S M Hali Jaswant Singh, Indias former Minister for External Affairs and Defence, after the publication of his controversial yet popular book Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence was expelled from his party, BJP, and assailed in India for praising Jinnah. On the contrary, he was hailed as a hero in Pakistan. Certainly, he is not likely to forget the warm welcome he received on his visit to Pakistan earlier this year. Overwhelmed by the accolades showered upon him during his stay in Pakistan, the former tormentor of Pakistan said: It is time that the 'Berlin Wall erected between India and Pakistan following the 1965 war be demolished. He insisted: People from both sides of the border have long been trying to come closer and it is time for making a new start in the relationship of the two neighbouring countries, adding that they must let go of the shadows of history and let the new dawn arrive. Perhaps, on his return, Singh got in trouble with the Indian Intelligence Agency, RAW, for his positive comments in Pakistan, and thus forgetting the lectures of peace and harmony between the two neighbours, he criticised Pakistan for harbouring and aiding the Taliban. In a latest article entitled The Taliban Reborn, Jaswant has thrown caution to the winds, and forgetting the respect and honour bestowed upon him by his Pakistani hosts, he has questioned Pakistans sincerity in combating terrorism. It is strange that Jaswant is depicting such lack of profundity in gauging Pakistans woes for being targeted by terror mongers. He stresses that the question is not whether the war against terrorism can be wound down, but whether Pakistan is doing all that it can to fight it. Furthermore, he provides a simple formula for assessing a countrys approach to combat terrorism: credibility + transparency + integrity of approach = legitimacy and effectiveness. Applying it to Pakistan, Jaswant maliciously quotes that US Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Pakistans nemesis Bruce Riedel of badmouthing Pakistan for betraying the US ever since the war began. Next he casts aspersions on Pakistans operations in Swat and South Waziristan, and suggests that the US must come down hard on it. If Jaswant had an iota of pragmatism and authenticity, he would have commented on the tide of terror attacks which have beset Pakistan. He should have smelt the pungent odour of cordite, gun powder and death when he was being received ever so warmly by his Pakistani hosts. This proves that he was blinded by the revulsion and hate that permeates from Indias spy agency - RAW. Jaswant should by now have a fair idea that it is RAW which has recruited, trained, equipped and launched its operatives from within the cadres of insurgents in Balochistan and Khyber Pakht-unkhwa. These Indian agents not only have state-of-the-art weaponry, but have also been equipped with an entirely modern communication system. Quoting from Brian Fishman, a terrorism expert at the US Military Academy, at West Point, Jaswant says that the growth in suicide attacks poses a severe challenge to Pakistan, for a whole milieu of militant groups and individuals have come together ideologicallyto embark on mission(s) that Al-Qaeda set(s) for them. Unfortunately, RAW has penetrated so deeply in the tribal belt bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, that the macabre dance of death it has launched in Pakistan through its surrogates is causing a high fatality rate. As if in tandem and with com-plete synchronisation, a London School of Economics (LSE) study, and Sunday Times report titled Pakistans ISI as Puppet Master of the Taliban, harp to the same tune that Pakistan has been funding and training the Taliban, and playing a double game with the West. Matt Waldman, a Harvard analyst, who is also the ST reports author, based his conclusion on the interviews he had conducted with several Taliban leaders. It becomes all the more dubious that Waldman had access to the Taliban commanders, who are wanted by the NATO and Afghan law enforcing agencies for years. At the same time, it is impossible to digest that the ISI may let its surrogate Taliban target senior military officers at GHQ and other sensitive installations. It is unfortunate that a country which has suffered the most in the so-called war on terror, and sacrificed thousands of lives, is now being targeted as the main sponsors of the terrorism. Waldman and his associates nastily entail that the ISI trains Taliban to cut NATO supply lines by sabotaging bridges and roads; targeting key infrastructure projects; assassinating pro-government tribal elders; murdering doctors and teachers; and bombing schools. The truth of the matter is that Jaswant has willingly or unwillingly played into the hands of RAW, which is forwarding its own heinous aims of destabi-lising Pakistan, besides promoting the US-NATO aims of coercing Pakistans support for launching an attack in North Waziristan, so that the US can achieve success in the Kandahar operations. It is no coincidence that RAW was handed over 1,300 Taliban, and Pakistani prisoners from Bagram prison, to be able to brainwash them and subsequently use them as Pakistani Taliban against our army. Undoubtedly, many of them must have been used in the compilation of the dubious LSE report. Jaswant Singh allowed himself to be used as a pawn in this ghoulish plot is not surprising, after all he is a product of Chanakyan stratagem, which entails the employment of any or all subterfuge to defeat the enemy. The writer is a political and defence analyst.