-border attacks in Pakistan.
Notably, on October 17, 2011, the former ISPR spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas disclosed regarding insurgents’ infiltration in Pakistan, saying, “The attacks in which terrorists loyal to Maulvi Fazlullah, leader of TTP who fled to Afghanistan during Swat and Malakand military operations, killed about 100 members of Pakistan’s security forces.”
While hinting towards, India, and infiltration of Afghan insurgents, Maj-Gen Athar Abbas had also revealed in on of the press briefings that 400 foreigners and Afghans, having connections with the enemy countries were captured along with huge caches of sophisticated weapons, made of India and America.
As regards perennial disturbance in Karachi, internal criminals, and some Indian Muslims and foreign insurgents who are particularly backed by RAW have joined the ranks and files of the militants of TTP, Sipah-e-Sahaba, BLA and other religious sects. Besides killing the leaders and persons of the rival religious parties, and attaking the offices of the opponent political parties, these are real miscreants who target the Pushtuns, Urdu-speaking people and even those, belonging to the interior Sindh.
While, Pakistan’s Federal Minister has repeatedly disclosed that Indian RAW was behind acts of sabotage in Karachi and Balochistan including ethnic and sectarian violence.
In this connection, RAW-based espionage network in Afghanistan has been in contact with its agents in Pakistan. In this regard, apart from other Indian spies, Surjeet Singh’s clear admission has exposed the RAW spy-network in Pakistan.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations