Liar Liar!

9

The Indian state is dealing with the repercussions of its own oppression – repercussions which include non-state actors attacking its interests in defence of their own. Accusing Pakistan of being behind such groups is a good way of detracting from the fact that they are the independent product of Indian state oppression.

indiaongloab

Lately, it seems that the Indian state propaganda tape recorder has been stuck on repeat. Daily statements made by government officials and shoddily made reports from Delhi’s state sponsored media keep repeating the same lines: ‘Terrorists who are sponsored by the Pakistani state are using Pakistani soil to attack Indian interests.’ These statements are usually followed by demands that Pakistan should ‘dismantle’ its ‘terror network.’

There are some very serious problems with this narrative. Firstly, India has shown the world no proof whatsoever that the Pakistani state is sponsoring non-state actors who attack Indian targets within India proper. Even after the hullaballoo of Mumbai, India handed over no concrete evidence that Pakistani state help was gained by the perpetrators of the attack. Even if non-state actors based in Pakistan’s inaccessible areas are involved in operations against India, this does not mean that they have the support of state elements – there is simply no causal link here. This is even more apparent when we see that Pakistan is itself a daily victim of terrorist attacks from non-state actors. If the Pakistani government has difficulties protecting its own citizens, how can it protect India’s?

Secondly, sponsoring non-state actors against India makes little geo-political sense. It only decreases Pakistan’s international prestige and increases pressure, at a time when the Prime Minister is on a PR mission to promote peace ventures and economic growth. It would make little sense for Nawaz Sharif to sponsor non-state actors against India when he is literally falling over himself to appease them. Fourthly, reputable international think tanks and policy institutes have found no proof of Pakistani involvement in terrorism against India. Neither, for that matter, have foreign governments. Surely the Indian state will not doubt the impartiality of these sources?

So why does the Indian state keep repeating this narrative? There are a number of reasons why repeating this story is beneficial for the Indian government. Foremost, it detracts from the real issue of why the Indian state is being attacked by non-state actors. The Indian state’s crimes against its own people have fermented more than 240 separatist freedom movements across the country. Just in the seven North Eastern states of the country, there exist 15 separate major insurgencies. These include:

  • Assam:
    • ULFA
    • NDFB
    • KLNLF
    • UPDS
  • Manipur:
    • People’s Liberation Army
    • UNLF
    • PREPAK
  • Nagaland and Tripura:
    • NSCN-IM
    • NSCN-K
    • National Liberation Front of Tripura
    • All Tripura Tiger Force
  • Meghalaya and Mizoram:
    • ANVC
    • HNLC
    • Hmar People’s Convention-Democratic – HPC(D)
    • BNLF

Kashmir is no different, here again, a freedom loving peoples’ aspirations have been brutally crushed. But this is but a drop in the ocean of discontent across India. Over the past 60 years, the Indian government has been involved in documented and proven crimes against humanity, including state sponsored genocide. The Indian state is dealing with the repercussions of its own oppression – repercussions which include non-state actors attacking its interests in defence of their own. These groups need no help from Pakistan, nor do they ask for it. Accusing Pakistan of being behind such groups is a good way of detracting from the fact that they are the independent product of Indian state oppression.

Another benefit of accusing Pakistan of terrorism is that it maligns Pakistan’s reputation internationally. India has a big voice in the international spotlight, much bigger than Pakistan’s. The Indian state has powerful loyalists in nearly every major news outlet in the West who can contribute to this media bashing of Pakistan. And thus, if Pakistan’s reputation is maligned, then less of the world believes it – especially when it rightly accuses India of cross border state terrorism. Yes, readers might wonder if this is just Pakistan accusing India of something which it itself is accused of doing, but no, Pakistan has proof – solid, concrete proof. Pakistani agencies have, over the past 10 odd years, recovered Indian-made propaganda, weapons and spies involved with terrorist groups such as the BLA and the TTP.

All the evidence points to a sophisticated operation, run mainly from Afghanistan, under the guidance of Indian intelligence agencies and funded by the Indian state, all with the aim of destabilising Pakistan. Recently, the U.S. State Department officials, too, recognized the evidence and gave statements in support of Pakistan’s claims.

The Indian state is a state sponsor of terror, both at home and abroad. No amount of rhetoric and false accusations against Pakistan can hide this. The international community would do better to recognize this fact; the sooner the better.

