Kerry must move to end RAW role in Balochistan
- John Kerry required to intervene on Indian terror in Balochistan to lay basics for real Pak-India peace
Visiting US Secretary of State must help Pakistan by talking to India in the backdrop of Delhi’s Sharam-El-Shaikh confessions about its role in Balochistan
- Washington in possession of solid proofs of immense Indian involvement in Balochistan terror
Kerry must remember that without rescuing Pakistan from RAW terror, war on terror would never reach its ultimate end
India, through Sharam-El-Shaikh Joint Statement, confessed of having long arm in Balochistan fuss
Indira Gandhi wanted a strong and comprehensive action to dismantle Pakistan straightaway
RAW created out of Indian Intelligence Bureau’s DG(S) to execute Pakistan specific operations
Rameshwar Nath Kao made first RAW Chief with unique operational plan on table
RAW executed its 1st major operation in 1971 by creating Bangladesh out of East Pakistan
Next in line was Operation Balochistan that was withheld due to fears of annoyance of Shah of Iran
RAW carried on with Kao’s Balochistan despite Delhi disavowing it for quite some time
BLA type forces created with help of KGB, lured Tribal leaders from Balochistan
RAW got French TECHINT support but went tricky with partner over covert Balochistan game
Balochistan’s tribal leaders provided with heavily armed mini fortresses as operational headquarters
Lavish exile life arrangements in Switzerland, UK and Germany for absconding Balochi tribal leaders, kin ensured by RAW
Previous Pak govt avoided to benefit from India’s outrageous admission of waging covert war in Balochistan n
By Makhdoom Babar
US Secretary of Stet John Kerry is currently visiting Pakistan on a very trip that is being considered by international observers as very vital for Pakistan’s future ties with the US but is also equally essential for regional peace in general and global security environment in particular. It is expected that Pakistan’s both military and civil leaderships would be asked a lot by John Kerry to make extraordinary efforts to eliminate terror from the region while he is very much expected to say at least a thousand words on peaceful relations between Pakistan and India.
The insiders very positively say that this time, Pakistan, with regard to peace process with India, would focus more on India’s very deep and strong involvement in terrorism across Balochistan instead of elaborating the Kashmir issue as under the current circumstances, the Indian role in Balochistan has become even more sensitive than the Kashmir issue as it has emerge as a real threat to Pakistan’s security and solidarity. However Kashmir issue would be amongst the core issues for peace process with India.
The insiders also say that the confession of the Indian prime minister about India’s involvement in Balochistan terror is on record in shape of the Joint Communiqué, issued by Pakistani and Indian Prime Ministers on 16th July, 2009 at Egypt’s city of Sharm-El-Shaikh are something that the previous government did not focus on much while the current government as well as the military leadership really want that for a lasting peace not only with India but throughout in the region, India must be asked by the intermediary governments and personalities like the US and John Kerry to pull out its covert terror operations in Balochistan and also to ask countries like UK and Switzerland to not to allow anyone to use their respective soils to run terror operations and militancy in Pakistan that are aimed to disintegrate its Balochistan province.
The sources say that since the US authorities are already in possession of very solid evidences about India’s immense involvement in Balochistan’s terror, it would not be too hard for Pakistan’s civil and military leadership to convince Kerry about the fact that unless Pakistan is not rescued from the constant terror operations by India, the US desire to bring an end to the war on terror would never come true.
It is learnt that the US Secretary of State is expected to be apprised that the constantly growing terror and militancy is also emerging as a major factor for Army and ISI to deliver their 100% in eliminating the Taliban and Al-Qaeda militancy if the situation continues, it would become a nightmare for the US at the time of pullout from Afghanistan. The Diplomatic side of Pakistan is reported to have presented a report to the country’s leadership in which it is mentioned that without removal of Indian role from Balochistan, no overture or policy can deliver with regard to form a meaningful peace with India as it has now become one of the real bottlenecks and irritants in the peace process.
It is pertinent to mention here that on July 16, 2009, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yusuf Raza Gilani held a meeting with his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh, on the sidelines of NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) Summit at Egypt’s city of Sharam- El-Sheikh
The meeting concluded with the issuance of a joint Communiqué by the Pakistani and Indian Premiers. The statement was focused mainly on terror-related issues.
The two much debated points of the statement were:
(1) De-linking action on terrorism and composite dialogue process, and
(2) The mention of Balochistan issue in the joint Communiqué .
