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Got success in reducing influence of ISIS among youth: Manohar Parrikar

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On a query related to alleged involvement of army personnel in a suspected espionage case involving Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, he said “we had to tighten the security (intelligence) which we have already done”.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said the Centre has achieved success in reducing the influence of terror outfit Islamic State (IS) among Indian youth.”We are trying to reduce the numbers (of youths getting attracted towards the ideology of the IS) and we have achieved success in it,” Parrikar said when asked about influence of the IS on the Indian youth. He was talking to reporters after inaugurating the first cable-stayed bridge on Ravi river at Basholi in Kathua district situated on Dunera-Basholi-Bhadharwah road. On a query related to alleged involvement of army personnel in a suspected espionage case involving Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, he said “we had to tighten the security (intelligence) which we have already done”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the light of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two day visit to Russia and the impending defence deal, Parrikar said that India’s relationship with Russia is not new.”We have never been away from Russia. Our relationship with Russia on the old contracts (Defence) were already there. Though new contracts were less but now they are taken care of,” the Defence Minister said.While speaking at the function, he also said that this year the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has completely come under the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and its efficiency has increased. “Earlier it was under Ministry of Surface Transport but from this year, it has come completely under MoD. Now we don’t need to go to other ministries to seek funds,” he said. “This is the first BRO project that was finished before time,” Parrikar added.The Defence Minister said new and modern technology was being adopted in the construction of roads and tunnels in Jammu and Kashmir with 20-25 tunnels in the pipeline and a survey to be conducted on the Bhaderwah tunnel as well. Parrikar said the need of the hour was to provide 12 months connectivity to the areas affected by snowfall in winters.Apart from meeting demands of the people, these new routes would be of strategic importance too, he said. “These new routes can also help in the fast induction of the Army besides helping developing these areas,” he said.

RSS not ISI organisation, but a band of patriots: Nitin Gadkari

Asking Congress to indulge in politics within the limits of decency, Nitin Gadkari said the opposition was trying to portray Prime Minister Modi as a “villain”.

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RSS is no ISI but a band of patriots, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said as he hit out at the Congress for “behaving like a fish without water after being out of power”. Asking Congress to indulge in politics within the limits of decency, the former BJP chief said the opposition was trying to portray Prime Minister Modi as a “villain”.”I am a complete RSS worker. I have done struggle…I left studies .. went to jail for nation’s cause, PM has been pracharak of RSS….We are patriots… Is it a violation of Constitution or criminal procedure code if someone is of RSS,” Gadkari fumed after Congress leader and former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar accused BJP of doing divisive politics in the country at the instance of RSS.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”RSS koi ISI organisation hai kya? (Is RSS an organisation like ISI?)…We take pride in it. Congress is behaving like a fish without water after being out of power,” the senior BJP leader said.Both Gadkari and Ashwani were speaking at the programme ‘Agenda Aaj Tak: Vikas ka Express Way’ here. Gadkari said the opposition was all out trying to portray the PM as a “villain” to fulfil their political aspirations. He said the Congress insulted the entire judicial system of the nation when its vice-president alleged that the court order in the National Herald case was due to pressure from PM.Asking to define the rationale behind stalling Parliament over National Herald case, Gadkari said the court decision was independent and politics should not stoop to such a level where PM is being dragged into the controversy.”Indulge in politics within the limits of decency…Allow Parliament to run,” he said, adding that the NDA government at the Centre was working for all sections of the society without any discrimination.”But the opposition is instilling fear among Muslims, minorities and Dalits to pursue its policy of appeasement. BJP has been targeted for incidents like Dadri and killing of a writer in Karnataka despite the fact that it is not in power in those states. Since we came to power we have not taken a single decision which was against any community or religion. PM Modi is working to make life better of all Indians and I urge all political parties to cooperate with us in pursing policies of progress and development,” he said.

Espionage: Four accused linked to ISI charged under Official Secrets Act

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Infighting over non-payment may have led to ISI spy ring being busted, says Delhi Police

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ISI spy ring: Delhi police arrest govt school teacher, 4 arrests till now

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After Kargil war veteran, two more arrested in connection with spying for Pakistan’s ISI

Further investigation in this is underway and all the arrested people would be produced before a Delhi Court on Saturday.

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A retired Indian Army personnel and a school teacher have been arrested in Jammu and Kashmir for being part of the espionage racket run by the ISI, bringing the total number of arrests in this case so far to four.The Delhi Police said the team of Inter State Cell of Crime Branch had gone to Jammu and Kashmir in search of other persons involved in this racket when they arrested Munawwar Ahmad Mir, a retired havildar of the Indian Army. He had joined the Indian Army in 1995 and retired in 2011 after serving in J&K Light Infantry, Rashtriya Rifles, at various places in India.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: Kargil war veteran held on charges of providing confidential documents to Pakistan’s ISIThe school teacher was arrested from Khablan tehsil in Thanna Mandi of Rajouri district. Further investigation in this is underway and all the arrested people would be produced before a Delhi Court on Saturday.Earlier, two espionage rackets were busted with arrests of five people from Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Kolkata. One of the men caught was suspected to be a handler from ISI, while the other was a Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, claimed the Delhi police.However, Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah branded the entire operation as ‘baseless and unfounded’. One of the accused Kafaitullah Khan, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, allegedly had connections with an official of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.Meanwhile, the Delhi Police successfully foiled a massive Lashkar-e-Taiba plot where an attack was being planned on prominent personalities and crowded areas in the national capital.According to an FIR that was submitted on December 1 in a concerned anti-terror court, the LeT commanders have been in touch with the operatives in India using several code names. The Delhi Police has also warned of possible Fidayeen attacks in the national capital and other areas.Related Read: Delhi Police unearth Lashkar-e-Taiba plot to carry out terror attacks in city

Kargil war veteran held on charges of providing confidential documents to Pakistan’s ISI

Mir had denied being part of the espionage racket when first questioned by police.

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Retired army havildar Munawwar Ahmad Mir, who was arrested on Friday in a cross-border espionage racket for supplying confidential documents to Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), is a 1999 Kargil War veteran and a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), an Indian Express report says.Mir, who had joined the army in 1995 and retired in 2011, was arrested from Manjakote in Jammu’s Rajouri district by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch and local police. He was produced before the local court and will be brought to Delhi on transit remand by Saturday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He has been booked under 3/9 Official Secrets Act,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav to Indian Express.Mir had denied being part of the espionage racket when first questioned by police. Questioned on bank transaction details that show suspected ISI operative Kafaitullah Khan deposited money in his account, Mir said Khan borrowed Rs 25,000 from him and later returned it by depositing it in his account. Khan had been arrested earlier in the case.But the Delhi Police claim they have crucial evidence in the form of tapped phone conversations between Mir and Khan, where the two discuss ‘secret documents’.PDP MLA Choudhary Qamar Hussain said to the paper that Mir hails from his native village, and asserted his innocence. “I am sure he is innocent. He fought in the Kargil war. Many of his relatives were in the Army and it is unexpected that someone from this background will do such a thing. I know him for many years and he has been working for our party for the last one year,” he said.Police are also looking for two serving army men and a civilian in connection with the case. These are Farid, posted at Darjeeling; Joginder, posted in Jammu, and Shabir alias Safar, teacher at a state-run school.Khan claimed that he had first met one Faisal, who was an ‘ISI handler’ when he visited Pakistan in 2013. Khan says he has been working for Farid since.Khan reportedly told investigators that Farid had given a CD to Shabir which contained the “Order of Battle and details of troop movement along the frontiers in case of war between the two countries”. Shabir then sent the CD to ‘ISI handler’ Faisal.Khan reportedly sent documents to ISI handler Faisal’s email id, [email protected] from his email id [email protected] He was asked to arrange for details of the total number of fighter planes in Srinagar and areas from where these planes arrived, location of several army units and deployment of BSF in Mendhan, Rajouri and Poonch, according to the report.Then in 2015, BSF personnel Rasheed, who has been arrested too, joined the suspected racket and allegedly started sending information through Viber and WhatsApp.Critically, Shabir is now working in an election office in Rajouri and is in constant touch with Faisal. He also plans to visit Pakistan soon, says the report.

Pakistan dubs Delhi cops claim of busting ISI network as ‘baseless’

One of the accused Kafaitullah Khan, a resident of J&K, allegedly had connections with an official of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

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Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah on Thursday termed the Delhi Police claim to have busted a Pakistani spy network of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) ‘baseless and unfounded’. “We have seen media reports. Indian authorities have not approached us in this regard. We reject allegations against the High Commission and our premier intelligence agency. They are baseless and unfounded. Such allegations levelled against our intelligence agency in the past have proved to be false”,he said.Two espionage rackets were busted last week with arrests of five people from Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Kolkata. One of the men caught was suspected to be a handler from Pakistan’s ISI, while the other was a Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, claimed the Delhi police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the accused Kafaitullah Khan, a resident of J&K, allegedly had connections with an official of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

Pakistan High Commission’s role comes under scanner in spy ring

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In a development which could also result in a major diplomatic row between India and Pakistan, the crime branch of Delhi Police has put Pakistani High Commission under their scanner in connection to the espionage network busted in the National Capital on Sunday.Not only has Pakistan High Commission’s name cropped up during the busting of the espionage network, but police here believe that there is a strong possibility that the arrested ISI agents had penetrated both the Indian Army and India based security agencies.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Crime branch officials on Monday said that during interrogation Kaifatullah Khan, the alleged spy, revealed that a Pakistani Intelligence Operative (PIO) in Pakistan had directed him to apply for the Pakistan visa at the high commission and meet a ‘contact’ there.”The PIO had briefed him to contact him once he reaches Pakistan High Commission. He (Kaifatullah) was supposed to meet a contact of PIO near the Pakistan High Commission and had to hand over the passport and the recommendation letter. The recommendation letter was discovered from his possession which has been addressed to Pakistan High Commissioner. All the logistic support was to be provided by the contact of the PIO whom he had to meet near Pakistan High Commission. The passport and the recommendation letter have been seized from his possession,” said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police, Crime Branch.Kaifatullah, a librarian in a higher secondary school in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri area, was taken in police custody on Thursday last week when he was on his way to ‘Bhopal Ijtema’, an annual religious gathering, where he was allegedly supposed to scout for information and possible recruits.Subsequently Abdul Rasheed, a head constable in the Border Security Force was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday for allegedly providing official secrets to Khan who is accused of working at the behest of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, ISI. According to sources, Abdul was first interrogated by the BSF and then handed over the crime branch.According to investigations so far, it has been revealed that Kaifatullah was able to penetrate Indian Army, BSF and various security agencies of India at multiple levels and had been “procuring secret information detrimental to the security of the country”. Rasheed, a cousin of Khan, however was one of his main sources.Kaifatullah was given specific tasks by the PIO, which were mainly concerning with the deployment of security forces and air force operations. The information was passed through e-mail, WhatsApp and Viber.Abdul, a head constable in the intelligence wing of BSF posted at the office of DIG, initially passed information to Kaifatullah but later had come in direct contact with ISI agents across the border. According to police Kaifatullah was selected in the year 1990 and was earlier posted in Gujarat and West Bengal and shifted to J&K in year 1998.”Being in the intelligence wing of BSF, he was having access to secret/sensitive information pertaining to deployment/ Border fencing/movement of the troops. He was passing the information to PIO initially through Kafaitullah but later on he developed close relations directly with the PIO and started communicating with him regularly through the App based communication.”His father had visited Pakistan in the year 2014 to meet his paternal uncle. He disclosed that he was cultivated by Kafaitullah to give sensitive/ secret information in lieu of monetary considerations. His bank account details are being verified for the same,” investigators said. “We have apprehensions that the espionage network had spread into the army and other security agencies,” Yadav said. According to sources name of at least one army official has cropped up during questioning.

Espionage racket: Police trying to track ‘money trail’ from Pakistan to India

Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja, an alleged handler of the Pakistan Intelligence Operative (PIO), running an espionage racket here backed by the spy outfit, had met another ISI-backed handler at Gujrawala in Pakistan in 2013, his last visit to the country, said an official privy to the probe.

