RAW behind terrorist activities in Pakistan: Foreign secretary

Published: May 14, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Thursday claimed that India’s spy agency RAW was involved in creating unrest in Pakistan, Express News reported.

He further said that two culprits arrested in Karachi have received training from the spy agency.

The foreign secretary said, if RAW was found to be behind the Safora massacre which led to the brutal killing of more than 40 members of the Ismaili community, Pakistan would take up the issue on all international forums.

The country’s top military commanders have also expressed serious concern over the involvement of Indian intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), for “whipping up terrorism” in Pakistan.

Read: Corps commanders’ conference: ‘RAW whipping up terrorism in Pakistan’

The concern was raised during a corps commanders’ conference presided over by Army chief General Raheel Sharif at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on May 5.

“The conference also took serious notice of RAW’s involvement in whipping up terrorism in Pakistan,” an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued after the meeting read.

Furthermore, a senior officer of the Sindh police also alleged in a dramatic news conference that Indian military intelligence agency RAW trained the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to create unrest in Karachi.

Calling the MQM more dangerous than the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), SSP Malir Rao Anwar called for banning the party.

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

SSP Rao paraded before the media two ‘RAW-trained terrorists’ – Muhammad Junaid Khan and Tahir Rehan alias Lamba – and claimed that they were affiliated with the MQM. Quoting from the ‘confessional statements’ of the suspects, he said: “The MQM is involved in anti-state activities.”

RAW must not be allowed to use Afghan soil against Pakistan: FO

Meanwhile, Pakistan has asked Kabul not to allow India’s top intelligence agency to operate from Afghan territory against Pakistan’s interest, Foreign Office said on Thursday.

On their recent visit to Afghanistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff asked Afghan authorities to stop the Research Analysis Wing (RAW) from creating unrest in Pakistan, said Foreign Office Spokesperson Qazi Khalil.

Read: Increasing bonhomie: Kabul’s foe can never be our friend, says Nawaz

“Pakistan told Kabul that RAW must not be allowed to use the Afghan soil against us,” Qazi Khalil was responding a question at a weekly Press Briefing at Foreign Office today.

To another question about alleged involvement of RAW in Pakistan’s unrest, Foreign Office Spokesperson said there have been reports of Indian intelligence agencies’ involvement in Pakistan’s affairs in the past as well.

Regarding the Safora massacre which killed 45 members of Ismailia community, Khalil said investigations are still going on and it is difficult to determine who is behind this bone chilling incident.

Read: Macabre violence: Ugly face of terror

The ultra-extremist Middle Eastern terrorist group, the Islamic State, and its affiliate Jundullah claimed responsibility for the bus attack in Karachi.

English leaflets left in the bus were headlined “Advent of the Islamic State!” and used derogatory Arabic words, blaming the community for “barbaric atrocities … in the Levant, Iraq and Yemen”.

However, Foreign Office ruled out the presence of Daish in Pakistan, backtracking on their earlier stance that the militant group poses a threat to Pakitan

“The terror outfit has no footprints in Pakistan but our security forces are alert to meet any threat,” Khalil said in Thursday’s briefing.

Earlier in February, Foreign Office said the militant group poses a threat to the country.

“The government is on alert to the IS threat in the region,” Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in Islamabad at Parliament.

The foreign secretary further said the government has directed all concerned authorities to ensure that no organisation or individual remain in contact with IS in the country.

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  • Saad
    May 14, 2015 - 1:05PM

    Needs to be investigated thoroughly, if true, RAW must learn the lesson. Recommend

  • Prakash
    May 14, 2015 - 1:05PM

    If RAW is proved to be behind any terrorist attack, every Indian will stand up and ask for RAW to be disbanded.Recommend

  • Indian
    May 14, 2015 - 1:07PM

    Pakistani actors working in India could be used for spying as well. This should call for their immediate deportation from India. Recommend

  • abc
    May 14, 2015 - 1:10PM

    Why dont we take up the matter to UN and get a resolution passed against india. Recommend

