Pakistan: Kashmir Singh of India & Jonathan Pollard of Israel

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By Dr Shahid Qureshi : –

“Musharaf government is seemingly fallen in one sided love for India who clearly has not moved an inch while current rulers of Pakistan have moved miles in the appeasements. Recent Indian policies and actions have proved that it is remain an enemy of Pakistan”, a critic says.

When Indians are recruiting, training and arming new agents in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Pakistani apologists are releasing the arrested Indian agents? There is always a way of doing things while observing international norms. People of Pakistan are already having difficulties in digesting the so-called NRO produced for the protection of rich and corrupt politicians and elite.

President Musharaf pardoned Kashmir Singh who was arrested in a sting operation by the Pakistani Intelligence in Rawalpindi in 1974 and sentenced to death on charges of spying. He infiltrated as a postman in the 1971 war POW camp recruited a Lance Nike of Pakistan Army as agent. He kept in contact with him and came to Rawalpindi from India on his invitation and later arrested.

Caretaker Human Rights Minister Ansar Burney personally requested for his release? Kashmir Singh admitted to be a spy and told reporters in the capital of Indian Punjab Chandigarh, “After my arrest in 1974, the successive governments did nothing for my family. I did the duty assigned to me as a spy, but the government after my arrest did not bother to spend a single penny for my family”.

In 2005 Indian private TV channel was running a campaign for the release of another Indian spy and terrorist Surbjit Singh imprisoned for various bombings and killing and injuring of innocent men, women and children in Pakistan.

During the Cold War spies/agents used to be exchanged in Europe. This may be still going? Kashmir Singh might be a small fish for the Indians but for Pakistan he was enemy of the state? He was an agent of the declared enemy state.

The US defend Israeli actions like a religious duty and the world knows the love of the US towards Israel and power of the Jewish lobby but when it come the national interests i.e. spying by Israel on the United States, no compromises were made.

Jonathan Pollard a former US Navy analyst and Israeli spy is serving his life sentence in US prison. US has refused to release Jonathan Pollard who is now Israeli Citizen and spied for Israel for ten years. Pollard only spied for US’s closet friend but Kashmir Singh and Surbjit Singh were involved in espionage against the state of Pakistan.

In November 1985, the FBI arrested Jonathan Pollard, on charges of selling classified material to Israel. Pollard was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment. His wife, Anne, got five years in jail for assisting her husband.

Immediately upon Pollard’s arrest, Israel apologized and explained that the operation was unauthorized. “It is Israel’s policy to refrain from any intelligence activity related to the United States,” an official government statement declared, “in view of the close and special relationship of friendship” between two countries. Israeli President Shimon Peres stated: “Spying on the United States stands in total contradiction to our policy.”

Ten years later in November 1995, Israel granted Jonathan Pollard Israeli citizenship. This publicly signalled to the US, Israel’s willingness to accept full responsibility for Pollard. On May 12, 1998, Israel formally acknowledged Jonathan Pollard was an official Israeli agent. This fact wiped out any remaining doubt about Jonathan Pollard’s motives. Being an official agent is, by definition, the polar opposite of being a mercenary. On May 12, 1998 statement, the Government of Israel publicly acknowledged full responsibility for Jonathan Pollard, and indicated its commitment to his immediate repatriation to Israel.

Jonathan Pollard

More than four Prime Ministers of Israel and three Presidents of Israel have all personally requested Jonathan Pollard’s release to the US Presidents. Each one pledged to be personally responsible for their agent who has now served almost 23 years in US prison under harsh conditions, and who has fully expressed his remorse.

Israel has officially acknowledged for the first time that an American Jew, Jonathan Pollard, who was arrested in the United States was one of its spies reported BBC on 12th May 1998. The admission came in a statement from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office, and acknowledged that high-ranking officials in a scientific relations bureau handled him. “In light of this fact, the State of Israel acknowledges its obligation to Mr Pollard and is ready to accept full responsibility accordingly,’ the statement said.

It said that Pollard had agreed to drop a petition pending in Israel’s Supreme Court asking for a formal recognition that he was indeed an agent in exchange for the announcement.” I am relieved, thankful and honoured,” Pollard’s wife Esther told the Associated Press news agency by telephone from her home in Toronto, Canada.

Several government ministers have visited Pollard in jail raising speculation that the government was taking his case more seriously. Pollard has been granted Israeli citizenship and his lawyer believes the public acknowledgment will help chances for a pardon.

In November 1985, while on the run from the US authorities, Pollard sought refuge at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, but was refused entry. Mrs Pollard has said the information her husband gave Israel over a decade ago was about the build-up of arms in neighbouring countries that some American officials did not want Israel to have.

Though Israeli leader and current  President Shimon Peres stated after the arrest of Jonathan Pollard, “Spying on the United States stands in total contradiction to our policy.”

Few years down the line FBI arrested another Israeli spy in the Pentagon. The FBI has evidence that a person who has been working at high levels in the Pentagon may be a spy for Israel, senior U.S. officials have confirmed to CNN reported on 28th August 2004.

The alleged “mole” working for Israel could have been in a position to influence Bush administration policy toward Iran and Iraq, one of the officials said. “He is an analyst in an undersecretary’s office,” this official said. Officials said the suspect passed classified documents to Israel through the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group. But AIPAC released a statement calling the news reports “false and baseless.”

“Behave like a statesman and not an apologist before making decisions like this at least one would expect from the leaders of a declared Muslim nuclear state and not a banana republic or a jungle book kingdom”, stated a senior analyst.

(Dr Shahid Qureshi is award winning senior investigative journalist and writer on international terrorism, security, and foreign policy based in London)

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