Turkey’s War on India

Turkish mercenaries along the LoC are Turkey’s indirect declaration of war on India at the sub-conventional level. The aim is not only to augment the China-backed Pakistani proxy war in J&K but destabilise India at large on the plank of Ghazwa-e-Hind in conjunction other terrorist organisations

Opinion

By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch (Retd)

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In a recent interview to ‘Brighter Kashmir,’ AS Dulat, former head of R&AW eulogised both Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. According to him Imran Khan is not corrupt and his pairing with Bajwa is good for India and Pakistan, saying, “No political leader in Pakistan stays in power for long. Khan Sahib had a lot of support from the youth. One thing that everyone agrees on is that Khan Sahib has never taken part in corruption. People also say about Bajwa Sahib that he is sensible and wants friendship with India. If there is such a good pairing, it provides an opportunity to move forward.”

Appreciating the recent statement of Bajwa, Dulat said: “Two or three days ago, the army chief of Pakistan made a very good statement: “We want peace and dialogue. Want to work with India. If you want to walk together, let’s talk about meeting.” Dulat also appreciated Imran’s statement on February 5 while celebrating the so-called Kashmir Solidarity Day. Dulat would not talk of the radical part of Imran, why he was called ‘Taliban Khan’ even before he became prime minister, nor the corruption under him, the latest one being the massive scandal in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) management involving Asim Bajwa, former Lieutenant General directly working under Imran, despite which Asim Bajwa has not been sacked.

Dulat would also not admit that Imran has continued that long because he is dancing to the army’s tune. As for QJ Bajwa, can we overlook how Pakistan’s proxy war on India has increased considerably under him? More significantly, his recent signals of peace talks with India are accompanied with Turkish mercenaries undertaking reconnaissance along the Line of Control (LoC) to infiltrate and cause mayhem in J&K.

According to foreign media reports, Turkey’s SADAT Inc. International Defense Consultancy (founded in 2012 by radical former Turkish Brigadier Adnan Tanriverdi) and the NGO Islamic World (lamslam Dünyası Sivil Toplum Kuruluşları Birliği, iDSB) is collaborating with convicted criminal Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai serving a US federal prison sentence, for recruiting mercenaries against India.

SADAT serves as the training and logistical support centre for jihadists in Turkey, Syria and Libya etc and now has India in its crosshairs. Fai is a member of the American Council of Kashmir (KAC), which according to FBI is heavily funded by Pakistan’s ISI and, “Its operatives in Pakistan are reportedly channelising millions through Kashmir to influence elected US officials while funding high-level conferences, lavishly scattering money to promote the Kashmir case to US decision-makers in Washington.”

Tanrıverdi is advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s and wields considerable influence over the Erdogan administration. The extent to which Erdogan has radicalised Turkey must be causing Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who had nurtured Turkey into a progressive secular state, to turn in his grave. Erdogan dreams of reviving the ancient Ottoman Empire with himself as its Caliph. He has been publicly supporting Pakistan on Kashmir at international forums like the United Nations General Assembly.

Turkish NGOs, especially like Hayder Foundation floated by Diyanet (Turkey’s Religious Directorate) serving Erdogan’s radical agenda, have been indulging in anti-India activities, extending support to separatists under cover of charity not only in J&K after abrogation of Article 370 but also in states like Jharkhand and Bihar

Turkish NGOs, especially like Hayder Foundation floated by Diyanet (Turkey’s Religious Directorate) serving Erdogan’s radical agenda, have been indulging in anti-India activities, extending support to separatists under cover of charity not only in J&K after abrogation of Article 370 but also in states like Jharkhand and Bihar. These NGO’s are members of the Union of NGOs of Islamic World ‘iDSB,’ which has also recruited Islamic NGOs from India as members. Turkey has influence over Islamic institutes in India and the ones that run courses in Turkish language. Youth are being lured to Turkey including through scholarships them with jihadist culture. Incidentally, a recent report has revealed that some 300 youth from J&K who went on short visits to Pakistan on valid visas over past three years have either not returned or gone underground after returning.

Turkey and Pakistan have bonded more closely after jointly supporting and assisting Azerbaijan by providing mercenaries and armament to fight Armenia during the recent conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Defence cooperation between the two countries is strong with many Pakistani scientists currently working with Turkey to enhance its ballistic and nuclear capabilities. Erdogan had asked Pakistani Army Chief General QJ Bajwa for sharing nuclear technology, to which Bajwa had agreed.

The radical embrace between Pakistan and Turkey has full backing of China because this fits Beijing’s strategic designs. When Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited China in February 2019 he did not criticise China for human rights violations against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang where a million Uighur are incarcerated in concentration camps. Despite this when China prompted Pakistan to promote Turkey over Saudi Arabia in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), it raised eyebrows in many quarters. China no doubt knows that Saudi Arabia wants good relations with Beijing but China can never get preference over the US in Riyadh’s global view. In using Pakistan to promote Turkey as the leader of the Islamic world, China is playing a bigger strategic game.

China had been keenly watching how the West was using Turkey to train and equip the Islamic State during 2013-2014 and subsequently use Ankara as the conduit for inducting global jihadis including from Pakistan into Iraq-Syria. It is on China’s behest that Pakistan has been promoting Turkey as the leader in the OIC instead of Saudi Arabia. The Turkish Parliament recently approved a bill granting the right to an 18-month presence of Turkey’s military in Libya and Afghanistan, grant of an 18-month extension of military presence on foreign soil being unprecedented.

