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Pakistan devises multi-pronged strategy to counter India’s potential false flag operation

–Official says Pakistan ready to thwart any misadventure by Indian forces

ISLAMABAD: In wake of intelligence reports suggesting that Indian intelligence is planning another false flag operation on or around the Indian Republic Day (falling today) to put blame on Pakistan, the federal government has fine-tuned its strategy to deal with the issue on various fronts.

A well-informed official told Pakistan Today that all federal agencies and foreign office were keeping their channels open to deal with the possibility of any false flag operation planned by Indian intelligence.

“We are ready to deal with any emergency situation. We have been informing our friendly countries about our intelligence and will take immediate action if and when needed,” the official said requesting not being identified due to sensitivity of the matter.

The official said that after the recent successes of Pakistan on diplomatic and international forums, Indian designs stand frustrated and hence there was a possibility for a false flag operation to shift media focus from situation developing in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) or the protests being held in across mainland India after CAA and NRC legislation.

“Our success at the recent meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has defeated the Indian attempts to push Pakistan into sanctions. Hence, our (intelligence) reports suggest a false flag operation,” the official claimed.

The official added that the lockdown in IOK by almost one million soldiers of the Indian army and LEAs has developed a threat for a human disaster as severe restrictions have been enforced on the movement of people and flow of information.

“In these circumstances where each and every yard and the street is guarded by Indian Army and paramilitary forces, the movement of so-called jehadi groups is questionable. The media reports in India have regularly talked of encounters between freedom fighters and the Indian Army with the bogey of Pakistan as the main narrative. Taral encounter that took place between 24-25 January is one such example,” the official said.

The official said that India seems to be frustrated due to the outcome of the FATF meeting held in Beijing and Indian intelligence is hell-bent to turn the tide against Pakistan.

The official said that Pakistan was mulling a proposal to raise the matter of Indian false flag operations at the FATF forum due to terrorist funding by Indian LEAs.

“We need to expose the link of RSS with Indian Military, Indian Intelligence, and Indian Police, also highlight the role of UP police in killing and rioting in NRC protests. The role of RSS and its surrogates in BJP needs to be brought under the spotlight,” the official said.

However, the official said that the recent arrest of Indian DSP Dalvinder Singh from IOK and his startling disclosures have once again raised questions on the role of Indian Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and false flag operation against people of Kashmir.

“India Today report of 13 Jan suggests that the nexus between a decorated J&K Police officer and the terrorists is likely to ruffle many a feather as the past of the DSP is going to haunt the intelligence agencies for long. Interestingly, this DSP was awarded Police Medal for gallantry by the Occupied State of J&K and was awaiting his promotion to the rank of SP,” the official said.

The official said that there has been a track record of involvement of Indian Military, Police and Intelligence agencies in false flag operations to gain international attention and there is a need to carry out an analysis of how deep is this network and why the international community needs to raise the issue.

“The Indian intelligence has been badly exposed after the arrest of Davinder Singh and reportedly NSA Ajit Doval is angry at the police for this arrest. There is also a question of whistleblowers and officer of conscience in Indian establishment who have raised their voice against this network and are persecuted by the Indian intelligence,” the official said.

When asked to explain, the official said referred to the case of IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt (Gujarat intelligence bureau 2002) as a BBC report of 2011 had identified that police officers in India had openly stated in the Supreme Court that the then Chief Minister Gujarat Narendra Modi had approved Gujarat Massacre in 2002.

“Sanjiv Bhatt had submitted an affidavit with Indian Supreme Court alleging that Modi had deliberately allowed anti-Muslim riots. Thousands of people were killed in the violence in 2002. Sanjiv Bhatt had said that he attended a meeting at which Mr Modi is alleged to have said that the Hindus should be allowed to vent their anger. He also alleged that in a meeting in the night before the riots Mr Modi told officials that the Muslim community needed to be taught a lesson following an attack on a train carrying Hindu pilgrims. Sanjiv Bhatt has been arrested, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by BJP government in 2018 to punish him in speaking truth to power,” the official concluded.

Mian Abrar

The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He can be reached at [email protected]