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With the arrest of an alleged ISI operative and a serving BSF personnel, Delhi Police is now trying to track a money trail from Pakistan to India — routed through the Middle East — to pay off spies operating in an suspected pan-India network.Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja, an alleged handler of the Pakistan Intelligence Operative (PIO), running an espionage racket here backed by the spy outfit, had met another ISI-backed handler at Gujrawala in Pakistan in 2013, his last visit to the country, said an official privy to the probe.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During investigation, Khan told the police that his counterpart in Pakistan had promised him huge money for passing on secret and confidential information. When Khan started doing so, he was put on a permanent pay roll and promised performance-based appraisals, said the official.Also read: BSF personnel arrested in espionage case; Pakistan High Commission employee under scanner”Records obtained so far from bank accounts in Jammu and Rajouri district have revealed that Khan used to get a fixed pay of around Rs 20,000 per month through money transfers,” the official said.Almost all the money transfers received by Khan were routed either through UAE or through Saudi Arabia. Further investigation revealed that the money actually came from Pakistan, said the official. However, these were transfers received only through the official banking channels. Khan could have received potentially high funds through private money transfer agencies or through illegal routes. Further interrogation is expected to provide the Crime Branch with more information on the money trail, said the official.The police are also verifying reports alleging Khan’s involvement in a human-organ trafficking racket at Jammu and Kashmir, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav, adding that the police are currently clueless in connection with that matter. So far, Khan has claimed that he was booked by the police twice for allegedly getting involved in fights during protests at Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir between 2013 and 14, said police.

Espionage racket: Arrested BSF personnel sent to police custody for 7 days

Seeking seven days remand of Abdul Rasheed, the police told the court that he was posted as a head constable at the BSF head quarters, intelligence wing at Jammu, and had access to secret documents which he was allegedly supplying to his associates.

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BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed, arrested for allegedly spying for Pakistan’s ISI, on Monday was remanded in police custody till December 7 by a Delhi court even as investigators said they have to track the money trail and identify his possible accomplices in the force.”Is there any involvement of any senior officers?,” Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal asked crime branch of Delhi Police during the hearing.The police said, “Not yet. We are doing the probe. He (Rasheed) is required to be interrogated for ascertaining the money trail as well and the payments made to him for supply of documents.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking seven days remand of Rasheed, the police told the court that he was posted as a head constable at the BSF head quarters, intelligence wing at Jammu, and had access to secret documents which he was allegedly supplying to his associates.”Rasheed was working at the intelligence unit of BSF head quarters at Jammu where each and every document was secret in nature and he was supplying the documents to his associates,” the police said.It alleged that he was involved in spying activities and several incriminating documents have been recovered from his house during the probe.The police said he was required to be taken to various places in Jammu and Kashmir, including Rajouri district, and questioned to identify his associates. While allowing the plea seeking remand of the accused, the court observed that the matter pertains to national security.Besides Rasheed, Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja (44), a resident of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir, was intercepted and arrested in connection with the case at New Delhi railway station while he was on his way from Jammu to Bhopal on November 26.Three suspected ISI agents were arrested in Kolkata yesterday in a separate case. They were Irshad Ansari (51), a contract labourer with Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), his son Asfaq Ansari (23) and a relative Mohammed Jahangir.

Pakistan High Commission should be locked, says Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut asked the government if it was worth having cricketing and cultural ties with Pakistan under the prevailing circumstances.

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The Shiv Sena on Monday demanded closing of the Pakistan High Commission in the national capital after it emerged that the members of the busted ISI spy-ring had links with them.”This is a very serious matter. Look how far they have penetrated. The people, who were arrested yesterday, have links with Pakistan High Commission. The Pakistan High Commission in Delhi should be locked and the key should be thrown away. It should be closed,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raut asked the government if it was worth having cricketing and cultural ties with Pakistan under the prevailing circumstances.”The people having links with the ISI are sitting in the Pakistan High Commission here and they are using our people. Is it not a threat to the national security? Despite all this do we want cricketing and cultural ties with them? It is dangerous,” he added.The ISI spy-ring busted by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Sunday reportedly had links with the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi. Reports say that the racket was being run at the behest of senior officials of the Pakistan High Commission.The police arrested a handler of Pakistan’s Intelligence Operative (PIO) and one serving officer of the BSF (Border Security Force) on Sunday. One of the accused has been identified as Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja from Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri District. He is the handler of PIO and is allegedly having contacts in different security agencies.

BSF adopts ‘winter strategy’ to ensure visibility in fog during infiltration

The steps to beef up the security along the IB have been taken after intelligence reports suggested that 8-10 militants have been brought close to the IB on the Pakistani side by ISI to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir with the help of terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
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BSF has put in place its “winter strategy”, which includes deployment of devices that ensure visibility in fog, to prevent infiltration as it apprehends that terrorists may turn to International Border (IB) to sneak into India as the LoC would be inaccessible due to snow.The steps to beef up the security along the IB have been taken after intelligence reports suggested that 8-10 militants have been brought close to the IB on the Pakistani side by ISI to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir with the help of terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BSF has installed anti-fog devices and deployed more troops along the International Border, putting in place its “winter strategy” to foil infiltration bids and terror attacks, according to a BSF official.”The winter strategy has been put in place along the IB. In the middle of November onwards till the weather improves, we take several security measures to ensure that we become absolutely impregnable on the border,” he said.The BSF apprehends that following the closure of passes in the higher reaches due to the snowfall, which makes crossing of Line of Control (LOC) nearly impossible, the militant outfits might shift their focus towards the IB which is manned by the BSF.Besides increasing manpower and intensifying operations on the borders like patrolling, the BSF has also been making use of technology with a technical surveillance grid being set up along the border.”Maximum efforts are made to enhance the visibility because fog also plays a spoilsport during the winters. We had taken the winter posture after Diwali,” the official said.”A close watch is being kept. We have received reports that a small group of militants have been placed at different spots along the border line to infiltrate,” he added.Police also has issued instructions to its units near the IB to be alert.

No point of dialogue unless Pakistan gives up terrorism: BJP

Sharif had reportedly said that his government is willing to hold dialogue with India without preconditions.

Pakistan government says something, and the ISI and terrorist organisations there do something else: Hussain said.

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Rejecting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement that they are willing to hold dialogue with India without any preconditions, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said that dialogue with Islamabad was pointless unless it gives up terrorism. “India has always wanted dialogue. It is Pakistan which has always derailed the talks. They run away from dialogue because they cannot stop doing what they do. Pakistan government says something, and the ISI and terrorist organisations there do something else. Unless Pakistan gives up terrorism, there is no point of dialogue,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sharif had reportedly said that his government is willing to hold dialogue with India without preconditions. He said this during his meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Fort Angelo in Maltese capital Valletta on Friday. Sharif also reportedly said that dialogue with India was key to sustainable peace in the region.

Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal accuses ‘anti-national’ Congress of having links with ISI

“Everyone knows how it started and in order to fight Akali Dal, the Congress encouraged certain elements which then went out of control and that led to full 15 years of disturbance in Punjab which even threatened the nation?s integrity. Today, Congress under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi is trying to create the same environment in the state of Punjab,” Badal said.

Accusing the Congress Party of being an ‘anti-national’ organisation, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday said that the grand old party is creating an alliance with the terrorist organisations, having links with Pakistan’s ISI, just for the sake of political gains.’Everyone knows what Punjab went through in the 80s. Those fifteen years of militancy, disturbance, where thousands of Punjabis were killed, there was communal as well as full disturbance of peace in the state of Punjab,” Badal told the press conference here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Everyone knows how it started and in order to fight Akali Dal, the Congress encouraged certain elements which then went out of control and that led to full 15 years of disturbance in Punjab which even threatened the nation’s integrity. Today, Congress under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi is trying to create the same environment in the state of Punjab,” Badal said.He also accused the Congress Party for creating an alliance with the terrorist organisations, having links with Pakistan’s ISI, just for the sake of political gains.”The Congress is showing its true colours and it is an anti-national party,” he said.A delegation of Punjab Congress leaders led by party vice-president had earlier met President Pranab Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum urging him to initiate a judicial probe into the killing of two persons in recent protests over alleged desecration of Guru Granth Sahib.Rejecting the CBI probe ordered by the Punjab government, the Congress leaders demanded an inquiry to be conducted by a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court.

3 more persons have links to arrested suspected ISI agents Zafar & Akhtar, say STF

Though the role of these three persons were yet to be established, Kolkata Police sleuths suspected that they acted as “information carriers” and smuggled in money through hawala channels.

Talking about why Akhtar’s brother Zafar (above) was arrested, the STF officer said that there were discrepancies in his statement during his interrogation.

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Three more persons, belonging to countries bordering India, were found to have links to the two arrested suspected ISI agents in the city, an initial probe into the matter revealed, a senior police officer said. The names of the three persons, hailing from Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar, surfaced during interrogation of the arrested suspected ISI agent Akhtar Khan, a senior officer of the STF of the Kolkata Police said.Though the role of these three persons were yet to be established, Kolkata Police sleuths suspected that they acted as “information carriers” and smuggled in money through hawala channels. Talking about why Akhtar’s brother Zafar was arrested, the STF officer said that there were discrepancies in his statement during his interrogation. “We had asked him a few questions in connection with his brother. But he failed to answer to our satisfaction following which we arrested him,” the officer said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was learnt that Zafar, like his brother, had gone to Pakistan in the 1980s and after staying there for around 20 years returned to India. Several documents, including an ATM card of a Pakistani bank, were also recovered from their Collin Street house, the officer said, but did not divulge the name of its holder. According to a highly-placed source in the STF, the documents recovered from their Collin Street residence were “quite suspicious” containing defence-related information of the country. “Both the brothers have incriminating roles in this matter. We are verifying the details and running a check of all the information so far received regarding them,” the officer said.

Brother of suspected ISI agent arrested in Kolkata

Kolkata: The brother of suspected ISI agent Akhtar Khan, now in police custody, was arrested on Monday also for his alleged links with the Pakistani spy agency, a senior Kolkata Police officer said.

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The Special Task Force unit of the Kolkata Police arrested Zafar Khan from his Collin Lane residence in central part of the city this afternoon.

Zafar also travelled to Pakistan along with Akhtar in 1980s, the officer said.

Akhtar Khan (51), who had returned from Pakistan in 2008, was arrested by STF in the city on November 14 and various documents and fake Indian currency with a face value of Rs 1,72,500 were seized from him. He is now in police custody.

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Kolkata: Documents seized from arrested man showed his links with ISI

Talking about their investigation, the STF officer said that the documents, unearthed from the Collin Street residence of the Khan showed his “deep-rooted” links with the Pakistani agency.

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The documents recovered from suspected ISI agent Akhtar Khan’s home in the city “clearly showed” his links to Pakistan’s ISI, a top Special Task Force (STF) officer said.Talking about their investigation, the STF officer said that the documents, unearthed from the Collin Street residence of the Khan showed his “deep-rooted” links with the Pakistani agency.According to him Khan went to Pakistan in 1985 and managed a job at a cloth factory at a monthly salary of Rs 10,000 in Pakistani currency with the help of one of his uncles who is a Pakistani.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Later on he (Khan) got married to a local woman which helped him getting a Pakistani passport,” the officer told PTI.But his financial condition deteriorated when the cloth factory shut down and that affected his marital status which eventually resulted into a divorce, the officer stated. Khan then decided to return India and ISI agents got in touch with him and asked him to work for the agency, he said.”They trained him in code management… There he learnt coding and decoding,” the officer said adding that several email address leading to ISI agents were found in Khan’s mail.”He then returned to India in 2008 crossing the Nepal border and started living at 76/B Collin Street in the southern part of the city. In fact, Khan’s cell phone has also been checked “thoroughly” to establish his other ISI-links and net his accomplices in India,” the officer said.According to another highly-placed STF-source, during the preliminary investigation, it had emerged that Khan alias Mohammed Javed alias Raju was also staying at another address at 15, Topsia Road. STF was conducting searches in and around the city for Khan’s accomplices.”High-quality FICN (fake Indian currency notes) seized from him may have been brought in from across the border with Nepal and we are looking for those who have helped him in bringing FICN here. There are at least six to seven persons involved with Khan,” the STF source said. The police was also investigating if Khan had gone to Pakistan in the 80s and returned to the city in 2008 after undergoing training there.Earlier, a city court remanded 51-year-old Khan in police custody for 14 days. The Special Task Force (STF) unit of Kolkata Police had arrested Khan on Saturday from the central part of the city for his alleged links with Pakistan’s ISI. Khan has been booked under IPC sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the Government of India), 121A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section 121), 122 (collecting arms etc with intention of waging war against the Government of India), 489B (using as genuine forged or counterfeit currency notes or bank notes) and 489C (possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes).Meanwhile, a brother of Khan alleged that he was being framed by the police and claimed he was not involved in any kind of illegal activity.”He was missing since November 7 and we had lodged a missing complaint with the Tiljala Police Station three days later on November 10. We think he was picked up by the police which prepared all fake documents against Khan…This is a conspiracy,” he alleged.

