While Pakistan under the present government has made earnest efforts to normalise relations with India, the latter regrettably continues to pursue a policy steeped in hatred and unrelenting animosity towards Pakistan. The Indian RAW in connivance with Afghan intelligence DNS has been sponsoring terrorist acts within Pakistan through TTP. The former also has been fomenting insurgency in Balochistan through anti-state elements like Brahmdagh Bugti. RAW had set up training centers in different parts of Afghanistan. A camp set up at Kandhar reportedly trained Baloch insurgents belonging to Bugti tribe who were also provided arms and ammunition for their subversive activities in the province.

Brahmdagh Bugti before flying to Switzerland worked hand in hand with RAW during his stay in Afghanistan and helped RAW to recruit youth from Balochistan for fomenting insurgency and acts of terrorism. Unfortunately insurgencies in Balochistan have invariably been supported by foreign powers. The current wave of acts of sabotage in the province is being funded and supported by India. The arrest of Kalbushan Yadev and his confessions vindicated Pakistani claims of Indian involvement in Balochistan. Pakistan has shared intelligence on Indian involvement in Balochistan with US, UN and quite a few world leaders, particularly Brahmdagh Bugti’s links with RAW and the Indian leaders; a fact which has persistently been denied by India publicly. The most sordid aspect of this episode is that Afghanistan whose more than three million refugees have been hosted by Pakistan for well over three decades, has been assisting India in harming Pakistan, also neglecting the efforts that the latter has been making to promote process of reconciliation in that war ravaged country. Of late it has formed anti-Pakistan alliance with India.

The RAW-Bugti nexus now stands fully exposed after revelations by Bugti that he was applying for asylum in India as well as the mention of Baloch rights by Modi in his Independence Day address. India has been accusing Pakistan of sponsoring acts of terrorism in India at every international forum with some success. Pakistan needs to mount an effective offensive to neutralise Indian attempts and expose its nefarious designs before the world community. The RAW-Bugti nexus as confirmed by Bugti’s move for seeking asylum in India, adds to the ammunition that Pakistan already possesses in regards to Indian plans to support insurgency in Balochistan. This must be propagated at the international level relentlessly.

Indian support for insurgency in Balochistan, it is widely believed, apart from its designs to weaken Pakistan by creating instability, is also meant to sabotage implementation of CPEC. Reportedly a special wing has been created in RAW to sabotage the project. The Prime Minister and COAS in the context of latest acts of terrorism, particularly suicide attack on lawyers in Quetta, have hinted at this irrefutable reality and also vowed to ensure the completion of CPEC at any cost. A special division comprising 15000 personnel has been raised to provide security to the Chinese engineers working on different projects as well as to protect the projects being implemented under this mega-initiative. Through operations against militants and administrative measures put in place in the province insurgency has been brought under control. Hundreds of insurgents and their commanders have surrendered and hundreds have been killed in encounters with the security and law enforcing agencies. A vigorous combing operation is in full swing in the province and across the country under which insurgents, terrorists and their facilitators are being apprehended on daily basis. This reflects the resolve and commitment of the government and the security establishment to thwart the designs of enemies of the country and bring normalcy to the troubled parts of the homeland.

India has even tried the diplomatic option to undermine CPEC. Indian Prime Minister Modi during his visit to China last year as well as his interaction with the Chinese President on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting expressed his reservations about CPEC. As is evident India is using all possible measures to harm the interests of Pakistan and orchestrate instability in the country through acts of terrorism. That indeed is a very dangerous course to tread. India and Pakistan are both nuclear powers as well as neighbours who cannot afford continuation of confrontation between them as it might jeopardize the security of the entire region. Their geographical proximity also dictates that they should ensure peaceful co-existence by resolving all disputes among them and refrain from acts that further aggravate the animosity.

War-like states have no future as they ultimately perish. That is the lesson of the world history. Economic progress is inextricably linked to peace and tranquility. South Asia and Central Asian region have enormous economic potential waiting to be utilized for shared economic prosperity of both the regions and creating regional linkages that eventually may lead to increased economic dependence; an essential ingredient for peace and security.

Indian attempts to forge anti-Pakistan alliance in the region and triggering instability in the country, will ultimately harm India itself. This strategy could invoke matching reprisals leading to never-ending hostility that could have a debilitating impact on economic progress of the two countries as well as the whole region. Therefore the leaders on both sides of the border need to revisit and recalibrate their narratives in conformity with the emerging geo-political and geo-strategic realities.

The only way to bring an end to the on-going madness is to make earnest efforts in settling all the disputes between the two countries, including Kashmir through a dialogue. India needs to realize that it cannot keep the people of Kashmir under subjugation through use of force and indefinitely deny them their legitimate right of self-determination. This issue is not going to die down with the passage of time or the adoption to an evasive attitude, as probably the Indian leadership appears to think. It cannot be swept under the carpet and will have to be resolved according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir, the Indian commitments in this regard and the UN resolutions that endorse the holding of a plebiscite to settle the question of accession of state.

As soon as this reality sinks in the minds of the Indian leaders the better for India, Pakistan and the region. I think the powers that be and the UN whose basis role is to promote peace in the world also now need to give a serious thought to the resolution of the festering Kashmir dispute if they are sincere in promoting peace and security in this region. It is not a territorial dispute between Pakistan and India. It pertains to inalienable right of the people of Kashmir to decide their own future.