  • Hassan Khan
    May 14, 2015 - 1:17PM

    No doubt in that, since the Chinese President has left and announced the investment, India has been in dire pain. Targeting the Ismaili Community was done on purpose as they are spread world wide, In order to bring more shame to our country. Please Rangers, Army & Police conduct operations in The Old Subzi Mandi area as well as the Afghan Basti adjacent to the super-highway. Recommend

  • Liberal
    May 14, 2015 - 1:26PM

    We already know that RAW is creating terrorism in Pakistan. Recommend

  • U-turn
    May 14, 2015 - 1:34PM

    Umm do you guarantee every Indian will actually stand up or are these just beautiful words that are coming out of your mouth? Recommend

  • asad
    May 14, 2015 - 1:39PM

    Why are you asking them? It’s like asking a mugger to please don’t mug me. DO something about it. Enough with the blank statements.Recommend

  • Vectra
    May 14, 2015 - 1:48PM

    Well no takers for such evidence less claims by pakistan,try something elseRecommend

  • AK
    May 14, 2015 - 1:48PM

    We are using all our energies to destroy each other and haven’t done any thing against the East India company for the last 60 years who invaded, ruled and killed our four fathers for two centuries.Recommend

  • Amir-india
    May 14, 2015 - 1:53PM

    That is because Pakistan have no valid evidence the foriegn ministry of Pakistan very Well know this hence they did not respond few day days ago when army was saying such things but because huge pressure from media and. Army they have to come to kneel to satisfy conspiracy instinct of Pakistan . Poor foreign office.Recommend

  • Cynic Waheed
    May 14, 2015 - 2:03PM

    Where is Geo and Aman ki Asha on this? :)Recommend

  • OSD
    May 14, 2015 - 2:05PM

    @Indian: Not surprisingly a petty statement..Recommend

  • sohni
    May 14, 2015 - 2:09PM

    stop blaming on each other. Find out the solutions of these issues. I donot believe that MQM workers getting training from RAW. Why MQM get RAW training to kill their own people in Karachi? Recommend

  • JD
    May 14, 2015 - 2:09PM

    Good morning Mr. Secretary. This is such a shocking news. Now tell me, what are you, or the concerned authorities going to do about it? I hope you most certainly won’t stop at just verbal accusations.Recommend

  • raw is war
    May 14, 2015 - 2:16PM

    Since when did RAW start hating Ismalies?

    Also Pakistan seems to be creating an image of RAW as a premier and efficient spy organisation in the world. To do all the things happening in Pakistan, they need to be better than the best.Recommend

  • Zulfiqar
    May 14, 2015 - 2:17PM

    How much sacrifices have been given by Pakistanis, still millions of Afghanis are living in Pakistan and now see what Afghanis are doing with us. Giving free hand to RAW to kill Pakistanis shows that Pakistan has to take up this matter very seriously. Pakistan should expel all Afghanis and seal the border with Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Baba Rehman Malik
    May 14, 2015 - 2:26PM

    Mr. Foreign Secretary, I use to say the same thing when I was the Interior Minister but nobody believed me and made fun of me. That was because I did not find any credible evidence but had to blame someone for it. That made RAW the perfect scapegoat. I see now that you are following my footsteps. Perhaps one day you will also earn a PhD degree from KU.Recommend

  • Haider
    May 14, 2015 - 2:29PM

    Mr Secretary.. Plz whoever is involved but was our mistake of Mujahedeen concept in 60’s and now Raw is taking complete advantage of it………Go to UN with all evidences you have but plz show some thing. only allegations will make us fool…Recommend

  • Prakash
    May 14, 2015 - 2:35PM

    Good question. Now, could you please ask your Foreign Secretary and all others pointing fingers at RAW if they, too, would guarantee their statement?Recommend

  • Raj
    May 14, 2015 - 2:35PM

    Please share the evidence with international community. Mere claims are not good enough.Are they?Recommend

  • alley
    May 14, 2015 - 2:37PM

    Why last 1400 years Muslims have been killing each other but still when confronted, put the blame on others. Recommend

  • ajeet
    May 14, 2015 - 2:37PM

    Actually, this is a lesson for the deep state that we now have a government that will not hesitate to teach lessons.Recommend

  • Anon
    May 14, 2015 - 2:37PM

    Give some credible evidence yaar or shut upRecommend

  • ABC
    May 14, 2015 - 2:42PM


    Please learn some grammar Recommend

  • Milind
    May 14, 2015 - 2:45PM

    @asad – “Why are you asking them? It’s like asking a mugger to please don’t mug me. DO something about it. Enough with the blank statements.”

