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Op-ed: India wedded to might is right

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In an interview with Indian media outlet The Wire, Moeed Yusuf revealed that India had expressed a “desire for conversation” but said that Pakistan’s agreement to talks would be conditional (talks with India only possible with Kashmir as third party, says SAPM Moeed Yusuf, Dawn 14 Oct 2020) . India quickly denied any offer for talks. Moeed as well as his interviewer were quickly dubbed as anti-India jihadi.

Read more: Kashmiris must be party to any solution to Kashmir, Moeed Yusuf tells India

Indian government as well as it’s diplomats and media are quite deft in labeling anyone, even it’s own citizens, traitors. Former chief minister of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is facing BJP’s wrath for stating ‘China has opposed the changes too. May Allah wish that our people get help from their might and our Articles 370 and 35-A get restored?’

The list of traitors includes a dozen Kashmiri leaders besides Farooq Abdullah, Gautam Navlakha, Goa Institute of Management professor Anand Teltumbde, Delhi University associate professor Hany Babu, artistes of Kabir Kala Manch Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor, Jyoti Jagtap, human rights activist Stan Swamy and CPI (Maoist) leader Milind Teltumbd.

Navalakha’s seditious sin was to write to the US court seeking clemency for Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai. Since Fai had accepted a donation from Pakistan so by corollary Navalakha also was pro-Pakistan.

A leader becomes a traitor the moment they stop singing paeans for “secular democracy”. Take Sheikh Abdullah. Barkha Dutt recalls (This Unquiet Land, p. 154) `In a 1948 speech to the United Nations, Sheikh Abdullah … made a blistering defense of the accession to India. Sher-e-Kashmir (Lion of Kashmir) roared, :`I had thought all along that the world had got rid of Hitlers…but what is happening in my poor country I am convinced that they have transmigrated their souls into Pakistan…I refuse to accept Pakistan as a party in the affairs of Jammu and Kashmir’

Dutt says, “Sheikh Abdullah [later] began to talk about the possibility of independent Kashmir…Soon after he changed his stance he was jailed and dismissed from office and was not able to lead the state for another twenty years’.

While talking to Cyril Al Maeda in an exclusive interview that appeared on 12th May, Pakistan’s former prime minister Sharif had said `Militant organizations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai?’ During Kalbushan Jhadav’s trial, Indian counsel used the MNS statement to blame Pakistan for its alleged ‘involvement in sponsoring terrorism in India’.

The factual position is that gullible Sharif had relied on statements by then serving ISI chief Shuja Pasha. Even Pasha’s statement was grossly misinterpreted. Pasha had never said that it was ISI who in any way sponsored the Mumbai operation. Even the USA never trusted the interrogation of David Headley who was `linked’ to the Mumbai incident.

Assessing India’s war on Pakistan

Let me quote Mohammed Adobo and Etgar Ugur (eds.), Assessing the War on Terror, 2013, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., Colorado 80301 (USA). Chapter V: Pakistan Perfidious Ally in the War on Terror, C. Christine Fair, p. 85)

According to Indian officials who interrogated him after his indictment, David Headley, an American involved in the Mumbai attacks conceded ISI involvement (Jason Burke, “ISI chief aided Mumbai terror attacks: Headley”, The Hindu October 19, 2010; Jane Perlez, Eric Schmitt and Ginger Thomson, “US had warnings on Plotter of Mumbai Attack”, New York Times, October 17, 2010). US officials have not endorsed this claim. But, according to some reports, the current director general of the ISI Shuja Pasha, acknowledged that the people connected to the ISI were involved in attacks (Woodword, Obama’s Wars, pp 46-47). Documentary analysis shows secretive Mumbai trials were translucent (Davidson, Betrayal of India: Revisiting the 26/11 Evidence).

India was also irked when `Yusuf also accused India of being involved in backing terror within Pakistan…’ (Hindustan Times dated October 14, 2020). Moeed stated what was obvious.

It is a documented fact that India is stroking insurgencies in neighboring countries. Unlike Kashmir, Bangladesh was not a disputed state like Jammu and Kashmir state. It was an integral part of Pakistan. But, India harbored, nurtured, trained and armed Bangladeshi ‘freedom fighters’.

Some Indian diplomats and RAW cover officers have made startling revelations in their books about their involvement in insurgencies or terrorism in neighboring countries. For instance, RK Yadav, and B. Raman (The Kaoboys of R&AW: Down Memory Lane) make no bones about India’s involvement in Bangladesh’s insurgency. They admit that India’s then prime minister Indira Gandhi, Parliament, RAW and armed forces acted in tandem to dismember Pakistan.

Raman recalls, Indian parliament passed resolution on March 31, 1971 to support insurgency. India Gandhi had then confided to Kao that if Mujib was prevented from ruling Pakistan, she would liberate East Pakistan from the clutches of the military junta. Kao, through one RAW agent, got hijacked on a plane Fokker Friendship Ganga of Indian Airlines from Srinagar to Lahore. India’s security czar Doval publicly claims that he acted as a spy under a pseudonym in Pakistan for 11 years. India’s then army chief, SAM Manekshaw confessed in a video interview that India Gandhi ordered him to attack erstwhile East Pakistan. (YouTube: Indian Army Stories of the Indo-Pak War 1971 by Sam manekshaw).

In a newspaper article, titled ‘How India secretly armed Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance’, on 1st September, India’s former ambassador tells about India’s secret support to Northern Alliance. He discloses India’s ambassador Bharath Raj Muthu Kumar, with consent of then foreign minister Jaswant Singh, ‘coordinated the military and medical assistance, India was secretly giving to Massoud and his forces. The support involved ‘helicopters, uniforms, ordnance, mortars, small armaments, refurbished Kalashnikovs seized in Kashmir, combat and winter clothes, packaged food, medicines, and funds’. These supplied were ‘delivered circuitously with the help of other countries’ or ‘through his [Massoud’s] brother in London, Wali Massoud’.

India now calls Kashmiri freedom fighters terrorists. To refresh India’s memory, it called insurgents in erstwhile East Pakistan mukti bahini ‘freedom fighters’.

Why is India chagrined at the mention........

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