RAW supports Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, acknowledges Indian analyst in top daily

Published: September 24, 2017
PHOTO: Reuters/File

PHOTO: Reuters/File

An Indian analyst, in a piece published in Hindustan Timeshas acknowledged that the Indian spy agency the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) has ties with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Bharat Karnad, professor for national security studies at the Centre for Policy Research and author of “Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)”, writes, “Severing relations with TTP will mean India surrendering an active card in Pakistan and a role in Afghanistan as TTP additionally provides access to certain Afghan Taliban factions.”

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This, he added, together with “the Abdul Ghani regime’s desire for India’s presence and the tested friendship with Abdul Rashid Dostum and his Tajik-dominated ‘Northern Alliance’, ensures that no solution for peace in Afghanistan can be cobbled together without India’s help”.

Discussing US secretary of defence, Lieutenant General (retd) James Mattis’ trip to India starting September 25, Karnad wrote, “As a former head of the US Central Command Mattis appreciates Pakistan’s indispensability as base for military operations to bring the Taliban in Afghanistan to their knees. But Islamabad has insisted that India’s role in Afghanistan be restricted and complained about the Indian support for the TTP accused by Islamabad of terrorism in Pakistan. The RAW-TTP link was publicly revealed in April this year by its former commander, Ehsanullah Ehsan.”

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The analyst believes that Mattis would request India to moderate its support for the TTP as it is s useful as an Indian counterpart of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Jaish-e-Muhammad. However, he maintained  that the US official returning home empty-handed would not hurt relations with the US at all because there’s China; and the US needs India to strategically hinder it.






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Reader Comments (10)

  • PakPukudenguta
    Sep 24, 2017 - 3:34PM

    What is the point? Presuming that India is helping TTP, what is it that you can do??? Recommend

  • FarLand
    Sep 24, 2017 - 9:10PM

    This is not new. We knew this for many years. Other well known agencies are also supporting these monsters. Recommend

  • Atif
    Sep 25, 2017 - 5:41AM

    What did we expect? India has 10 times the resources that Pakistan has. Recommend

  • Prada
    Sep 25, 2017 - 12:11PM

    In the end, the nation with more resources and goodwill will win.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Sep 25, 2017 - 12:52PM

    why would India be interested in Balouchistan ? Its not geographically feasible for India to rule that region of Pak. Recommend

  • Asad
    Sep 25, 2017 - 5:42PM

    India is destabilizing Pakistan since partition.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 26, 2017 - 9:38AM

    In other news the sky is blue.Recommend

  • p r sharma
    Sep 26, 2017 - 9:45AM

    If Pakistan ‘s only evidence is the article of an Indian analyst published in a news paper then we can’t help but laugh. Allegations can be many but a news analysis taken as concrete evidence of supporting terrorism is unacceptable in the international forum. Recommend

  • Riz
    Sep 26, 2017 - 4:24PM

    India is mother of terrorism in South AsiaRecommend

  • Faisal
    Nov 21, 2017 - 10:02AM

    It means Pak is fighting world hypocritic nations war on their soil with huge human and financial loss still us demands “do more” are we paid armies protecting western agendas. Recommend

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