Recently, the Afghan Taliban has confirmed that its top leadership is in Pakistan, which implies that Taliban-Pakistan and by extension China are on the same page. Pakistani proxies have been operating in Afghanistan in the past decade plus, as are its Mujahids and regular army troops in covert mode fighting shoulder-to-shoulder in support of Taliban. Turkish mercenaries operating in India and Afghanistan in conjunction Pakistani proxies would serve China’s national interests.

China would never lose the opportunity to weaponise radical jihad against India and further the common China-Pakistan agenda in Kashmir. Already the Student Islamic Organization (students’ wing of Jamaat-e-Islami) in India is suspected to be allied with the Turkish organizations for propagating political Islam in India.

Turkish mercenaries operating in India and Afghanistan in conjunction Pakistani proxies would serve China’s national interests

Turkish mercenaries along the LoC are Turkey’s indirect declaration of war on India at the sub-conventional level. The aim is not only to augment the China-backed Pakistani proxy war in J&K but destabilise India at large on the plank of Ghazwa-e-Hind in conjunction other terrorist organisations. Our intelligence agencies are obviously alive to these developments but it is about time Turkey is confronted squarely on the issue. Perhaps a demarche to the Turkish ambassador in India is in order.

-The author is a veteran of Indian Army. Views expressed are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of Raksha Anirveda

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  • India needs to focus on Nepal-China joint assault in India….
    China and Nepal decide to jointly develop an “Industrial Centre/City” in Nepal… but does China finds the best place to be near the Nepal-Tibet Border… no not at all…. but SouthEast Corner of Nepal (with the highest .. Mt Everest and highest peak in India… Kanchenjunga… to thd North … at the Chickens throat (NOT NECK) … JHAPA…. Just FYI the “throat” at this location is only 20km wide between Nepal and Bangla Desh….
    The REAL ROLE of this “Industrial Centre” is to build a “Trojan Horse” to arm, train and hide the PLA/Nepali troops/insurgents, disguised as “technical experts” inside this “Trojan Horse” … armed and ready to attack at a “moments” notice …. and choke off North East India… totally… with an hour or two… as India and the military “experts” sleep in their comfortable beds dreaming of retirement… Turkey… and other “exotic” locations around the Globe… as The Dragon creeps right into India….

    BUILDING THIS TROJAN HORSE AT JHAPA MUST BE STOPPED… THE SAME WAS AS JFK FORCED THE SHUTDOWN OF THE RUSSIAN-CUBAN MISSILE BASES OVER 50 YEARS BACK… INDIA CANNOT AND MUST NOT ALLOW CHINA ACROSS THE HIMALAYAS ON ANY PRETEXT… EVEN USING CHINA’S BUDDY PAKISTAN AS HOSTAGE IF NECESSARY….
    AND KEPT TO THE NORTH SIDE OF THE HIMALAYAS…. WITHOUT EXCEPTION…. AND BETTER STILL… OUT OF TIBET TOO….

  • If one takes the recent refusal of the US to permit Turkey a NATO member to supply 30 attack heptrs to Pakistan into account, one would get a more realistic perspective of Turkey-Pakistan collaboration against India. There is always a lot of breast beating by the Pakistanis when any country shows even a little sympathy to its stand on the Kashmir issue and then they start bragging about how they can snatch the Indian province of Kashmir from India. But when reality hits hard like in the case of attack heptrs deal being killed by USA, the Pakis start crying.
    Pakistan’s economy is on its last throes. No country, Islamic or otherwise is willing to risk investing in Pakistan because the pathetic economic situation in Pakistan gives no prospective investor any cause for optimism that it will get the money back.
    So, while there is no food to feed its 22 crore population, we are apprehensive about the presence of a few Turkish mercenaries on the LoC which does not make logic.
    Till recently, Pakistan was counting on the rout of Indian army by the Chinese PLA on the Indo-COT (Chinese Occupied Tibet) border what with Global Times and the Dong Xiao Ping’s interpreter-turned-strategician Gao threatening India that China will solve the Kashmir issue by force. But the Pakistanis were plain shocked when they saw China was stared down by India and decided to pack up from Eastern Ladakh. China’s defeat hurt Pakistanis the most. So much expectation and in the end only disappointment.
    To put it briefly, Pakistan cannot count on any worthwhile direct or indirect assistance from any country of the world. China is an exception, but then China after its meek withdrawal in Ladakh must not inspire many Pakistani generals in Rawalpindi.
    India has gone through all of this for the last forty years. After Russian defeat in Afghanistan,Hamid Gul, the then sargana of ISI diverted the terrorists from Central Asia, Afghanistan and Arab countries and other Islamic countries to Kashmir to set the Valley on fire, they were in for a shock. The Indian army neutralized them effectively and more importantly they saw no army interference in the day-to-day life of Kashmiri Muslims, so what jehad they had come to fight?
    These Turkish missionaries are like the Mujahideen from Afghanistan. After a couple of years they will also desert Pakistan.
    India is sitting pretty after the showdown with China in which it came off better. Our diplomats are doing an excellent job so let us not be scared of the Turkish soldiers of fortune.

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