The most important point of the joint statement that gained much attention was the focus on resumption of dialogue and de-linking action on terrorism and composite dialogue process. In this regard, the joint statement clearly mentions: “Both Prime Ministers recognized that dialogue is the only way forward. Action on terrorism should not be linked to the Composite Dialogue process and these should not be bracketed.”
This statement received completely different responses in both the countries as the respective parties interpreted the same in the way that suited their interests. Manmohan Singh and his ruling party faced some serious criticism from the Opposition on this statement. The Opposition BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) even staged a walkout from parliament and dubbed the joint Statement as “surrender” by India.
Another point in the joint statement that created hype in the global media was the mention of Balochistan. It reads, “Prime Minister Gilani mentioned that Pakistan has some information on threats in Balochistan and other areas.” Where Indian leadership faced severe criticism on the mention of Balochistan, Pakistan perceived it as a major diplomatic achievement. According to Islamabad’s view, the mention of Balochistan in the joint statement resulted in the internationalization of the issue. The global analysts and experts of diplomatic affairs termed the mentioning of the terrorism and separatism wave in Balochistan in the Joint Statement that was issued, obviously with the formal approval of both the Pakistani and Indian Prime Ministers as well as their respective teams of relevant officials and diplomats, as an open and clear admission by India over having a clear hand in the Balochistan unrest. Despite this clear cut admission of playing the key role in Balochistan, the PPP government of Asif Zardari (President) and Yousaf Raza Gilani (Premier) could not make any further development to gain out of such an outrageous admission by the Indian government over the issue and the matter, it appears, was left on the mercy of Rehman Malik who did his best to sabotage this golden opportunity and instead kapet launching extraordinary efforts to develop maximum possible friendly relations with Indian counterpart and the Indian PM at personal levels and continued to send loads and loads of gifts to the then Home Affairs Minister of India, P Chidambaram and Premier Singh.
The admission of India over fuss in Balochistan via the Joint Communiqué at Sharam-El -Sheikh takes one to dig out deeply as to when and how the Indians started this ugly, dirty and deadly game in Balochistan and that is what would be learning in the paragraphs to follow.
THE FORMATION OF RAW
When Indira Gandhi took over as Prime Minister of India in the late 60s, among her basic priorities was to undo the division of India that created a new State, Pakistan; a fact that kept constantly irritating the Indian leaders since its birth. In that particular era, India’s all intelligence related matters, both internally and externally were managed by only one intelligence agency of the country that was the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
The Daily Mail’s research indicates that when Mrs. Gandhi assumed the charge of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) at New Delhi, she ordered the IB to prepare comprehensive plans to destabilize Pakistan and to transform into a failed State and to negate the 2-Nation Theory which was the foundation of the creation of Pakistan. The Daily Mail’s research indicates that in 1968, the then head of IB’s External Division Wing and the founder of Directorate General of Security, commonly known as DG(S) in India, Rameshwar Nath Kao, a confidante of Indira Gandhi and her late father as he was cleared of falling to any honey trap because of being a gay, presented a very comprehensive plan to fulfill Indira Gandhi’s wishes regarding Pakistan.
This, around 240-page plan, which is still known as The Kao Plan in India’s clandestine community had three different operations to destabilize Pakistan. The Kao Plan, which is described as a three-pronged strategy by the Indian officials, had three different operations to eliminate Pakistan. The first, known as Kao’s Bangla Plan(KBP) was chalked out to start an insurgency movement in East Pakistan and transform the Eastern part of Pakistan into a new State. The 2nd plan, known as Kao’s Balochistan Plan (KBP-II) was architected to create a similar scenario in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, while the 3 rd one was relating to organize a separation movement in the then North Western Frontier Province(NWFP) and now Khyber Pakhtun Khowah to establish an independent State there and this one is known as the Kao’s Pakhtoonistan Plan (KPP).
Indira Gandhi, the research indicates, went through Rameshwar Nath Kao’s plans with all the comprehensions .she, however, held a detailed meeting with Kao and discussed his plans in deep details. After the meeting, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi reached to the conclusion that Kao plans were very comprehensive and were having all the potential of earning far reaching results but she was very much aware of the limited capacities and abilities of country top intelligence agency the IB. after detailed deliberations with Kao and her other, very close associates, Mrs. Gandhi discovered the IB was not at all capable of executing the Kao plans. According to some Indian media persons, who were close to the developments at the PMO in late 60s, Indira Gandhi finally decided that since IB had not enough capabilities to run the foreign missions, prominently the Kao plans, there was an immense need for India to have a separate, more powerful and more resourceful intelligence operates to execute extremely high profile projects like the Kao Plans. According to these journalists, Indira, while contemplating upon forming a brand new intelligence mechanism, apart from Kao plans regarding Pakistan, was also eyeing on China.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that after all the discussions and deliberations; it was decided to create a new secret agency but to keep its profile as a research body and not as a spy agency for the outer world. Thus, an agency, with the title of Research and Analysis Wing, R&AW, commonly know as RAW these days, was finally formed on 21st September, 1968 under the Cabinet Division and no one else was made the first Chief of Raw but Mr. Rameshwar Nath Kao. The Prime Minister approved all the Kao plans regarding Pakistan but directed Kao to go step by step instead of executing all at once as it would add more creditability to the operations and advised him to start with East Pakistan plan (Kao’s Bangladesh Plan or the KBP) and to execute the remaining ones in the light of the outcomes of the 1st plan in this direction.
