Tariq Saeedi with Sergi Pyatakov in Moscow and Mark Davidson in Washington
Legwork by SM Kasi in Quetta, GN Brohi in Dalbandin, and Qasim Jan in Kandahar
Mumbai episode is the latest in a long and nefarious story that started unfolding some 16 months ago in the barren hills of Balochistan, a sparsely populated province in western Pakistan.
After more than 22000 kilometers of road and rail travel, endless legwork chasing small and seemingly unrelated clues, hundreds of interviews and many dozens of field trips, all we have been able to do is just remove the lid on the American designs on Pakistan and India. Equally disturbing is the reality that Central Asia, China and Russia are also in the crosshairs of the United States. What we have found is sheer in scope, mind-boggling and frightening.
The USA seems to have decided to:
- Bifurcate Pakistan using all possible means, including the religious elements that can be bought, coerced or tricked;
- Pull the plug on the Indian and Pakistani economies by creating a situation of perpetual confrontation;
- Prevent India from becoming an economic rival of the United States in foreseeable future by denying it the energy resources of Central Asia and Iran, and draining its precious human and material assets in dead-end pursuits;
- Promote drug addiction in South and Central Asia so that all the opium produced in Afghanistan is consumed in the region and little or none is left for export to the American markets;
- Block the economic growth and expanding regional influence of China and Russia;
- Acquire logistics facilities and infrastructure network for military action against Iran;
The Bumper Crop of Spies
We started working on this story in July 2007 on a vague tip that some foreign spies had been caught in the Pakistani province of Balochistan. We traveled to Balochistan and started talking to people who had many interesting things to tell.
“They caught a spy transmitting from the backroom of a pharmacy in Dalbandin,” said a local shopkeeper.
“Yes, it was about eleven in the night. They caught him without any trouble.” said his friend.
The capture of another spy was rather hilarious.
“He was dressed like a Baloch, and he looked like a Baloch,” said a shepherd.
“But we knew immediately that he was not a Baloch and we tipped a militia patrol,” he added.
“How did you know he was not a Baloch,” we asked.
His brief explanation: “He was not walking like a Baloch.”
It is easy to understand the shepherd if you have ever seen a real Baloch in motion. The lilt and majesty of Baloch gait is inimitable.
Another spy was pretending to be a bush.
“The spy was concealed in a small bush on ——– [name of the mountain omitted deliberately],” told a farmer in a settlement opposite Ahmedwal town.
“Why did you think it was not just a bush like any other bush,” we asked.
“There was no bush there the day before,” was his simple reply.
Because of the keen observation and vigilance of the locals, five spies were caught in less than two months. There were at least three others, who were detected but managed to escape. It is difficult to say as to how many more operated unnoticed, completed their work and went back to wherever they came from.
What was significant was that the locals said that four of the five captured spies were Amreeki (Americans).
This sudden surge in American spies was inexplicable.
We decided to consult Sasha and Misha, two retired KGB colonels, living in a quieter district of Moscow.