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RAW instigating terrorism, says army

Updated May 06, 2015 10:49am


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Corps commanders say counter-terrorism action in Karachi is not against any specific political party. —ISPR photo
Corps commanders say counter-terrorism action in Karachi is not against any specific political party. —ISPR photo

ISLAMABAD: Military’s top brass accused the Indian intelligence agency RAW on Tuesday of supporting terrorism in Pakistan.

An ISPR statement on a meeting of the Corps Com­manders held at the General Headquarters said: “The Conference also took serious notice of RAW’s involvement in whipping up terrorism in Pakistan.”

RAW has quite often been blamed by law-enforcement agencies for being involved in subversive activities in Pakistan, but it’s unusual for a corps commanders’ conference to directly point fingers at the hostile intelligence outfit.

It’s the second time in three weeks that the military leadership has raised the issue of activities of foreign governments and intelligence agencies in Pakistan. Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif had during a visit to Quetta on April 15 warned “foreign governments and intelligence agencies” agai­nst their involvement in the insurgency in Balochis­tan, but on that occasion he did not explicitly name RAW.

In private conversations military officers say that besides Balochistan, RAW’s footprints have been found in Fata and Karachi. Confessio­nal statements of some criminals they had arrested recently, they said, point towards RAW’s growing activities. To support their claim they also refer to a statement made by Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval almost a year ago about the Indian strategy to weaken Pakistan by promoting terrorism and separatism.

The ISPR statement did not mention specific instan­ces of RAW’s involvement or the groups through which it had been operating, except for broadly accusing it of “whipping up terrorism”.

Corps commanders say counter-terrorism action in Karachi is not against any specific political party

Despite consistently pointing out RAW’s hand behind terrorism in the country, Pakistani authorities have traditionally been uncommunicative about proofs. Indian backing of insurgency in Balochistan got a mention in a Pakistan-India joint statement issued after a meeting of their prime ministers in Sharm-el-Sheikh in 2009, but Islama­bad failed to follow up that diplomatic achievement with concrete proofs.

Earlier this year, however, the government decided to take a tougher approach towards India and forcefully raise its concerns over alleged Indian involvement in acts of terrorism in the country. The change had been forced by Delhi’s continued terrorism allegations for building a narrative that India was a victim of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

KARACHI OPERATION: The corps commanders reiterated that the counter-terrorism action in Karachi was not targeted against any specific political party or group.

Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif was quoted by ISPR as having said: “Surge against terrorists and criminals was apolitical, across-the-board and focused to achieve peace in the country.”

There was no mention of Karachi in the statement, but it was obvious that the assurance from the army chief was meant to address Muttahida Qaumi Move­ment’s grievance that it was being targeted.

The army chief also called for intensification of operations against terrorists in urban areas.

“COAS directed all concerned to intensify intelligence-based operations against criminals, terrorists and their abettors in urban areas for enduring peace in the country,” the ISPR said, adding that precision targeting of terrorists squeezed in isolated pockets in Fata would be continued.

“Operation Zarb-i-Azb has inflicted significant damage on terrorists,” Gen Sharif observed during the meeting.

He said terror free Pakis­tan was now a national resolve.

“Thousands of innocent Pakistanis, including our children, have been martyred by terrorists / extremists. Law-enforcement agencies and our brave armed forces have given a lot of sacrifices in fighting these misguided and hardened criminals to safeguard a peaceful and better future for our next generation. These sacrifices will not go waste. We will take this war to its logical conclusion,” the army chief said.

Published in Dawn, May 6th, 2015

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Comments (66) Closed

Hussain May 06, 2015 08:06am

Very well and true said by corp commander. Its time to handle this terrorists agent RAW and make them rest in peace. ISI has all capabilities to do this... Long Live Pakistan and Pak Army + ISI...

Zak the Pretender May 06, 2015 08:23am

So unfortunate, Pakistan despite being a regional power is unable to stop these activities.

Jani May 06, 2015 08:41am

One devoted Army Chief has changed the fate of the Pakistan, Think that if a Political leadership gets sincere then on what height Pakistan will be?

