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Expert On Balochistan Issue Most Likely To Be New R&AW Chief

Published on 5 December, 2016 at 9:03 pm By

A.K. Dhasmana, a 1981-batch Madhya Pradesh IPS officer, might be the next chief of India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).

Dhasmana’s name started doing the rounds in May 2016 itself. He was tipped to be the successor of current R&AW chief Rajinder Khanna.


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The new R&AW chief will be taking over in January 2017. Dhasmana is currently the number 2 in the organisation and is the head of the Aviation Research Centre.

Besides his rank in the organisation, a crucial factor contributes to his elevation to the top post in R&AW – his knowledge of Balochistan.

 

Balochistan region is marked in red.

Balochistan region is marked in red.



According to reports, he is an expert on Balochistan affairs and issues related to counter terrorism. His experience of Pakistan and Afghanistan contribute to his wealth of knowledge of the internal machinations in the countries.

Dhasmana has handled Europe desk, which means that he was in-charge of R&AW operations in European countries.


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His rise to the top post comes at a time when India has implicitly declared its support for Balochistan’s struggle for freedom. In fact, reports say that Dhasmana had successfully managed to stall the construction of the Gwadar port by as much as six years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first PM of India to publically raise the Baloch issue during his address to the nation on Independence Day. Ever since, Balochistani activists and political figures have been thanking the Indian government.

Besides R&AW, heads of CBI and IB too will change this December.


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Rajiv Jain, a 1980 batch Jharkhand cadre officer, is most likely to be the next IB chief succeeding Dineshwar Sharma. There are many in the running for the post of CBI Director, currently headed by Anil Kumar Sinha.

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