India Pakistan Contentions – Pak Raises Bogey of False Flag Operations by India
Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories on August 5.
Another layer has been added with Pakistan observing that the Citizenship Amendment Act is targeted against the minority community and is thus divisive.
Pakistan has claimed that there is no persecution of minorities in its own territory which is the basis for the grant of citizenship under the CAA by India.
Now another familiar narrative of a false flag operation is being raised.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi have increased rhetoric claiming that India will undertake a false flag operation in the wake of protests in the country over Citizenship Amendment Act.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on 21 December issued a statement in which he warned the world that “Pakistan will have no option but to give a befitting response” to India if it undertakes a “false-flag operation”.
“Over the last 5 years of Modi’s government, India has been moving towards Hindu Rashtra with its Hindutva Supremacist fascist ideology. Now with the Citizens Amendment Act, all those Indians who want a pluralist India are beginning to protest and it is becoming a mass movement,” said the premier.
“[The] Indian army chief’s statement adds to our concerns of a false-flag operation,” he added. The Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat who is days away from his retirement or an elevation to the Chief of Defence Staff had claimed that the situation on the Line of Control was dangerous and could spiral out of control.
As per Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site, in a series of letters in recent months, the Foreign Minister has updated the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir on 1,6,13 and 26 August, 16 September and 31 October 2019
In his latest letter dated 12 December 2019, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi apprised the UN Security Council and Secretary General on Indian actions that continue to escalate tensions in an already tense environment in South Asia claims the Ministry.
These include: Indian leadership’s bellicose rhetoric, issuance of new ‘political maps’, unprecedented LoC ceasefire violations during the year, deployment and testing of missiles of various ranges and capabilities, and attempts to change the demographic structure of occupied Jammu & Kashmir. The Foreign Minister urged the UN Security Council to play its rightful role and, in this context, also reiterated Pakistan’s proposal to strengthen UNMOGIP’s presence in the region.
The false flag bogey may have been raised by Pakistan in anticipation of a possible terrorist attack in India by groups sustained by the country’s intelligence agency the ISI as the Jaish e Mohammad including in Jammu and Kashmir.
The bogey of a false flag operation may serve Pak well in the future by pre-empting any counter action that may be undertaken by India a la Balakote.