RAJ May 06, 2015 08:44am

@Zak the Pretender.. regional power?..are u joking!!..

IMRAN ALI May 06, 2015 08:47am

Confessio­nal statements is very easy to get under PPO ,by torturing any type statement can be extracted and this is happening in Karachi. House hold perception is common in Karachi that only one group is being targeted...Army should be above ethnicity.....first prosecute Khawaja Asif ....for giving speech against Army to change to the perception...and who allowed Uzair Baloch to escape?

Murk May 06, 2015 08:51am

@Zak the Pretender letter to the UN is being drafted as we speak

prashant shekhar May 06, 2015 08:57am

Dawn ..Request you to please publish thus comment . Pakistan take care.A peaceful Pakistan is need of the sub continent.India &Pakistan both suffering from poverty malnutrition & sectarian violence. Why two government can't take concrete countermeasures on these problem

ahsan7979 May 06, 2015 08:58am

Finally an explicit charge against India...

Muhammad iqbal May 06, 2015 09:10am

Raw instigating terrorism is almost 4 decades old statement. Please COAS say something new, i mean, counter terrorism plans etc.,

Last Word May 06, 2015 09:14am

It is extremely unfortunate that India's intelligence agency RAW is yet again blamed without providing any proof till date. The fact of the matter is that the state is unable to control several mafias and terrorists organisations operating in Karachi who are receiving patronage from the political parties and state agencies, resulting in failure of the ongoing operation in the city. It would be an exercise in futility to brush the dirt under the carpet as the situation will go from bad to worse till the actual causes are addressed, flawed policies adopted by the state reviewed and action taken accordingly.

Muzaffar May 06, 2015 09:16am

@Zak the Pretender, we are not regional power please. @Raj, but power enough to hold the power. ;)

Padmakar May 06, 2015 09:22am

Where are proofs...??

Honey Singh May 06, 2015 09:28am

While having no Proof.

rehan May 06, 2015 09:30am

It's good to see that finally such statements are coming from responsible quarters . It's going to be increasingly difficult to discard involvement of RAW in the terrorist activities with Pakistan as "Conspiracy Theories" . RAW has been active in Pakistan for quite a while now and unfortunately, there is no shortage of separatists , intellectuals , pseudo-intellectuals and journalists that are only too willing to serve it's nefarious agenda.

SAQ May 06, 2015 09:32am

@Muzaffar Great Comment!

saad s May 06, 2015 09:51am

with you COAS & team. keep it up. wont let these miscreants to harm our country.that would be only possible when we would be united and that is where enemy is hitting... to divide us through terrorism of taliban, Baluchistan issue etc... May God help us and let enemies be failed in their evil deeds.

Hope. May 06, 2015 10:01am

Off course RAW is involved, there are videos on youtube with RAW officers bragging about relationship with Taliban.

Military has spoken now its governments turn, last step is tireless diplomatic offence and UN involvement and then action against RAW.

Great giant May 06, 2015 10:03am

Never heard RAW was this capable, this is an eye opening news on the front of a Pakistani leading news portal.

TapdeeLee May 06, 2015 10:04am

No proof needed, don't go to useless U.N. Just take stern and swift action against anyone involved. We are capable enough.

Sunil May 06, 2015 10:15am

@Zak the Pretender Because they dont have proof, its just an excuse.

Asim Iqbal May 06, 2015 10:20am

@RAJ No, he is serious.

Einstein Babar May 06, 2015 10:24am

I have strong idea that after finishing zarb e azb, Army will uproot raw activities. If army defeated Taliban, it is more easy for them to defeat RAW.

OPTIMISTIC May 06, 2015 10:25am

Without solid proofs & evidences,this statement would be seen in the world as just a rant.You can issue nth statement against anyone for doing mischief but without backing it up with solid evidence will ultimately degrade your own credibility.Just for a sake to point finger towards India,bcoz India had been doing the same with Pakistan for years just doesn't gurrantte that Pakistan will be change the views of the world.As the writer above pointed out that for years Pakistan had been naming RAW for wrongdoing without solid evidences. And last it will be foolworthy to say that only India's external Intelligence was behind all this thing would be unwise,bcoz it will involve Intelligence agencies of Iran as well as Afghanistan's to some extent as well.

sachoo May 06, 2015 10:28am

@RAJu it is getting dark get back home.

