India’s Intel War in Afghanistan

Any intelligent state that wants to prevent its system from decaying needs statecraft, which is comprised on economic power, professional intelligence, strong military and mature diplomacy. The case is quite different in India where emerging contradictions in the state system, and the failure of intelligence and internal security strategies generated a countrywide debate in which experts deeply criticised the waste of financial resources by the Indian intelligence agencies in an unnecessary proxy war against Pakistan. India is spending huge amount of money on its secret agencies to make them competent and professional, but the lack of authentic information, trained manpower, intelligence sharing on law enforcement level, and between centre and provinces, and political involvement, vanish all sincere efforts.

The Kargil and Pathankot attacks were intelligence failure because the RAW’s recruitment procedure was deeply odd that could not spotlight ISI’s intelligence units’ activities in parts of the region. The ooze remains. Intelligence reforms have become the most controversial issue as reform committees are under pressure from political parties to procrastinate the reforms process. In fact, the challenges India faces to control its intelligence agencies, and introduce security sector reforms have become more complicated when stakeholders refused to change the culture of spying on their own people.

In fact, there is little public awareness in India about the intelligence operations of RAW, IB and military intelligence along with Pakistan’s borders in Afghanistan and Kashmir, which caused unnecessary confrontations between the three neighbours. India is fully involved in Afghanistan. From military planning to intelligence operations, and foreign policy issues, the country interfere in every legal and political issue of the state. Afghan policy makers perceive such interference of the Indian government in a failed state like Afghanistan, and its proxy war against its traditional enemy, against the interest of the country.

The reaction to the RAW and NDS clandestine operations are too irksome for the Afghan population when Pakistan translates its inner pain into military, trade and economic action. However the extension of its intelligence operations over a large area across the country raises many questions including the large scale recruitment of young men and women in its secret training camps. Moreover, India has changed the interface of relationship from all Afghan nations to a specific mafia groups in Northern parts of the country, which causes ethnic conflagration. The country’s approach towards the Afghan nation has largely been a function of the desire to undermine the political and military influence of Pakistan, China and Iran. In view of the exponentially growing Taliban and ISIS military power in Afghanistan, Washington also showed propensity to use the services of Indian satellite in Afghanistan to get quicker weather information, crucial for the transportation of its military assets.

Two years after the establishment of its own spy agency (RAMA) in Afghanistan, India signed agreement on Strategic Partnership with the Karzai administration in October 2011….

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