    The only thing your country can do is run to UN crying… Nobody’s in a position to antagonize us, including your all-weathered friend China.
    Add to it you have already messed up your relationships with the Gulf states.Recommend

  • AVMPolpot
    May 14, 2015 - 2:52PM

    ” Pakistan would take up the issue on all international forums.”
    And become global laughing stock.Recommend

  • Shakti
    May 14, 2015 - 2:53PM

    It is called Blue on Blue.Recommend

  • AVMPolpot
    May 14, 2015 - 2:54PM

    ” Pakistan would take up the issue on all international forums.”
    the country that hosted OBL for a decade:).Recommend

  • AVMPolpot
    May 14, 2015 - 2:55PM

    ” The foreign secretary said, if RAW was found to be behind the Safora massacre”
    Rangers have already said that RAW is the culprit….why hide behind iffs and buts…….Let us see what u r capable of doing?Recommend

  • AVMPolpot
    May 14, 2015 - 2:58PM

    ” However, Foreign Office ruled out the presence of Daish in Pakistan, backtracking on their earlier stance that the militant group poses a threat to Pakitan”
    Typical FO foxtrot: Yes No Maybe.Recommend

  • May 14, 2015 - 2:59PM

    When India complained about cross border terrorism your people told us, we are not sending any intruders its your job to protect yourselves. Now we are Telling you the same , Protect yourselves. Don’t cry.Recommend

    May 14, 2015 - 3:00PM

    @AK: Hahaha? ‘FOUR’ fathers?? FOREFATHERS!Recommend

  • Afghanistan
    May 14, 2015 - 3:15PM

    I think there are some hidden hands who do not want improved relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan as both countries have witnessed serious bomb blasts and casualties after navaz shareef’s recent visit to kabul. Recommend

  • shafiullah
    May 14, 2015 - 3:29PM

    ” Afghan soil must not be allowed to be used by RAW’. What if RAW uses its own soil and trains and sends terrorists to Pakistan via shortest way . I think India is not so stupid that it would use a longer way via Afghanistan to carry out terrorist activities in Karachi.It would surely use ,if it wants,the shortest way to infiltrate.The foreign office must look into SSP Rao revelations instead of blaming worn-torn country,the Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Haider
    May 14, 2015 - 4:27PM

    US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel stated India has always used Afghanistan to trouble Pakistan.Ajeet Doval Indian national security advisor also stated about using Afghanistan but now Pakistan relations are improving with Afghanistan.Raw has always given 1st nod to Baluchistan which is easy access from Afghanistan.India are using Taliban card against Pakistan which has base in Afghanistan….Training is given in Indian consulates in Afghanistan….. but this will not happen now.
    you Really need medication…
    All Indians who want evidence just see what Us Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said and Ajeet Doval stated.And Pakistan to give more solid evidence in International forum that Raw has no way outRecommend

    May 14, 2015 - 4:33PM

    has anybody tried to analyse why when India blames Pakistan whole world believes but when Pakistan blames India even Islamic countries don’t believe Pakistani story. problem is all trails lead to religious militant organisation in south Pakistan or madarssa in FATA. pity is this story can only be sold to those who have taste for”” almi shazish”. try asking families of those who got killed , whom they think are behind the massacre. It reminds me of Hillary Clinton’s statement about backwards snakes.Recommend

    May 14, 2015 - 4:36PM

    Dear Mr Foreign Secretary, can you name who is behind RAW? Recommend

    May 14, 2015 - 4:40PM

    Why are you ashamed of calling yourself with the name your Bapu gave. It is BHARAT.Indian vanished on 15 August 1947 the day Bharat was born.Recommend

  • ajeet
    May 14, 2015 - 5:04PM

    Seems like a ploy to finish off MQM and clear the way for deep state’s Sunni proxies to rule Karachi.Recommend

  • Awais
    May 14, 2015 - 6:50PM

    ISI is also active in India, I ve personally met few people who served in India for sometime. But mostly they were involved in intelligence gathering from their air force and navy because they have their assets with in Indian Military. ISI was never involved in Killing innocent Indian people.