Amer May 06, 2015 10:31am

Pakistan Army has the power, will and courage to stop these attacks and they are stopping them everyday. The people of Pakistan needs to be patient and with their Army..

Tranquil May 06, 2015 10:49am

@Amer Agreed

Moid May 06, 2015 10:55am

When will any evidence be provided?

Mehboob Malik May 06, 2015 11:02am

India did not accept Pakistan as an independent country since its birth and has been trying to destabilize its economy by every means including terrorism and Pakistan has enough proofs of Indian involvement.

Empty May 06, 2015 11:03am

No proof has been been provided to substantiate

Salih May 06, 2015 11:25am

Generals ....Raheel, Rizwan, Bilal, Naveed and many more .....we salute you. The nation has built a huge hope of peace in the country.

I don't know what the criteria for all the military awards like SITARA JURAT etc. but you recommend all you for the highest of them, we know how difficult it to fight with terrorist and the Political Govts. to continue this operation, but Pakistanis hope is ON YOU...

Please address the economic terrorism as well, how $ 4 billion been invested by Pakistanis in UAE, the overseas Pakistanis are very very hopeful of the situations.

We needs a logical conclusion.

Raj May 06, 2015 11:48am

Well , this conflict is all about Kashmir a.k.a water . Pakistan's main source of water ,flows through Kashmir and Jammu. Though Indus Water treaty exist , Pakistan 's agrarian economy 's existential dependence on India for water is the root cause of this conflict.

rehan May 06, 2015 11:50am

About time Pakistan formally acknowledged RAW involvement in anti-State activities being carried out here. This has been labelled as a "Conspiracy Theory" for too long by our pseudo-intellectuals and we need to realize that India has a very serious interest in destabilizing Pakistan.

Abu-Salmaan May 06, 2015 11:53am

@Sunil the wrongdoer knows what he/ she does wether leaves a proof or not, if a person steals something and nobody sees him does not mean that he is not a thief, however, proof is needed to punish the culprit in the Court of Law otherwise the culprit keeps on acting as innocent until caught red handed.

Krishna May 06, 2015 12:04pm

As you always ask, where is the concrete evidence

Aurora May 06, 2015 12:13pm

Attention diversion & attempt to strengthen the authority over a weak democratic govt and also on press freedom.

Art May 06, 2015 12:19pm

Ok but whose failure is it? given the defence amount of budget dedicated to defence.

Usman May 06, 2015 12:22pm


Raj here would apparently be implying that Pakistan isn't a regional power, but India is??

Mind you all. Pakistan is as POWERFUL as any other Nuclear country in the world. Better than India at least.

ZAK May 06, 2015 12:24pm

@Mehboob Malik Where is the proof? In your imaginations? Sorry that doesn't count.

nation lover May 06, 2015 12:26pm

@Mehboob Malik then show it to UNSC...???

whats in a name May 06, 2015 01:04pm

@Mehboob Malik What proof ? With whom it was shared ? Can you point specific official Pak Govt. reports saying RAW is involved and how ? Talk in front of media counts for nothing.

Honey Badger May 06, 2015 01:06pm

Take them out, and as for all the Indians here we will provide the evidence when you will provide the evidence of samjhoota express and Mumbai ok

ibn May 06, 2015 01:06pm

@Zak the Pretender have lunch!!!

proof May 06, 2015 01:13pm

Proofs are already in the Hands of USA and World POWERS.

Oops... May 06, 2015 01:24pm

"Pakistanis know that their Army is having no proof but I wonder why Pakistanis don't dare ask question to their army about the proof ?"

Dilawar Khan May 06, 2015 01:25pm

Unless locals of small provinces are not recruited top to bottom in their respective regiments, it'll continue.........