Suspected ISI agent caught in Kolkata, sent to police custody

Kolkata: A city court on Sunday remanded suspected ISI agent Akhtar Khan in police custody till 29 November. He was nabbed by Special Task Force (STF) of police on Saturday evening from the city’s CR Avenue area.

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Akhtar Khan was presented before a city court, which granted the prosecution’s plea and remanded him in police custody for 14 days.

Khan, from whose possession several forged documents and fake Indian currency notes of the face value exceeding Rs.1.72 lakh were seized, has been booked under for waging war against India and several other offences.

According to police, Khan who used several aliases, was employed as a bartender in the city but worked as a spy for Pakistan. He is believed to have lived in Karachi from 1985 before coming to India in 2008.

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Police arrest suspected ISI agent in Kolkata

The police are trying to verify his network across the city and apprehend other members related to the case.

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Acting on a tip-off, the Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested one suspected ISI agent over espionage on Saturday. The suspect, Akhtar Khan alias Raju was intercepted and arrested at Colootola in Central Kolkata with fake currency and several passports of different nations. “We arrested him from Central Kolkata with several incriminating documents and fake currency amounting to Rs.1,72,500. We are verifying whether he is an ISI agent or not,” said Rajeev Mishra, Special Additional and Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Headquarters). <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to sources, Khan is believed to be an Indian national who used to shuttle often between India and Pakistan. Khan used to travel often to neighbouring countries like – Bangladesh and Nepal. Sources also add, that he went to Pakistan in the year 1985 and returned to India in 2008. The police are trying to verify his network across the city and apprehend other members related to the case. Meanwhile, the police have registered a case against him and slapped charges under sections 120 B, 121, 121 A, 122, 489 B, 489 C of the IPC. He will be produced before the Bankshall court on Sunday afternoon.

Pakistan ISI to carry out vandalism at religious places in India during Diwali

According to advisory sent to the director generals of police of all states, instead of carrying out terror strikes the ISI this time plans to carry out vandalism at religious places to stoke communal passion and divide the society.

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Pakistan’s Inter-State Intelligence (ISI) is again trying to foment trouble in India during the festive season.According to advisory sent to the director generals of police of all states, instead of carrying out terror strikes the ISI this time plans to carry out vandalism at religious places to stoke communal passion and divide the society.The states have been advised to be particularly more vigilant for sensitive religious places in old heritage cities and make extra deployment of police personnel in plain clothes near such spots to stop any trouble before it starts and becomes communal.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources in the intelligence agencies said they have got intercepts and human intelligence regarding the plans of the ISI for which it wants to use sleeper cells of various outfits including Indian Mujahideen and Khalistani outfits.”Perhaps the ISI is of the view that in the given situation the time is ripe to foment trouble by doing the acts of vandalism like desecration and sacrilege at religious places. It has done so with some success in Punjab by desecrating the holy book of the Sikhs,” said sources.The ISI, sources said, has chosen this novel way as acts of vandalism does not require money and can be done in a discreet manner without arousing the suspicion of security agencies.

Chhota Rajan deportation to India likely in next 2-3 days

Indian police team has been working with their Indonesian counterparts to take over Rajan’s custody as early as possible.

Rajan told reporters that his bete noire and India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim is currently hiding in Pakistan under the direct patronage of ISI.

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Indian police team on Monday for the first time questioned underworld don Chhota Rajan and officials believe that he could be deported to India in the next two-three days. Rajan, who was arrested in this popular tourist town upon arrival from Australia on October 25, is expected to be produced before a court soon where the Indonesian police will submit details of the cases for which he is wanted in India.Indian police team has been working with their Indonesian counterparts to take over Rajan’s custody as early as possible. “If the lawyer engaged by Rajan does not oppose his deportation to India, we will hand him over to the Indian police team which has come here. The entire process is likely to be completed in next two-three days,” an official said. However, if the lawyer opposes Rajan’s deportation to India, the process may get longer, the official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajan has hired a lawyer, Fransico Prassar, who met him at the detention centre a few times. The Indian team, comprising officers from CBI, Mumbai and Delhi police, arrived here yesterday and they came along with a detailed dossier on 55-year-old Rajan and his involvement in various crimes in India. The team for the first time questioned Rajan today in presence of Indonesian police at the detention centre where he has been lodged for the last ten days.First Secretary (consular) in the Indian Embassy in Jakarta, Sanjeev Kumar Agrawal, who met Rajan for nearly half an hour yesterday, was also present when the Indian team examined Rajan.While being taken out of the detention centre, Rajan told reporters that his bete noire and India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim is currently hiding in Pakistan under the direct patronage of ISI. “ISI chhupa rahi hai (ISI is hiding him),” he said.Mumbai Police has registered 75 cases against Rajan, including 20 of murder, four cases under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, one under Prevention of Terrorism Act and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. Delhi Police has got six cases against him.Chhota Rajan was arrested in Bali on the basis of a Red Corner Notice from Interpol and following a tip off by Australian authorities to the police in Indonesia. Rajan was travelling with the identity of Mohan Kumar with passport number G9273860 when he was apprehended at the airport here after arriving on a Garuda Indonesia flight GA715. Rajan, whose original name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje, has been questioned by the Indonesian police several times in the last few days to confirm his identity and criminal acts in India. Rajan, who is wanted in over 75 heinous crimes ranging from murder, extortion to smuggling and drug trafficking was questioned both in English as well as in Hindi through a translator.Mumbai-born Rajan, once a close confidante-turned-rival of underworld ganglord Dawood Ibrahim, has said that he is not afraid of Dawood, the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. In 2000, there was an attempt on Rajan’s life when Dawood’s men tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed a dramatic escape.In the absence of an extradition treaty, the Indian authorities have already provided documents to their Indonesian counterparts about his Indian identity to facilitate his deportation.

Former Pakistan defence minister says Bin Laden comments taken out of context

He said if the Pakistan Government knew that Osama was residing in the Abbottabad, action would have been taken immediately.

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Pakistan’s Former defence minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar has denied that he had ever made the remark that Osama Bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan was known to the establishment. According to The Nation, Ahmad, while talking to a private news channel, said that Indian media has misquoted his clips and taken his statement out of context.Related Reads: ISI held Osama prisoner for 6 years, handed over to US, claims report
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<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said if the Pakistan Government knew that Osama was residing in the Abbottabad, action would have been taken immediately. Earlier, CNN-IBN had broadcasted an interview of Mukhtar in which he stated that then Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Army Chief General Kayani and other officials had prior information about Osama’s s whereabouts. (Read: Pakistan knew Osama was living in Pakistan says ex-Foreign Minister Ahmed Mukhtar)

Pakistan’s Geo TV claims Udhampur militant Usman is an Indian

Senior journalist Hamid Mir also said that the militant was known to be a ‘jhalla’, or a mad person.

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Pakistani TV news anchor Hamid Mir of Geo TV has claimed that Mohammed Naved alias Usman Khan, the lone captured LeT militant from the Udhampur terror attack, is an Indian resident from Kashmir.Mir also claimed that Naved was a bus conductor residing in the Ghat village of Kulgam district in Kashmir and that the militant was known to be a ‘jhalla’ or a mad person. He went on to say that nine of the fifteen people arrested in connection with helping the militant were his relatives. His immediate family had left their house and fled, he claimed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mir said that the second militant in the Udhampur attack, Nouman, who was killed by security forces, too was from India and a resident of Kashmir. The report comes after it was widely reported in India that Naved’s father Mohammed Yakub was traced in Pakistan and that he was terrified of the LeT and the Pakistan army. Naved aka Usman too had revealed that he was from Pakistan. His neighbours had also reportedly confirmed that his family lived in Ghulam Mohammadabad, in Pakistan’s Faisalabad. According to the security forces, the other terrorist Nouman hails from Bahawalpur in Pakistan. Preliminary investigations have reportedly revealed that the Udhampur attack was backed by the ISI.Since reports that Naved is a Pakistani and belonged to the LeT surfaced, Pakistan has denied that he existed in their database. A Pakistan government source was quoted by the Express Tribune as saying, “National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) record shows Indian claims of an arrested person, Usman Khan (Mohammed Naved Yakub), originating from Pakistan are totally baseless.”Ironically, in 2008 following the 26/11 terror attack, it was Hamid Mir who through Geo TV Channel located Ajmal Kasab’s father in Okara in Pakistan. At that time, the Pakistan government was in absolute denial that Kasab was its citizen.Mir had hit international headlines after the Pakistan government had suspended Geo TV after Mir blamed an attempt to assassinate him on former Inter Services Intelligence chief (ISI) Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam.

Udhampur attack terrorists were backed by Pakistan’s ISI, says Kashmir police

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday claimed that terrorists involved in Wednesday’s Udhampur attack on a BSF convoy were trained ‘fidayeens’ and backed by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Captured terrorist Mohammad Naved. PTI

Captured terrorist Mohammad Naved. PTI

“During the course of preliminary investigation, it transpired that the terrorists involved in the attack are trained ‘fidayeens’ and backed by Pakistan’s ISI in order to wage war against the government of India,” police said.

Asked about the route used by the militant to cross over to J&K from Pakistan, Inspector General of BSF, Jammu Frontier, Rakesh Sharma, said, “It is matter of investigation. Interrogation is being done by J&K Police. I cannot definitely say anything on that.”

Replying to another question whether the attack was meant for Amarnath yatra convoy, he said, “It is matter of interrogation what was their intentions. One terrorist has been captured alive and I hope to get some facts out.”

Sharma said that there is best possible security along International Border and it is not easy to cross over to this side.

On the question whether BSF was a target, he said it was chance and BSF was not main target of terrorists. “They were looking for a target and BSF convoy passed and it was targeted.”

He said that BSF will conduct assessment of border belt along IB and if there is any goof-up in security we will take action.

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Accused-turned-approver in 1993 Mumbai blasts case receives death threats

The approver allegedly received death threats after Yakub Memon was hanged in Nagpur Jail.

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A key accused-turned-approver in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case approached the Mumbai police on Tuesday complaining of threats to his life. The alleged threat calls came a day after Yakub Memon’s hanging on July 30 in Nagpur.According to Mumbai Police, the approver received the calls on his mobile phone twice in an interval of 15 minutes. Preliminary inquiries reveal that the calls were made from public booths in Byculla and Dongri areas. The alleged threat calls:
Tumne achcha nahi kiya, tumhe mein maar dunga (You did a bad thing. I will kill you)

Tere vajah se bekasur Yakub sooli par chadh gaya, ab bas tere zindagi ki ulti ginthi chaloo samajh (Innocent Yakub was hanged because of you, start counting your days now)

Jitna mazaa karna hai karlo tumhare din bhar gaye hai (Have as much fun as you can, your days are numbered).

<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The approver (name undisclosed) filed a written complaint at the Byculla police station five days after he received the threat calls on July 31. The Byculla police have registered a non-cognisable offence and are investigating the matter.A police officer was quoted saying that the approver has been provided with police protection.Mumbai police officials suspect it to be a handiwork of gangster Chhota Shakeel allegedly backed by Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) intending to take revenge for Yakub’s hanging. The suspicion is built upon Shakeel’s statement where he called Yakub’s hanging a ‘legal’ murder..There were only two accused-turned-approvers in the 1993 serial blasts case who were allowed to walk free in 2007, following their testimony against the other perpetrators. Another approver too had returned to Mumbai in March this year after he had sensed pressure from the Dawood gang.An English daily quoted him saying, “While I was in Dubai, there was pressure from the underworld elements and ISI. I got scared and preferred to return. Recently I have been getting calls from international numbers and over VoIP which I am not picking. I have intimated this to Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria.”

Is it worth spending another Rs 50 crore on Kasab-2? He isn’t the crown jewels

The capture of Mohammed Naved, alias Qasim Khan, alias whatever, will do nothing to make the Pakistani Deep State – the army, the ISI and their jihadi pals – change its attitude of unremitting hostility to India. It may embarrass the civilian government of Nawaz Sharif for a moment, but not Naved’s prime sponsors.

However, the live capture of a jihadi bhaijaan, while changing nothing on the ground, brings costs and benefits to India. The costs may ultimately outweigh the benefits.

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Let’s look at the intangible benefits first. He could provide important ammo for India to brandish before world opinion. With sufficient questioning, he can give us important information on the terror training camps, methods of operation, the thinking that led to his injection into India, what he and his comrade/s did to create mayhem before he was caught, etc. All useful material for us to tell the world about.

