Since 1947 Pakistan and Afghanistan relations are uncertain, unpleasant and marked by turbulence, complexity and trust deficit. Its foundations were laid when the Afghan government refused to recognize the newly independent Pakistan and immediately challenged the legitimacy of Pakistan's borders. Afghanistan also cast the sole vote at the United Nations against Pakistan's membership in the United Nations.
According to Stephen P. Cohen, the US administration is working hard to foster better ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan but both countries are fraught with historical tensions and mistrust. However, the recent (July 7, 2008) worst suicide bomber attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul again aggravated tension between uneasy neighbours of the region such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. While senselessly, without credible evidence President Hamid Karzai (Afghanistan), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Indian Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor stated that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) might be involved in the suicide attack on the Indian embassy. In this regard, Indian National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan has crossed the ethical boundaries and used highly unprofessional and undiplomatic words that "the ISI needs to be destroyed."
Pakistan Foreign Office rejected fabricated and baseless allegations against Pakistan intelligence agency and mentioned that these would serve no purpose other than creating an artificial crisis between Pakistan and Afghanistan. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on July 9, 2008 that no foreign agents were involved in the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul. Richard Boucher, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, in an exclusive interview with rediff.com on July 21, 2008 said, "there is no convincing evidence available about the Pakistani intelligence agency's involvement in the suicide bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul." In fact, India has started psychological warfare and ambivalent approach towards Pakistan which is nothing but to pressurize Islamabad and avoid the settlement of core dispute of Kashmir. The Indian leadership has never left any chance to abuse Pakistan, and it used incident of blast in Indian embassy at Kabul to blackmail and isolate Pakistan from its own significant influence in Afghanistan.
Currently, India has an extensive diplomatic presence in Afghanistan. It includes the Indian embassy in Kabul and another four consulates in Kandahar, Jalalabad, Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat. India has also planned to open three more consulates in Afghanistan in order to strengthen ties between the two countries. These Indian diplomatic missions serve as launching pads for undertaking covert operations against Pakistan from Afghan soil and particularly, the Indian consulates in Kandahar and Jalalabad and their embassy in Kabul are used for clandestine activities inside Pakistan in general and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Baluchistan in particular.
In reality, RAW has a long history of destabilising Pakistan and the News Intelligence Network (NIN) also reported that RAW is extensively engaged in disinformation campaigns, espionage, sabotage and terrorism against Pakistan. Thus, Indian and Western media continuously indicating that the US secret agency CIA, RAW and KHAD might have prepared that plan to weaken the federation of Pakistan. They are actively engaged in creating instability in Pakistan by supporting some separatist elements in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Baluchistan to fulfil their common strategic agenda. Moreover, RAW has also established its training camps in Afghanistan in collaboration with the Northern Alliance remnants which are around 600 ferraris (Baluchi tribal dissidents) are getting specialized training to handle explosives, engineer bomb blasts, and use sophisticated weapons in these camps. Further, Indian diplomatic and RAW officials are in significant numbers in the Afghan ministry of tribal affairs, and are exploiting it to conduct covert activities. Indian agents are instrumental in arranging meetings of tribal elders in Jalalabad, and assisting them in spotting and recruiting suitable tribal elders from Jalalabad and Pakistan's North and South Waziristan Agencies for covert activities.
In connection with the recently received reports it has come in the notice of Islamabad that Indian secret agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and KHAD (Afghan intelligence agency) both have arranged different programmes against Pakistan. So, in the last month KHAD and RAW staged a drama of involving Pakistan Intelligence agency ISI in an un-successful attempt of Karzai's assassination. Both are also active to putting all dust on the face of ISI such as allegation of support of Taliban and Al-Qadea, cross border terrorism in Afghanistan and India. According to Hizbe Islami Afghanistan headed by Engineer Gulbadin Hekmatyar, the Northern Alliance is responsible for recent terrorist acts particularly bomb explosion at Indian embassy and attack against the civilians for achieving nefarious designs. It is believed that Northern Alliance wants prolonged stay of foreign troops in Afghanistan and desire to further deteriorate Indo-Pakistan relations. Moreover, it is the utmost desire of India to create confusion about Taliban and Pakistan in the minds of US policy makers and both New Delhi and Washington could directly attack the tribal areas of Pakistan and achieve its nefarious strategic designs. However, it has become fashion by the US, India, and Afghanistan to keep blaming Pakistan that the terrorist training and communication infrastructure is situated in Pakistan's tribal areas. They have a common agenda to divert the world attention from their incompetence and failure to destroy the Taliban and al-Qaeda network.
In reality, the murder, killing, destruction, dishonouring and insecurity in Afghanistan have been created by RAW and KHAD. The day NATO forces arrived in Afghanistan, the militants have been targeting Kabul and coalition forces in retaliation against attacks on their hideouts and the civilian population. It is ironic that on the one hand, the US is keen to reduce its military presence in Afghanistan in view of the political fallout of American casualties but on the other hand, pressurizing Islamabad to do more. Although Pakistan and its military is continuously paying heavy prices for the US-led proxy war on terrorism, hundreds of civilian and military personnel deaths and widespread resentment in the tribal areas and uncertainty in the country are presenting worst picture of the country.
Nevertheless, the continuation of "blame game" could derail the efforts of enduring peace in the region and the US which has close ties and great influence on New Delhi and Kabul, must acknowledge to these friends that without having any concrete evidence they should avoid from the rhetoric statements, because irresponsible attitude could result in derailing peace of the region. So, there is no better alternative to remove misunderstanding through peaceful dialogue because strife and despair will haunt nations of the region.