Pakistan on Saturday unveiled a dossier containing “irrefutable evidence” of India’s sponsorship of terrorism in the country and called on the international community to take notice and make efforts for peace and stability in South Asia.
In a joint press conference with Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar in Islamabad, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi condemned the recent ceasefire violations by India across the Line of Control (LoC) and said the purpose of the presser was to show “the real face of India” to the world.
“The state that used to say that it was the world’s biggest democracy is [now] becoming a rogue state through its activities. We have information and evidence on the basis of which I can say India is fanning state terrorism. India has prepared a plan to destabilise Pakistan,” Qureshi began.
He said that he had been highlighting India’s activities at different levels and fora but it was time to take the nation and the world community in confidence because he believed further silence was not in the interest of Pakistan and regional stability.
The foreign minister said Pakistanis had faced 19,130 terrorist attacks between 2001 and 2020 and suffered more than 83,000 casualties in the war against terrorism. The country also suffered monetary losses of at least $126 billion.
“After 9/11, the world saw that Pakistan has become a front-line state. While Pakistan was making sacrifices in ‘blood and treasure’, India was busy laying terrorist networks using its own soil and the spaces in [Pakistan’s] immediate neighbourhood and beyond.
“Today, we have undeniable evidence and we want to show it in the form of this dossier to the nation and the world,” Qureshi said.
In the last three to four months, [people] may have felt that terrorism was being fanned in the nation again, he said, citing recent attacks in Peshawar and Quetta as examples.
“Today, the Indian intelligence agencies are patronising banned outfits that are against Pakistan. Organisations like Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA). These organisations were defeated by Pakistan, they were flushed out of the country, [now India] is trying to breathe life into them again. They are being supplied ammunition and IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and are being provoked to target ulema, notables, and police officials.”
Qureshi said India, in August of this year, united breakaway factions of the TTP — Hizbul Ahrar (HuA) and JuA — and that India was constantly trying to establish a consortium between TTP, BLA, BLF (Balochistan Liberation Front) and BRA (Baloch Republican Army) as part of its “grand design”.
He warned that India planned to “upscale terrorist activities in Pakistan” in the coming months, revealing that there had been at least four meetings between Indian intelligence officials and these factions in which they had decided to target big cities, including Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar.
“We have irrefutable evidence that RAW and DIA — their intel agencies — are financing terrorism in Pakistan and training terrorists, harbouring them and taking practical steps to promote terrorism,” he added.
He said India had four objectives: putting obstacles in Pakistan’s progress towards peace, economic instability, creating chaos and political instability in the country.
The foreign minister said a clear correlation could be seen between the announcement of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and terrorist attacks in Balochistan. He warned India that Pakistan was “ready”, saying “we have not only raised two divisions but also deployed them for engineers and the people who are playing their role in building up Pakistan.”
He said India was trying to create unrest in Gilgit Baltistan by fanning nationalism and sub-nationalism before elections in the region. “We have information that their intentions are not good even after elections,” he added.
Qureshi said that the world community knew India was contravening three international conventions: Article 2(4) of United Nations Charter, Article 41(3) of the Vienna Convention, and paras 2 and 5 of UN Security Council Resolution 1373 of 2001.
Increase in violence
Giving details of the information in the dossier, the DG ISPR said that “the recent upsurge in violence in Pakistan is a direct consequence of Indian’s intensified engagements with all brands of terrorists, sub-nationalists and dissidents operating against Pakistan.”
He said that after uniting the breakaway factions of the TTP (JuA and HuA) earlier this year, India was now trying to create a consortium of TTP with proscribed dissident organisations of Balochistan — BLA, BLF and BRA — which were already united under the banner of BRAS (Baloch Raaji Aajoie Sangar).
Indian intelligence official Colonel Rajesh, who was employed at the Indian embassy in Afghanistan, was the mastermind behind the plan to establish the consortium, he disclosed, showing a letter in Dari which revealed that Col Rajesh had had four meetings with commanders of these terrorist organisations to “synergise their efforts and upscale terrorist activities in metropolitan cities (Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar) in November and December”.
He further revealed that India was trying to form a link in Pakistan with ISIS by creating “Daesh-e-Pakistan”. Thirty of those militants were recently relocated from within India to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border by two Indian intelligence officials where they were handed to Daesh Commander Shiekh Abdul Rahim alias Abdul Rehman Muslim Dost.
‘RAW behind terrorist attacks’
The DG ISPR also gave details about a number of terrorist attacks in the country in which RAW was involved including the attack on the Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar in 2019, planned by RAW officer Anurag Singh and in which attackers used an Afghan sim and was in contact with an Indian number.
He said that 17 audio recordings of one of the attackers were obtained in which he could be heard talking to his RAW handlers.
“The investigations of the attack on the University of Agriculture in Peshawar in Oct 2017 led to the masterminds of the Army Public School (APS) attack. RAW had hired three facilitators for planning the attack on the university, including Malik Faridoon who was also involved in the planning of APS attack. Malik Faridoon soon after the APS attack, went to Indian consulate in Jalalabad to celebrate.
