The Pakistan government has handed over to Indian authorities the evidence of the alleged involvement of the Indian intelligence agencies in several terrorist incidents that have taken place on its soil in the recent past, including the March 3, 2009 bloody terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.
According to well placed interior ministry sources, a dossier containing proof of the Indian Research and Analysis Wing’s involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan was handed over by the Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh during their recent meeting at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. The sources said that the Pakistani authorities have shared the evidence with the United States, United Kingdom and Afghanistan, asking the Indian authorities to prevent the use of Indian soil for carrying out terror activities against it. Although the information given to India is being kept secret, broad outlines of the dossier obtained by the Pakistani media reveal details of Indian contacts with those involved in attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team and the Manawan police station near Lahore. Going by the contents of Pakistani dossier, operatives of RAW who remained in touch with the perpetrators of the attacks have been identified and proof of their interaction have been attached. Besides, a description of Indian arms and explosives used in the attack on the Sri Lankan team has been made part of the dossier. Similarly, names and particulars of the perpetrators, who entered Pakistan from India and joined their accomplices who had reached Lahore from Waziristan, have also been mentioned in the dossier handed to India.
The evidence of the alleged Indian link contained in the dossier lists the safe houses being run by RAW in Afghanistan, where terrorists are trained and dispatched for missions in Pakistan. The dossier also broadly covers the Indian connection in terror financing in Pakistan. A substantial part of the shared material deals with the Balochistan insurgency and Indian linkages with the insurgents, particularly Bramdagh Bugti, Burhan and Sher Khan. Pictures of their meetings with Indian operatives are part of the evidence, which also describes Bugti’s visit to India and the meetings he had with Indian secret service personnel.
The Pakistani dossier also makes mention of the India-funded Kandahar training camp, where Baloch nationalist insurgents, particularly those from the Bugti clan, were being trained and provided arms and ammunition for sabotage activities in Balochistan. A Pakistani foreign office official, while confirming the contents of the dossier, added that Dr Manmohan Singh had assured Prime Minister Gilani to look into Pakistani claims and to take corrective action if the allegations are proven.
A joint communiquÃ©, released after the Gilani-Singh meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, reflected information-sharing, as it included reference to Balochistan and the information available to Pakistan; reiteration of the Indian commitment to a stable and democratic Pakistan; and an agreement on sharing real time credible and actionable information on any future terrorist threats.