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One more RAW-backed network exposed: What should Pakistan do now?

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In a latest development, the security forces have successfully foiled attempts to spread terrorism and violence in Gilgit, Baltistan and busted another network of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) involved in carrying out terrorist and extremist activities in Pakistan.


According to details, the intelligence agencies have arrested at least 14 members of nationalist organization, Balawaristan National Front (Hameed Group), and seized weapons and explosive materials from their possession. It is also reported that the leaders of anti-Pakistan group have also surrendered, who were given the task to sabotage the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).


Media reports suggest that the RAW took BNF chairman, Abdul Hameed Khan, to India in 1999 and was given a three-star apartment in Dehli, where his family and three sons were shifted. RAW also provided identification proofs and facilities to Khan for starting a business in India, while his sons had been given expensive education in different schools and colleges in India and Europe.

The incumbent government has now a special focus on such cases and Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, also addressed the United Nation General Assembly and mentioned the case of Kulbhushan.

Syed Hassan Abbas, a Lahore-based researcher, and prominent columnist believes that this is not something new. “Who can deny the presence of RAW-backed agents in Pakistan? India is giving money to several ethno-nationalist leaders in the country to urge them to stand up against Pakistan and destabilize it,” he said. Dr. Abbas also pointed out that the arrest of such elements is not an easy job since the local cover they adopt to hide their real political affiliations is very powerful for their protection. “Do we need any other proof when we have Kulbhushan Yadav in Pakistan to prove the role of India in sponsoring terrors,” he added.

Three years ago, Pakistan arrested Kulbhushan Yadav, who is a serving naval office of India, for destabilizing Pakistan. In a video, Commander Kulbhushan Yadav, while admitting his role in terror-related activities in Pakistan has said; “My purpose was to hold meetings with the Baloch insurgents and carry out activities with their collaboration. These activities have been of criminal nature, leading to killing of or maiming of Pakistani citizens.”

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He explicitly narrated that Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), is involved in a separatist movement in Pakistan. “I realise during this process that RAW is involved in some activities related to the Baloch liberation movement within Pakistan and the region around it”, he clarified.

But analysts slam Pakistan’s political elite for their lack of will and understanding of international politics to develop a narrative on the basis of hard facts in the form of Commando Kulbhushan to prove India-sponsored terrorism in the country. More than 8o thousand people have been killed in terrorist attacks in Pakistan and there has been a direct or indirect involvement of India in all these.

Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, is often criticized for not even being able to name Kulbhushan at international forums. Dr. Moeed Pirzada, of 92 News,  three years ago, kept on asking to formally plead the case of Pakistan before the international community where Indian intellectual and scholars, along with Indian media, have established a link between terror and Pakistan.

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The incumbent government has now a special focus on such cases and Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, also addressed the United Nation General Assembly and mentioned the case of Kulbhushan. Experts maintain that Pakistan needs to develop a discourse on an international stage while basing its arguments on these hard facts to expose the role of India in the destabilization of Pakistan.