RAW formed to wipe Pakistan off the map of the world: Khawaja Asif

Published: May 6, 2015
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Defence Minister Khawaja Asif. PHOTO: REUTERS

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif. PHOTO: REUTERS

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday termed India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) ‘an enemy organisation’, saying it has been formed to undo Pakistan.

“RAW has been formed to undo Pakistan and to wipe Pakistan off the map of the world,” Asif said, during a television interview.

The defence minister’s statement came hours after the top military commanders accused India’s military spy agency, RAW, of fuelling terrorism in Pakistan in a rare public statement that may renew hostilities between the two hyphenated but hostile neighbours.

“The conference took serious notice of RAW’s involvement in whipping up terrorism in Pakistan,” said the military’s media wing, the ISPR, in a statement following a conference of the corps commanders presided over by army chief General Raheel Sharif at the military headquarters in Rawalpindi.

Read: Out in the open: Army accuses RAW of fuelling terror

This is the first time in recent years that the corps commanders have publicly alleged India’s hand behind the unrest in the country, although Islamabad has long suspected RAW’s involvement.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made improving ties with India a priority when he won a 2013 election. However, late last month, PM Nawaz accused India of failing to respond to Pakistan’s desire for good relations.

India was angered earlier in April when a Pakistani court freed on bail Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, accused of plotting a 2008 assault on the city of Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.

The statement followed the arrest of  arrested two ‘Muttahida Qaumi Movement workers’ for allegedly inciting violence in the metropolitan city at the behest of RAW. The controversy has led to a verbal duel between MQM chief Altaf Hussain and the security establishment.

Read: Dangerous liaisons: RAW trains MQM workers for unrest in Karachi, says SSP

Altaf launched scathing criticism against the military establishment in what was seen as frustration on the part of the self-exiled MQM leader over the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi. Subsequently, the army said it would pursue legal action against Altaf for his unsavoury remarks.

Though the MQM chief aplogised for what he called sarcastic remarks, Defence Secretary Lt Gen (retd) Mohammad Alam Khattak told the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence on Tuesday that legal action would be taken against Altaf irrespective. The committee chairman, Sheikh Rohail Asghar, also supported action against Altaf for his disparaging remarks against the army.

Read: My husband confessed under duress, wife of alleged ‘RAW agent’ tells SHC

The MQM chief, in his televised speech, had urged the army to stop alleged discrimination against ‘Mohajirs and poor people’ of Karachi – a reference to the surgical operation in the volatile metropolis.

But Tuesday’s corps commanders meeting quashed this impression with the army chief making it clear that the Karachi operation was not against a particular party or group. “The surge against terrorists and criminals is apolitical, across the board and focused to achieve peace in the country,” the ISPR quoted Gen Raheel as saying.

The army chief, while addressing the conference, said, “A terror-free Pakistan is now a national resolve.” Lamenting the deaths of thousands of innocent Pakistanis, including children, at the hands of terrorists, Gen Raheel said, “Law enforcement agencies and our brave armed forces have given a lot of sacrifices in fighting these misguided and hardened criminals to safeguard a peaceful and better future for our next generation.”

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  • Parvez
    May 6, 2015 - 4:47PM

    In the game of creating negative perceptions India is three steps ahead of Pakistan…….your saying this now is simply admitting your ineptness.Recommend

  • kakakaka
    May 6, 2015 - 4:48PM

    This is true no matter how much Indians and Pakistani leftists want to deny this and divert the subject and all the blame to the Pakistani establishment’ they live in in delusions that the India. Establishment doesn’t play dirtyRecommend

  • Abu Noor
    May 6, 2015 - 5:25PM

    Wht’s the point of Raw-bashing in public? Being defence minister, he should just coordinate with his agencies to counter their tactics. And if he wants to counter Indian campaign against Pakistani agencies, then he should blame India!Recommend

  • Khan
    May 6, 2015 - 5:44PM

    Finally sanity is prevailing….Slowly but surely….

    Dirty Hindustanis and their admirers should be neutralized…Pakistan needs 10 times the strongest strategy to make these filthy Hindus taste their own medicineRecommend

  • Nk
    May 6, 2015 - 6:09PM

    Why is it that Pakistan is only now revealing raw’s hand in Pakistani extremism. This is something that everybody knew but the common person had no proof. The military I’m sure did have proof. It’s not like it expected better relations with India or we were on good terms. Why then did we let India win the PR game by allowing them to smear Pakistan at every chance they got, and yet we remained quiet.

