Dec 23, 2008

US Report: Direct RAW Involvement In East Pakistan Secession

The News Intelligence Network

By Aslam Khan

ISLAMABAD: A sensational American report has confirmed the Research
and Analysis Wing (RAW), India¡¯s most powerful intelligence agency,
was directly involved in the secession of East Pakistan into
Bangladesh, and is currently engaged in similar activities. RAW has a
long history of activity in Bangladesh supporting both secular forces
and the area¡¯s Hindu minority, masterminding the break up of Pakistan
in 1971, says the report made available to the News Intelligence
Network (NIN) The report has been prepared by the innocent sounding
Federation of American Scientists (FAS), a group which is however
engaged in analysis and advocacy on science, technology and public
policy concerning global security, especially about countries which
have nuclear capability.

It is a privately funded non-profit policy organisation, whose Board
of Sponsors includes 55 American Nobel laureates. FAS was originally
founded as the Federation of Atomic Scientists in 1945 by members of
the Manhattan Project, who produced the first atomic bomb. RAW is
extensively engaged in disinformation campaigns, espionage, sabotage
and terrorism against Pakistan and other neighboring countries,
reveals the sensational secret report. It also gives details of the
truly alarming involvement of RAW in terrorist activities in
Pakistan. The report reveals the involvement of RAW in Bangladesh
dating from the 1960s, when it promoted dissatisfaction against
Pakistan in the then East Pakistan, including funding Mujibur
Rahman¡¯s general election in 1970 and providing training and arming
to the Mukti Bahini. The report claims an estimated 35,000 RAW agents
have entered Pakistan at various times between 1983-99, with 12,000
having worked in the past or working presently in Sindh, 10,000 in
Punjab 8,000 in North West Frontier Province and 5,000 in
Balochistan. ¡°As many as 40 terrorist camps are currently operating
at Rajasthan, East Punjab, [occupied] Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and
other parts of India and are run by RAW¡¯s Special Service Bureau
[SSB],¡± the report reveals. The report further confirms that
throughout the Afghan War, RAW was responsible for the planning and
execution of terrorist activities in Pakistan to deter Islamabad from
supporting the Afghan liberation movement against India¡¯s ally, the
Soviet Union.

¡°The assistance provided to RAW by the KGB enabled RAW to arrange
terrorist attacks in Pakistani cities throughout the Afghan War,¡± the
report says. ¡°The defeat of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan did not
end the role of RAW in Pakistan, as it established training camps in
East Punjab, [occupied] Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan where
agents are trained for terrorist activities,¡± it reveals.

It further says that RAW has become ¡°an effective instrument of
India¡¯s national power, and has assumed a significant role in
formulating India¡¯s domestic and foreign policies.¡± RAW, according to
the report, has enjoyed the backing of successive Indian governments
in these efforts. Working directly under the Prime Minister, the
structure rank, pay and perks of the Research and Analysis Wing are
kept secret from parliament.

¡°Current policy debates in India have generally failed to focus on
the relative priority given by RAW to activities directed against
India¡¯s neighbours versus attention to domestic affairs to safeguard
India¡¯s security and territorial integrity,¡± the report says. It
points out that RAW has had limited success in dealing with
separatist movements in Manipur and Tripura in the northeast, Tamil
Nadu in the south and Punjab and Kashmir in the northwestern part of
the country.

RAW, it adds, has failed to neutralise freedom fighters in Kashmir
and similar indigenous movements in Kerala, Karnataka and other
places, along with economic and industrial espionage activities in
New Delhi and Bombay. Giving a background of the intelligence agency,
the American report says RAW was set up in 1968 ¡°specifically
targeted on Pakistan¡±.

Pakistan, the report says, has accused RAW of sponsoring sabotage in
its Punjab province, where it has been supporting the Seraiki
movement, ¡°providing financial support to promote its activities in
Pakistan and organising an International Seraiki Conference in Delhi
in November December 1993¡å. It adds: ¡°RAW has an extensive network of
agents and anti-government elements within Pakistan, including
dissident elements from various sectarian and ethnic groups of Sindh
and Punjab.¡±

According to it, India is funding the current upsurge of terrorism in
Pakistan ¡°and has been behind the sectarian violence between Shias
and Sunnis, which has resulted in thousands of deaths in the last few
years.¡± Terrorist activities in Pakistan attributed to the
clandestine activities of RAW in the report include:

A car bomb explosion in the Saddar area of Peshawar on 21 December
1995, which caused the death of 37 persons and injured over 50 others.

An explosion at Shaukat Khanum Hospital on 14 April 1996, claiming
the lives of seven persons and injuries to over 34 others.

A bus traveling from Lahore to Sahiwal was blown up at Bhai Pheru on
28 April 1996, causing the deaths of 44 persons on the spot and
injuring 30 others.

An explosion in a bus near the Sheikhupura Hospital killed nine
persons and injured 29 others on 08 May 1996.

An explosion near Alam Chowk, Gujranwala on 10 June 1996 which killed
three persons and injured 11 others.

A bomb exploded on a bus on GT Road near Kharian on 10 June 1996,
killing 2 persons and injuring 10 others.

On 27 June 1996, an explosion opposite Madrassah Faizul Islam,
Faizabad, Rawalpindi, killed 5 persons and injured over 50 others.

A bomb explosion in the Faisalabad Railway Station passenger lounge
on 8 July 1996 killed 3 persons and injured 20 others.

Another startling claim made by the American report is that it was
RAW that was behind the hijacking of an Indian airliner to Lahore in
1971, ¡°attributed to the Kashmiris, to give a terrorist dimension to
the Kashmiri national movement¡±.

The report continues: ¡°During the course of its investigation the
Jain Commission received testimony on the official Indian support to
the various Sri Lankan Tamil armed groups in Tamil Nadu,¡± the report
reveals. From 1981, RAW and the Intelligence Bureau, according to the
report, established a network of as many as 30 training bases for
these groups in India. Centres were also established at the high-
security military installation of Chakrata, near Dehra Dun, and in
the Ramakrishna Puram area of New Delhi.

The report says that RAW and the Ministry of External Affairs are
provided Rs. 250 million annually as ¡°discretionary grants¡± for
foreign influence operations. ¡°These funds have supported
organisations fighting Sikh and Kashmiri separatists in the UK,
Canada and the US,¡± it says.

It further reveals: ¡°An Extensive network of Indian operatives is
controlled by the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC whose covert
activities include the infiltration of US long distance telephone
carriers by Indian operatives, with access to all kinds of
information, to blackmail relatives of US residents living in India¡±.
Citing an example, it says that in 1996, an Indian diplomat was
implicated in a scandal over illegal funding of political candidates
in the US. Under US law foreign nationals are prohibited from
contributing to federal elections.

The US District Court in Baltimore sentenced Lalit H. Gadhia, a
naturalised US citizen of Indian origin, to three months
imprisonment. Gadhia had confessed that he worked as a conduit
between the Indian Embassy and various Indian-American organisations
for funnelling campaign contributions to influence US lawmakers. Over
US $46,000 from the Indian Embassy was distributed among 20
Congressional candidates. The source of the cash used by Gadhia was
Devendra Singh, a RAW official assigned to the Indian Embassy in
Washington, the report says. It adds that illicit campaign money
received in 1995 went to Democratic candidates including US Senators
Charles S Robb (D-VA), Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD) and US Representatives
Benjamin L Cardin (D-MD) and Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) ¡ª (May 24, 1998).

source : http://pakalert. wordpress. com/2008/ 12/18/direct- raw-
involvement- in-east-pakistan -secession/

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