‘Gunter Mu­lack’s prophe­cies’

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - Khalid Chan­dio Email: khalid­hus­sain­chan­dio@gmail.com

IT seems that pro­pa­ganda against Pak­istan has be­come pas­time ac tiv­ity of some in­tel­lec­tu­als in the West who know very lit­tle about the ac­tual con­di­tions in Pak­istan. They keep al­leg­ing Pak­istan as a part of the prob­lem. The ar­rest of In­dian na­tional Kulb­hushan Ya­davalias Hus­sein Mubarak Pa­tel was cap­tured in Balochis­tan, a province in Pak­istan of great sig­nif­i­cance where in­ter­na­tional ac­tors have in­dulged in anti-Pak­istan ac­tiv­i­ties for quite some time.

In­dian agency RAW is quite busy in covert op­er­a­tions in­side Pak­istan hav­ing its sleeper cells as many other RAW agents have also been ap­pre­hended by Pak­istan in Karachi and other parts of the coun­try. Ya­dav was busy in fi­nanc­ing the ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in Pak­istan, es­pe­cially, at Makran where Chi­nese en­gi­neers are work­ing on the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC). Now be­fore go­ing into the de­tails about ex-Ger­man en­voy to Pak­istan Dr. Gunter Mu­lack’s il­log­i­cal and fab­ri­cated rev­e­la­tions about Ya­dav be­ing handed over by the Tal­iban to Pak­istan, it is nec­es­sary to men­tion here some facts by the In­dian me­dia and state­ments of the In­dian of­fi­cials about the Ya­dav drama. In­dian De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikarin one of the press con­fer­ences said: “We do agree, to the ex­tent I know, that he is an In­dian cit­i­zen and we have asked for con­sular ac­cess.”

As per Dawn re­port­ing: “Times of In­dia quoted a for­mer As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of po­lice in Mum­bai, Sub­has Ya­dav, that the pic­ture on the pass­port seized by Pak­istan was that of his nephew Kulb­hushan Ya­dav.” In­dia is not deny­ing that the per­son ar­rested is not an In­dian na­tional, or that he had ob­tained a pass­port from the In­dian govern­ment in an­other name than his own. Mu­lack’s ill in­formed rev­e­la­tions might be of some in­ter­est to his In­dian friends.

Dr Mu­lack came up with an ar­gu­ment that “The per­son who is be­ing pre­sented as an In­dian spy was ac­tu­ally ap­pre­hended by the Tal­iban years ago, and is now sold off to Islamabad…” He was speak­ing at an event on “Cri­sis in the Mid­dle East: A Ger­man Per­spec­tive”, or­ga­nized by Pak­istan In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs (PIIA), a Karachi-based think tank. The ques­tion arises as to how and through whom he came to know that In­dian RAW agent Ya­dav was handed over to Pak­istan by the Tal­iban?

The most wor­ri­some part is that Mu­lack is a PhD and a for­mer Am­bas­sador and a man of his cre­den­tials was try­ing to cre­ate con­fu­sion in an is­sue about which he has lit­tle knowl­edge. He prob­a­bly for­gets that the Tal­iban are nei­ther ac­tive in Iran nor the Afghan Tal­iban have claimed that they handed over Ya­dav to Pak­istan. The Ger­man diplo­mat seems to buy the In­dian nar­ra­tive to com­pli­cate the mat­ter. Lit­er­a­ture avail­able on the na­ture of prob­lems be­tween Pak­istan and In­dia, writ­ten ei­ther by Indians or some West­ern­ers, tend to por­tray Pak­istan as a part of prob­lem. The West has long been im­pressed with an over­rated ver­sion of In­dia’s ac­tual size and po­ten­tial. The ar­rest of Ya­dav should have prompted in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to ask In­dia to stop such illegal and im­moral ac­tiv­i­ties in­side Pak­istan.

The state­ments of such na­ture by for­mer Ger­man diplo­mat would not serve in re­solv­ing the is­sues be­tween the two South Asian nu­clear pow­ers, ie Pak­istan and In­dia. This re­gion is termed a nu­clear flash point by the same Western schol­ars. The pri­mary job of any diplo­mat has been and must be to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where is­sues could be re­solved am­i­ca­bly and not by flar­ing them up or by cast­ing doubts on such is­sues.

While com­ment­ing on CPEC, Mr Mu­lack also went on to say that China would not bring par­adise to Pak­istan. What makes him ut­ter such neg­a­tive com­ments on the project of great sig­nif­i­cance for Pak­istan and the re­gion speaks vol­umes of his ma­li­cious at­ti­tude to­wards Pak­istan. In fact, In­dia does not seem happy over the CPEC so its friends feel duty bound to op­pose the project. The con­nec­tion be­tween Ya­dav’s ar­rest and Mu­lack’s prophe­cies be­comes ob­vi­ous here.

— The writer works for Islamabad Pol­icy Re­search In­sti­tute, a think tank based in Islamabad.

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