WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (SABAH): United States has admitted that Indian secret agency RAW is involved in terrorism in Pakistan.
This has been admitted by former US defence secretary Chuck Hagel in a released video.
Chuck Hagel in a debate on Afghanistan at the Cameron University in Oklahoma in 2011; however the video of Chuck Hagel’s talk was not released. Now this video has been released by Washington Free Beacon Website.
In the video Chuck Hagel while confirming this said that India has been using Afghanistan as a second front against Pakistan. “India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan on that side of the border, and you can carry that into many dimensions.” He said India has always used Afghanistan for its own war. He said India is creating problems against Pakistan from Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Washington has decried Hagel’s statement. An Indian embassy spokesperson told the Washington Free Beacon that Hagel’s statement was not grounded in “reality”.
“Such comments attributed to Senator Hagel, who has been a long-standing friend of India and a prominent votary of close India-US relations, are contrary to the reality of India’s unbounded dedication to the welfare of the Afghan people,” the spokesperson said.
“India’s commitment to a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan is unwavering, and this is reflected in our significant assistance to Afghanistan in developing its economy, infrastructure and institutional capacities.”
The spokesperson, seeking to dispel the notion that India may have sponsored terrorism, added that “India’s development assistance has been deeply appreciated by the people and the Government of Afghanistan, and by our friends around the world, including the United States,” and that “We [India] do not view our engagement with Afghanistan as a zero sum game.”
“India and the United States have a shared perspective and a deep convergence of interests for ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan,” the spokesperson added. “We will continue to work to help the Afghan people build a peaceful, prosperous, democratic and inclusive future for themselves in an environment free from terror and intimidation.”
”Our opposition to terrorism and its safe havens in our neighborhood is firm and unshakeable,” the statement added.
It is worth mentioning here that former US president Barack Obama had nominated Chuck Hagel for the post of defence secretary while replacing Leon Panetta in 2013. Chuck Hagel served as US defence secretary from 27th February 2013 to 17th February 2015. He resigned from the post after failure of his policies especially policy about Afghanistan.