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US Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, center, looks over the damage to the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. Consulate personnel fought off a Taliban attack a day earlier. (DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett )

Pentagon Report Nails Down Pakistan in Proxy War with India

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Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter addresses service members as he surveys the damage to the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2013. A day earlier, troops fought off a Taliban attack. (DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett )

India on Tuesday welcomed the US Defense headquarters Pentagon’s report that nailed down Pakistan’s role in using militant groups in waging a proxy war against India, which is any day militarily superior.

The Pentagon, in its report submitted to the US Congress accused Pakistan Islamabad for providing a safe haven for terrorists to fight against India and also Afghanistan and clearly stated that Pakistan got used to these tactics to counter the superior Indian forces.

“Afghan- and Indian-focused militants continue to operate from Pakistan territory to the detriment of Afghan and regional stability. Pakistan uses these proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India’s superior military,” said the report on its page 95 assessing Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan.

India currently offers training to ANSF personnel across its defence establishments the Indian Government is committed to expand this programme, though India does not provide direct military support or training in Afghanistan, the report said.

The Pentagon Report also said for the first that Pakistan-based militants were behind bombing the Indian consulate in Herat in May, and even named the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba as the culprits.

Responding to the report, Indian External Affairs Ministry said that India welcomes the assessment of Pentagon. “If international community is now acknowledging the fact that terrorism derives support from Pak, its something that we welcome,” Syed Akbaruddin, the Official Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs, said extending support to the report.

He further said, “We have been of the view that we do not need to segment terrorists… We need to focus on terrorism as an evil scourge against whole of mankind. We have always held that the issue of terrorism should not been segmented,” he told reporters in New Delhi.

The Pentagon report, running into more than 100 pages, for the first time openly accused Pakistan that is home to Lashkar-e-Toiba. Here is the original text from the report, Pages 95 &  96:

“Afghan- and Indian-focused militants continue to operate from Pakistan territory to the detriment of Afghan and regional stability. Pakistan uses these proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India’s superior military.” (Page 95 on Pakistan) 

“In May of this reporting period, the Indian consulate in Herat Province was attacked by a group of four heavily armed militants. The attack came three days prior to the swearing in of the new Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Modi is perceived as being close to Hindu nationalist groups, a fact that may have played into the timing of the attack. In June, the U.S. Department of State announced that the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible for the attack. Following the attack, former Afghan President Karzai denounced the attack and made strong statements supporting relations with India.” (Page 96 on India)

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