    There’s a lesson to be learnt here. All countries interfere in other countries through clandestine operations. Except some are able to cover it up beautifully through great PR. India has always whipped up extremisim generally, but never supported any single event so directly as to be caught. On the other hand Pakistan allows somethinf like the Mumbai operation to happen, even though we might not have had a role on it, but because these people were based here it does smear our name. Recommend

  • BRIGHT
    May 6, 2015 - 6:18PM

    This government would like to engage people in some issues. See who is saying he is the person who spoke against army in the national assembly. This hypocrisy does not reflect good image of Pakistan but the corrupt politicians don’t care. We as a nation should not allow such politicians to lead us and rule on us.Recommend

  • The Saint
    May 6, 2015 - 6:35PM

    Read between the lines… New operation to be Launched in Karachi… Army might be involved…Political party(ies) to be targeted…In the larger interest of the country, as the enemies are involved!

    karachiites, embrace yourselves….more bloodshed coming your way (Baluchistan and North are already going through it)! Recommend

  • Malatesh
    May 6, 2015 - 6:52PM

    Many Indians never heard about RAW in India. It is not popular in India because RAW is considered as biggest failure in India. I’m amazed how our neighbor praising RAW.

    I thought that ISI far far superior than CIA. Recommend

  • hah!
    May 6, 2015 - 7:31PM

    @Malatesh
    It could be that only you don’t know about RAW. And nope, we aren’t praising, we’re actually BASHING the crap out of it. Indeed ISI is superior for it has protected this country against all odds, and the talks of RAW involvement are not new here but now when the army has surfaced its name officially, this means that they’ve got some evidence. RAW is so out of the league now. Recommend

  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    May 6, 2015 - 7:37PM

    Nearly all leaders and state officials of Pakistan are given to exaggerating things, and in a big way, but the latest from Defence Minister Khawaja Asif beats them all. The gentleman just found out that “RAW has been formed to undo Pakistan and to wipe Pakistan off the map of the world..” And considering the fact that RAW was formed as far back as 1968, the fact that this life-threatening information took nearly half a century to reach him leads one to the inevitable conclusion that the gentleman is terribly slow in picking up warning signals.

    India did invade our former eastern wing but then the ground work for the separation of East Pakistan had already been done by Ayub Khan through his mistreatment of Bengalese which policy was continued by his successor Gen. Yehya Khan. And the final act was Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s refusal to accept the overwhelming mandate of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

    Like Bangladesh movement, there was a separatist Sindhu-Desh movement some time back and there is one in Baluchistan right now. Now, the enemy spy agencies are greatly helped by an enabling atmosphere created by the rulers through their corruption, misgovernance and injustice to the masses.

    Instead of accusing RAW of trying to wipe Pakistan off the map of the world, the government should try to solve the problems of the masses so that the people take the government as their friend, and not the enemy.

    And the situation where the whole country is being ruled by a couple of Sharifs is sure to create dissatisfaction. To ensure proper governance, many new provinces need to be created, and cities and town given empowered local governments in the light of a fresh population census done on urgent basis. In fact, during its earlier tenure, the Punjab Assembly even passed resolutions for the creation of South Punjab and Bahawalpur provinces but it has been forgotten now. The army chief seems intent to improve things in the country but in order to achieve that objective, himself and his lieutenants will have to work on a larger canvass instead of seeing every issue as one of law and order, in the narrowest sense of the word, and to make concerted efforts in coordination with the civilian government to treat the disease and not just the symptoms.

    KarachiRecommend

  • GrandPrix
    May 6, 2015 - 7:44PM

    @Malatesh:

    You are right. In Pakistan our politicians and establishment play with the innocent pakistani people in the name of RAW, India and Islam. People are just emotional about these and any acrobat could play with them. This is what exactly happening now in pakistan and power authorities are enjoying by playing such dirty game. First they built Taliban in the name of Islam and now they are killing them in the name of RAW, security etc. What a joke.Recommend

  • Sarita Talwai
    May 6, 2015 - 8:45PM

    @khan. Hello. I am a filthy Hindu from India. I also have many, many Muslim friends who are my dearest friends and colleagues. Just wanted to know…are they filthy too? Just asking. Thank you.Recommend

  • Tayyeba Akmal
    May 6, 2015 - 9:45PM

    Pakistan is the country who sacrificed a lot in the war against terror and all we know that from the very beginning India is involved in the internal matters of Pakistan especially “Baluchistan”.
    The late statement of Khwaja Asif shows that the government is still ready to tie good relations with India. But i appreciate the all the commanders of forces who are ready to challenge the India and have no pressure of other external forces. Recommend

  • Alaa
    May 6, 2015 - 10:36PM

    It is quite evident that the the ministers and the bureaucrats of our country are useless to show development. Our nation’s leaders are busy compiling stacks of money to invest in Saudi and UAE. And just so that the nation doesnt go against them they are throwing this theory that RAW is wiping them out. If that is the case all of RAW members would be our own Pakistani ministers and bureaucratsRecommend

