Intel agencies expose RAW’s plan to destabilise Gilgit-Baltistan

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QUETTA: Pakistan’s intelligence agencies exposed a plot by Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to destabilise Gilgit-Baltistan, on Monday.

In what is being claimed a major breakthrough, a subversive group bankrolled by the RAW to destabilise Gilgit-Baltistan have been caught by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies.

The group, operating as a nationalist party under the name Balwaristan National Front (Hameed Group) was funded by RAW as it aimed to sow the seeds of anarchy in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Intelligence agencies arrested 14 workers of the BNF(H) group. The leader of the BNF (H)’s student wing, Sher Nadir Shahi, had turned himself in to authorities in February of this year.

Intel agencies claim a huge cache of weapons were recovered from the BNF(H)’s hideout when their workers were arrested. The group’s kingpin, Abdul Hameed Khan, is on the run. He is charegd with planning terrorist attacks in the region.

Reports claim that BNF was tasked by RAW to brainwash Pakistani students in Gilgit-Baltistan with anti-Pakistan propaganda. Abdul Hameed Khan was tasked by RAW to malign Pakistan internationally as he wrote a letter to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to stop funding for six proposed dams in the country.

According to The Express Tribune, a source revealed evidence of how Abdul Hameed Khan was picked by RAW agents Colonel Arjun and Joshi in 19999 from Nepal and taken to India. He lived in a luxurious apartment in New Delhi with his family and three sons. His children were educated at elitist schools in Dehradun.

According to the source, India invested heavily in the BNF’s operations. Abdul Hameed Khan was shifted to Brussels where he appeared at international forums to deliver anti-Pakistan speeches.

RAW invested in him heavily from 1999-2007 and then from 2015-2018. He was also given Indian ID documents so that he could easily do business in India. According to reports, India provided INR1 billion for the BNF’s activities in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The BNF activists and workers were arrested after intelligence agencies conducted an Intelligence-Based Operation (IBO) to crack down on a magazine spreading anti-Pakistan propaganda. The magazine went by the name ‘Balwaristan Times’.

The group allegedly trained and sponsored a large number of students in other parts of Pakistan as well.

Sher Nadir Shahi, the chairman of the Balawanistan National Student Organisation (BNSO), the student wing of BNF-H, was conducting subversive activities in Rawalpindi and Ghizer on the behest of RAW and Abdul Hameed Khan.

His facilitators managed to help him flee to the UAE from where he escaped to Nepal. Abdul Hameed Khan received INR 12 million per annum to conduct subversive activities in Pakistan. He offered support in the form of military training, guerilla warfare and was planning to set up a Radio FM station but could not do so due to the timely operation by law enforcement agencies.

Abdul Hameed Khan unconditionally surrendered on Feb 8, 2019. More than a month later, Sher Nadir Shahi also turned himself in on March 29, 2019.