THE FORMATION OF TEAM FOR KAO PLAN
The research reveals that soon after the formation of RAW, Rameshwar Nath Kao’s first priority was to form a team of professionals at the top level of agency. For this purpose, he brought in many ‘like-minded’ officers from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and from the Indian Police Service (IPS) cadre. According to certain media reports, the top wing of RAW in it its early days was comprising all the well trusted guys of Koa as majority of them was known as gays and thus were very commonly called the Kaoboys of RAW, not within the agency but also in the media across India and those officials who were not inducted in RAW by Kao, despite being falling on merit were the main sources of such leaks to the media and also to the young RAW officers.
These Kaoboys were initially given the task of enhancing the capabilities of the agency to the maximum for running the covert operations while a special wing was formed to launch the KBP in East Pakistan. The details of Kao’s Bangla Plan would be discussed at another stage though; the research reveals that RAW launched the Bangla plan soon after its inception. It is worth mentioning here that soon after the inception of RAW; Kao also formed a high profile Monitoring Division, comprising the retired and serving officers from the Indian army’s corps of Signals.
THE KAO PLAN (for Bangladesh) BEGINS
The basic features of Kao plan were to launch a Psychological Warfare operation in East Pakistan; to communicate with East Pakistani politicians, mainly those belonging to Awami League; to get on board all the East Pakistani civil servants working in East and West Pakistan and also in Pakistani embassies across the world; to launch extensive media campaign against Pakistan army’s actions in East Pakistan and to project a highly exaggerated plight of the people of East Pakistan in the world media and to organize moots and conferences across the world to highlight the sham miseries of the people of Eastern Pakistan; to establish a sense of deprivation amongst the general public in East Pakistan; to create a feeling of hatred amongst the people of East Pakistan and West Pakistan through social circles etc. While the training of militants of Mukti Bahni goons at training camps inside Indian territory, at West Bengal, Assam and Tripura and to arm them for an ultimate civil war was decided to be organized with the help and assistance of Indian army, headed by General Manekshaw and Indian Border Security Force (BSF), headed by K.F. Rustomji while the IB was also kept engaged for other covert operations. According to a veteran journalist Qutubuddine Aziz , who was stationed in former East Pakistan during the execution of India’s Kao plan for creating Bangladesh and the gentleman who wrote the famous book Blood and Tears, India-trained Mukti Bahini militants massacred at least one million non-Bengalis in former East Pakistan. He says “The sheaves of eye-witness accounts prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that the massacre of West Pakistanis, Biharis and other non-Bengalis in East Pakistan had begun long before the Pakistan Army took punitive action against the rebels late in the night of March 25, 1971. It is also crystal clear that the Awami League’s terror machine was the initiator and executor of the genocide against the non-Bengalis which exterminated at least a million of them in less than two months of horror and trauma. Many witnesses have opined that the federal Government acted a bit too late against the insurgents. The initial success of the federal military action is proved by the fact that in barely 30 days, the Pakistan Army, with a combat strength of 38,717 officers and men in East Pakistan, had squelched the Awami League’s March-April, 1971, rebellion all over the province. They were all trained and armed by Indian army and were given details of non-Bengalis by a new spy agency of India, the Research and analysis Wing.
WORK ON KAO PLAN (for Balochistan) MAKES HEADWAY
After the RAW got immense success in East Pakistan and due to the lack of abilities on part of Pakistani leadership to handle the crises in Eastern part of the country, a new country was created with name of Bangladesh in 1971, just within some 30 months of the inception of RAW, Rameshwar Nath Kao sought Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s permission to launch KBP-II for the separation of Balochistan from Pakistan.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that though Kao and the ‘Kaoboys’ of RAW were feeling over excited with their success in breaking Pakistan into two and wanted an immediate go-ahead from the PMO for the implementation of the 2nd phase of the Kao plan (KBP-II), the Indian Prime Minister was being extraordinary cautious in taking any further step in this direction as she got the information that the American CIA and the Chinese intelligence, both were monitoring the RAW moves very closely and both the Chinese and the US government had in a way conveyed to the government of India that any repeat of East Pakistan like mischief by India in West Pakistan would not be allowed and tolerated at all.
