The Israeli-Indian shadow war against

by Nathan Hamm on 9/17/2003

The Israeli-Indian shadow war against Pakistan
Great article
from the Asia Times. The quiet and under-reported parts of the war on
terror are pretty fascinating. The picture presented in the media is
one of tenuous alliances and stressed friendships, but it is in the
dark that there are interesting nuggets…

Nowadays, after US and French intelligence agencies,
Israeli and Indian intelligence have the biggest presence in
Afghanistan. Israel, reportedly through Mossad, has established
indirect contact with Kabul, and both countries are secretly making
trade deals and cooperating in various fields.

It sounds like the ISI is SOL in Afghanistan nowadays. The behavior of
the Taliban of late seems to lend credence to this as well. Their most
significant activities–the ones that grab the bigger headlines–have
been relatively close to Pakistan. It’s a battle for the hearts of
minds of the Pashtuns along an old Great Game frontier (though, take
this with a grain of salt considering it’s “Pakistani security forces”
making the claim):

According to Pakistani security sources, Israel and India
aim to further their aims on Pakistan’s western border with
Afghanistan. Under the guise of non-governmental organizations, they
are coordinating with Pakistani Pashtun nationalists and providing them
with resources to promote the idea of a “Pashtun land” and revive the
contentious issue of the Durand Line.
This revolves around the so-called Durand Line, named after a British
colonial official, that marks the present day border between Pakistan
and Afghanistan. The present-day Afghan government says that the
agreement reached between their King Abdur Rahman Khan and British
colonial official Sir Henry Mortimer Durand in 1893 was for 100 years
only, and expired in 1993. The Afghans are now asking the US to
renegotiate the border, and some Afghan officials have already issued a
new map that shows such major Pakistani cities as Peshawar and Quetta
in Afghanistan. The issue has already caused several skirmishes between
Pakistan and Afghanistan and has forced the US to form a tripartite
commission to resolve border disputes between its two allies. The
commission, which also includes the US, has already held three meetings
and officials in Washington say that they expect the Durand Line issue
also to dominate the fourth meeting, scheduled this month in
Rawalpindi.

Afghanistan is chomping at the bit to get the line renegotiated, and
the Asia Times is reporting that the “India/Israeli nexus” (what the
hell is that, is that a way to hang the hat of Zionism on the head of
the CIA and FBI?) is agitating Pashtun nationalists to bring up the
issue in Pakistan (they are a small chunk of the nation’s population
and would add a lot to Afghanistan’s).

On the Kashmiri front, meanwhile, under US pressure,
Pakistan’s cooling in support of militants has affected their morale,
while the split in the Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella grouping of 25
secessionist Kashmiri groups, is also a political setback and will
weaken Pakistan’s grip on events in the disputed area. In this
environment, if Israel provides India with technical and intelligence
assistance to combat Kashmiri militancy, it would be a further setback
for Pakistan.
Thus the wheel has turned against the ISI. Afghanistan is now an
open playing field for Indian and Israeli intelligence, but a
prohibited area for the ISI. As is Kashmir. The situation is reaching a
stage where Pakistan will have to take a decisive step – complete
surrender or an open fight.
(italics my own)

Kashmir has seemed quiet lately…


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