FeaturedNationalVOLUME 16 ISSUE # 08

India’s terror financing in Pakistan

Pakistan has unearthed a network of terrorists being operated and funded by Indian intelligence agents. It indicates India has intensified its efforts to destabilise Pakistan after its endeavours to place the country on the Financial Action Task Force’s blacklist failed. Pakistan will not only have to be vigilant to foil terrorism on its soil but also raise the issue at all international forums to expose Indian designs and threats to peace in the region and the world.

Pakistan has launched a dossier, which carries substantive evidence of India’s involvement in terrorist activities on its soil. It includes audio conversations between Indian intelligence agents and terrorists operating in Pakistan. Payments to terrorists through bank accounts have also been documented. However, Indian machinations are not surprising for analysts in Pakistan after the belligerent and anti-Pakistan rhetoric of India’s civil and military leadership, particularly threatening remarks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval, who said that India would fight not only on its own territory but also on foreign soil which became the source of a security threat. “India would take the battle to where the threat originates,” he said in a veiled threat to Pakistan.

Terror incidents have risen in Pakistan since Doval’s assumption of office as India’s national security adviser. Terrorists have attacked soft and tough targets, like seminaries and soldiers. In October, over 30 people including soldiers and seminary students were killed and more than 130 others were injured in separate terrorist attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh. Recently, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) told the Senate that 3,990 terrorist incidents had taken place from January 2015 to September 2020, in which 3,384 people including 1,457 personnel of law enforcement agencies were killed and 8,436 others injured. Subversive activities have been on the decline, as 1,139 incidents took place in 2015, 785 in 2016, 741 in 2017, 584 in 2018, 482 in 2019 and 259 in the first nine months of 2020.

Pakistani analysts believe India will attempt to destabilise the country after the opposition parties have launched a movement against the government. Militants, which fled to Afghanistan after a military operation in Pakistan’s border areas, can also regroup and launch attacks on Pakistani soil. The new dossier contains irrefutable proof of the Indian sponsorship of terrorism in Pakistan. It carries specific evidence of financing, training, harbouring and weapons supply in the shape of copies of correspondence, bank transactions and communication intercepts. It proves how recent terrorist incidents were directed by a special cell that works directly under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The cell has so far distributed Rs22 billion among the terrorist groups.

Pakistan fears another spike in terrorist attacks on its soil, particularly in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar, over the next few months as India is attempting to build a consortium of terrorist groups, including TTP and Baloch militant organisations BLA, BLF, and BRA. Recently, India also facilitated reunification of the TTP, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, and Hizb-ul-Ahrar. According to information gleaned by Pakistan, a 700-member strong militia, working under 10 personnel of India’s prime intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), has been raised for targeting China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. As part of efforts to create a terror consortium, Indian intelligence officer Col Rajesh, working at the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan, held four meetings with commanders of the terrorist organisations to coordinate and intensify their activities in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar in November and December.

Indian intelligence agencies are also trying to set up Daesh-e-Pakistan and 30 Indian militants were relocated from India to camps along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border by two Indian intelligence operatives. The militants were handed over to Daesh Commander Sheikh Abdul Rahim alias Abdul Rehman Muslim Dost. According to the dossier, Indian diplomats in Afghanistan regularly supervise terrorist activities. In one such instance, the Indian ambassador to Afghanistan and Consular in Jalalabad discussed providing financial support to TTP and Baloch militants with collaborators. Pakistan has also received specific proof of terror financing by RAW. Two transactions were made through Indian banks. An amount of $28,000 was transferred by Punjab Bank India, while a transaction of $55,851 was made by Manmeet, an Indian national, from Indian Bank, New Delhi, which were received at Afghanistan International Bank. Letters in Dari show India paid $820,000 to the TTP leadership through its collaborators. Over $60 million was spent on raising a militia for sabotaging the CPEC. Payments were also made to them in Balochistan to cause unrest. In their confessional statements, Sarfraz Merchant and Tariq Mir, revealed that RAW had funded Altaf Hussain for terrorism in Karachi.

Recently, a RAW-sponsored network of six terrorists was detected in Pakistan, which had links with an attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSE). They were also involved in delivery of suicide jackets to terrorist groups operating in Pakistan. According to Pakistani officials, Indian intelligence agencies are running 87 terrorist camps targeting Pakistan. Sixty-six of them are in Afghanistan, whereas 21 others are functioning in India. A former Indian ambassador and an Indian army general visited a Baloch militant training camp in the Haji Gak area in Afghanistan, which housed 150 militants. India spent $30 million to establish a camp in Sarhad Leva, Kandahar, for Baloch militants. A letter in Darri shows that RAW was responsible for the provision of weapons and ammunition for which four helicopters were used.

The dossier carries undeniable proof of Indian involvement in terrorism in Pakistan. It is obvious that India wants to divert the world’s attention from its atrocities in occupied Kashmir and target the CPEC, which would improve Pakistan’s economy substantially. It wants to destabilise Pakistan at any cost. However, its efforts will only jeopardize regional and global peace and the world community must stop it from its nefarious designs.