It’s not that the world is unaware of Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorism against India, but it simply does not have the patience or stamina to engage with the reality in south Asia. The world is more concerned with ISIS and the rump al-Qaeda, two major Islamic terror groups in Africa (Boko Haram, Al Shabaab) and the jihadis sprouting in their own backyards (Chattanooga, London, Paris). They don’t have the energy to deal with the terror groups that affect India. They would prefer to believe that India-Pakistan tensions have only to do with Kashmir. The world will keep asking us to talk to Pakistan (which we should anyway, at low levels) and “sort out” our problems.

Naved’s capture will help us combat this subtle pressure for a while. But the Pakistani attacks will continue, as jihad is business-as-usual for our western enemy. Beyond embarrassment, Naved will not do much for us.

Now, let’s consider the costs of holding Naved captive. Swaminathan Anklesaria Aiyar, writing in The Times of India, said that we should get more of the terrorists alive, as “dead men tell no tales,” but dangerous men who live too long in the comfort of padded cells may bring hidden costs, unknown dangers. For example: What if freeing Kasab-2 – assuming he has valuable information – becomes a reason for another terrorist attempt to free him?

On the other hand, what if Naved does not bring anything more than what we already know, or what we could have surmised? Lower-level indoctrinated killers do not often have the kind of serious information that we don’t already have. Naved claimed he came here to kill Hindus and had “fun” doing this (his mission was to keep killing, “Bas maarna hi maarna thaa”). We can surely get information about how he was brainwashed, how many people came with him and what they intended to do, the routes they took, their hideouts, what kind of weapons he had learnt to use, etc. This information can be extracted in a couple of months by expert interrogators. His replies can also be videographed and made available to experts to analyse and study.

The point to consider is whether a captured terrorist is worth keeping in our jails endlessly once useful information is extracted from him. Let’s be clear, terrorists come here in pursuit of after-life benefits, not to remain comfortably alive in our jails. And trying to keep them alive at huge cost and effort may not be worth the effort.

I am not talking about an extra-judicial execution, but about understanding the true costs of protecting someone who came here to die. The effort should be to complete his prosecution and judicial process in a matter of months, and not years. With a new law, if need be.

Consider the case of Ajmal Kasab, who came to kill in November 2008, got caught, and then spent four years in jail before being executed. The cost of keeping him alive is estimated at upwards of Rs 50 crore. We spent that kind of money in order to hang him finally. Should Kasab-2 be treated the same way, especially when the death penalty debate is hotting up here and there is a good chance we may end up holding him permanently?

According to a Times of India report of 2012, the government spent Rs 43 crore to provide Kasab special security at his Arthur Road jail in Mumbai (including expenses on judicial officers, the public prosecutor, special security for judges and lawyers, etc. Another Rs 8 crore was spent on building a special cell for him, not to speak of Rs 1.5 crore spent to create a special ward in a Mumbai hospital when he needed treatment (this investment was wasted, as he was finally treated in his own cell). Rs 1 crore was additionally spent on other infrastructure and vehicles.

In other words, India spent over Rs 3 lakh per day to keep Kasab alive, and to ensure he is not bombed by his colleagues, or enabled to take his own life.

Do we want this with Kasab-2? I am not suggesting anything sinister. I am merely saying that once all useful information has been extracted, we should quietly stop spending oodles on cash to give him extra protection, including protection against himself, if he turns suicidal. All he needs is a safe cell and solitary confinement, where he will have no ability to influence anybody and where he can do what he wants to himself. A permanent video in his cell can be used to track what he does, and for proof that he wasn’t bumped off by the jail staff.

It may not be worth spending another Rs 50- crore on Kasab-2. After the useful info is obtained, Naved should be left to his own devices like a normal prisoner, but confined to a lonely cell where he can’t attempt to indoctrinate others or do other kinds of harm. He may not be worth gouging the taxayer for. The Naveds come cheap to Pakistan, but are expensive for India to mollycoddle.

Gurdaspur aftermath: Prevention of an LeT resurgence now depends on Modi govt’s actions

While there has been no claim so far by any major terrorist outfit for the 27 July terror attack in Gurdaspur, there are clear signs which substantially point towards a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) hand. There are striking resemblances between the Gurdaspur attack and the terror attacks in March on police stations and security camps in Samba and adjoining area of Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir which are located close to Gurdaspur.

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Representational image. PTI

Also, the equipment recovered and the manner in which the terrorists concealed their identity strongly suggests that they indeed belonged to the LeT.

Like in the case of Samba and Kathua attacks, perpetrators of the Gurdaspur attack too had come from Pakistan. This is no imagination as the GPS sets carried by the terrorists indicates that they presumably travelled from a safe house near Gharot, a village close to Shakargarh area in Pakistan.

This is further corroborated by the fact that India’s Intelligence Bureau (IB) had issued a warning earlier of a group travelling from around Gharot area planning to infiltrate. However, no specifics regarding the target or the date of purported infiltration were available.

The GPS sets recovered from terrorists in the Gurdaspur attack also indicated that they got into Indian territory from Dhusi Bandh river embankment, planting bombs at the railway track and then proceeding to attack the police station.

The Gurdaspur attack is indicative of the LeT’s resurgence. The crucial question is how the now famous Modi-Doval doctrine is going to deal with this fountainhead of terror.

While the Gurdaspur attack may not be a fit case to be seen as revival of Sikh militancy in Punjab, a terrorist attack in the state after a long gap nevertheless does become a cause for worry. This is primarily due to the fact that Pakistan still very enthusiastically hosts a good number of pro-Khalistan elements.

There are inputs with Indian intelligence agencies that on the instructions of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) has been seriously carrying out recruitment drive in a big way as part of the “Khalistan by 2020 campaign”.

There have also been reliable inputs of regular meetings taking place between BKI and LeT in Lahore to coordinate a big attack in Punjab and New Delhi. Both these terror groups are in turn extended every possible assistance by ISI and given directions to carry out terror acts. This offer of guidance has throughout been seen in various attacks carried out by Pakistani terrorists in India, 26/11 being a glaring example.

Interrogation of Jagtar Singh Tara, chief of Khalistan Tiger Force revealed that LeT was extending all assistance, including training, to Khalistani elements based in Pakistan. Tara was arrested with the help of cooperation between Punjab police and Thailand police and extradited from Bangkok earlier this year.

During his interrogation, Tara also revealed that there were plans to offload ammunition from Pakistan through an individual of a Kashmiri group at an unspecified location on the banks of river Ravi near Gurdaspur.

Some intelligence inputs suggest that the original target of the terrorist was the Amarnath Yatra. It is not known what made the Gurdaspur attack perpetrators change their mind and focus on Gurdaspur instead. However, that surely does not mean that the terror threat over Amarnath Yatra has now disappeared.

Pakistan has been involved in the recent past in trying to spread violence within India while also simultaneously raising its voice in international forums alleging India’s role in the Peshawar massacre. Pakistan has also been instigating the separatist and extremist elements in the Kashmir valley against the security forces and the Indian government.

This not being enough, Pakistan has even been ridiculously accusing of India’s hand in Pakistan’s natural disasters. However, despite all these accusations, Pakistan has neither been able to malign India internationally nor has succeeded in enhancing its stature globally.

Pakistan, while being the perpetrator, has condemned the Gurdaspur attack. It will have to be seen what effect it will have on India’s response to Pakistan’s actions.

Indications emanating from credible sources in the Narendra Modi government are that New Delhi is not going to call off the National Security Advisor (NSA)-level talks with Pakistan and will go ahead with this major bilateral exercise next month.

In a way, this is already a major change of policy by the Modi government, while the BJP had always maintained that talks and terror cannot go together with Pakistan. When the two NSAs meet in New Delhi next month, it would indicate a major concession given by the Modi government to Pakistan.

One will have to wait and see whether the changed stance of the Modi government vis a vis Pakistan produces anything tangible. Given Pakistan’s penchant for using terrorism as an instrument of its foreign policy, one is always in doubt as to how successful the NSA-level talks will be, even if held. Only time will tell.

Two lessons from Gurdaspur: Strengthen police, develop jihadi-bashing strategy

From the clues available so far on the Gurdaspur terror attacks which left four policemen and three civilians dead on our side and three terrorists on the other, two things seem likely: one, this was a Pakistani-ISI operation using their jihadi terror groups; and, two, Khalistani groups may not be behind this outrage.

There is good news and bad. One bit of good news is that despite the kid-glove treatment given to Khalistani militants by the Punjab government, the militant groups are not finding local traction. The second good news is that the Punjab police, hardened by its past successful fight against militants, is capable of combating some degree of terrorism on its own.

The bad news is that we still don’t seem to have an effective strategy against Pakistan. At least, none that seems to be working.

To be sure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval have made it clear that force will be met with force on border provocations. Also, after first reacting to Pakistani perfidies with withdrawal from talks, the government now seems to have decided to continue with talks.

But this still does not amount to a strategy. The professed intent – dialogue and strong response to provocation – is clear, but the underlying muscular buildup is missing. Fighting fire with fire on the border is one thing, but provocations in civilian areas – as in Gurdaspur – also need some kind of hard response so that Pakistan gets the message that we are not a shooting range for its jihadis.

Security personnel at Punjab. AFP.Security personnel at Punjab. AFP.

Security personnel at Punjab. AFP.

Effective strategy flows from a clear understanding of what our aims are and what the enemy wants to achieve.

Let us be clear about what the enemy wants to achieve: Pakistan’s Deep State (the ISI and army and their jihadi adjuncts) see themselves at war with “Hindu” India. This is why Pakistan will never offer us any concession. Every time there is even a hint of any softening on the part of the elected government (as we saw at Ufa recently), the jihadis strike back, no doubt with the support of the Pakistani army and ISI.

The Pakistanis use talks only when they think there are some unilateral gains to be made without any reciprocity – hence the keenness to solve the Siachen issue, where we lose strategic advantage by demilitarizing it while they gain by getting us out of those strategic heights (it also suits China to get us out of there). Our peaceniks are fools to believe that defending Siachen at such high cost is somehow not in our interest. Control of Siachen is vital to our military strategy in that sensitive area where Pakistan and China shake hands to our disadvantage.

Ajai Sahni, Executive Director of the Institute of Conflict Management and the South Asia Terrorism Portal, notes that the Gurdaspur attack should be seen as part of Pakistan’s long-term strategy. He writes in The Economic Times today (29 July): “It (the Gurdaspur attack) is a reminder ….that these borders have administrative relevance for us, but have no significance for the jihadis and their state sponsors, who have dedicated themselves to the ghazwa-e-hind (the war to bring India under the sway of Islam, part of the apocalyptic confrontation between belief and unbelief that the jihadis think they are currently engaged in).”

Without understanding this as the basis of Pakistan’s enmity towards us (which is true not only for the jihadis, but also for large segments of the ISI and the Pakistani army), no counter-strategy will be effective.

The core point is this: the Pakistani jihad against India will not end till the idea of Pakistan is itself dies an unsung death. As long as the Pakistani Deep State believes it is in an ideological confrontation with unbelievers, terrorism will not end. And it is not about Kashmir at all. Kashmir is merely the excuse to recruit jihadis against India. If we make concessions on Kashmir, they will up demands on us, not clasp our hands in friendship.

So what would make for an effective counter-strategy against this reality?

First, we have to retrain our police forces in all states – especially vulnerable border states and states that drive India’s economic progress (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka) – to take on terrorism directly. It is not enough to have an NSG platoon hanging around for anti-terror operations. Or use the army for the job.

Punjab defeated Khalistani terror not with the army but with its local police force under effective leadership. Andhra defeated Maoism using special police forces, the Greyhounds. The 26/11 Mumbai attacks were ended by the NSG, but that was because the local police had poor leadership.

As KPS Gill, former Director-General of the Punjab Police, said in an interview to ET, the NSG is not the answer to terrorism, though it can be useful at times: “Unfortunately, the government is misreading the writing on the wall. What happened when Mumbai attacks took place? They empowered NSG instead of the local Mumbai police. Who has to react first in such kind of situation? Remember, it was the unarmed ASI of Mumbai police who first spotted and took on the terrorists.”

Lesson One in strategy is that terror has to be fought by the police, and special forces like the NSG can only perform specialised operations when required. Creating NSG hubs may be useful, but this may be sending the wrong message: that tackling terror can be left to the NSG and is not a police job.

Second, what the centre needs to do is something different. It has to develop the ability to hit back at Pakistan and the jihadi groups without provoking war or a nuclear standoff. This needs the buildup of a strong intelligence network on-ground shooters or saboteurs who can be counted on to punch the jihadis where it hurts – in their home bases. It is time to take the war to the jihadi camp, but covertly.

