LAHORE – With its collapsing economy and inability to maintain its military might in the Middle East and Afghanistan, the US has been working on a covert agenda of extending strategic relations with India, a deliberate attempt to help New Delhi become a regional superpower. By shelving its support for Palestine in the recent years, New Delhi has also upgraded its relations with Tel Aviv.

Reportedly, India’s military chief Gen V.K. Singh is expected to visit Israel despite a decision by the Indian government to cancel his trip this month.

Mr Singh was scheduled to arrive in Israel between March 16 and 18 to discuss the growing defense cooperation between the two countries but that the visit was cancelled due to soaring tensions with Iran. Nevertheless, defense officials in Israel believe the visit will still go ahead on a future date.

At the same time, New Delhi and Jerusalem moved closer over the past decade, and Israel has become the second largest exporter of defense products to India, after Russia. More than $10 billion in defense contracts have been signed between Israel and India since 1999, according to defense experts.

Bearing this backdrop in mind, the US – Israel – India trio have become strategic partners with a clear cut aim of curtailing China’s influence in the region by gaining access to all its neighbouring countries and also continuing the effort aimed at dominating the Islamic World by creating divisions amongst the neighbouring Muslim countries so that they could remain subservient to the alliance’s designs in the region.

Furthermore, depriving Pakistan of its nuclear arsenal and ensuring that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons is also part of the agenda to maintain the precarious nuclear balance in the Middle East.

Security experts say that if heed is paid to the events that have panned out in the last few years, it becomes clear that the US attacked and occupied Iraq in order to dismantle its military machine, and, to plunder oil so that it remains economically weak.

Similarly, Afghanistan was said to be occupied with the goal of destroying the Al-Qaeda Network, whereas, the actual aims were to control the flow of hydrocarbons from Central Asia, ensure that the Islamists do not gain affluence in Central Asia, while also looking towards isolating them and to keep Pakistan and Iran under check.

As the reasons supporting the presence of the US in Afghanistan are apparent, it is firmly believed that the continued drone attacks, strings of bombings against the Pakistani Armed Forces, killing of Osama Bin Laden on Pakistani soil, up-scaling of the insurgency in Balochistan, killing of Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul, the Memogate scandal and last but not the least, the extraordinary hearing by the US Congressional Committee of Foreign Affairs, exclusively focusing on the Balochistan issue, are well orchestrated events that have tarnished the already suffering image of Pakistan, being portrayed as the breeding ground of extremists and terrorists, accentuating the already fragile security condition and to put the sectarian and ethnic differences in the driver’s seat is also a reason behind this conspiracy.

Despite all its sincerities and loss, it is a universal secret that the US shipped thousands of intelligence operatives during the Earthquakes in 2005 bearing the garb of construction and aid workers. Apart from anti-terrorism assignments, these operatives were tasked at obtaining information about Taliban sympathizers in the ISI and how Pakistan transports and stores its nuclear weapons.

Comically, Amnesty International has remained silent about atrocities that are being committed in Palestine and Kashmir, but, the director of Amnesty International Mr. T. Kumar has proposed to apply the Leahy Amendment to Pakistan, which gives US Congress leverage to discontinue funds to a state whose army is found guilty of committing human rights violation.

Since certain elements are getting impatient, the Afghan National Army is being trained by the Indians and a Pakistani based organization “Jundullah,” which is funded by Israel, is also being used to attack Iran. Some security analysts believe that money is also being funnelled to Chechnya through Pakistan, thus, putting the country at the apex of all the covert warfare or spy war.

Pakistan’s security and political leadership must engage the Baloch dissident elements politically while simultaneously directing funds towards the uplift of the poverty-hit and insurgency-infested province. They also must form an independent foreign policy to counter the serious external threats that are bound to destabilise peace in the South Asian region, policy experts suggested.