Since the US-led NATO forces occupied Afghanistan, stiff resistance of the Taliban militants which created unending lawlessness in the country has made it a most conducive place for the foreign countries and the Karzai-led regime to play secret strategic games so as to obtain their clandestine aims.
First strategic game is collective, which includes the US, India, Israel and country’s puppet President Hamid Karzai who are in collusion to fulfill their covert strategic designs against Pakistan, Iran and China.
Under the cover of the US-led blame game against Islamabad regarding cross-border terrorism, Talibinisation of Afghanistan and Pakistan, secret agencies like American CIA, Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad have well-established their networks in Afghanistan. Particularly, India has been running secret operations against Pakistan from its consulates in Mazar-i-Sharif, Jalalabad, Kandhar and other sensitive parts of the Pak-Afghan border. New Delhi has not only increased its military troops in the counry, but has also decided to set up cantonments. In this respect, US and regime of Hamid Karzai encouraged India in using the Border Roads Organisation in constructing the ring roads by employing Indo-Tibeten police force for security.
On october 5 this year, India and Afghanistan signed a strategic partnership agreement, deepening their security and economic ties. In this regard, India will help Kabul in diversified projects. The deal will guarantee Afghanistan’s security as foreign troops begin withdrawing from the country, which will be completed in 2014. However, apparently, it is open strategic agreement, but secretly India wants to further strengthen its grip in Afghanistan not only to get strategic depth against Islamabad, but also to use the war-torn country in destabilising Pakistan. For this purpose, with the tactical support of CIA and Mossad, and assistance of Afghan Khad, RAW, based in Afghanistan has been sending well-trained agents and militants in Pakistan, who have joined the ranks and files of the Taliban. Posing themselves as the Pakistan Taliban, they not only attack the check posts of Pakistan’s security forces, but also target schools and mosques. They are continuously conducting suicide attacks and targeted killings—fuelling sectarian violence in our country. Now, Indian support to insurgency in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baloch separatism has become a routine matter.
Drug and kidnapping are some other source of Indian income. According to an estimate, world’s 90% heroin is cultivated in Afghanistan. So money earned through drug-smuggling and hostage-takings is utilised in buying weapons, being sent to the foreign agents and the insurgents in Pakistan.
Nevertheless, besides backing subversive acts in Pakistan, India and US are also supporting the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and other Balochi separatist leaders who have taken shelter in Afghanistan. For example, Brahmdagh Bugti has been operating against Pakistan from Kabul. On July 23, 2008, in an interview with the BBC, Brahmdagh Bugti had stated that they “have the right to accept foreign arms and ammunition from anywhere including India.”
Another CIA and Indian-supported separatist group, Jundollah (God’s soldiers) is also working against the cordial relationship of Pakistan with China and Iran. In the past few years, Jundollah kidnapped and murdered a number of Chinese and Iranian nationals in Pakistan. This insurgent group has not only been committing acts of sabotage in Pakistan, but also in Iran. In this respect, on October 18, 2009, a suicide attack had killed several officers in the Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan. On December 15, 2010, two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a mosque in Iran, killing 39 people. Jundullah claimed responsibility for these incidents. Regarding all these attacks, Tehran had directly accused CIA for funding of that type of terrorist attacks, while diverting the attention of Iran towards Islamabad through secret propaganda.
In this context, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei revealed, “The bloody actions being committed in Iraq, Pakistan and Iran are aimed at creating a division between the Shias and Sunnis…those who carry out these terrorist actions are directly or indirectly foreign agents.”
It is noteworthy that in the recent years, several persons died in the terror-incidents and ethnic riots occurred in various regions of China’s Xinjiang-the largely populated Muslim province. For all the incidents, India blamed Pakistani militants for supporting the insurgency in order to deteriorate Sino-Pak ties. In fact, New Delhi which had given shelter to the Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama and his militants has been playing a key role in assisting upsurge in the Tibetan and Muslim areas of China. Recently, US President Obama also met Dalai Lama so as to indirectly encourage insurgency in China.
It is of particular attention that Balochistan’s ideal geo-strategic location with Gwadar seaport, connecting rest of the world with Central Asia irritates America and India. So, it is due to multiple strategic benefits that the US which signed a nuclear deal with India in 2008, intends to control Balochistan in containing China and subduing Iran.
Second secret strategic game is being played by India and Afghan President Karzai against the US-led forces in Afghanistan. In this regard, if the US-led NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan, Karzai regime will fall like a house of cards. Even New Delhi will not be in a position to maintain its network in wake of the successful guerrilla warfare of the Taliban. Therefore, India and Karzai have been doing their utmost to convince Washington to have a long stay in Afghanistan. Before his trip to Washington in 2009, during his interview to the Washington Post and Newsweek, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said that he would encourage the American leadership to stay in Afghanistan. Otherwise, Afghanistan could fall into a civil war if the US exited.
But Singh and Karzai frustrated when US and NATO countries repeatedly remarked to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan. Failed in their objevtive, India and Afghan rulers, with the help of RAW and Khad started acting upon dirty tricks to get the foreign forces—especially those of America entangled in Afghanistan permanently.
In this context, with help of some so-called Muslims, RAW and Khad have increased attacks inside Afghanistan, particularly targeting American soldiers with the sole aim to revive old blame game of the US against Islamabad and ISI in relation to cross-border-terrorism. In these terms, New Delhi and Kabul succeeded in their connivance against the US when the latter disclosed that it will maintain reasonable contingency in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of forces.
Recently, tension increased in Pak-US relations when American retiring top military officer Mike Mullen accused that Pakistan is waging a ‘proxy war’ in Afghanistan with the help of country’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), alleging for a recent assault on the US embassy in Kabul. Mullen’s irresponsible statement was also repeated by the other US high officials who issued stern warning about Islamabad’s failure to crack down on the Haqqani network, raising the possibility of US unilateral action in North Waziristan.
On September 27, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while endorsing US Admiral Mike Mullen’s allegations regarding ISI and Haqqani network, said, “There is now growing awareness of the groups which indulge in these nefarious activities.” Kazai and his top officials also shared Mullen’s allegations. Besides, on October 5, President Karzai accused Pakistan of supporting militant networks in his country and of having links to the recent assassination of peace envoy and former president Burhanuddin Rabbani.
Nonetheless, in wake of escalating tension between Islamabad and Washington, Pakistan’s civil and military leadership has rejected allegations of the foreign conspirators. While, in the recent past, the US-led intermittent attacks by the armed militants who crossed inside Pakistan from Afghanistan, have continued.
In this connection, on October 6, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani issued a warning to Afghanistan to stop cross-border incursions in Pakistan. While Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has disclosed, “Certain forces are at work to destabilise Afghanistan and Karzai should not play in their hands.”
Notably, regarding Indian activities in Afghanistan the then NATO commander, Gen. McChrystal had pointed out: “Indian political and economic influence is increasing in Afghanistan…is likely to exacerbate regional tensions.”
In fact, under the pretext of Haqqani group, CIA, RAW and Mossad have been destablising Pakistan to ‘denculearise’ the latter. On the other side, Indian and Afghan rulers want to entrap the US permanently in Afghanistan in order to achieve their secret designs by damaging American global and regional interests. So in Afghanistan, multiple secret strategic games are being played.
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
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