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Night Watch: ISLAMABAD – AKI/DAWN report an Iranian delegation visited Islamabad ostensibly to discuss cooperation on human smuggling and drug trafficking. In order to appear to have been discussing that, every Iranian officer was supposedly just a member of the police, but in reality what visited Islamabad was the staff of Iran’s Military High Command, headed by General Esmaeil Magaddam.
It was admitted the issue of boder security was also a topic of mutual concern and there you have the real purpose of this military planning session, a follow up to the “Action Plan” presented to Tehran last week by Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf. The meeting was a detailed discussion on the units Tehran will be committing against Delhi in support of Islamabad and the Muslim population in Kashmir. Targets for Iran’s ballistic missiles were also probably designated. [AKI]
Accompanying Gen. Magaddam were other senior staff officers with each one directly connected to a branch of Iran’s military: Brigadier General Bahram Morouzi Bahri, Brigadier General Mohsani Fathi Zadeh, Brigadier General Iskander Momeni, Brigadier General Behnam Shariati, Brigadier General Hamid Reza Hoosein Abadi. Also Lt. Colonel Dehaki and Staff Officer Major Valiollah Vakili.
These are not police officers looking for drug traffickers. They will be evaluating and directing Iran’s participation in the next major war between India and Pakistan. The news quite often mentions the range of Iran’s Shahab-3 missile, 1,200 miles and that it can reach Israel and Central Europe, but it has never mentioned how much of India it can hit.
The Shahab-3’s range covers all of northwest India south to Mumbai but not quite to Hyderabad if fired from eastern Iran. Not only can it easily reach Delhi but also Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. If the Shahab-3 is launched from Pakistan it can reach the high-technology centers around Bangalore. The 50-60 CSS-2 missiles Riyadh purchased from Beijing, during the mid-1980s, have a 2,500 mile (4,000 km) range and can strike all of India.
Pakistan’s Acting Prime Minister of Jammu-Kashmir, Malik Muhammad Nawaz Khan stated the issue of Kashmir will be solved during the tenure of President General Pervez Musharraf due to his courageous and effective policies. It was Musharraf who planned the effective Kargil Probe action in 1999 that caught Delhi by surprise and revealed serious weaknesses in India’s military. Right after the fighting the Financial Times reported a study by the German Deutsche Bank, which discovered Delhi had neglected its conventional forces for the sake of its nuclear- missile program.
Last year crossfirewar.com reported an investigation by a private Indian news channel that mentioned how aging India’s anti-aircraft missiles are and that the missiles being developed by Indian scientists and technicians are still being delayed with no deliveries to the military. [PAKTRIBUNE]
The Khomeini revolution of 1979, which established Tehran’s current government, has shifted the balance of power in South Asia in Pakistan’s favor. Islamabad has never had this kind of support before and they are going to take advantage of it. Not only in direct military support from Tehran-Riyadh-Kabul-Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur-Beijing, but also in terms of financing. India will make a stand somewhere. The only Allied capital perhaps willing to commit ground forces to assist Delhi could be Tokyo, due to their serious concern over Beijing and its attempt to control Eurasian energy sources, through the enormous military-technological investment China has made in the Islamic world’s nuclear network and ballistic missile program.
Beijing established military relations with Islamabad in 1951 since China also has territorial disputes with India. Japan may be willing to commit forces in India’s northeast. Tokyo is acutely aware economic lifelines are at extreme risk. Japan’s industrial concerns are the reason Tokyo made its foreign policy and military planning offensive in 2004, right after Tehran had announced it wanted China to be the main importer of Iranian oil and gas instead of Japan. With war about to resume in the Balkans, European Allies won’t even have time to consider sending ground units to India and the lost alliance of UK/US will still be chasing the Jihad around Iraq.
Right now Delhi/Beijing have just ended another countless, fruitless, diplomatic negotiation session, in a pretense of solving their border dispute over Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing’s Ambassador to Delhi, stated late last year is Chinese territory. In the meantime Tehran allows Delhi to entertain the myth that the proposed oil pipeline project from Iran to India is a “pipeline of peace”, when in reality it’s a pipeline of deception. Iran-Pakistan are pretending to work with India as they prepare to attack it. They knew all along Delhi’s position on Kashmir was always non-negotiable. [IRNA]