This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
cozying up to New Delhi, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signalled that drone attacks would continue on terrorist safe havens in Pakistan. While concealing the fact that the Taliban have been fighting to liberate their country from US-led NATO forces, reviving the old US blame game, Panetta singled out the alleged Haqqani network, based in North Waziristan, for the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan in the 10-year war. When no breakthroughs occurred in Pak-US talks on various issues, US Assistant Defence Secretary Peter Lavoy, who visited Islamabad on June 9 to restore the NATO supply line across Pakistan to Afghanistan, was recalled. Meanwhile, US drone attacks killed more than 40 people in the last 14 days in North Waziristan and South Waziristan. Meanwhile in New Delhi, Panetta downplayed the deadly aggression with the following statement: “Pakistan is complicated both for India and US, we must continue to engage Pakistan, overcoming our respective differences to make all of South Asia peaceful and prosperous.” On the one hand, US heaps blame on Pakistan for cross-border terrorism, while on the other, the American CIA, Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad, based in Afghanistan, send well-trained militants into Pakistan. The latter not only attack the check points of Pakistan’s security forces, but also intermittently target schools and mosques. Contradictory statements by Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta and other US officials show America is playing a double game with Pakistan – and with India. During his recent visit, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta encouraged India to take a more active role in Afghanistan, as international forces draw down. India has already invested billion of dollars in Afghanistan, as well as signing a wide-ranging strategic agreement on October 5, 2011 which includes assistance in training Afghan security forces. During the Chicago summit on May 20-22, this year, under the pretext of focusing on training, advising and assisting Afghan troops, the US convinced NATO leaders to back a permanent US military presence in Afghanistan after the NATO troop withdrawal in 2014. This would be consistent with a US desire to control the energy resources of Central Asia as part of secret agenda against Pakistan, China, Iran and Russia. US President Barack Obama unveiled a defence strategy on January 5, 2012 which calls for greater US military presence in Asia. Obama disclosed that the strategy sought to “rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region even as our troops continue to fight in Afghanistan.” The strategy would appear to be an extension of the current US agenda in Afghanistan. Under the umbrella of its military presence, America wants to protect Karzai’s puppet regime and Indian influence in Afghanistan. However according to many analysts, after NATO forces quit Afghanistan, the Karzai regime will fall like a house of cards, due to the stiff resistance of the Afghan Taliban. Even India, which seeks to further
strengthen its grip to gain a strategic foothold against Islamabad, will not be in a position to maintain its intelligence network and development projects due to the highly efficient guerrilla warfare of the Taliban. During his 2010 visit to India, President Obama announced measures America would take regarding removal of Indian space and defence companies from a restricted “entities list” and supported India’s demand for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. Owing to various agreements with the US, India has been purchasing the latest and most sophisticated American armaments, for example Apache helicopters, the new F-35 fighter jets etc. India has also been buying arms from Germany, France, Russia, Italy and especially Israel. In its report, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) disclosed on March 20 that “India is the world’s largest recipient of arms…India’s imports of major weapons increased by 38 percent between 2002-06 and 2007-11.” It is of particular concern that using the pretext of a military build up by China and Pakistan, on March 16 India boosted military spending by 17 percent to $40 billion. By concealing its duplicity with New Delhi for its own interests, America which signed a nuclear deal with India in 2008, intends to make India a great power to counterbalance China and control Pakistan’s Balochistan province, due to its geo-strategic location, the Gwadar seaport and its mineral resources. For this purpose, the CIA with the assistance of RAW and the Mossad have been supporting subversive acts across Pakistan and Balochistan, including Baloch separatist activities. These agencies are also backing similar acts of sabotage in the Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan region and the Tibetan regions of China. America’s major aim is to manipulate India’s dream of becoming a super power in order to destabilize Pakistan, China and Iran, in accordance with American and Israeli strategic designs. Currently more than half of India’s budget is allocated for armed forces and defence purchases, leaving even less to lift millions of its citizens from abject poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease. These political and economic injustices have only intensified regional and ethnic disparities in India. It is important to note that the one of the important causes of the disintegration of the former Soviet Union was that its mammoth defence expenditures resulted in a series of economic crises inside the country. Yet India has been pursuing nearly identical policies at the instigation of the US. No doubt, the former Russia was a totalitarian state which subjugated other ethnic minorities through force. But under the mask of democracy and secularism, recent Indian regimes dominated by politicians from the Hindi heartland—Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) have used brutal force against liberation movements in Assam, Kashmir, Khalistan, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu and Tripura. In recent months, Maoists have intensified their struggle (in Tripura), attacking several official instalments. The mainstream media
recently admitted they have entered several cities, acknowledging a clear expansion of their influence. Even under the current rule of the Congress party, which claims to be secular party, Indian fundamentalist parties like BJP, RSS, VHP, Shev Sina and Bajrang Dal have missed no opportunity to communalize the national politics of India. Although violence against other religious communities has been a normal practice of Hindu fundamentalists since partition, there has been an intensification of anti-Christian and anti-Muslim bloodshed in the last decade. After serving the BJP for 30 years, Jaswant Singh was expelled from the party for praising Mohammad Ali Jinnah and echoing the pain of Indian Muslims in his book, Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence. While criticising the BJP’s attitude towards minorities, Singh wrote: “Every Muslim that lives in India is a loyal Indian…look into the eyes of Indian Muslims and see the pain.” If such a policy continued, he warned, “India could have third partition.” The past and present history of the Balkans provides ample evidence that insurgency and separatist movements in one country have a drastic impact on neighbouring states. Similarly civil war and unrest in Somalia and Sudan have affected all the states of the Darfur region, while the violent uprisings in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere have radicalised a number of the Middle East countries. In a similar fashion, American covert strategy threatens to throw Afghanistan into an era of further chaos, resulting in yet more terrorism in the region. India should know that militants have strong international links -from Somalia to Kabul and Uzbekistan to Kashmir. Meanwhile the cost of the US war against terrorism, which is more than 7 trillion, is rapidly growing, causing major problems inside America in wake of a major debt crisis. If India fails to grasp America’s double game and continues to follow faulty and anachronistic US policy in a modern era of economic development and peaceful dispute resolution, the country is surely headed for a fall. Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
We've moved you to where you read on your other device.
Get the full title to continue reading from where you left off, or restart the preview.