On July 30 and 31 this year, 14 people were killed and 42 injured in two separate incidents in the Chinese city of Kashgar. At the start of August, security forces blanketed central areas of Kashgar, days after violence which resulted in to ethnic tensions in the Muslim Uighur area where Uighurs in Xinjiang-the largely populated Muslim province, stormed a restaurant, killed the owner and a waiter and murdered four people in a street. In the other incident, a truck in Kashgar was hijacked and the attackers killed the driver, and stabbed people at random. Six culprits were killed before the crowd turned on them.
As regards these latest terror-incidents, the Kashgar authorities said in light of initial investigation that the attacks in China’s restive Xinjiang region were masterminded by terrorists trained in Pakistan.
Most of the political experts including those of the China have questioned the Chinese government’s claim that recent violent events in the Xinjiang area were planned abroad by the Islamic extremists, trained in Pakistan, adding that there is no such evidence. An analyst opined, “I don not think, there is any reason to assume that any Pakistan-based organization is orchestrating these attacks.” In this respect, on August 4, even the public security minister of China Meng Jianzhu, avoided any mention of Pakistan.
In the recent years, several violent events have rocked Xinjiang where many Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim Turkish-speaking people dislike the influx of ethnic Han Chinese.
The fact of the matter is that Indian secret agency, RAW in collusion with American CIA and Israeli Mossad has arranged these new subversive acts in China. In this respect, we cannot blame these secret agencies without some logic. With the networks of RAW, CIA and Mossad, Afghanistan has become the hub of regional conspiracies, particularly directed against Pakistan, China and even Iran.
Under the pretext of Talibanisation of Pakistan and unrest in the country, which has collevtively been arranged by CIA, RAW and Mossad, US, India and Israel have been destabilising Pakistan to ‘denculearise’ the latter. For this purpose, the US seeks to shift Afghan war to Pakistan after the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. While Obama administration which already continues with its agenda of secret war in Pakistan, has planned a covert war against Pakistan which will include Karachi, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where these foreign secret agencies are assisting the insurgents and their agents with money and weapons. The course of drone attacks will further be extended to other regions beyond Pakistan’s tribal areas.
On August 6, NBC TV channel disclosed that the “US has a contingency plan to seize Pakistan’s nuclear weapons…if it fears they are about to fall into the wrong hands.”
It is established fact that in India there are several training camps where many Muslims are being trained by Indian military, while some are being trained in the camps in Afghanistan. Thus, besides sending highly motivated insurgents from Afghanistan, CIA, RAW and Mossad have rapidly established their collective network in Pakistan. They have recruited Pakistani nationals who are vulnerable and can work on payroll, giving them high financial incentives to work for them. These elements are creating instability by supporting separatist and hostile elements in Balochistan province, and also in other cities of our country. In this regard, suicide attacks, assaults on Pakistan’s security personnel, targeted killings especially in Karachi etc. might be cited as example.
With the logistic aid of RAW and CIA, Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) has been waging a separatist war. After Bugti’s death his grandson, Brahmdagh Bugti is currently operating against Pakistan from Kabul. On July 23, 2008, in an interview with the BBC, Brahmdagh Bugtti, while answering to a question in relation to getting arms from neighboring countries, replied that they are fighting for self-defence and “have the right to accept any foreign aid in this perspective”. 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, both the militant groups, kidnapped and murdered a number of Chinese and Iranian nationals in Pakistan, while committing other subversive acts in the province.
It is notable that on April 18, 2008, the ex-Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi openly claimed that “some external forces were trying to weaken China-Pakistan strategic ties” by “creating misunderstandings.”
In fact, the very day when Beijing signed agreement with Islamabad to develop the Gwader seaport in Balochistan, a siren went off in the capitals of Washington, New Delhi and Tel Aviv. The USA took it as a threat to its global plans, and India felt that it threatened its integrity. American close ally, Israel also took it as a greater threat from a Muslim country. China which has invested billion of dollars to develop Gwadar seaport which could link Central Asian trade with rest of the world, irritates the US and its allies India and Israel.
The problem was not restricted to Balochistan alone, it also related to the Karakorum Highway, which was extended to Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and the tribal areas of Pakistan. When in 2004, Beijing signed an agreement with Islamabad for an extension of the historical highway from Gilgat to Swat, passing through Dir and Chitral. That highway was named the Karakorum Highway phase II. US-led India and Israel also presumed that project as a threat to their secret strategic interests.
Notably, Washington which signed a deal of civil nuclear technology with New Delhi wants to counterbalance China by making India the superpower of Asia. In this context, a cold war has already started between the US-supported India and China. In this context, during her trip to India, on July 20 this year, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged India to be more assertive in Asia, saying that the country should play more of a leadership role. On the other side, while showing US paradoxical approach by concealing American double game, she remarked, “Pakistan must do more to tackle terror groups operating from its territory being used for attacks that destabilise Afghanistan or India.”
It is mentionable that by ignoring Sino-Pakistan peace-approach, on December 29, 2009, Indian former Army chief General Deepak Kapoor had openly accused that Indian Army “is now revising its five-year-old doctrine” and is preparing for a “possible two-front war with China and Pakistan.” On October 15, 2010, Indian new Army Chief General VK Singh also expressed similar views.
In the recent past, when more than 180 persons died in ethnic riots occurred in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang province, Indian and American media blamed Pakistani militants for supporting the insurgency so as to deteriorate Sino-Pak ties. In fact, with the tactical assistance of the US and Israel, New Delhi which had given shelter to the Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama and his militants has been playing a key role in supporting upsurge in the Tibetan and Muslim areas of China.
It is of particular attention that in February 2010, the US President Obama met with Dalai Lama, infuriating Beijing. In this connection, Obama’s purpose was to encourage uprising in the Tibetan areas.
It is noteworthy that India is supplying weapons to the Tibetan militants and those of the Xinjiang, but in order to conceal its covert activities, New Delhi has always accused China of backing Maoist uprising.
All these developments prove that CIA, RAW and Mossad which are behind subversive events in Pakistan are also assisting violent acts in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. By fuelling ethnic violence between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese, their aim is to weaken China. But their major purpose remains to manipulate the ethnic division, and terror-attacks in the Chinese province so as to divert the attention of Beijing towards Pakistan-based Islamic militant groups, while RAW-assisted Indian Muslims have joined the rank and file of these activists.
However, China and Pakistan cannot neglect their defence when their adversaries are acting upon a secret diplomacy. Both Islamabad and Beijing have signed several agreements of cooperation in the diversified areas such as defence, agriculture, healthcare, media, economy, technology etc.
Returning to our earlier discussion, India US and Israel are plotting to disrupt the Pak-China cordial relations by backing the violent attacks in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, while distorting the image of Pakistan in the eyes of Beijing.
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