Avatar

is a geostrategist and commentator on Pakistani Defence, Development and Foreign Affairs. He is currently studying governance related issues at the University of Oxford. He can be reached at hasanqureshi.pkkh@gmail.com and tweets at @Hasan_QureshiPK

Discussion9 Comments

  1. Avatar

    A good summary. No doubt the author spent sometime researching it. Perhaps he would be kind enough to give some back ground on all the organisations listed in his next article.

  2. Avatar

    ” Even if non-state actors based in Pakistan’s inaccessible areas are involved in operations against India, this does not mean that they have the support of state elements ”

    No, but when Pakistan goes into denial mode without investigating anything – it is clear evidence that you are trying to hide something.

    And as regards evidence after Mumbai – perhaps its time to get your head out of your rear orifice and read Kasab’s father’s testimony published in Pakistani newspapers.

    http://beta.dawn.com/news/765854/the-unending-faridkot-mystery

    • Avatar

      “Pakistan goes into denial mode without investigating anything”

      except pakistan DID investigate. the evidence YOU provided was NOT credible. THAT is why hafiz saeed was released and no further investigation has taken place. the one time pakistani investigators went to india YOU refused to let kasab be cross-referenced. hmmm…i wonder why?

      and that news article does not nullify the author’s claims whatsoever. jihadi handlers? considering how your precious terrorist raw, mossad, cia and xe are providing support to terrorists in pakistan it’s obvious that it was YOUR intelligence agencies that recruited him.

  3. Avatar

    Indian response to Pakistani denial of terrorism is only one …… Pakistani will continue to be in flames for many many years …. straight and simple …. it will taste its own medicine, as long as it takes ….

  4. Avatar

    It is about time to bring bhaRAT back to its original 560 odd states,the ratties still dream about akhund bhaRAT little they know that the hodgepodge of a country forced to live together is crumbling from with in and the inevitable implosion has already started.

  5. Avatar

    The time is now fully ripe to expose the Indian ‘state terrorism’being perpetuated against Pakistan. Perhaps then ‘The Bomb man’ and ‘Anjaan’, like many of their countrymen would find no place to hide, even in their own orifices.

  6. Avatar

    Human barbarism has always been detestable in as many ways as exercised.Time has come for India to split into as many parts as possible. Whether these separation movements do it or its nuclear incapability.

  7. Avatar

    India split for once and for good in 1947. After that J&K, Goa and Sikkim have joined the Indian Union. No one wants to leave India. Have you ever heard any indian going out to its neighbours and taking refuge??? But India keeps getting refugees from Tibet, Bangladesh, Srilanka and Afghanistan. And most of these refugees are non-hindus.

    India is multi ethnic, multi religious, multi lingual country and in a democracy there will always be dissent.
    The world knows how Pakistan treats islamic terrorists. Osama Bin Laden was hiding in Abbotabad next to army HQ but Pakistan did not know. Pakistan kept denying that it was not involved in Kargil war and kept refusing to accept the dead bodies of its soldiers and later awrded several army medals. Pakistan kept denying that Ajmal Kasab was a pakistani. There is a saying you can wake up a person who is sleeping but you cant wake up a person who is acting to sleep. Indiam may give thousands of evidence, Pakistan can keep denying. After all Pakistan is branded as a nation in perpetual denial.

    • Avatar

      J&K?? lol they WANT to leave but its kinda hard when there over 750000 terrorists stopping you from. but hey whatever eases your conscience right?

      “But India keeps getting refugees”

      so what? pakistan is host to the largest refugee population in the world. do you expect us to be impressed?

      “sama Bin Laden was hiding in Abbotabad next to army HQ but Pakistan did not know.”

      hahaha you actually believe that crap?!? how dumb are you?

      ” Indiam may give thousands of evidence, Pakistan can keep denying.”

      denial, denial denial…indians should change the name of their country to better reflect their pathetic state of mind. india was amassing troops on LOC, pakistan carried out a limited preemptive attack to prevent you terrorists from carrying out another siachen. and of course kasab…how much did you torture him to make him say that it was pakistan who did 26/11? india provides no credible evidence and expects to be taken seriously? lol we pakistanis DO provide credible evidence and we’re still not taken seriously. you expect us to believe your bollywood fairy tales?

Leave A Reply