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India ’s Expansionist Designs Sabotage the Regional Peace

– Mr Ravi
In the past, the most developed
countries had direct control over
the less developed countries
through colonialism. But, neoimperialism is its most dangerous
form, prevalent in the present
world. In theory, a less developed
country is free, but in practice,
its government and economy are
controlled by a developed country
indirectly.
In these terms, through its
military and intelligence agency
RAW, India has continued
expansionist designs by the
following intervention as part of
hegemonic policies vis-à-vis her
neighbouring countries, including
those ones with whom India does
not share a border.
Besides supporting separatism
in East Pakistan which resulted in
the dismemberment of Pakistan,
India occupied Sikkim, subdued
Bhutan, Burma and Bangladesh—
also sponsored terrorism in
Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal,
Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
During Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi ’s rule, New
Delhi has intensifi ed meddling
in the internal aff airs of these
countries. And Indian military
and RAW have been given free
hand to target these states through
manipulation of political dissent,
ethnic divisions and economic
backwardness.
RAW, in collusion with the
Afghan intelligence-National
Directorate of Security (NDS) and
Israeli Mossad, has been assisting
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP),
Daesh (Also known as ISIS and
ISIL) and their affi liated terror
outfi ts such as East Turkestan
Islamic Movement (ETIM), the
Balochistan Liberation Army
(BLA), Jundallah (God ’s soldiers),
etc. to foment subversion,
terrorism and sabotage. Thus,
these entities are attempting to
destabilise Pakistan, its province
of Balochistan, Tibetan regions of
China, and the Sistan-Balochistan
of Iran, including Afghanistan
by supporting terrorism and
promoting an acrimonious sense of
dissent and political volatility.
With the backing of the US and
by manipulating its double game,
New Delhi has been implementing
aggressive strategy, especially
against China and Pakistan.
In this regard, on May 5,
this year, drastic tensions arose
between New Delhi and Beijing,
taking both the countries to the
edge of war.
In response to India ’s
construction of roads and airstrips
adjacent to the Line of Actual
Control (LAC), which will
improve connectivity and enable
easier mobility for Indian troops
in the area, thousands of Chinese
People ’s Liberation Army (PLA)
troops moved into the regions
along the eastern Ladakh border,
setting up tents and stationing
vehicles and heavy machinery.
Reports confi rmed that the
Indian army has moved several
battalions from an infantry
division usually based in the
Ladakh city of Leh to “operational
alert areas” along the border.
In this respect, the Chinese
offi cial newspaper Global Times
wrote: “The latest border friction
was a planned move by New
Delhi… India in recent days has
illegally constructed defence
facilities across the border into
Chinese territory in the Galwan
Valley region, leaving Chinese
border defence troops no other
options but making necessary moves in response, and mounting
the risk of escalating standoff s and confl icts between the two sides.”
In this connection, a storm sparked in India by the
contradictory statement, issued
by the Prime Minister ’s Offi ce
(PMO) on JUNE 19, 2020 that
nobody had intruded across the
Indian frontier in eastern Ladakh
continued to swirl on June 20, with a clarifi cation issued by his office leading to more questioning by the Opposition-at the meeting, Modi
had said: “Neither has anyone
intruded into our frontier, nor is
anyone presents there, nor are any of our posts under someone else ’s occupation.”
The Congress said that the
government has failed in clarifying if Chinese troops were present on Indian territories.
India and China held militarylevel talks on June 6, 2020 to resolve the current border issue in eastern Ladakh peacefully. But, a Colonel-rank offi cer and 20 soldiers of the Indian Army were killed and almost 76 injured in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley area of Ladakh on June 15, this year.
More than 90 Indian soldiers are
missing. India also concealed this news and afterward admitted when
Beijing disclosed the incident.
In this context, on June 19,
2020, Chinese foreign ministry
spokesperson Zhao Lijian
released a statement that gave
Beijing ’s “step by step” version of the events which led to the Galwan valley scuffl e. Besides Indian casualties in the physical hand-to-hand fi ght with Chinese troops on June 8, the statement added: “China Won ’t allow any unilateral change of Line of Actual
Control… India is violating the
understanding reached on June
6… India had even demolished its facilities, but they again returned on June 15 leading to the clash”.
It is notable that implementing
the August 5 announcement
of 2019, the Indian central
government had issued a map on
October 31, 2019. In accordance
with it, Jammu and Kashmir
was bifurcated into two union
territories—Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and identifi es the Pakistani side of Azad Kashmir as well as certain areas of Gilgit- Baltistan as Indian territory.
Both Islamabad and Beijing
had rejected this political map
regarding the disputed territories.
