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NSA talks: Pakistan was set to repeat absurd allegations

india Updated: Aug 24, 2015 02:08 IST
Shishir Gupta
Shishir Gupta
Hindustan Times
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A combination photo of National Security Adviser Ajit Kumar Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz (File Photos)

The Pakistani media was on Sunday quite taken in by the “near-impossible Indian conditions” that led to Saturday’s breakdown of scheduled India-Pakistan talks but what got lost in the brouhaha were the absurd allegations that Islamabad was all set to repeat at the event.

These allegations, first levelled during a similar peace dialogue in 2012, include ‘camps in Rajasthan to promote terror in Balochistan’, ‘attempts to assassinate Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leadership in Lahore’, ‘funding the Mohajir Qaumi Movement in Sindh’, and ‘changing the demography of the Kashmir Valley’.

Three Pakistani dossiers submitted during the May 2012 home secretary-level talks in Islamabad first featured these allegations. Also included then was the allegation that India was protecting the accused in the Samjhauta Express bombings.

All these allegations were on their way back to the table on Monday as National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz prepared to engage in Delhi.

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Before Islamabad called off the dialogue, Aziz had threatened to expose “India-sponsored terror” in Pakistan with three dossiers. He said these would be submitted to the United Nations next month.

New Delhi is not worried. “Pakistani allegations border on fantasy when it blames Indian agencies for attacks at the Peshawar school, Wagah border and a Shia bus in Karachi. Even its closest ally China ignores these allegations,” a top Indian diplomat said.

For his part, Doval and his team had prepared no less than five dossiers, meticulously documenting Islamabad’s role in terrorism, infiltration, pushing fake money, sheltering fugitives and drug trafficking in India. An inventory of 56 Indian fugitives in Pakistan was prepared with Lashkar chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the man responsible for the 2008 Mumbai massacre, topping the list.

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Saeed is India’s most-wanted man under Islamabad’s protection, upstaging 1993 Mumbai blasts accused and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim who, according to fresh evidence, is holed up in Pakistan too.

“Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Sajjid Mir, Dawood Ibrahim, Syed Salahuddin, Arif Kasmani (LeT financier named by UN for the Samjhauta train attack) and Omar Sayeed Sheikh are all terrorists and sanctioned under the 1262 UN al-Qaeda and affiliates list,” a top diplomat said.

New Delhi’s dossiers detailing Pakistan’s role in training, financing, targeting and facilitating terror activities in India are based on technical data, not mere police statements.

The papers contain credible evidence with maps, images and charts to prove Pakistan is sheltering anti-India terror groups and leaders such as Syed Salahuddin, Riyaz Bhatkal, Abu Jundal and Wadhawa Singh of Babbar Khalsa.

Also, they link Pakistan’s role in printing and circulating Indian money to hit the growing economy. The role of Pakistani spy agency ISI in cross-border drug smuggling and attacking Indian assets in Kabul, Kandahar and Jalalabad has also been highlighted.

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