Friday, March 18, 2005

ANALYSIS: Regional instability threatens India

Many charge that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has been seeding trouble in the northeast. Since 1990, the ISI promoted indiscriminate violence by creating small, militant outfits providing them with weapons and training, and using ethnic and religious groups and tensions between Hindus and Muslims to whip up severe divisions. Oil pipelines, railroads, and infrastructure have been sabotaged by groups like United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA). The ISI has pumped money into these groups’ London-based bank accounts. The Bangladesh government aids and abets these groups as well. Bangladesh Prime Minister Khalida Zia leads a government that is packed with anti-India policy makers. These forces reject any peace initiatives taken by New Delhi or the West Bengal provincial government led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist).............More