Saturday, March 23, 2019

How Karan Thapar’s Hit Job for ISI is now the Central Argument from Pakistan at ICJ!

We have known this for a while now.  About how the Indian journalists and ISI work together and even help each other with a certain narrative.  A lot of journalists from India would frequent the jaunts organized by the ISI agent Ghulam Nabi Fai.

How they – the Indian journalists – twist the narrative in India has been on show after Pulwama Attack very clearly.  But one could have never imagined that Pakistan, the chicken that it is, would resort to newspaper articles for its defense in front of the World court!

When its request for adjournment of the hearings at International Court of Justice (ICJ) was thrown out – on the grounds of indisposed ad-hoc judge, Pakistan, probably shivering after the strong offense from Harish Salve the day before, resorted to something unbelievable!

It started using newspaper articles written by dubious writers in India to prove that Kulbhushan Jadhav was an ISI agent.

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Qureshi also gave an electronic presentation in the world court and presented excerpts from Indian journalists’ Karan Thapar and Parween Swami’s reports published in April 2017 and January 2018.

This is Pakistan’s defense!

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It used an article from – who else – Karan Thapar!  Isn’t that odd?

And Chandan Nandy.

Harish Salve not just went on to demolish the whole narrative that Pakistan was building but also the fact that his trial was done by a military court.  In those courts, one does not even need a law degree!

How Karan Thapar batted for ISI

Every country uses spies.  And in that business, there are things that are done which do not apply to ordinary people.  Like having passports, documents of different identities.  The facts of Kulbhushan Jadhav are that he was in Chabahar.  Whether he was a spy or a businessman is irrelevant.  The fact is that he was in Chabahar, from where he was abducted by Jaish u-Adl terrorists and handed over to Pakistan.

Further, he was tortured and made to record statements that were doctored.  Even worse was the treatment that his mother was meted when she went to meet him.  They were not allowed to be close physically.  And she was mistreated.

These are the facts.

But what does Karan Thapar focus on?  That Kulbhushan had two passports and two identities.  His only source of information is other newspaper articles.  A whole web of articles by dubious sources planted in Indian media is used by Karan Thapar to paint a picture of Kulbhushan Jadhav that matches exactly what the ISI wanted.

He starts off by saying:

I’m not sure who Kulbhushan Jadhav is, or how he came to be in Pakistan, but my curiosity has been aroused and I’ve tried to read as widely as I can to find the answers.

Well, THAT is the first step isn’t it?  Who he is and HOW he ended up in Pakistan?  There were reports in the papers about how he was abducted by Jaish ul-Adl which Karan Thapar conveniently ignored or did not want to cite.

He then discusses the two passport theory.

First, why does Jadhav have two passports, one in his own name and another in the name of Hussein Mubarak Patel? According to The Indian Express, the second passport was originally issued in 2003 and renewed in 2014. The passport numbers are E6934766 and L9630722. When asked, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson would only say that India needs access to Jadhav before he could answer.

Well, its not as if there were no answers.  Rahul Kanwal did get answers.  And his answers pointed to something else completely!

One of the big loopholes in Pakistan’s allegations is the claim that Kulbhushan was carrying an Indian passport in the name of Mumbai resident Hussain Mubarak Patel. India’s intelligence czars argue that no specially trained field agent can be so silly so as to carry a passport which links him back to his native country<