Third, the Indian political leadership should talk less and work more. We have been talking about developing an effective response to Pakistan for as long as one can remember, more so under the Modi government. What the Modi-Doval doctrine should do is develop a long-term counter-terror capability without talking too much about it. Tough talk and little action will lead to quick public disillusionment.

Most importantly, the Indian security establishment must be prepared to keep up the pressure on Pakistan – economically, politically, militarily and in terms of counter-terror ops – forever. The Soviet Union did not crumble till the US ensured its defeat on all fronts. This is what we must do to Pakistan till its Deep State actors realise that there is no victory possible against India. India should never be committed to keeping Pakistan strong.

Our political leaders should never be under any illusion that talks will solve problems with Pakistan. They won’t. Only an iron fist will work.

Reviving militancy? 4 important questions that arise from terror attack in Punjab’s Gurdaspur

New Delhi: The 12-hour-long fierce gun battle between the terrorists and the Indian security forces at Gurdaspur in Punjab ended at 5 pm on Monday, leaving 10 dead, including three militants.

The sudden terror attack, which eerily resembled the 26/11 Mumbai attack, has left a horrific memory amongst the residents of this small town of Punjab, but more importantly it has compelled the people of Gurdaspur, including the intelligence agencies and security forces, to ask four vital questions:

  • Why Gurdaspur?
  • Who could have been behind the terror attack?
  • Is Gurdaspur attack a mini 26/11?
  • And, the motive of the attack?

Speculations are rife that the militants belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit and had the backing of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). Even former intelligence officials are not ready to rule out a possible link between Yakub Memon’s hanging and the terror attack.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Gurdaspur terror attack. AFP

However, according to the Punjab police and the central intelligence sources, it’s too early to say anything with conviction about the attack that had cost seven lives — four policemen, including SP (Detective) Baljeet Singh and three civilians. The three militants, who had stormed into a police station at Dinanager–11 kms from Gurdaspur city on NH-15 in the early hours of Monday and took to indiscriminate firing, were also killed in the siege.

The central intelligence has claimed that an alert was sent to the Punjab government about a possible terror attack, which was ignored. The attack has been dubbed an ‘intelligence failure’.

Why Gurdaspur?

The Gurdaspur attack is the biggest terror attack in the Punjab in more than a decade. The choice of Gurdaspur as a terror target has come as a surprise not only for the Punjab, but for the entire country.

According to intelligence sources, the geographical location of Gurdaspur probably made it an ideal target. The Gurdaspur district is the northern most district of Punjab and lies between river Ravi and Beas. It is 10 km from the international border of India and Pakistan. Gurdaspur’s close proximity to the border has also made it a hotbed of drug trafficking.

Counter-terrorism analyst, Anil Kamboj said, “Investigations would reveal the actual cause of attack on Gurdaspur. But, prima facie modus operandi indicates that there could be a possibility that due to heavy security in Jammu & Kashmir, especially due to the Amarnath Yatra, the militants, who are unable to create disturbance there, headed 80 kms southward to Gurdaspur and attacked. Due to high security alert by multiple security agencies across J&K and at the borders, these militants might have got inside Punjab sometime back and used Pathankot as their hideout. Moreover, Gurdaspur was relatively an easy target for the militants due to its close proximity to the border and attracted lesser attention of the security forces in comparison to other districts like Amritsar.”

“As Gurdaspur is so close to the India-Pakistan border, it became an obvious choice for the terrorists from the other side to enter the city and attack. It’s a shocking incident for us, but, Gurdaspur won’t allow anymore Khalistan militancy to thrive. We’re already fighting the drug menace in the district, aggravated by smuggling from across the border. This attack will cast a shadow over India-Pakistan peace efforts,” a government doctor of Gurdaspur told Firstpost, on condition of anonymity.

Who is behind the attack?

The intelligence agencies have claimed the attackers to be militants from Pakistan-ISI backed terror outfit, possibly the LeT.

Defence analyst Maj Gen (retd) Dhruv C Katoch opined, “Pakistan’s ISI has been trying to cause disturbances on Indian soil for quite some time. The militants had threatened to unleash attack during the Amarnath Yatra, but due to heavy security deployment, they diverted it on Gurdaspur and thereby sent a message about their presence. But, the terror attack in Gurdaspur also reveals a possibility of a tacit support from sleeper cells of pro-Khalistani elements. The worst was that the militants were in army uniform that eased their way into a police station. Once the investigation reveals the perpetrators of the crime, appropriate response mechanism needs to be implemented.”

Meanwhile, Lieutenant General (retd) KS Brar, who headed the Indian Army’s ‘Operation Blue Star’ to flush out Khalistani militants from the Golden Temple in 1984, has reportedly blamed the Punjab government and ISI for the terror attack. He criticised the Punjab government of taking a soft stand towards Khalistani terror groups and releasing them as a part of vote bank politics.

Is Gurdaspur attack a mini 26/11?

There is an uncanny resemblance between the modus operandi of 26/11 Mumbai attackers and the three terrorists, who had entered Gurdaspur city by snatching a car and indiscriminately killing who-so-ever they found – right from a roadside vendor to policemen.

According to Kamboj, the modus operandi of the attack shows it couldn’t be the work of pro-Khalistani militants, but that of a Pak-based terror group, like in the case of Mumbai 26/11 attack. “It’s a Fidayeen-type of attack, usually undertaken by LeT operatives, unlike the Khalistani militants, who opted for direct ambush. These militants were well-equipped with GPS, grenades and arms, and unleashed a sudden and unexpected attack by firing on a moving bus and on the citizens, including a woman attendant of a patient. They even planted five IEDs on a railway track, which fortunately didn’t blow-off.”

Kamboj’s claim finds support in what a Punjab Police source said, “We heard the terrorists shout ‘Allah-O-Akbar’ (In Arabic it’s God is great) from inside the house, where they had taken shelter. They may be from Pakistan.”

Motive behind the attack?

According to counter-terrorism analysts and former intelligence officials, the possible motive behind the attack could be an attempt to revive militancy in the Punjab on one hand, to protesting the upcoming capital punishment to Yakub Memon scheduled to take place on 31 July.

“If Tiger Memon had been instrumental in carrying out the 1993 Mumbai serial blast at the behest of ISI, don’t you think it’s a kind of payback from the ISI using militants to show that if you hang ‘our people, we’ll kill yours’. Though, it’s too early to claim this theory, it can’t be ruled outoutright,” a former Intelligence Bureau (IB) official said on condition of anonymity.

Kamboj, who had served in the Punjab during its peak militancy period added, “The attack could be an attempt to revive militancy in Punjab. By unleashing a terror attack in Gurdaspur, the Pak-based militants have tried to give message to pro-Khalistan sympathizers and hardliners that a revival was possible. After all, many top leaders of the Babbar Khalsa and Khalistan Movement are enjoying hospitality by living in Pakistan under ISI’s patronage.”

Added Katoch, “The ISI would also like to de-stabilise India, due to the latter’s growing importance on the global platform and the strengthening of its economy.”

Reacting to the attack, Brar said the ISI has been trying to revive Khalistani terror groups. “Pakistani intelligence agency wants to take the Punjab back to what it was in the 1980s, while the state government has been weak. It is very disturbing to terrorists have come across the border. This is unfortunate that so many terrorists came unnoticed. It is the failure of the state government. The terrorists should have been rounded up,” Brar told a news channel.

Four important questions that arise from Gurdaspur terror attack

New Delhi: The 12-hour-long fierce gun battle between the terrorists and the Indian security forces at Gurdaspur in Punjab ended at 5 pm on Monday, leaving 10 dead, including three militants.

The sudden terror attack, which eerily resembled the 26/11 Mumbai attack, has left a horrific memory amongst the residents of this small town of Punjab, but more importantly it has compelled the people of Gurdaspur, including the intelligence agencies and security forces, to ask four vital questions:

  • Why Gurdaspur?
  • Who could have been behind the terror attack?
  • Is Gurdaspur attack a mini 26/11?
  • And, the motive of the attack?

Speculations are rife that the militants belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit and had the backing of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). Even former intelligence officials are not ready to rule out a possible link between Yakub Memon’s hanging and the terror attack.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Gurdaspur terror attack. AFP

However, according to the Punjab police and the central intelligence sources, it’s too early to say anything with conviction about the attack that had cost seven lives — four policemen, including SP (Detective) Baljeet Singh and three civilians. The three militants, who had stormed into a police station at Dinanager–11 kms from Gurdaspur city on NH-15 in the early hours of Monday and took to indiscriminate firing, were also killed in the siege.

The central intelligence has claimed that an alert was sent to the Punjab government about a possible terror attack, which was ignored. The attack has been dubbed an ‘intelligence failure’.

Why Gurdaspur?

The Gurdaspur attack is the biggest terror attack in the Punjab in more than a decade. The choice of Gurdaspur as a terror target has come as a surprise not only for the Punjab, but for the entire country.

According to intelligence sources, the geographical location of Gurdaspur probably made it an ideal target. The Gurdaspur district is the northern most district of Punjab and lies between river Ravi and Beas. It is 10 km from the international border of India and Pakistan. Gurdaspur’s close proximity to the border has also made it a hotbed of drug trafficking.

Counter-terrorism analyst, Anil Kamboj said, “Investigations would reveal the actual cause of attack on Gurdaspur. But, prima facie modus operandi indicates that there could be a possibility that due to heavy security in Jammu & Kashmir, especially due to the Amarnath Yatra, the militants, who are unable to create disturbance there, headed 80 kms southward to Gurdaspur and attacked. Due to high security alert by multiple security agencies across J&K and at the borders, these militants might have got inside Punjab sometime back and used Pathankot as their hideout. Moreover, Gurdaspur was relatively an easy target for the militants due to its close proximity to the border and attracted lesser attention of the security forces in comparison to other districts like Amritsar.”

“As Gurdaspur is so close to the India-Pakistan border, it became an obvious choice for the terrorists from the other side to enter the city and attack. It’s a shocking incident for us, but, Gurdaspur won’t allow anymore Khalistan militancy to thrive. We’re already fighting the drug menace in the district, aggravated by smuggling from across the border. This attack will cast a shadow over India-Pakistan peace efforts,” a government doctor of Gurdaspur told Firstpost, on condition of anonymity.

Who is behind the attack?

The intelligence agencies have claimed the attackers to be militants from Pakistan-ISI backed terror outfit, possibly the LeT.

Defence analyst Maj Gen (retd) Dhruv C Katoch opined, “Pakistan’s ISI has been trying to cause disturbances on Indian soil for quite some time. The militants had threatened to unleash attack during the Amarnath Yatra, but due to heavy security deployment, they diverted it on Gurdaspur and thereby sent a message about their presence. But, the terror attack in Gurdaspur also reveals a possibility of a tacit support from sleeper cells of pro-Khalistani elements. The worst was that the militants were in army uniform that eased their way into a police station. Once the investigation reveals the perpetrators of the crime, appropriate response mechanism needs to be implemented.”

Meanwhile, Lieutenant General (retd) KS Brar, who headed the Indian Army’s ‘Operation Blue Star’ to flush out Khalistani militants from the Golden Temple in 1984, has reportedly blamed the Punjab government and ISI for the terror attack. He criticised the Punjab government of taking a soft stand towards Khalistani terror groups and releasing them as a part of vote bank politics.

Is Gurdaspur attack a mini 26/11?

There is an uncanny resemblance between the modus operandi of 26/11 Mumbai attackers and the three terrorists, who had entered Gurdaspur city by snatching a car and indiscriminately killing who-so-ever they found – right from a roadside vendor to policemen.

According to Kamboj, the modus operandi of the attack shows it couldn’t be the work of pro-Khalistani militants, but that of a Pak-based terror group, like in the case of Mumbai 26/11 attack. “It’s a Fidayeen-type of attack, usually undertaken by LeT operatives, unlike the Khalistani militants, who opted for direct ambush. These militants were well-equipped with GPS, grenades and arms, and unleashed a sudden and unexpected attack by firing on a moving bus and on the citizens, including a woman attendant of a patient. They even planted five IEDs on a railway track, which fortunately didn’t blow-off.”

Kamboj’s claim finds support in what a Punjab Police source said, “We heard the terrorists shout ‘Allah-O-Akbar’ (In Arabic it’s God is great) from inside the house, where they had taken shelter. They may be from Pakistan.”

Motive behind the attack?

According to counter-terrorism analysts and former intelligence officials, the possible motive behind the attack could be an attempt to revive militancy in the Punjab on one hand, to protesting the upcoming capital punishment to Yakub Memon scheduled to take place on 31 July.