India has escalated tensions
with Islamabad particularly in
the aftermath of the false-fl ag
terror attack at Pulwama-Indian
Occupied Kashmir (IOK). In this respect, on February 27, last year, in response to the Indian so-called pre-emptive airstrike near the town of Balakot, close to the border with Pakistan ’s sector of Kashmir, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian Air Force (IAF) fi ghter jets and launched aerial strikes at six targets in the IOK.
In fact, as part of anti-Pakistan
and anti-Muslim policies, PM
Modi, the ruling party BJPled,
RSS and VHP are acting
upon the ideology of Hindutva
((Hindu Nationalism). Their
various malicious moves such as
abrogation of the special status of
the Jammu and Kashmir to turn
Muslim majority into a minority,
continued lockdown in the IOK,
the martyrdom of thousands
of the Kashmiris there, the
introduction of new domicile law
against the majority of Kashmiris
to completely end any sort of
dialogue with Islamabad to settle
the Kashmir issue, persecution
of religious minorities especially
Muslims, anti-Muslim laws-
CAA/ NRC, assaults on Muslims
by the fanatic Hindus, blaming
Indian Muslims and Pakistan
for spreading coronavirus etc.,
and intermittent shelling inside
Pakistani side of Kashmir in
relation to the Line of Control
(LoC) are of particular attention.
As regards the India-Nepal
confrontation, a new road opened
by New Delhi which passes through the disputed territory has
roused territorial disputes between
the two countries. The link road
connects Dharchula in the Indian
state of Uttarakhand to the Lipu
Lekh pass near the LAC–India ’s
border with China.
India and China have 3,500
kilometers long un-demarcated
border which runs along the
Himalayas. There are three
pressure points: the China-Sikkim
border, Nepal-India border and the
Ladakh region where there are a
lake and river.
Indian media reports suggest
that Indian has lost hundreds of
square kilometers of area and it is
being dubbed as ‘second Kargil ’.
Meanwhile, recently, India ’s
Home Minister Shri Amit Shah
threatened of conducting air and
surgical strikes inside Pakistani
territory.
Reacting to Amit Shah’s
statement, Foreign Minister Shah
Mahmood Qureshi stated: “Let me make it clear to Amit Shah that if India made the mistake, we will
give a befi tting response… Amit
Shah should tell… Why does India
not launch a surgical strike on
Laddakh?… India has reached the extreme in committing atrocities in Kashmir… India wants to sabotage the Afghan peace process… New Delhi is threatening Pakistan to divert attention from its internal
situation”.
Earlier, the DG of ISPR Maj-
Gen. Babar Iftikhar said: “Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa warned India… [saying] We will respond to any aggression
with full might… Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army have said that India was planning false flag  peration… India faced
great humiliation in the recent
military standoff with China…
faced embarrassment in map
issues with Nepal as well… India is meddling in issues[of countries] where it doesn ’t even have a border… India is facing many internal challenges especially after the emergence of coronavirus… many issues have emerged in India after the August 5, 2019 move, which revoked the special status of Indian Occupied Jammu and
Kashmir… There is an emergence of Islamophobia in India. Now they [India] think the best way is to divert the attention towards Pakistan… The situation on the LoC… 1229 ceasefi re violations
by India has been committed since the start of this year… while their quadcopters have also violated airspace [of Pakistan] on diff erent
occasions”.
Notably, the fast-growing
economic power of China
coupled with her rising strategic relationship with the Third World has irked the eyes of Indians.
Hence, Nepal has also become
another target of the Indian
hegemonic designs in South Asia, as it has developed a cordial relationship with Beijing, while New Delhi ’s endeavor to alienate Nepal from China has failed. It is noteworthy that China’s increasingly closer ties with Pakistan and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is part of China ’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) or China ’s Belt and
Road Initiative (BRI) has openly been opposed by India which is trying to sabotage this project, as recent terror-ttacks, sponsored by RAW in Pakistan and Balochistan
province have shown. As part
of the new cold war with China, America has also opposed the CPEC. Therefore, Washington is supporting Indian illegitimate stand in connection with present border tensions between New Delhi and Beijing.
However, India and China also
fought a brief war in 1962, which China won.
Nevertheless, the border
tension between India and China in Ladakh also occurred in 2014 and 2017, which was resolved through negotiations. But, this time, it has become more serious. If it is not resolved through dialogue, it could result in a conventional war that may culminate in a nuclear war.
The same is the case of Kashmir
which remains a nuclear fl ashpoint and New Delhi is following an aggressive strategy against Pakistan. It is most regrettable that by ignoring the modern global trends like a renunciation of war, peaceful settlement of disputes and economic development in wake of the spread of coronavirus and its negative economic consequences almost all over the world, India’s expansionist designs are further sabotaging the regional peace.

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