Pakistan on Saturday presented a detailed dossier containing evidence of India’s involvement in acts of cross-border terrorism .
“Today, we have irrefutable facts that we will present before the nation and the international community through this dossier,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said as he addressed a press briefing at the Foreign Office alongside Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar.
The press briefing came a day after ISPR said four civilians and a Pakistan Army soldier were martyred in “unprovoked and indiscriminate” shelling by Indian troops from across the Line of Control (LoC) in several areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
“You can see a pattern of constant ceasefire violations,” Qureshi said , adding that the dossier contains many details and some of them will be used in “the time of need”.
“The world knows that when Pakistan was busy partnering in the peace process, India was laying a web of terrorism around us,” said the country’s top diplomat.
“India was allowing its land to be used against Pakistan for terrorism,” said the foreign minister. He added that New Delhi not only used its own soil, but also made use of neighbouring countries to “attack Pakistan”.
“India claims itself to be the world’s biggest democracy but its actions show it is becoming a rogue state,” said Qureshi.
“We have information and evidence that India is promoting terrorism and has developed a plan to destabilise Pakistan.”
India is the fountainhead & the face of state terrorism in South Asia
It is ironic that, as evident from the statements of its political and military leadership, India takes state sponsorship of terrorism as a matter of national pride.@SMQureshiPTI
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Qureshi said the information was “not new” for him but time had come for Islamabad to take the nation and international community into confidence.
“I feel that staying silent will no longer benefit Pakistan or regional peace and stability.”
FM Qureshi explained that New Delhi has three objectives: derailing Pakistan’s journey towards peace, upending economic growth and fostering political stability.
“Their first objective is to create hindrance in Pakistan’s move towards peace,” said the foreign minister. He said India cannot accept that Pakistan has defeated terrorism and is moving towards peace and is promoting “nationalism and sub-nationalism” in Gilgit Baltistan, the tribal districts, and Balochistan.
The second objective, said Qureshi, was to ensure Pakistan does not become economically stable. Citing India’s push for Pakistan to be blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force, the foreign minister said India was creating obstacles in Pakistan’s path towards prosperity.
“Their third objective is political instability aimed at destabilising the country.”
Taking over from the foreign minister, the DG ISPR said India is endeavouring to establish a consortium of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with the proscribed dissident organisations of Balochistan. These outfits are to be united under the banner of the Baloch Raaji Aajoie Sangar (BRAS), which was constituted in 2018.
The dossier says that an Indian intelligence officer named Colonel Rajesh, employed at the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan, is the master planner of this union.
A letter in Dari language reveals that he has held four meetings with commanders of terrorist organisations to synergise their efforts and upscale terrorist activities in metropolitan cities, including Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar in November and December this year.
The DG ISPR said Indian intelligence agencies are also trying to establish Daesh-e-Pakistan.
“Recently, 20 Indian Daesh militants have been relocated from India to camps along the Pak-Afgan border. These militants were handed over to Daesh Commander Sheikh Abdul Rahim, alias Abdul Rehman Muslim Dost.”
Pakistan said it has evidence that showed Indian embassies and consulates operating along Pakistan’s borders becoming a hub of terror sponsorship against Pakistan.
The army spokesperson said Indian ambassadors in Afghanistan regularly supervise terrorist activities. He cited an incident where the ambassador and a consular officer in Jalalabad held detailed discussions with collaborators to provide financial support to the TTP and dissident Baloch elements.
“RAW made two transactions to promote terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — both transactions were made through Indian banks. A sum of $28,000 was transferred through Punjab Bank India, and another amount of $55,851 was sent by Indian national Manmeet via New Delhi to the Afghanistan International Bank.
“A letter in Dari reflects that India paid $820,000 to the TTP leadership through its collaborators,” said the DG ISPR.
The army spokesperson said India had raised a militia of 700 people to undertake terrorism in Balochistan. “A commission comprising 24 members was created, which included 10 RAW operatives. A sum of $60 million was dedicated for this force.”
He said the Indian Embassy also regularly pays handsome amounts to sub-nationalists under the garb of humanitarian assistance.
“Besides terrorist funding, India has also been rendering support to various entities through provision of weapons, ammunition and IEDs,” said the DG ISPR, adding that there was evidence of RAW providing weapons, ammunition and IEDs to TTP commanders. “RAW agents were found involved in motivating tribal [influentials] in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to send fighters to Afghanistan for training.”
“A RAW handler delivered IEDs and weapons in the bordering areas of Waziristan during his visit, according to the Dari letter.”
The army spokesperson said Indian intelligence agencies are managing 87 terrorist camps — 66 out of which are located in Afghanistan and 21 in India.
He said a former Indian army general and ambassador visited Baloch militant training camp housing 150 militants in the Haji Gak area of Afghanistan.
DR ISPR said a RAW-sponsored network of six terrorists was also linked to the recent attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange.
It was also involved in delivery of suicide jackets to “various terrorists groups operating in Pakistan”.
“The network is also involved in the targeted killing of ulema, police officials and notables,” he said.
He added that RAW was paying Rs10 million for suicide attacks and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), and Rs1 million for IED and targeted killings.
“RAW is also attempting to create a network for target killing of important personalities, offering rewards worth Rs50 million to Rs80 million.”
“Security forces have also intercepted a huge cache of suicide jackets, IEDs, explosives, weapons & ammunition.”
The army spokesperson highlighted major attacks that were traced back to RAW.
These include: the Agriculture University attack in Peshawar on October 26, 2017, the May 11, 2019 attack at PC Hotel in Gwdar, and an IED attack on Peshawar police on May 11, 2020.
He said the intelligence agencies averted a massive terrorist attack on August 14 this year. That “network had already carried out seven terrorist attacks in Hub, Mastung, Quetta and Sohrab on RAW’s behest.”
“Tangible evidence indicates that RAW is involved in planting of IEDs in AJK to target civilians and military personnel,” said the DG ISPR. “Since January 2016, 60 IEDs have been planted out of which 38 have exploded, killing 13 civilians and 46 military personnel, while 22 were neutralised.”
“The forensic analysis of IEDs has confirmed use of Indian components. Explosive used in IEDs are available at a digital platform called ‘Indiamart’; TVS bolts are made by an Indian company in Tamil Nadu and PFS bolts are made by an Indian company in Maharashtra. Alinco ‘walkie talkie’ set is being sold by Space Telecom New Delhi on ‘Indiamart’.”
He said an Indian intelligence agency had also delivered a video tutorial to detonate IEDs. “Forensics show the remote control carries the signature mark of an electronics supply company in Mumbai. Nine voice votes confirm the involvement of RAW officers.”
Regarding Gilgit Baltistan, Gen Iftikhar said the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs had held a meeting to deliberate a methodology to trigger negative reactions to Pakistan granting provisional provincial status to GB. He said that India will mobilise “hostile elements” to undertake various subversive operations in Kashmir and GB after November 20.
He said RAW also aims to target public gatherings and assassinate a mainstream and sub-national leader in GB or AJK.