“If Tiger Memon had been instrumental in carrying out the 1993 Mumbai serial blast at the behest of ISI, don’t you think it’s a kind of payback from the ISI using militants to show that if you hang ‘our people, we’ll kill yours’. Though, it’s too early to claim this theory, it can’t be ruled outoutright,” a former Intelligence Bureau (IB) official said on condition of anonymity.

Kamboj, who had served in the Punjab during its peak militancy period added, “The attack could be an attempt to revive militancy in Punjab. By unleashing a terror attack in Gurdaspur, the Pak-based militants have tried to give message to pro-Khalistan sympathizers and hardliners that a revival was possible. After all, many top leaders of the Babbar Khalsa and Khalistan Movement are enjoying hospitality by living in Pakistan under ISI’s patronage.”

Added Katoch, “The ISI would also like to de-stabilise India, due to the latter’s growing importance on the global platform and the strengthening of its economy.”

Reacting to the attack, Brar said the ISI has been trying to revive Khalistani terror groups. “Pakistani intelligence agency wants to take the Punjab back to what it was in the 1980s, while the state government has been weak. It is very disturbing to terrorists have come across the border. This is unfortunate that so many terrorists came unnoticed. It is the failure of the state government. The terrorists should have been rounded up,” Brar told a news channel.

Not Khalistan cause, Gurdaspur terror attack serves Pakistan’s long-term interest

First things first. Even though India has not officially pointed a finger at Pakistan for perpetrating the terror attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab on Monday, it is quite likely that Pakistan did it with a much larger objective than just trying to revive terrorism in Punjab. Even the Indian intelligence agencies have not ruled out ISI hand in the Monday attack.

Terror strike in Gurdaspur. PTITerror strike in Gurdaspur. PTI

Terror strike in Gurdaspur. PTI

The Gurdaspur attack is the first major terror attack in Narendra Modi‘s 14-month-old government if we don’t take regions like Jammu and Kashmir and the North East which are often prone to terrorists’ violence into account. The only other terror attack was in Bengaluru on 28 December 2014 when a woman was killed and five people were injured in a bomb blast at a restaurant on Church Street. But the Bengaluru attack was rather bizarre and was on a much smaller scale.

Monday’s attack definitely falls in that category – an attack against India. But why? And why on 27 July?

Is it related to Yakub Memon’s execution? Or is it a mere coincidence that hours after the attack began, the Supreme Court was to hear his petition challenging the validity of the death warrant issued against him?

I feel that Pakistan is desperate to see that Yakub Memon is hanged and in view of the recent groundswell of support for Memon by the media, leading politicians and legal luminaries as well as the civil society elements in Pakistan may have felt that the death row convict may finally escape the noose.

The fact is that it is in Pakistan’s long term strategic interest that Yakub Memon becomes the first convict in the 1993 Mumbai blast case to be hanged so that the Pakistani military and intelligence establishment can drum up support among Indians for anti-India strikes and revive its age-old but failed strategy of “thousand cuts” vis-a-vis India.

Nobody benefits more from Yakub’s hanging than Pakistan, particularly its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Firstpost, editor-in-chief, R Jagannathan has brilliantly focused on this aspect here.

For at least five years we have been hearing that Pakistan is trying to revive militancy in Punjab. The reports are not incorrect. Pakistan has been trying to do so for long and the very fact that it has not been able to pull it off demonstrates that this is no longer feasible as there is no traction for such sentiments among the people of Punjab.

Pakistan cleverly moved on to stoking militancy in Jammu and Kashmir after realizing that the Khalistan issue was dead and its last rites had been veritably performed. Militancy is still thriving in certain pockets of Jammu and Kashmir because of people’s support, a factor which is missing in Punjab today. Nowhere militancy can take roots without the support of the locals.

Moreover, the Punjab of 2015 is starkly different from the Punjab of the eighties when Operation Blue Star and Operation Black Thunder had hurt the religious sensibilities of the Sikhs and the state did not have multi-tier fencing and state-of-the-art gadgets and devices to keep border tensions in check.

Revival of militancy in Punjab would be a huge strategic victory for Pakistan which India can ill afford to concede. A lot has changed between then and now — particularly the pronounced nuclear weapon state status of India and Pakistan and a much more vocal international community that keeps up pressure on both India and Pakistan to smoke the peace pipe.

In any case, the talk of revival of militancy in Punjab would have been more credible had it been an attack by home-grown elements. You can’t build an entire militancy movement by sending terrorists on a fidayeen mission from across the border.

Therefore, the Gurdaspur attack was not really aimed at fanning the so-called Khalistan fire, though one cannot be complacent and push it entirely under the carpet.

The Gurdaspur attack may well have succeeded in fanning the fear of terror. Against this backdrop whatever sympathy could have accrued for Yakub Memon may have evaporated like a snowflake in an oven.

However, only time would tell whether the Gurdaspur attack was a one-off incident or whether more such heinous acts are in the pipeline. The choice of Gurdaspur for staging the first-ever big attack against India during the Modi government is understandable because it gave elements in Pakistan to deliver a hard punch at India in a short time given its geographical proximity to Pakistan.

Last, but not the least, India’s focus would now shift from possible dialogue with Pakistan to gathering irrefutable legally admissible evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the Gurdaspur incident. Basing on that India can go on record and tell the international community that it was Pakistan indeed who choreographed the fidayeen attack.

As of now, going by the circumstantial evidence things are definitely not looking rosy for resumption of India-Pakistan dialogue

Hanging Yakub Memon will be travesty of justice: Pakistan’s ISI may have the last laugh

It would be a national tragedy of epic proportions and a significant miscarriage of justice if Yakub Memon hangs for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts. Only one final decision by the Maharashtra Governor, on Memon’s mercy petition, and a third appeal in the Supreme Court now stand between him and the hangman.

Facts now emerging (or re-emerging) in the public domain show how badly the legal system has failed in Memon’s case. A letter written by B Raman, a former intelligence involved in Memon’s return and now published posthumously by Rediff.com, and a 2007 report by journalist Maseeh Rahman about how the Memons led by Yakub returned to India after the bombings, make it amply clear that most of the Memon family may have participated only passively in enabling the bombings.

Yakub Memon. IBN Live.Yakub Memon. IBN Live.

Yakub Memon. IBN Live.

There is good reason to believe that after the initial anger over the Mumbai communal riots of 1992 evaporated, most of them did not want to stay prisoners of Pakistan’s ISI, which helped mastermind the blasts. The Memons who deserve to be hanged are Tiger and Ayub (still in Pakistan as ISI protectees). They were at the core of the conspiracy to bomb several public places in 1993, which left 257 people dead. It is their hands that dripped with blood; Yakub was possibly the gullible brother who got splashed in red when the thundering caravan of public anger passed by him. This is not to say he was blameless, but he certainly was not the man who deserved the maximum punishment for the sufferings of those who died in the 1993 blasts.

Both Raman and Maseeh Rahman are clear (read their full stories here and here) that the Memons who returned in three batches to India in 1994 came back largely voluntarily (barring Yakub, who may have been caught through luck or a negotiated surrender). The families’ return was aided by the Indian CBI. Prima facie this establishes the fact that even if anger and fear may have prompted the Memons to aid (or passively support) the bombings which later led them all to flee to Pakistan, they had hoped that Indian law would treat them with fairness.

Raman and Rahman’s writings suggest that Yakub provided crucial evidence to link his brothers’ evil deeds with Pakistan, but, surprisingly, neither he nor his family got the benefit of becoming approvers in the case which could have led to lighter sentences for their roles in the blasts.

This is yet another classic case where a weak state has chosen to show strength against the weak by indirectly winking at injustice. Strong states do not let public emotions and political posturing get in the way of delivering real justice. In the Indian case, the political need to satiate public anger against the Memons made the “weak” Narasimha Rao government ignore the real reasons why the Memons came back and decided to treat Yakub and some other Memons as key villains deserving no leniency. (Even if they came back only to save their property, the fact is they came back to face Indian law.)

This is known is psychology as displaced aggression. If you can’t hit back at the person who wronged you, you hit out at those who are easily available.

Hear what Raman had to say about Yakub: “The cooperation of Yakub with the investigating agencies after he was picked up informally in Kathmandu and his role in persuading some other members of the family to come out of Pakistan and surrender constitute, in my view, a strong mitigating circumstance to be taken into consideration while considering whether the death penalty should be implemented.”

Maseeh Rahman wrote that Tiger Memon’s father actually “thrashed” him when he heard his son has used the services of Pakistan to plant the bombs in Mumbai.

The law has let the Memons who returned down. Weak-kneed politicians and the legal system have used a voluntary surrender to pretend they had caught dreaded terrorists to show they mean business.

There are three tragedies inherent in the Yakub story.

First, there is the inability of the political and legal system to deliver real justice and focusing instead on what is easy to do. Yakub was an easy target and he is being shown no mercy just to prove that the state means business when it comes to dealing with terrorism. Actually, it proves the opposite. It testifies to the impotence of the state which cannot bring the real culprits, Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon, to justice and is instead happy to send someone else to the gallows. The only message being sent is that the next time one should not trust the Indian legal system to help those who surrender voluntarily and seek to nail the real criminals.

Second, if Memon is hanged despite the facts that are now re-emerging, it will prove yet again that political support is the key to getting convicts an easier sentence. We know that political support in Punjab and Tamil Nadu helped both Balwant Singh Rajaona (convicted for the assassination of Punjab CM Beant Singh) and the three convicts facing death sentences for the Rajiv Gandhi assassination. If Yakub Memon is hanged for lesser offences that what Rajaona and Rajiv’s assassins have been convicted for, it would make this assessment obvious.

Third, the final tragedy would be to establish religion as the central issue in tackling terrorism. Politicians are happy to mouth the truism that terror has no religion, but that is not how they behave. It would be a real tragedy if the only politician batting for Yakub Memon is a Muslim politician like Asaduddin Owaisi of MIM. All the so-called “secular” parties are staying mum for reasons of political cowardice.

The BJP and Narendra Modi‘s government, which have no reason to guard their Right flanks against charges of appeasement of Muslims, should use this as an opportunity to show they are not blind to issues of justice involving the minority community.

Without in any way reducing the culpability of various members of the Memon family for aiding or abetting the Mumbai blasts, the hanging of Yakub Memon, if it finally comes to that, would be a triple disaster for the country. Giving the victims of the blasts a sense of closure does not mean denying a fair deal to the Memons who came back to face Indian law.

Hanging Yakub would also mean Tiger Memon was right in advising him not to return. Maseeh Rahman’s report quotes Tiger Memon of warning Yakub: Tum Gandhiwadi ban ke ja rahe ho, lekin wahan atankwadi qarar kiye jaoge” (You are going as a Gandhian, but over there you will be labelled a terrorist).

If Yakub hangs, it would prove Tiger Memon right. Pakistan’s ISI will have the last laugh. It could not prevent Yakub’s surrender. Now India is doing its job of killing off someone who didn’t kowtow to the ISI. Is that what secular India wants?

Dawood Ibrahim had contacts with high-ranking Indian politicians, internal involvement made 26/11 possible: Report

Dawood in 2006 travelled on an international flight from the UAE to South Africa and the seat next to him was occupied by a senior politician, who knew him.