    However RAW is always involved in killing Pakistani people, bomb blasts. (e.g Sarabjit Singh) because this is their way of intelligence, killing innocent people.Recommend

  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    May 14, 2015 - 6:57PM

    The Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry should note that the responsibility of the government does not stand discharged just with locating who was behind the terrorist activities in Pakistan and passing on that information to members of public. The responsibility of the government is to take corrective measures and to stop these outfits from operating in Pakistan. And despite Jundullah with Daesh affiliation owning the latest massacre, in addition to many others owned by them, Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry’s statement that “If RAW was found to be behind the Safora massacre on May 13, Pakistan would take up the issue on all international forums,” portrays great eagerness to ignore the obvious, and to try to frame someone else for the extreme brutality.

    He should also realize that by subjecting held persons to severe torture, and by threatening to take similar or worse action against their family members, it is not beyond the realm of possibility to get them to admit to any charge that the authorities want them to own up to.

    The Foreign Secretary’s ‘discloure’ that RAW trained the MQM members to create unrest in Karachi is based on the statement of a police officer who claimed that every sector in charge of MQM goes to India to get training from RAW there and that MQM is more dangerous than the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, and must be banned. The statement seems to be the figment of someone’s imagination because obviously if the practice of training of MQM workers by RAW in India was so widespread, how come the premier intelligence agencies of Pakistan with access to information from a much-wider, and far more efficient intelligence network remained completely unaware of it and it was left to a middle-ranking police officer to ‘unearth’ this conspiracy. And about the claim that MQM was more dangerous than the TTP, the less said the better.

    Such sensational disclosures provide an easy escape to institutions and agencies which, for various reasons like lack of training, equipment, coordination with other agencies, or being terribly short on strength, fail to do their job but instead of having the courage to admit their failing, take the much simpler course of blaming it on some easy target that they seem to detest anyway.


  • Human
    May 14, 2015 - 7:52PM

    actually thats because india never accepts any UN resolutionRecommend

  • Sardar KHAN
    May 14, 2015 - 10:32PM

    What a pity for Indians now?When their government accuses ISI without providing any credible proof,they just believe it blind fold.When we blame them then they want to have proof of RAW,s involment.All the proofs are provided by their own security adviser to the indian PM.Now the ball is in their court they are in denial mode.When Monhan Singh was given the proof that RAW is involved in terrorist acts in Pakistan at SHARAM UL SHAIKH summit in Egypt.. When he returned to india, was against him for accepting the dossier. Ever since they are in turmoil and are in denial mode. What a set mind these Indians have against Pakistan. But what ever they say about Pakistan even they know it is full of lies must be accepted at face value. But anything Pakistan says about their acts against itself.full of truth, they want the proofs be spelled in public. What a strange illogical minded these people are? I will say to them just grow up before coming up to comment on Tribune Express. Our press is free and not like indian media where they have to be obedient to governmental pressure about publishing comments from Pakistanis. 99% indian media will not allow any comments from Pakistanis on their web.What a pitty,the so called biggest democracy of the world wants its citizens be kept in dark from the real TRUTH.Recommend

  • Khaleed Baloch
    May 15, 2015 - 12:25AM

    If relations between the 2 countries is affected will Pakistani actors and actresses be allowed to act in Bollywood movies. Also many Pakistani singers are travelling to India as there is no scope for them in a religious country.Recommend

  • Jalal
    May 15, 2015 - 2:00AM


    Why dont we take up the matter to UN and get a resolution passed against india.