“The attackers of the [university incident] were in contact with various Afghan numbers during the attack and live-streamed the videos to their handlers, which were uploaded from Afghan IP addresses.”
He also said that security forces discovered RAW-affiliated sleeper cell in Karachi., adding that 13 members of the gang were apprehended and produced in anti-terrorist court whereas Mehmood Siddiqui, the main accused who was operating the network, was an absconder and residing in India.
“On Aug 14, Pakistan’s intelligence agencies averted a massive terrorist attack planned by India. An officer from Indian intelligence agency Major Fermin Dass, operating from Kabul was planning the attack. He arranged transportation of mines, rockets and explosives, which were recovered. The network had already carried out seven terrorist attacks in Hub, Mastung, Quetta and Sohrab on RAW’s behest,” he added.
Weapons and ammunition
The DG ISPR said India was supplying weapons, ammunition and IEDs to terrorists as well. A network of six terrorists was recently discovered which also had links to the attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi on June 29 and was responsible for distributing suicide jackets to terrorist organisations in the country. Two RAW frontmen — Abdul Wahid and Abdul Qadir — and four terrorists who were Afghan nationals were exposed, he said.
The network was being paid Rs10m for a suicide attack, Rs10m for a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), Rs1m for an IED attack Rs1m for a target killing by RAW. Besides this, the Indian intelligence agency was also providing weapons to TTP commanders.
RAW agents were also found involved in motivating the tribals in KP to send fighters to Afghanistan for training.
He said that multi-purpose base camps were being utilised by India for training, harbouring and launching of terrorists in Pakistan. Indian intelligence agencies were managing 87 such camps, 66 in Afghanistan and 21 in India, he said, adding that former Indian ambassador and an Indian Army general visited a Baloch militant training camp in Haji Gak area in Afghanistan which housed 150 militants.
He said that the terrorist Ajmal Pahari had confessed in a statement in front of the chief justice of Pakistan that India had established four training camps for Altaf Hussain group militants at Dehradun, Haryana, north and north-east India.
Indian consuls ‘hubs of terrorism’
The DG ISPR said they had received “uncontrivable evidence” that Indian embassies and consulates along the Pak-Afghan border were functioning as “hub of terror sponsorship against Pakistan”.
He went on to list Indian officials and embassies involved in sponsorship of terrorism, saying that “[they] have been regularly supervising various terrorist activities.”
“In one such instance, Indian ambassador to Afghanistan and Indian consular in Jalalabad had detailed discussions with collaborators to provide financial support to TTP and dissident Baloch elements.”
He also gave details of transactions between the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and terrorists. “RAW made two transactions to its cut-out to promote terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Both transactions were made through Indian banks.
“[In the first one,] $28,000 was transferred by Punjab Bank in India [while] the second transaction of $55,851 was made by an Indian national Manmeet from an Indian bank in New Delhi, which was received by Afghanistan International Bank. On another occasion, RAW while using the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan held a number of meetings with TTP Commanders.” Gen Iftikhar also showed a letter in Dari which stated that India paid $820,000 to TTP leadership through its collaborators.
‘Militia to sabotage CPEC’
He said that India had raised a 700-strong militia to sabotage CPEC by carrying out terrorist attacks in Balochistan. “A commission comprising 24 members was created which included 10 RAW operatives [and] $60 million were dedicated to this force.”
Talking about other Indian actions in the province, he said that India was paying large amounts of money to sub-nationalists under the garb of humanitarian assistance work in Balochistan, adding that the security establishment had evidence of four such transactions of $23.35m.
He said confessional statements by Sarfraz Merchant and Tariq Mir revealed that the Altaf Hussain group used to be funded by RAW through two Indian companies (JVGT and Paras Jewellery) and there was evidence of transfer of $3.23m.
‘Attempts to destabilise GB and AJK’
India is aggressively pursuing clandestine agenda of destabilising Azad Jammu and Kashmir and GB, he said. There was also evidence that RAW was involved in planting IEDs in AJK to target civilians and military personnel.
“Since January 2016, 60 IEDs were planted, out of which 38 exploded resulting in casualties of 13 civilians and 46 military personnel whereas remaining 22 IEDs were successfully neutralised […] There are nine voice notes, which confirm the involvement of officers from Indian intelligence agencies. In one such voice note, an Indian officer explains the methodology for IED plantation.
“RAW has also been attempting to establish a network for target killing of important personalities for a reward ranging between Rs50 to 80m.”
The DG ISPR said that a meeting was held in Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi after discussions in Pakistan about granting of provincial status to GB, in which officials discussed “methodology to trigger negative reactions”.
The methodology included “mobilisation of hostile elements to undertake various subversive operations in Kashmir and GB, staging of terrorist attacks on large public gatherings and assassination of a mainstream/ sub-nationalist or a religious leader in AJK or GB”.
More to follow.