Dawood Ibrahim

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According to a report in the Sunday Guardian, India’s most wanted terrorist, Dawood Ibrahim, was given a new identity in 2003 by the ISI. This was done to reduce the chances of detection and to enable him to travel to multiple countries across the globe.Further, it claims that 26/11 became possible because of Indian involvement and that high ranking politicians from both UPA and NDA had contacts with Dawood.The Sunday Indian report claims that Dawood’s identity was changed once it became clear that the US government, under repeated requests from the AB Vajpayee government, would declare Dawood a ‘Specially Designated International Terrorist’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The US declared Dawood an international terrorist in October 2003, several months after the change in his identity. According to Sunday Guardian’s US sources, “Such a step had no effect on Dawood’s international operations, both business and terror-related”, in view of the fact that he was thereby enabled to travel safely to multiple locations through use of the documents prepared for him by the ISI.The Pakistan authorities allegedly made Dawood aware in advance that he was to be designated an international terrorist, and by the change in his identity, enabled his travel to countries like South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Portugal and Dubai.The Sunday Guardian further claims that Dawood had transferred properties which were in his name to nominees and benamis in 2002 itself, so that nothing of any value was seized anywhere in the world, including in India, where he has substantial assets, especially in Mumbai and Hyderabad. Terrorism, hawala and narcotics are said to be some of Dawood’s prime businesses. Furthermore, Dawood transferred assets and sold off many of his international businesses during 2006-2011, says the report, US based sources claimed to Sunday Guardian.The sources allege that neither Vajpayee nor Manmohan Singh tried any effective counter measures to overcome Dawood’s actions. But when Narendra Modi as PM visited the USA, NSA Ajit Doval ‘stayed two extra days in Washington mainly to work out ways of capturing or otherwise incapacitating Dawood’.The new legal identity of Dawood, accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, still poses a challenge to Indian authorities. He has maintained a low profile, alleges the report, but continued to dabble in Bollywood and match fixing in cricket.But there is an even more shocking claim. The sources state that the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks would not have succeeded if Dawood did not have longstanding contacts within the Mumbai Police, and within the political network both in Maharashtra and the country. The report alleges that many high ranking politicians were afraid of being exposed if the domestic angle to 26/11 was seriously probed – so it never was. “It was as though the investigators were told not to believe that there was a network in India, which provided information to ISI proxies about the interior layout and work schedules of the Taj Mahal and Oberoi Trident hotels,” say the sources to Sunday Guardian.The report also states that at least two employees of the Taj hotel and one of the Trident provided information to the Pakistani handlers. But none of the three “were questioned by the police and in fact remained in service after the blasts”. But the Mumbai Police staunchly deny claims of Indian involvement.However, the don is “still very much in charge of the operations of the companies he owns”, as well as his traditional business of extracting money from businesspersons in India, besides dealings in real estate, mainly in Maharashtra, his home state “where he knows several officials and politicians, even meeting in the past with them in locations where his actual identity is safe from detection”, says the report.The US sources further allege that “a director-general of police and five inspectors-general of police and DIGs have worked for Dawood in the past”. But the coming of the Modi government has made such connections difficult.More shockingly, the report claims that at least two senior NDA leaders and four UPA leaders were in contact with Dawood before 26/11, but all but one of the six dropped their association with him after the attacks. The last politician also stopped contact with him in 2011. In fact, Dawood in 2006 travelled on an international flight from the UAE to South Africa and the seat next to him was occupied by a senior politician who knew whom he was talking to throughout the journey, claim the US experts to Sunday Guardian.The counter-terrorism experts say that Dawood’s family is “almost totally unaware of the new identity of their internationally known relative as given in the travel documents”, supplied to Dawood 12 years ago, and that these papers are used “only while travelling internationally and domestically and in financial transactions”, so that the names and aliases of Dawood do not come up on any record, including those of banks and airlines.Dawood however no longer uses the phone, claim the experts. They state that he has also restricted his movements within Pakistan since 2012. Lastly, the experts commend Ajit Doval for his efforts in bringing back Dawood to India, but say this is extremely difficult due to his new identity and the lack of cooperation on the Pakistani front.

Hanging Yakub Memon will be a travesty of justice: Pak ISI may have last laugh

It would be a national tragedy of epic proportions and a significant miscarriage of justice if Yakub Memon hangs for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts. Only one final decision by the Maharashtra Governor, on Memon’s mercy petition, and a third appeal in the Supreme Court now stand between him and the hangman.

Facts now emerging (or re-emerging) in the public domain show how badly the legal system has failed in Memon’s case. A letter written by B Raman, a former intelligence involved in Memon’s return and now published posthumously by Rediff.com, and a 2007 report by journalist Maseeh Rahman about how the Memons led by Yakub returned to India after the bombings, make it amply clear that most of the Memon family may have participated only passively in enabling the bombings.

Yakub Memon. IBN Live.Yakub Memon. IBN Live.

Yakub Memon. IBN Live.

There is good reason to believe that after the initial anger over the Mumbai communal riots of 1992 evaporated, most of them did not want to stay prisoners of Pakistan’s ISI, which helped mastermind the blasts. The Memons who deserve to be hanged are Tiger and Ayub (still in Pakistan as ISI protectees). They were at the core of the conspiracy to bomb several public places in 1993, which left 257 people dead. It is their hands that dripped with blood; Yakub was possibly the gullible brother who got splashed in red when the thundering caravan of public anger passed by him. This is not to say he was blameless, but he certainly was not the man who deserved the maximum punishment for the sufferings of those who died in the 1993 blasts.

Both Raman and Maseeh Rahman are clear (read their full stories here and here) that the Memons who returned in three batches to India in 1994 came back largely voluntarily (barring Yakub, who may have been caught through luck or a negotiated surrender). The families’ return was aided by the Indian CBI. Prima facie this establishes the fact that even if anger and fear may have prompted the Memons to aid (or passively support) the bombings which later led them all to flee to Pakistan, they had hoped that Indian law would treat them with fairness.

Raman and Rahman’s writings suggest that Yakub provided crucial evidence to link his brothers’ evil deeds with Pakistan, but, surprisingly, neither he nor his family got the benefit of becoming approvers in the case which could have led to lighter sentences for their roles in the blasts.

This is yet another classic case where a weak state has chosen to show strength against the weak by indirectly winking at injustice. Strong states do not let public emotions and political posturing get in the way of delivering real justice. In the Indian case, the political need to satiate public anger against the Memons made the “weak” Narasimha Rao government ignore the real reasons why the Memons came back and decided to treat Yakub and some other Memons as key villains deserving no leniency. (Even if they came back only to save their property, the fact is they came back to face Indian law.)

This is known is psychology as displaced aggression. If you can’t hit back at the person who wronged you, you hit out at those who are easily available.

Hear what Raman had to say about Yakub: “The cooperation of Yakub with the investigating agencies after he was picked up informally in Kathmandu and his role in persuading some other members of the family to come out of Pakistan and surrender constitute, in my view, a strong mitigating circumstance to be taken into consideration while considering whether the death penalty should be implemented.”

Maseeh Rahman wrote that Tiger Memon’s father actually “thrashed” him when he heard his son has used the services of Pakistan to plant the bombs in Mumbai.

The law has let the Memons who returned down. Weak-kneed politicians and the legal system have used a voluntary surrender to pretend they had caught dreaded terrorists to show they mean business.

There are three tragedies inherent in the Yakub story.

First, there is the inability of the political and legal system to deliver real justice and focusing instead on what is easy to do. Yakub was an easy target and he is being shown no mercy just to prove that the state means business when it comes to dealing with terrorism. Actually, it proves the opposite. It testifies to the impotence of the state which cannot bring the real culprits, Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon, to justice and is instead happy to send someone else to the gallows. The only message being sent is that the next time one should not trust the Indian legal system to help those who surrender voluntarily and seek to nail the real criminals.

Second, if Memon is hanged despite the facts that are now re-emerging, it will prove yet again that political support is the key to getting convicts an easier sentence. We know that political support in Punjab and Tamil Nadu helped both Balwant Singh Rajaona (convicted for the assassination of Punjab CM Beant Singh) and the three convicts facing death sentences for the Rajiv Gandhi assassination. If Yakub Memon is hanged for lesser offences that what Rajaona and Rajiv’s assassins have been convicted for, it would make this assessment obvious.

Third, the final tragedy would be to establish religion as the central issue in tackling terrorism. Politicians are happy to mouth the truism that terror has no religion, but that is not how they behave. It would be a real tragedy if the only politician batting for Yakub Memon is a Muslim politician like Asaduddin Owaisi of MIM. All the so-called “secular” parties are staying mum for reasons of political cowardice.

The BJP and Narendra Modi‘s government, which have no reason to guard their Right flanks against charges of appeasement of Muslims, should use this as an opportunity to show they are not blind to issues of justice involving the minority community.

Without in any way reducing the culpability of various members of the Memon family for aiding or abetting the Mumbai blasts, the hanging of Yakub Memon, if it finally comes to that, would be a triple disaster for the country. Giving the victims of the blasts a sense of closure does not mean denying a fair deal to the Memons who came back to face Indian law.

Hanging Yakub would also mean Tiger Memon was right in advising him not to return. Maseeh Rahman’s report quotes Tiger Memon of warning Yakub: Tum Gandhiwadi ban ke ja rahe ho, lekin wahan atankwadi qarar kiye jaoge” (You are going as a Gandhian, but over there you will be labelled a terrorist).

If Yakub hangs, it would prove Tiger Memon right. Pakistan’s ISI will have the last laugh. It could not prevent Yakub’s surrender. Now India is doing its job of killing off someone who didn’t kowtow to the ISI. Is that what secular India wants?

Asaduddin Owaisi, ex-sleuths trigger row over Yakub Memon hanging

Rumours that there was a deal between Memon and the intelligence agencies had always swirled thick and fast over the years, but the revelation of former intelligence operative B Raman, who died of cancer some years ago, has confirmed the take partially.

Even as Yakub Memon, convicted for playing a key role in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, is counting his days, former sleuths and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi have triggered a row, questioning his death sentence. While Owaisi sought to communalise the issue, former intelligence officers found merit in Yakub for extending cooperation during probe. A former sleuth told dna Yakub even provided resilient leads against perpetrators of the blasts, and significantly irrefutable proof about the involvement of ISI (Pakistan spy agency) hoping to be spared of a harsh sentence.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In July 1994, when then home minister SB Chavan went public claiming Yakub was arrested by police from New Delhi railway station, spooks in India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) were patting their backs. The R&AW had convinced Yakub to give up life in a gilded cage in Karachi under the ISI’s watch, to return and surrender before Indian authorities. Yakub also helped the CBI in persuading some other members of his family to go to Dubai from Karachi and surrender to the Indian authorities. A senior Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer was sent to Dubai to make diplomatic arrangements for receiving the Memons and sending them to India.Rumours that there was a deal between Memon and the intelligence agencies had always swirled thick and fast over the years, but the revelation of former intelligence operative B Raman, who died of cancer some years ago, has confirmed the take partially. In an unpublished write-up, Raman, who headed the Pakistan desk in the R&AW revealed in 2008 that he had coordinated the operation to bring back Yakub and other members of the Memon family from Karachi. He had written the article for a web portal, but they published it in 2015 just a few days ago. In the spy games, spooks rarely come out to defend their undercover agents once they get trapped in the vortex of law. Therefore, many believe that Raman’s article was an unusual departure, the reason why it could not get published in 2007, when the apex court confirmed death sentence of Memon. “It is brave of B Raman to speak the truth, I admire his courage. We intelligence-wallahs are always accused of doing hanky-panky but here is an IPS officer who put down his version honestly. I totally believe what Raman says,” said AS Dulat, former chief of R&AW.According to Raman, in July 1994, some weeks before his retirement, Memon was informally picked up in Kathmandu with the help of the Nepal police, driven across Nepal to a town in Indian territory, flown to Delhi by an aircraft of the Aviation Research Centre and formally arrested in Old Delhi by the investigating authorities and taken into custody for interrogation. His version has put a question mark on the basis upon which Memon was awarded the death penalty.Even as political parties sharply reacted at Owasi’s attempts to communalise Yakub hanging, analysts do question choosing Memon so hurriedly for the noose, while keeping Rajiv Gandhi’s killers, Punjab terrorists Balwant Singh Rajoana, convicted in chief minister Beant Singh murder and Devinderpal Singh Bullar away from the hangman.Owaisi sought to know whether the perpetrators of demolition of disputed structure in Ayodhya, communal riots of Mumbai and Gujarat and other such sensational cases would face a similar punishment. “Why have not perpetrators of Babri Masjid demolition been convicted and will they also be given capital punishment as that is the original sin,” the Hyderabad MP asked. He also alleged that recommendations of Sri Krishna Commission have been put in cold storage both by the BJP-Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP governments in Maharashtra, and wondered how many have been convicted in the Mumbai riots of December, 1992 and January, 1993.

Late RAW official B Raman wanted leniency for Yakub Memon

B Raman, who retired as Additional Secretary in 1994 and was in-charge of counter-terrorism, had written an article for publication containing this view but stopped it from seeing the light of the day following an after thought.