    Er…that would require proof. They had Ajmal Qasab, what do we have?Recommend

  • Jag Nathan
    May 15, 2015 - 2:28AM

    There is only one way to stop the RAW activities in Pakistan. Accept Kashmir as Indian territory. Return the part of Indian Kashmir occupied by Pakistan since 1947 including the piece you have given away to your Chinese friends. Stop meddling in our affairs. If you guys can make it difficult for India, we are as capable of making life miserable for you. Recommend

  • David Salmon
    May 15, 2015 - 2:30AM

    If the honourable Foreign Secretary really wants to discover whether RAW was at root of this massacre, he should accept Secretary of State Kerry’s offer to assist Pakistan in its investigation. India would be exposed before the US and the world! I am amazed to see the “foreign hand” theory trotted out again. How many still doubt that this evil comes from within?Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    May 15, 2015 - 5:18AM

    Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary claims that RAW is behind these attacks and Pakistan’s Rangers raided a ASWJ madrassa and arrested 90 madrassa students there.

    Read news published in today’s ET here:

    This news says:
    “Meanwhile, the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) central leader Maulana Aurangzeb Farooqi claimed that Rangers had raided a madrassa in Gulshan-e-Maymar and arrested a seminary teacher and 90 students, BBC Urdu reported.”

    Foreign Secretary is blaming RAW and Rangers are blaming ASWJ.Recommend

  • ajeet
    May 15, 2015 - 6:36AM

    Boom boom afridi or boom boom Pakistan??…Recommend

  • Raju Indian
    May 15, 2015 - 8:29AM

    OMG – here goes the gullible Pak public believing their useless politicians – the discussion has already shifted from holding them responsible to blaming India for killing Ismailies of all people. Just ask yourself the question – which muslim “extremist” would be able to face up to their faith getting trained by India!! If the incident were not so gory, terrifying and maudlin, the Pakistani political statements would probably be laughable at the very leastRecommend

  • Milind
    May 15, 2015 - 8:54AM

    @oBSERVER – “Why are you ashamed of calling yourself with the name your Bapu gave. It is BHARAT.”

    Get your facts right… India got the name Bharat after a king, who ruled ancient India/Bharat. That Bharat coverd everything including your country till Kandahar (Gandhar).. Get yourself out of madrassa education and see the light..Nobody’s ashamed of calling India, Bharat or best Hindustan…Recommend

  • Aparna
    May 15, 2015 - 10:45AM

    As it is, Pakistan’s credibility cannot go lower. Before making such claims, try to get your hands on some proof. Grab your own Ajmal Kasab. Maybe then, the world might believe you.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    May 15, 2015 - 1:02PM

    Can someone confirm the foreign secretary’s education background? He is getting mentally retarded by the day.
    Next he will claim that the earth is flat.Recommend

  • Jaswinder
    May 15, 2015 - 2:11PM

    You should learn the abc of diplomacy first. When you go to the UN, they’ll ask you for proof.
    You cannot tell them that a ‘najoomi’ told you or that Muslims cannot kill another Muslim. All these years, Pak has been saying the same thing that there is a third hand. By then the terrorists were well-entrenched. Recommend

  • kani
    May 15, 2015 - 2:31PM

    @ Raj – USA

    Arresting doesnt mean blaming ! Recommend

  • Iqbal
    May 15, 2015 - 3:13PM


    Your comments are just beyond belief. Are you aware that rest of the World find Muslims to be the most illiterate? With comments like yours I am not surprised.
    Piece of free advise: get yourself decent education and make sure your children do as well. No point in convincing youself that madrassa education or muslims are the best. I live in UK and have accepted that we have another thousand years to go to catch up with the rest.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    May 15, 2015 - 6:06PM

    It is sad that Foriegn Secretary is ignorant what is happening in the world. RAW may be involved but why he forgot MUSAD and others. He should open his eyes and not carry out clerical office work. Any one who appointed him may ask him source of his information..Recommend

  • Haroon
    May 17, 2015 - 12:23AM

    India is just playing its last cards by killing innocent people in Pakistan , This is a cheapest way to fight cold war ..I bet Pakistan will be a strong economic hub in up comining future Inshallah ..Long Live pak china friendship.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    May 26, 2015 - 11:25AM

    Well it is needed to investigate more about this case….,………Recommend

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