Written by Praveen Swami | Updated: May 8, 2015 12:14 am
Somewhere inside Pakistan, an Indian spy has unleashed an inner Rajinikanth no one ever suspected existed — if the Pak Army is to be believed, that is. Over the last 3 weeks, Gen Raheel Sharif and others have blamed the Research & Analysis Wing for everything from killings in Karachi to the insurgency in Balochistan. PRAVEEN SWAMI gives the facts and perspective.
It'S POLITICS, OF COURSE
For months now, as Pakistan’s anti-jihadist campaign has escalated, Islamists have accused the army of being apostates, acting at the behest of the US, India and Israel. Propaganda videos circulated by groups like al-Qaeda are suffused with images of killings carried out by the Pak army. In a society radicalised by state-backed Islamism, these allegations carry weight. Hitting out at India is an easy way to get the public together behind nationalism, and the Pak army.
Raheel Sharif is a hawk on India. His brother, Rana Shabbir Sharif, was killed in 1971, and is the only recipient of both the Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider. Some analysts say Gen Sharif hopes to stake his own claim to greatness.
Old Pak army weapon — Pervez Musharraf whipped up Islamist protests to stave off pressure to act against jihadists; Pervez Kayani claimed Pak had been infiltrated by a US fifth column to undermine Asif Ali Zardari’s government.
THE BACK STORYThe respectable mainstream newspaper Daily Times on May 5, published an article on its Editorial page, accusing India’s National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, of running the Islamic State’s networks.
Explained: A RAW deal | The Indian Express
If India really wanted what Pakistan is saying, Dawood and Hafeez would not be free.
Pakistan is master of the art of propaganda.