  • Dinesh Sharma
    May 6, 2015 - 10:42PM

    @Khan: India’s GDP is 10 times bigger than Pakistan.Recommend

  • Pankaj
    May 6, 2015 - 11:01PM

    Why this sudden outburst in Pakistan, against our lazy, non-reactionary and inactive organisation called RAW? It seems the case of dragging India into the internal political struggle of Pakistan. Afterall, unwanted political party won the byelection by huge margin insite of all the efforts of establishment to let the favourite captain win. Recommend

  • Orator
    May 7, 2015 - 12:15AM

    @Sarita Talwai:

    Yes, we have abundant of those and ironically they proclaim to be pious and righteous.They are the main culprits who responsible the reek filth we have in our system that is controlled by the establishment. Recommend

  • Orator
    May 7, 2015 - 12:46AM

    Mr. Khawaja Asif, people of Pakistan specially in Karachi would never buy your stuff anymore. These type of tools are no more useful for people of Karachi as we know who are our real enemies. Please try to find another toy this RAW is history.Recommend

  • Nasir
    May 7, 2015 - 1:12AM

    Oh please grow up and stop being such a drama queenRecommend

  • Vectra
    May 7, 2015 - 1:15AM

    RAW doesnt exist..pakistan blaming 0.Recommend

  • Weirdity
    May 7, 2015 - 1:38AM

    @Parvez:
    “In the game of creating negative perceptions India is three steps ahead of Pakistan…….your saying this now is simply admitting your ineptness.”

    Negative perceptions equaling reality definitely helps.Recommend

  • i for
    May 7, 2015 - 2:05AM

    Yes…very true…coz india doesn’t hv any work to do except to harm PAK…By spreading terrorism in Pak the neighbour has bcome IT power-house…Asia’s 3rd and worlds 7th largest economy…etc etc…Recommend

  • SUn Tzu
    May 7, 2015 - 2:55AM

    How can army commanders ( “Corp Commander”) threaten the head of a legitimate national political party?!!!Recommend

  • wb
    May 7, 2015 - 6:20AM

    Let’s face the facts.

    Pakistan is an unnatural country.

    Pakistan is a threat to world peace.

    Pakistan is a threat to itself. Mohajirs, Balochis, Pashtoons, Sindhis, Azad Kashmiris are all suffering because of dominant Punjabis.

    Pakistan should not exist in current form.

    Pakistan should be turned into 4-5 smaller countries.Recommend

  • Rational Thinking
    May 7, 2015 - 10:38AM

    The world’s map will be MUCH better if Pakistan disappears and the Pakistan occupied provinces and territories of Balochistan, Sindh and Gilgit Baltistan become independent.Recommend

  • fedup
    May 7, 2015 - 11:12AM

    Punjab has been snatching the rights of smaller provinces since 1947. The Punjabi elite that rule over Pakistan should show some mercy and just give freedom to smaller provinces. All provinces other than Pakistan have been destroyed by the greed of center and Punjab even since the creation of Pakistan.Recommend

  • saad
    May 7, 2015 - 2:56PM

    @wb: what a pathetic mindset. india should be divided into 100 pieces due to their discrimination against all other religions and castes.Recommend

  • saad
    May 7, 2015 - 2:57PM

    @Rational Thinking: first of all u give independence to Kashmiris for which they have sacrificed their lives. then talk about others. Recommend

  • saad
    May 7, 2015 - 2:59PM

    @fedup:
    this is the only way u ppl try to spread hatred among our ppl. mind your own business.Recommend

  • Singh
    May 7, 2015 - 7:37PM

    @Khan:
    You are right “Filthy Hindu”. But something is missing here. Doesn’t all Pakistani ‘s forefather came from same Filth with new wrap of Islam.
    ET do not censor it. If you can let trash written by people like Khan printed then I have right to write trash like this to answer in same coin.Recommend

  • Naresh
    May 8, 2015 - 1:37AM

    Mr. Khawaja Asif : As you are aware the Employees of RAW have not had a Pay Raise for Decades as India is a far poorer country than Pakistan. Anyway with your appreciation I am sure the RAW Employees will get a Pay Raise after so many Decades and in due course of time they will thank you. Keep Up the Good Work Mr. Khawaja Asif!
    CheersRecommend

  • nahmed
    May 8, 2015 - 4:47PM

    The people who listened our defense minister’s speech in National Assembly will definitely know how many faces this person have. Pakistan is in the grip of Pro-Indian and Pro-American lobby and they don’t have any interest to improve the situation. USA wants a crippled Pakistan and PML(N), MQM, ANP and JUI(F) along with Baloch sardars are working for them.Recommend

  • Cheer
    May 8, 2015 - 8:43PM

    @nahmed:

    Please check your weaknesses and try to overcome them rather than blaming US for atrocities caused by your own policies. US has many other important tasks to do.Recommend

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