New Delhi, 29 December 2002
Today’ suggested in a cover story last fortnight
that India nearly went to war twice against Pakistan during its
mobilisation. It was not very professionally done but had a bit of
Bollywood make-believe and good writing laced with glossy
pictures. Pioneer had carried our opinion and the matter
had been debated in service circles too. It must be made clear that
War is serious business, needs preparations and very precise
military aims and political direction. These were never forthcoming.
reports in the media however suggest that the Army Chief designate
Lt Gen N C Vij confirmed that only a foray into POK to attack
terrorist sites was planned but was called off. It is no wonder therefore
that Pakistan took full advantage. President Musharraf on TV on 25th
December was "crowing away" that Pakistan had won the
war that India was planning to fight, without firing a shot. He
extolled what Pakistan had achieved under him and went on to
belittle the mobilisation of the Indian Armed Forces, which has now
ended. Pakistan's President is a clever survivor, and is now making
much of the mobilisation that India undertook. USA also wants to
take the credits. Yet internally Musharraf is under pressure
and USA wants him to quell al Queda in Pakistan.
credibility should be in question at a time when USA is wooing
India. Lt Gen Javed Nasir a former ISI head revealed that Pakistan
breaks every rule under the sun and we ask how reliable is
Pakistan as an ally of USA? One way to gauge the reliability is
to see how Pak defied UN resolutions in relation to arming Bosnia.
Pakistan has made hand held SAM missiles in house and they reverse
engineered the Stingers with Chinese help. It is believed that one
of them hit a Canberra during the Kargil war and another the Avro
748 plane that Air Marshal Bhatia was piloting, which raised a
controversy last year, and led to his transfer out of the
prestigious Western Air Command. Pakistan's Nuclear help to N
Korea is now an open secret.
the full story in the South Asian Tribune that makes it clear that
Pakistan has been trying to project itself as an Islamic ally,
and we should be careful it does not fund terrorism in Gujarat. This
will be tempting for Pakistan and the ISI. USA is keeping a
blind eye as far as Pakistan is concerned. We had already reported
that Pakistan was passing on nuclear secrets to N. Korea. This
had been explained away as ‘for personal reasons’, and US
Defence Secretary Powell believes that explanation offered by Gen
on missiles to Bosnia in defiance of the UN will also be
explained away as the statements of an unreliable witness (though
once belonging to ISI). India must be wary and Dy. PM said just that
at the CRPF Anniversary parade on 28th December.
K Advani, Minister of Home Affairs and Dy. Prime Minister is on
record to state that ISI is a terrorist agency. However Uncle
Sam is unable to declare Pakistan a terrorist state. It is
clear that a terrorist state is more dangerous than a terror outfit,
say, like the one run by Osama Bin Laden.
now President Bush is planning a war on Iraq and India's powerful
NSA Brajesh Misra returned from Washington after a three hour
meeting with Condelezza Rice. He was satisfied with what USA is
doing, but not satisfied with Pakistan. Media reports suggest that
he supported USA's NMD.
delegation from India is scheduled for the first round of
discussions, to be held in Washington on 15–16 January, and will
feature an inter-agency team from Delhi headed by the joint
secretary (disarmament) led by Sheelkant Sharma from the foreign
ministry. This will be followed by Nalin Surie from the MEA,
who heads the East Asia division to be in Washington in February to
start the dialogue.
Bush administration has made no secret of the fact that it sees
India as a strategic counter to China in Asia. Yet no spares for the
Armed Forces have been supplied by USA and Weapon Locating Radars
from US Army stocks are not forthcoming. What, pray, is the game
plan of the only super power in the world which declared a war of
the 21st century on terror? How critically is the war on terror
dependent upon US–Pak alliance? Another news report claims that
Pakistan made Amza hand held SAMs were found in Kashmir and another
says a terror outfit claimed it shot down the MIG 21 Type 75 that
crashed on 26th December while landing in Srinagar. The pilot bailed
out but broke his arm.
American War on Iraq now looks inevitable if USA can find an excuse.
We are not aware what Brajesh Misra told Condelezza Rice on this
subject but IDSA head Dr Santanam opposes USA in an article. India
can do little since even Russia and France are coming on board, so
we should keep quiet. In India when we cow down and support Russia
as we did for Afghanistan or Viet Nam, there is acceptance, but
agreeing with USA or Bush is anathema.
mindset has to change. These are therefore interesting times for India–US
relations so we post a piece by PTI on how Pakistan sent missiles to
Bosnia, and seem to get away. It is China that is watching the fun.
defied UN, supplied arms to Bosnia'
Trust of India
Delhi, December 27:
a starling revelation, a former ISI Chief has claimed in his
petition that Pakistan defied the United Nations ban on supply of
arms to the Bosnian Muslims and sophisticated anti-tank guided
missiles were air lifted to them by Isotherm petition, which was
filed before the court against the country's largest newspaper group
"Jung" by former ISI chief Lt Gen Javed Nasir,
stated that the UN embargo was defied to help Bosnians fight the
petition, downloaded from the website of US-based Pakistani web
weekly "South Asia Tribune", referred to his
career, recounting his achievements and his credentials as a leading
Islamic international figure and alleged that he had been defamed by
a report in the English language newspaper "The News".
He said in his petition that despite the UN ban on supply of arms to
the besieged Bosnians, he successfully air lifted sophisticated
anti-tank guided missiles which turned the tide in favour of Bosnian
Muslims and forced the Serbs to lift the siege, much to the
annoyance of the US Government. The documents go on to give details
of how the US threatened Pakistan, then ruled by Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif, to be declared as a terrorist state, if Sharif did not
remove him from the post of the ISI chief.