These finding further indicate that at that particular stage, Indian government was very eagerly looking forward to the Shah of Iran for 2 soft loans amounting to the tune of not less than $ 250 millions. Indira Gandhi also knew that any Indian move in Balochistan, at that particular stage, could have easily annoyed the Shah of Iran as he was a very close friend of Pakistan, resulting into the refusal of the 250 million dollars loan from Shah. India was already persuading the sister of Shah of Iran, Madame Ashraf Pehlawi for pursuing Shah to approve loan. According to the records, Shah’s sister was given a kickback of $ 6 million for the sanctioning of the loan.
THE FRENCH FACTOR
The Daily Mail’s findings indicate that the top boy amongst Kao’s ‘like-minded’ Kaoboys was an IPS officer B. Raman and was known as ‘Kao’s Special Boy.’ Raman served in RAW and earlier in the IB for about 27 years and got retired from RAW in August 1994. When RAW was making an assessment to enter into Balochistan game, the agency’s head Rameshwar Nath Kao decided to explore a new avenue to begin the game, without waiting for PMO’s word in this direction. After the careful assessment of all the options, Kao decided approach the French Intelligence. The French external Intelligence, then known as SDECE and is these days know as DGSE. In French language SDECE means Service for External Documentation and Counter-Espionage while DGSE stands for Directorate general of External Security.
Research indicates that the then SDECE was headed by Le Comte Alexandre de Marenches, an ex army officer of France. As mentioned above that how does RAW manipulate Indian diplomats across the world, RAW opted in this case to use the services of the then Ambassador of India to France who himself was an ex-army officer of India and was married to a French speaking lady from Luxemburg that had enabled him to become a close friend of the then French Interior Minister Michel Poniatowski. Kao used the Indian ambassador to have a meeting of top RAW officials with their French counterparts through Michel. The ambassador ‘obliged’ the RAW chief and a meeting was fixed between French and Indian spy masters at Paris. During the meeting, the RAW side, headed by Kao, proposed for a liaison between French and Indian intelligence agencies for the collection and sharing of intelligence with regards to the movement of US and Soviet as well as the Chinese Navies in the water regions of Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.
An agreement in this regard was finalized straight away and France agreed to establish a liaison office at Paris in this regard and showed its complete willingness to the project, without knowing that RAW had some Balochistan related motives behind this move as it had actually got no interest at all in the movement of the Naval fleets of Soviets or Americans or even the Chinese. The research indicates that RAW wanted to use the project for transporting arms and heavy weapons to Balochistan through this project as it had already been able to lure and contrive some selected Tribal leaders across Balochistan to launch an insurgency movement and promised them to built heavily armed mini fortresses for them as their operational headquarters. The French and Indian intelligence agencies agreed to establish at least four Technical Intelligence (TECHINT) stations in India’s spotted water regions in Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Though the Indians claim that the project was soon abandoned, yet it remains a fact that these stations still exist and are very much operational under Indian control. However France pulled out of the project after quite some time. Some intelligence experts believe that France developed some serious doubts about RAW’s movement under the garb of the said Technical Intelligence Stations after the French intelligence managed to retrieve volumes and volumes of highly classified documents relating to the covert operations of RAW and the IB from the Indian Prime Minister’s Office. There are some stories in this direction out which one says that it was the job of some French under cover secret agents who developed some special relations under the disguise of gays with RAW’s liaison officer in France for the said project, B. Raman and they managed to get some way to access to the top secret document in Indira Gandhi’s office.
NURTURING BALOCHISTANI ORIGIN STUDENTS IN PARIS
Research indicates that after French and Indian intelligence agencies agreed upon establishing a liaison office at Paris, B Raman maneuvered a lot to motivate the RAW Chief Kao to post him to Paris as the liaison officer as at that time, France was known as the Paradise of the gays. Kao who did not want to send Raman out of sight for a longer period due to his ‘special feelings’ for Raman, finally agreed upon sending Raman to France on deputation. In this direction, first RAW tried to send Raman to France in the disguise of media representative from India, a practice that RAW is still exercising across the world with a great success. All arrangements were made with the collaboration of an Indian newspaper The Hindu, yet, at the eleventh hour the plan was changed and Raman was sent to Paris under the diplomatic cover, the other major practice of RAW that is still very much in fashion even today.
