These days a lot is being said by Rahul Gandhi and Congress against Ajit Doval and IC 814 hijacking. As dastardly and sad as that entire situation was, Doval, along with his team, was entrusted the most impossible task of going to Kandahar and negotiate with the hijackers when everyone in that place (Kandahar) was against the team.Doval discusses the Masood Azhar exchange post IC 814 hijacking and what challenges they faced - also eyewitness account of Pak journo #IC814hijacking Click To Tweet
Two Critical Takeaways
Takeaways from what he says about the whole episode:
- that the hijackers had almost real time information from the Indian media on what was happening in India
- they constantly kept on chiding the negotiators from India on how the Indian media will create enough pressure to get the passengers released. In fact the way Doval narrates, they were smug about the role that Indian media was playing.
That shows something. One important thing is how ISI and Pakistan Army had handled and continues to orchestrate the Indian media to its advantage in every terror situation – whether it was the IC 814, 26/11, Kargil or even post Pulwama strikes. The pressure and the narrative that they wanted to unleash on the Indian public was done through the Indian media.
And, if there was any doubt about this being a joint Pakistan Army/ISI, Taliban and Jehadi operation, then Zahid Hussain, the Pakistani journalist settles it in his book – Frontline Pakistan – The Path to Catastrophe and the Killing of Benazir Bhutto. In this book, Zahid Hussain – who was there at the Kandahar airport – explains how behind-the-scenes coordination between ISI, Taliban and Jehadis was going on. Read a passage below.
So with this information, now watch how Ajit Doval explains what happened on the inside – which he was privy to. It is just mind-boggling – both the abject failure of the Government of the day, and how the whole media worked so willingly to the delight of Pakistani establishment.
Here is another video of Doval, where he is discussing similar details but some extra stuff which is important to know.
India had enough space for action IF the nation had had any character!
When I watch these videos and Doval’s assessment I find that had there been enough will power in the political establishment along with some basic common sense, some c