So what else is new? Pakistan claims India’s intelligence agency R&AW is involved in terrorism in Pakistan. Pakistan’s news media outlets — described often as “vibrant” and “independent” — have very dutifully carried stories of R&AW’s alleged involvement, without asking for evidence to be shared. Security agencies involved in operations against the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) in Karachi have apparently unearthed evidence of a R&AW hand. Karachi Police’s SSP Malir Rao Anwar claimed that two MQM members arrested on April 30, 2015 had been “sent to India for training.”
The embattled MQM founder Altaf Hussain implied in a fiery speech that he would seek the help of R&AW. Anyone who has ever had the misfortune of listening to (or worse, watching) Mr. Hussain’s speeches would know that there’s very little if any merit or credibility to anything he says. But his comments drew the ire of the Pakistani military establishment, following which Mr. Hussain was forced to backtrack and underscore his credentials as a bona fide hub ul-watni.
Since then, R&AW’s “involvement” in Pakistan was explicitly called out at the Corps Commanders Conference, while Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khuwaja Asif claimed that R&AW had been formed to “wipe Pakistan off the map of the world.”
We now hear of a list being in circulation, purportedly compiled by Pakistan’s security agencies, of individuals and organizations collaborating with R&AW against whom operations are imminent (h/t @smitaprakash). The following is an excerpt from the piece published in Ummat:
Pakistan’s military establishment has formally accused India’s intelligence agency RAW of being involved in acts of terrorism in Pakistan only after accumulating sufficient evidence to support its claim. According to a credible source, a list of important individuals and NGOs with links to RAW has been compiled and operations against these individuals and NGOs are expected to commence soon. ISI has painstakingly pieced together evidence from within the country, as well as from Afghanistan and neighboring countries. It was only after this information was then shared with the Corps Commanders that a decision to conduct operations against RAW and its agents was taken.
According to sources, Gen. Sharif was not in favor of operations that could result in Pakistan having to redirect forces currently battling terrorists in one part of the country to the Indian border. However, through the ISI and other agencies, he has compiled considerable evidence of several organizations and individuals cooperating with the enemy. After sharing this information with army leadership, a decision for a major operation against such forces has been taken.
Army leadership has taken the civilian government into confidence and has the concurrence of the provincial governments of Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa. According to available information, RAW is involved in terrorism in Balochistan and in Karachi and has been using various agencies, NGOs and charitable organizations to further its goals. These organizations are involved in spreading hatred and instability within Pakistan.
In one instance, intelligence agencies gave the impression that they were not aware of the activities of a key RAW agent who had arrived via London to Karachi ostensibly to conduct religious activities. However, intelligence agencies had in fact known of his intended arrival in Karachi as soon as he left Delhi. Intelligence agencies then allowed this individual to operate freely within Pakistan so that evidence of his activities and contacts could be collected.
Intelligence agencies will soon launch a “grand operation” against such individuals and organizations. According to our source, 43 such NGOs and 25 individuals have been identified in Balochistan. The ongoing operations in Karachi against the MQM have provided law enforcement agencies with indisputable evidence of MQM’s collaboration with RAW. Additionally, ostensibly trustworthy individuals and organizations have also been identified as having received funds from RAW. According to the source, these planned operations have nothing to do with India approaching the UN on the issue of Zaki ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
Security agencies intend to target RAW’s assets in Pakistan by themselves and if necessary, may present available evidence to international courts. Available evidence shows India to be a significant sponsor of violence; however, evidence also suggests that some other countries are involved in terrorism inside Pakistan, including those that claim to be friends of Pakistan. [امّت]