Sunday Apr 03, 2016
ISLAMABAD: After failing to come up with reasonable answers to the disclosures of RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav, India has launched a propaganda campaign using ties with some European nations to cast doubts on its intervention in Pakistan to support terrorism and make the Pak-China Economic Corridor (CPEC) a failure.
India is also using some western media outlets which report without probing facts and analysing evidence presented by Pakistan. Some stories in UK newspapers are strange, as even some Indian newspapers have authenticated many facts put forward by the Pakistani government.
German diplomat and scholar Dr Gunter Mulack, while speaking at the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs on Friday on the topic of ‘Crisis in the Middle East — A German Perspective’, has reportedly said, “Be aware the Chinese will not bring you paradise on earth”. He added, “The Indian spy recently arrested in Balochistan was actually caught by the Taliban and sold to Pakistani intelligence.”
The News has reported on Saturday about the United Kingdom’s opposition to the CPEC and now views of another leading European country have come to light. It is disturbing that many capitals in the region and in the West are endorsing the Indian point of view on many issues strategically important for Pakistan, including the most important CPEC.
The views of the German diplomat reflect his poor understanding of the issues and the dynamics of regional politics. No Taliban group is active in Iran and those who know the background of militant groups in this region, areas of their influence and strength of the state of Iran are well aware of the fact that neither a Taliban group is active inside Iran nor could it be. The German diplomat simply trusted some news items published in the western media, quoting RAW officials who made the same claim to misguide their people. It is obvious that the Indian people will easily believe anything against Pakistan if presented with a mention of the Taliban.
The Indian media revelations were made not on the basis of some statements but on documentary evidence that after getting promotion as commander in the Indian Navy in 2003, Yadav approached a passport office in the Indian city of Pune, obtained a passport with a Muslim name and landed in Chabahar near the Pak-Iran border. Yadav, according to his Navy colleagues, informed his friends that he would be undertaking a government-linked activity. He never told anybody in his family that he would be doing some business near the Pak-Iran border by obtaining a fake passport while continuing as an Indian Navy commander.
The venom of the German diplomat against the CPEC was not understandable. He could have no interest in any business or trade activity in Pakistani lands or China’s cooperation with Pakistan and was speaking Indian words. He was helping his country’s closer friend India by casting doubts on one of the biggest intelligence coups in the region’s history.
Due to Indian diplomacy, some powerful capitals of the world are not convinced of Islamabad’s viewpoint on crucial issues. Not only this, many western capitals have negative views about Pakistan’s stance on simple issues and many of its genuine grievances. The outrage of Western diplomats on the CPEC is a classic example of this. After the recent social media diplomatic onslaught, Pakistan is at odds with three of its four immediate neighbours.—Originally published in The News