For­eign spy agen­cies desta­bil­is­ing Pak­istan

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIAL & COMMENTS -

WE are glad that at long last the much-talked-about is­sue of hos­tile ac­tiv­i­ties of for­eign spy agen­cies in Pak­istan has been made topic of a high level civil-mil­i­tary meet­ing with the ob­vi­ous ob­jec­tive of ham­mer­ing out an ef­fec­tive re­sponse to safe­guard na­tional se­cu­rity in­ter­ests of the coun­try. In a be­lated but wel­come brain-storm­ing ses­sion at GHQ on Tues­day, the top brass ex­pressed their firm re­solve to counter the neg­a­tive out­side in­flu­ence.

It was, how­ever, enig­matic that two most rel­e­vant per­sons – In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ch. Nisar Ali Khan and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Lt. Gen­eral (Rtd) Nasir Jan­jua were con­spic­u­ously ab­sent from this im­por­tant meet­ing. Any­how, we have been point­ing out re­peat­edly in these col­umns that Pak­istan is, per­haps, the only coun­try where for­eign agen­cies have a field day. Ac­cord­ing to Gov­ern­ment’s own fig­ures, the num­ber of il­le­gal im­mi­grants in the coun­try runs be­yond four mil­lion, out of which about half a mil­lion are In­di­ans. It is any­body’s guess how many of them could be trained agents do­ing their job un­der dif­fer­ent garbs. Dur­ing PPP era, both In­te­rior Min­is­ter Rehman Malik and Pak­istan’s Am­bas­sador in Wash­ing­ton Hussain Haqqani are known to have is­sued hun­dreds if not thou­sands of visas to peo­ple whose cre­den­tials proved ques­tion­able. And only re­cently, the In­te­rior Min­is­ter ac­knowl­edged that Pak­istani Pass­ports and Na­tional Iden­tity Cards were is­sues to an un­spec­i­fied num­ber of for­eign­ers in con­nivance with of­fi­cials of the rel­e­vant de­part­ments. It was be­cause of this that a na­tion-wide ex­er­cise for ver­i­fi­ca­tion of CNICs is go­ing to be launched and we hope it would lead to iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of such in­di­vid­u­als and also pun­ish­ment to those who com­pro­mised na­tional se­cu­rity. It is also a fact that Afghan refugees are widely mis­used both by In­dian spy agency RAW and Afghan in­tel­li­gence out­fit DNS but we have failed so far to find out a sat­is­fac­tory an­swer to the chal­lenge. It is time, the refugees are repa­tri­ated to their home­land as no other con­sid­er­a­tion could be as im­por­tant as se­cu­rity of Pak­istan.

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