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FM Qureshi Says India Sabotaging CPEC and Sponsoring Terrorism in Pakistan

-- Accompanied by DG ISPR the foreign minister presents dossier on terrorism sponsored by India during a press conference

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Saturday disclosed that India has made a plan to destabilise Pakistan.

He presented a dossier containing details of India’s state-sponsored terrorism being carried out in Pakistan.

“Today we have irrefutable facts that we will present before the nation and international community through this dossier,” said the foreign minister in a press briefing alongside Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar at the Foreign Office.

The press briefing comes a day after the ISPR said five civilians and a Pakistan Army soldier were martyred in “unprovoked and indiscriminate” shelling by Indian troops from across Line of Control (LoC) in several areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). ISPR said India also suffered “substantial loss” in Pakistan’s “befitting reply”. 

“You can see a pattern of constant ceasefire violations,” said Qureshi, adding that the dossier contains many details and some of them will be used at 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 promoting terrorism and has developed a plan to destabilise Pakistan.”

The country’s top diplomat said that the information was “not new” for him but the “time” had come for Islamabad to take the nation and international community into confidence. “I feel 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, economic and 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 was promoting “nationalism and sub-nationalism” in Gilgit Baltistan, tribal districts, and Balochistan.

The second objective, said Qureshi, was to ensure Pakistan did not become economically stable. Citing India’s stance to push for Pakistan to be blacklisted at the FATF plenary meeting, the foreign minister said India was creating obstacles in our path towards prosperity.

“Their third objective is political instability to destabilise the country.”

DG ISPR said India is endeavouring to establish a consortium of Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with proscribed dissident organisations of Balochistan united under the banner of Baloch Raaji Aajoie Sangar (BRAS) 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 and a letter in Dari revealed that he has held four meetings with commanders of terrorist organisations to synergise efforts and upscale terrorist activities in metropolitan cities including Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar in November and December this year.

DG ISPR Iftikhar said the Indian intelligence agencies are also trying to establish Daesh e Pakistan. “Recently, 20 Indian Daesh militants were 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 evidence showed Indian embassies and consulates operating along Pakistan’s borders have become 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 consular 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 an Indian national Manmeet via New Delhi to Afghanistan International Bank.

“A letter in Dari reflects that India paid $820,000 to TTP leadership through its collaborators,” said the DG ISPR.

The army spokesperson said India 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 Indian Embassy regularly pays handsome amounts to sub-nationalists under the garb of humanitarian assistance work.

“Confessional statements by Sarfraz Merchant and Tariq Mir revealed that Altaf Hussain Group (AHG) used to be funded by RAW through two Indian companies (JVGT and Paras Jewelry),” he said, adding that there was evidence of transactions worth $3.23 million.

He said India has been providing ammunition and weapons to AHG. A confession by Ajmal Pahari validated transfer of weapons 620,000.

The foreign minister claimed that India has three main objectives for destabilising Pakistan:

  • Create hurdles in the peace process in Pakistan. They are giving air to sub-nationalism in Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan, and erstwhile FATA.
  • They don’t want Pakistan to become stable and this became clear during the FATF meeting. India was the only country that was making efforts to get Pakistan blacklisted.
  • Create political instability in Pakistan.