Dilawar Khan May 06, 2015 01:52pm

We need an honest command......

muhammad May 06, 2015 02:05pm

@Last Word I 100% agreed with you Government has to change its policies towards the largest city of Pakistan Karachi should be treated like a metropolis not like a small town of interior Sindh Karachi urgently need an efficient Local Bodies System and special package for the development of the city further Karachi need on urgent basis the mass transit system absence of which causing immense mental torture to the Karachiites

Amartya Mishra May 06, 2015 02:09pm

@I. M . KHAN hey sweetheart we provided proof to USA and UN thats why USA banned LeT JeM after 26/11 and put $10 million on haffiz sayyed head

Factual May 06, 2015 02:13pm

This is unusual. Corps Commanders never come up with such statements. Apparently our intelligence has gathered enough evidence by now and Army is about to go on counter offensive to blunt Indian propaganda.

As far those demanding proof here in comments section; come on now! Such evidence is confidential and is disclosed at diplomatic levels to select parties. These statements tell me they have been shared with US and EU. Maybe China and Afghanistan too.

Ample Reverence For Saudi Arab & Pak Army May 06, 2015 02:21pm

Thank God someone come to the real conclusion, in stead of blaming our own Muslims and entitling them terrorists and defaming Pakistanis image in world.

Jimmy Rocks May 06, 2015 02:43pm

It is sad others are blamed for all failures. If this is how people on top behave, how will the country progress?

humayun May 06, 2015 02:52pm

Pakistan army zinda bad......but isn't it a job of police what they are doing in Pakistan?

Tom May 06, 2015 06:30pm

@humayun Good question. There are pragmatic people in pakistan.!!!!

Sal May 06, 2015 06:34pm

Seal off the borders and check everyone. Learn from other armies the way they secure their borders. This include all political parties and their members.

sk May 06, 2015 07:03pm

@humayun You make a good point...Pakistan Army is not only doing work of Army but also of police, government, judiciary, prison service, school security guards, polio has to look at choices made by Pakistan in the past....the answer is not hard to find....

ailly May 06, 2015 07:05pm

I have no words to express my desire to have global peace ... domestic crimes are bound to happen anywhere.

certain countries have pugnacious relations with their entire neighboring countries be it two or three or five or more countries adjacent ( unfortunately ) to such countries. respect is last word for such countries to hear and digest it in its true spirit.

we as a nation fully support our Army to uproot such evil designed agencies who are killing people in other countries and upon finger pointing they start threatening to take cases to UN as if UN is a blind organization and does not know who is carrying out and financing such activities to keep others weak and at war against terrorism. their days are numbered, sooner we will hit and penetrate deep in their ranks to erase this element of terror for ever.

Sarwat May 06, 2015 10:01pm

Let's face it, there are minds/powers/politicians on both side of the border, who do not want peace in our countries to satisfy their personal vendetta/ego/gains. That been said, everyone powerful or not, evils they support or commit for meager satisfaction in this life has to answer the Creator one day. All the pains they inflict on the innocent will be questioned. At that point no one will be hidden or disguised. You can take that to the bank!

ufaq shahbaz May 06, 2015 11:09pm

show the proof .......

venkatkarthic May 07, 2015 12:45am

@Zak the Pretender " PAK regional power " I like your humor.

Kabir May 07, 2015 12:46am

@Hussain So you believe the guys who have no evidence and have been lying for decades

Rao May 07, 2015 06:27am

This accusation is in response to India asking UN to handle release of Zaki ur Rehman....With no proof or specific incident, no one is going to take this seriously...

amit singh May 07, 2015 07:22am

@proof oh look the proof can write for itself

saad s May 07, 2015 09:43am

@Factual v well said

gopal May 07, 2015 02:09pm

@Jani Zero

Basuki May 07, 2015 08:30pm

I don't think India is involved in such activities.we are committed to good relationship with our neighbouring countries including Pakistan.

magesh May 07, 2015 09:10pm

it is magnificent delusion