FRIEND OR FOE? THE ART OF MILITARY INTELLIENCE
I worked as Medical Officer in Armed Forces of India and Sultanate of Oman but I claim my professional experience or expertise in area called ‘Military Intelligence’ because of my lifetime regimental affiliation with military organization called ‘Special Frontier Force’ based in India. At a fundamental level, Military Intelligence is concerned with knowing your Enemy. In government operations, Intelligence involves evaluated information concerning the strength, activities, and probable course of action of its opponents. The concept of Military Intelligence is not new. To obtain knowledge of Enemy’s intentions, Intelligence Systems have been in use from ancient times. Military Service values military cooperation extended by military partners and yet such military alliance/pact/partnership and other acts of military cooperation may not conclusively exclude the possibility of an entity being ‘ENEMY’. My military training began with Art of Knowing Enemy as all military plans and actions are primarily concerned with neutralizing Enemy with or without Friend’s Support.
I am sharing an article published by Hindu Jagruti(www.hindujagruti.org) which deals with problems posed by India’s Enemy. The article titled, “ISOLATE, CONTAIN, SUFFOCATE, AND FIGHT PAKISTAN” fails to clearly identify India’s Enemies. It mentions that India is transformed into a nation of cowards. A characteristic trait of behavior called ‘cowardice’ involves secrecy. Thief is Coward by nature for he steals and robs secretly. To face any kind of military challenge from any direction, India has to get over this sense of ‘FEAR’ that shapes nature of Cowards. At Special Frontier Force, we gather military intelligence on behalf of the US Central Intelligence Agency or CIA to plan our military operations against common Enemy. The basic purpose of Military Intelligence is about knowing Enemy’s Mind, his intentions, his preparedness, his strength, and his weakness. For I am involved in Military Intelligence, I give attention to man’s mind and his mental preparation for war. As Doctor of Medicine, I examine men to judge their physical and mental fitness to fight war. This medical training to assess mental fitness to fight war helps me to analyze information relevant to Enemy’s mental fitness to fight war. I recognize the US military cooperation on one hand and to the same extent I recognize the US acting against India’s Security interests. In my analysis, isolating Pakistan is not the solution, for Pakistan’s actions are mere symptoms of an underlying disease. Pakistan exists under control of foreign domination and two major players are the US and Saudi Arabia. India cannot defend her security interests by taking actions against Pakistan as such actions will drive Pakistan more deeply to fall into the hands of Enemy. If India wants to display Courage, India has to overcome Fear, and confront real Enemy to reduce Enemy’s political, economic, military, and cultural influence in Pakistan.
At Special Frontier Force, I recognize China as Enemy but at the same time I am not afraid to acknowledge Enemy’s superior Intelligence capabilities. China does not sit back like a silent spectator. China is responding to the US influence in India by establishing military cooperation with Pakistan, Nepal, Burma, and Sri Lanka. This complex military game needs critical evaluation. India and the US are military partners to confront China and at the same time the US and Pakistan are military partners to undermine Indian Republic. This power imbalance is reflected in recent incidents like attack on IAF base in Pathankot. As things stand today, India has to seek better military cooperation with Russia to balance the US military influence in Pakistan. This is exactly what we have been doing since 1947-48 after Pakistan attacked India to capture Kashmir. Our military cooperation with Russia is not adequate. China is building roads and bridges in occupied Kashmir which is military infrastructure to fight against India. Just like Special Frontier Force that is still useful to defend Arunachal Pradesh, India and Russia have to create a new military force based in India to defend Punjab and Kashmir from acts of military aggression. Countries have rights to defend their own national interests. At the same time, India can extend economic cooperation to Pakistan to draw Pakistan away from Saudi Arabia. In that context, India has to increase economic and military cooperation with Republic of Iran to confront Saudi Arabia’s role in Pakistan.
Knowing Enemy is not too difficult. I recognize ideas and values that I share with my Friend. If Democracy, Freedom, Peace, and Justice are ideas and values that I personally cherish, I identify my Enemy as that entity who is opposed to these ideas and values.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-4162 USA
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE
Isolate, Contain, Suffocate and Fight Pakistan
January 10, 2016Leave a comment
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif telephones our prime minister after a terror attack and we become happy, while his country has been protecting jihadist commander Maulana Masood Azhar since 1999.
The recent Pakistani attack on the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot has demonstrated once again that India’s enemy is bold: it invades our territory frequently, fights for several days and kills our soldiers.
India is forced to fight the battle on its own soil, not in the enemy’s territory. After each attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singhsays: “We will give a befitting reply.” India waits for the enemy to attack so that it can offer a reply. Contrary to us, the enemy is on the offensive. India’s character is peaceful. As a result, for thousands of years, foreigners have invaded us.
Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam observed: “In 3000 years of our history, people from all over the world have come and invaded us, captured our lands, conquered our minds. From Alexander onwards. The Greeks, the Portuguese, the British, the French, the Dutch, all of them came and looted us, took over what was ours. Yet we have not done this to any other nation. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history tried to enforce our way of life on them.”
India has never invaded any country.
We have become a nation of cowards. We have always welcomed foreign invaders, lived with them and dined with them. It is not surprising then that India’s intellectuals, government officials, journalists and diplomats routinely advise the government to hold peace talks with Pakistan, knowing fully that this enemy will not desist.
A nation’s political and military leaders make decisions in a social atmosphere of ideas. India’s atmosphere of ideas is shaped by its journalists and commentators. Many journalists based in Delhi are also on the payroll of the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which creates and nurtures terrorist groups.
During its first year, the Modi government adopted a correct policy on the Pakistan border. For each Pakistani firing, India fought back strongly. Pakistanis were surprised. Peace ensued on the border. But the Pakistani Lobby in Delhi succeeded in convincing that Modi must visit Pakistan.
On December 25 when Modi was in Lahore, I tweeted: “After Modi’s Lahore visit, I will watch if there are terror attacks on Indian targets in Afghanistan or inside India.” Any expert could forecast that Modi’s Lahore visit will lead to terror attacks. After the Pathankot attack, the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif was attacked, while the Indian Consulate in Jalalabad was also targeted.
Shiv Sena rightly said: Modi’s tea with Nawaz Sharif cost seven Indian soldiers in Pathankot. True that Modi went to extend a hand of friendship. But when you know the cobra sitting in a hole, you do not extend a hand of friendship; you smoke that cobra to death.
Over the past year, there were signs that India was surrendering its Pakistan policy to the fake secularism industry of Delhi. Under pressure, Modi surrendered when he sent Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar to Islamabad in March. Modi surrendered when he sent National Security Adviser Ajit Doval to Bangkok for a secret meeting with his Pakistani counterpart.
And then the U.S. State Department took over India’s Pakistan policy. Under U.S. pressure, Modi sent Vice President Hamid Ansari to Turkmenistan in December to attend the ground-breaking ceremony of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline.
Also, there are signs that Modi, like A.B. Vajpayee, wants to become a world leader by forging friendship with Pakistan. Before the attack in Pathankot, what was India losing by not holding talks with Pakistan? Why is it that the TAPI cannot wait for next twenty years?
If the U.S. is interested in shaping South Asia, why is it funding Pakistan’s jihadist military and its ISI, which launched attacks in Kargil, Mumbai and numerous times in Kashmir, and now in Punjab?
India’s Pakistan policy has been taken over by the Pakistani Lobby of Delhi and the U.S. State Department.
In his book Magnificent Delusions, former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani notes that M.A. Jinnah held a meeting in May 1947, when Pakistan was still an idea, with two U.S. officials:Raymond Hare of the U.S. State Department and Thomas Weill of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. Jinnah told them: the creation of Pakistan was “essential to prevent ‘Hindu imperialism’ [from] spreading” to the Middle East.
Within a month of Pakistan’s creation in August 1947, Jinnah and other officials of the newly created Pakistan were interviewed by Margaret Bourke-White of LIFE magazine. Jinnah told her: “America needs Pakistan more than Pakistan needs America.” Pakistani officials told Bourke-White: “Surely America will build our army”; “Surely America will give us loans to keep Russia from walking in.”
If Bourke-White were interviewing Pakistani officials today, they would tell her this: America will fund our army to prevent terrorists. And then they would go on to create more terrorists.
Pakistan creates and nurtures terrorists with a dual aim: to keep the U.S. giving it money. To illustrate the point by current example, Pakistan began using F-16 fighter planes in Waziristan to bomb terrorists so that the U.S. will release funds for the Pakistani army. F-16 planes are meant to fight enemy states, not terrorists. In her book Fighting to the End,Christine Fair writes: “Pakistan’s efforts to employ political Islamists, and later Islamist militants in Afghanistan, began as early as the late 1950s.”
Pakistan’s use of jihadists in Kashmir in 1947-48 is well known to Indian readers. The use of jihadists was boosted by a strategy of infiltration as argued by Brig. A. A. K. Niazi, who would go on to surrender in Dhaka in 1971 to a victorious India.
Niazi wrote in 1964: “infiltration implies by-passing of enemy posts by relatively small parties which penetrate deep and unseen into the defences and converge at a pre-designated objective”; infiltration “will achieve much better results with far lesser casualties than any other form of attack.”
Over half a century since Niazi wrote these words, India is dealing with infiltration of Pakistani jihadists in Kashmir and now in Punjab.The best advice for India is: isolate this known enemy, do not have dinner with it; freeze talks and cricket with Pakistan.
The Indian strategy against this known enemy must be this: isolate, contain, suffocate and fight.