At Paris, Raman’s duties to the knowledge of the French intelligence were to perform as liaison officer for the TECHINT project while the host government knew him as diplomat at the Indian embassy. However, RAW had assigned him some other responsibilities. He was sent to Paris to communicate with Baloch tribal youngsters living and studying in England and France and to lure them to join the Kao plan for Balochistan. In the process, Raman met with a young Iranian gay at Paris. In one of his books, Raman admits that he met the Iranian boy in Paris and he lured him and developed special relations with him. Raman writes that one night his Iranian friend, suddenly developed some serious medical problems and he, despite being an Indian diplomat, rushed the Iranian boy to the hospital in the emergency and got him treated there and also paid all the bills at the Paris hospital. Though Raman refrains from explaining his relations with the Iranian gay guy in details, he however writes that the same Iranian guy, proved very helpful to him for his covert operations during his stay in Paris. According to certain media and intelligence reports, during his stay in Paris, Raman used the Iranian boy to the maximum to establish special ties with certain Balochistani youngsters, mostly the sons of Baloch tribal leaders and he remained successful in luring them to get embedded with RAW for the successful implementation of the Kao Plan for Balochistan.
KAO PLAN RESURFACES IN POST 9/11 WORLD
The research indicates that it was only after the 9/11 tragedy that RAW started getting very positive response from America’s CIA to make life miserable for Pakistan and its ISI. The research shows clearly that as the CIA, RAW ties started deepening owing to common interest of both the agencies; the things in Balochistan started getting worst, day by day. The RAW-CIA honeymoon prompted RAW once again to get a formal approval of launching the Kao plan in Balochistan after the Congress government came into power in 2004. This time, the case was not discussed by RAW Chief with the Prime Minister but it was found more appropriate to get a final nod from the party chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Given the circumstance and assurances from CIA, RAW succeeded in getting Sonia nod for the Kao plan in 2004-2005 as it was found out to be the best time to launch the Kao plan as Pakistan was already surrounded with multiple dangers and conspiracies and for the first time it did not have a friendly government in adjoining Afghanistan. Sonia gave the final approval for formal launching of the Kao plan in Balochistan.
The Kao plan was initiated in Balochistan formally in 2004-2005 and within one year of its formal launching, things got drastically changed across the province. The Kao plan made veteran Baloch leader Akbar Bugti and his like minded tribal leaders of the province defiant towards the federal government and they bent upon initiating an insurgency movement in the province and even brought a name for the new Independent country as Islamic Emirates of Balochistan.
BASICS OF THE KAO PLAN
Kao plan for Balochistan had just a few amendments if compared with the Kao plan for East Pakistan. The basics remained the same. What was that? Launch a psychological war amongst the general public of the area; generate a feeling of deprivation and hatred amongst the locals against the rest of the people of the country; fund and arm the tribal leaders; launch motivated media campaigns and seminars across the world to highlight a sham plight of the locals; generate feeling of hatred against the country’s army and Armed Forces; motivate locals to assault the Armed Forces personnel and portray security Forces as some occupying troops amongst the locals as well to the global audience; create fake as well real clashes between country’s security Forces and the paid militants; train and arm the militants; organize seminars and conferences at major Capitals of the world and motivate a global opinion in favor of the militants by portraying them as freedom fighters and oppressed nation; do the media buying in the local country as well in the international market; create caucuses at different parliamentary forums across the world to plead and support the view point of the fighting militants etc; equate Baluchistan issue with the freedom movement in Indian Occupied Kashmir etc.
This plan is very clearly unleashed in Balochistan at the moment and this plan is titled “RAW’s Kao Plan for Balochistan” in the clandestine community of India and the West. The study indicates that the game is just the same that it was in 1971 in East Pakistan, just the players and the rules of the game have changed a bit.
The Daily Mail’s findings indicate that the last year’s move in the US Congress to support the cause of Baluchistan’s militants and to call for right of self determination for the people of Balochistan is nothing new. RAW has been organizing similar move at many occasions in the past as well by getting the paid services of certain politicians and so called intellectuals as well as NGOs across the world. They have done it in England, in India and at many other places across the world while the Capitol Hill is the latest venue for the purpose. It is expected that John Kerry is definitely going to pay enough attention to this factor and would make a solid move in this direction as he is considered to be great advocate of a permanent peace between Pakistan and India and also desires to ensure a comprehensive peace in the region which ultimately assures the global peace and security.