RAW Accusations and Our National Credibility

Army’s broad accusation against Indian RAW of “whipping up terrorism” in Pakistan has been followed by allegations that RAW is responsible for specific terrorist attacks inside Pakistan. Various news channels reported that RAW was involved in the killing of Sabeen Mahmud. These reports were based on the statements of high level security sources.

Several news channels have now reported that ISI has obtained proof that RAW was behind the Safoora Chowrangi massacre.

These are serious charges. If they are correct, it means that a foreign agency has carried out a cross border killing of dozens of innocent civilians. This is a crime against humanity that carries serious consequences at the global level. If these accusations are correct, we can expel the Indian High Commissioner and all Indian diplomats as “persona non grata”. Our UN Ambassador can present the evidence before the UN and India can suffer economic sanctions or worse to compel it to stop its nefarious crimes. The true face of India can be exposed to the entire world.

However, what if we don’t do anything? What if we just report these accusations in Pakistan media and point fingers and talk about “evidence” without ever using the evidence to take appropriate action under international law? People like Zaid Hamid and Ahmed Quraishi have been blaming RAW since years, and this has destroyed their reputations. Now Army and Foreign Office are singing the same tune. If they fail to actually show any evidence and take the appropriate diplomatic and legal measures, we could face a future where our most sensitive institutions suffer the same blow to their own credibility in the eyes of the world.

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