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A late top official of RAW had favoured clemency for death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai blast case Yakub Memon on the ground that he had cooperated with investigating agencies and does not deserve to be hanged.B Raman, who retired as Additional Secretary in 1994 and was in-charge of counter-terrorism, had written an article for publication containing this view but stopped it from seeing the light of the day following an after thought.But the article has now been published on ‘Rediff.com’ website which talks about Memon being picked up in Nepal and his subsequent formal arrest at Old Delhi railway station by the CBI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chennai-based B S Raghavan, brother of the late Raman, said “everything that has been published is correct and he (Raman) had written it”.Raman, who passed away in 2013, had written about a “moral dilemma” in his mind ever since he had read about the sentencing of Memon to death by the court in 2006.”There is not an iota of doubt about the involvement of Yakub and other members of the family in the conspiracy and their cooperation with the ISI till July 1994. In normal circumstances, Yakub would have deserved the death penalty if one only took into consideration his conduct and role before July 1994. But if one also takes into consideration his conduct and role after he was informally picked up in Kathmandu, there is a strong case for having second thoughts about the suitability of the death penalty in the subsequent stages of the case,” said the article which has been published after taking permission from his brother.The writer, who has written a book “The Kaoboys of RAW”, spoke about many questions in his mind before writing the article but said “ultimately, I decided to write this in the belief that it is important to prevent a person, who in my view does not deserve to be hanged, from going to the gallows.”According to him, Yakub had cooperated with the probe agencies and assisted them by persuading some other members of the Memon family to flee from the protection of the ISI in Karachi to Dubai and surrender to the Indian authorities.”The cooperation of Yakub with the investigating agencies after he was picked up informally in Kathmandu and his role in persuading some other members of the family to come out of Pakistan and surrender constitute, in my view, a strong mitigating circumstance to be taken into consideration while considering whether the death penalty should be implemented,” he had argued in his article. Raman said he was disturbed to notice that some mitigating circumstances in the case of Yakub Memon and some other members of the family were probably not brought to the notice of the court by the prosecution and that the prosecution did not suggest to the court that these circumstances should be taken into consideration while deciding on the punishment to be awarded to them.”In their eagerness to obtain the death penalty, the fact that there were mitigating circumstances do not appear to have been highlighted,” he said.About his arrest part, Raman wrote that in July 1994, some weeks before his retirement, he was informally picked up in Kathmandu, with the help of the Nepal police, driven across Nepal to a town in Indian territory, flown to Delhi by an aircraft of the Aviation Research Centre and formally arrested in Old Delhi by the investigating authorities and taken into custody for interrogation.”The entire operation was coordinated by me,” he said.Yakub was in Kathmandu to consult a lawyer about surrendering before the court but was advised against it and asked to return to Pakistan.”Before he could board the flight to Karachi, he was picked up by the Nepal police on suspicion, identified and rapidly moved to India,” he said.

#RAWattacksAfghanParliament: Why Pakistani Twitterati blamed India for Taliban attack

How brazen can brazen be? Consider the voices emanating from Pakistan over Monday’s terror attack on the Afghan parliament and this question will ring out loudly.

Many Pakistanis seriously believe that India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) choreographed the terror attack on Afghan parliament. #RAWattacksAfghanParliament has been the top trending subject on Pakistan Twitter since news of attack on Afghan parliament broke out.

An Afghan security personnel runs at the site of an attack in front of Parliament building in Kabul . AFPAn Afghan security personnel runs at the site of an attack in front of Parliament building in Kabul . AFP

An Afghan security personnel runs at the site of an attack in front of Parliament building in Kabul . AFP

The top trending subject highlights Indian defence minister Manohar Parikkar’s reported remark that “You have to neutralise terrorist through terrorist only”. It also quotes him as saying that the Modi government is different from the previous one because it has given the Indian Army a free hand to tackle terrorists through intelligence.

An objective and dispassionate account of the attack can be read in the London Telegraph here

Needless to say, such campaigns on social media are an integral feature of the psyops of Pakistani intelligence and security establishments. Consider some of the tweets soaked in malicious Pakistani propaganda.

Attempts have been made by Pakistani spin doctors to clothe their outlandish claims with some weird strategic logic, an example of which can be seen here.

These spin doctors are claiming that RAW was behind Monday’s Afghan parliament attack as India is deeply upset over the intelligence deal signed last month between Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS).

The line being pushed by the Pakistani intelligence brass over the Afghan parliament attack is that “the only beneficiary” of this terror attack is India as it would cause strain in Afghanistan-Pakistan ties.

The first-of-its-kind deal between the two intelligence agencies followed a visit by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, accompanied with Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif and ISI Chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, to Kabul in May 2015 aims at taking the level of intelligence cooperation between the two countries sharing a border of 1700 kms to another level.

The pact envisages cooperation in counter-terrorism operations and joint probe of terror suspects. Besides, the ISI would also equip the NDS and train its personnel. During this trip, the Pakistan government denounced Taliban and said that future violence by the militant group would be treated as terrorism.

ISPR’s Maj Gen Asim Bajwa said, “MoU signed by ISI and NDS includes intelligence sharing, complementary and coordinated intel operations on respective sides.” Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman Ajmal Abidy was quoted by Afghanistan’s ToloNews, as saying: “The focus of this agreement is mostly on jointly fighting terrorism.” The ToloNews also quoted officials of the previous Karzai government as saying that no such agreement existed in the past.

The real truth is light years away. Obviously, Pakistan is trying to pre-empt India by blaming its external intelligence agency before international agencies eventually turn heat on Islamabad.

The real victim here is Afghan President Ashraf Ghani who decided to sup with the devil against the recommendation of his intelligence brass in sealing the deal with the ISI.

The fact that the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack shows that Taliban is no longer a pet parrot of ISI. Moreover, the attack coincides with the Taliban wresting control of yet another district in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province.

Taliban launches spring offensive in Afghanistan every year. The real test of President Ghani, who is having acute differences with his country’s CEO Abdullah Abdullah, lies in how ferocious and bloody the Taliban’s spring offensive is going to be this time.

As for India, it enjoys massive grassroots-level support in Afghanistan, despite the fact that it has pumped in only $2.4 billion of investment in that country against scores of billions pumped in by the West. But the Indian investment has given benefit to the common man and that’s why it has a vibrant intelligence network in Afghanistan.

That doesn’t mean that India can afford to be complacent. The attack on Afghan parliament was on the old building. India is constructing the new parliament building which is nearly complete at the cost of over $125 million. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be traveling to Kabul later this year to inaugurate the new parliament building.

#RAWattacksAfghanParliament: How Twitter in Pakistan blamed Taliban attack on India

How brazen can brazen be? Consider the voices emanating from Pakistan over Monday’s terror attack on the Afghan parliament and this question will ring out loudly.

Many Pakistanis seriously believe that India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) choreographed the terror attack on Afghan parliament. #RAWattacksAfghanParliament has been the top trending subject on Pakistan Twitter since news of attack on Afghan parliament broke out.

An Afghan security personnel runs at the site of an attack in front of Parliament building in Kabul . AFPAn Afghan security personnel runs at the site of an attack in front of Parliament building in Kabul . AFP

An Afghan security personnel runs at the site of an attack in front of Parliament building in Kabul . AFP

The top trending subject highlights Indian defence minister Manohar Parikkar’s reported remark that “You have to neutralise terrorist through terrorist only”. It also quotes him as saying that the Modi government is different from the previous one because it has given the Indian Army a free hand to tackle terrorists through intelligence.

An objective and dispassionate account of the attack can be read in the London Telegraph here

Needless to say, such campaigns on social media are an integral feature of the psyops of Pakistani intelligence and security establishments. Consider some of the tweets soaked in malicious Pakistani propaganda.

Attempts have been made by Pakistani spin doctors to clothe their outlandish claims with some weird strategic logic, an example of which can be seen here.

These spin doctors are claiming that RAW was behind Monday’s Afghan parliament attack as India is deeply upset over the intelligence deal signed last month between Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS).

The line being pushed by the Pakistani intelligence brass over the Afghan parliament attack is that “the only beneficiary” of this terror attack is India as it would cause strain in Afghanistan-Pakistan ties.

The first-of-its-kind deal between the two intelligence agencies followed a visit by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, accompanied with Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif and ISI Chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, to Kabul in May 2015 aims at taking the level of intelligence cooperation between the two countries sharing a border of 1700 kms to another level.

The pact envisages cooperation in counter-terrorism operations and joint probe of terror suspects. Besides, the ISI would also equip the NDS and train its personnel. During this trip, the Pakistan government denounced Taliban and said that future violence by the militant group would be treated as terrorism.

ISPR’s Maj Gen Asim Bajwa said, “MoU signed by ISI and NDS includes intelligence sharing, complementary and coordinated intel operations on respective sides.” Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman Ajmal Abidy was quoted by Afghanistan’s ToloNews, as saying: “The focus of this agreement is mostly on jointly fighting terrorism.” The ToloNews also quoted officials of the previous Karzai government as saying that no such agreement existed in the past.

The real truth is light years away. Obviously, Pakistan is trying to pre-empt India by blaming its external intelligence agency before international agencies eventually turn heat on Islamabad.

The real victim here is Afghan President Ashraf Ghani who decided to sup with the devil against the recommendation of his intelligence brass in sealing the deal with the ISI.

The fact that the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack shows that Taliban is no longer a pet parrot of ISI. Moreover, the attack coincides with the Taliban wresting control of yet another district in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province.

Taliban launches spring offensive in Afghanistan every year. The real test of President Ghani, who is having acute differences with his country’s CEO Abdullah Abdullah, lies in how ferocious and bloody the Taliban’s spring offensive is going to be this time.

As for India, it enjoys massive grassroots-level support in Afghanistan, despite the fact that it has pumped in only $2.4 billion of investment in that country against scores of billions pumped in by the West. But the Indian investment has given benefit to the common man and that’s why it has a vibrant intelligence network in Afghanistan.

That doesn’t mean that India can afford to be complacent. The attack on Afghan parliament was on the old building. India is constructing the new parliament building which is nearly complete at the cost of over $125 million. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be traveling to Kabul later this year to inaugurate the new parliament building.

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahaim in Pakistan, says Intelligence

Former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar in an interview to a national daily last week, was quoted as saying Dawood, labelled by the US as ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’, had got in touch with him and wanted to surrender, but the plan was shelved by the government.

Even though the government has informed the Parliament that the location of Dawood Ibrahim is not known, according to the intelligence agencies, the underworld don is hiding in Pakistan.A report sent to the government by the intelligence, few weeks ago said that Dawood was in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), the area which is under the direct control of ISI, said a leading daily.According to Deccan Chronicle, “Within NWFP too, Dawood is on the move, constantly shifting his base and hideout every few weeks. However, he has considerably restricted his movements outside Pakistan (due to) mounting global pressure, particularly from the US,” the intelligence report states.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Further quoting senior officer, report said that Dawood is still in Pakistan under the direct patronage of the ISI, however, he is not visiting Karachi and operates mostly from the tribal areas in the NWFP region.”Two days ago, Lok Sabha was informed that Dawood’s location is not known and once he is located, his extradition process will be initiated.Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said Dawood is an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and a red corner notice has been issued against him.However, after the government was left red- faced over its contradictory reply in Parliament on the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim, junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju said the underworld don lives in Pakistan and the Centre would continue to pursue the case very seriously.Interestingly, the government has been maintaining for a long time that Dawood is living in Pakistan with the patronage of Pakistani security establishment. The name of Dawood, who is wanted in connection with 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, figures in almost all the dossiers that have been handed over to Pakistan since the NDA rule in early 2000.Also read: Top 5 locations of Dawood IbrahimDawood, who has been listed as as Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the United States for his alleged links with al Qaeda terror group, vanished from Mumbai between 1992-93 and settled in a Gulf country.The CBI has alleged that he conspired with ISI to carry out serial blasts in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed and property worth Rs 32 crore damagedFormer Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar in an interview to a national daily last week, was quoted as saying Dawood, labelled by the US as ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’, had got in touch with him and wanted to surrender, but the plan was shelved by the government.However, the 1976 batch IPS officer who retired as Delhi police chief in 2013, later denied reports attributed to him that Dawood had negotiated surrender with him months after the 1993 blasts and that the government of the day scuttled the plans at the last moment.

Where in the world is Dawood Ibrahim: Experts say Modi govt’s ‘ignorance’ is unavoidable

New Delhi: Where is India’s most wanted fugitive, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, right now? If the reply to a question on the topic from Union Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in Lok Sabha on Tuesday is taken at face value, the prime accused in the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai is not traceable at the moment.

Since his location is not known, the government cannot begin the extradition process against him, he said.

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

His reply flies contrary to the position of several governments, including that of the present one in 2014. In October 2005, the then Home Minister Shivraj Patil had said that Dawood was in Pakistan. In 2006 he had made it more specific saying the fugitive was located in Karachi.

Later, during UPA II, the former Home Minister P Chidambaram had made a similar statement in 2011. In December 2014, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had said that India had asked Pakistan to hand over Dawood as enough evidence had been given to it on the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. His name figures in the official dossier on 2008 Mumbai blasts submitted to Pakistan by India.

Then what compelled the government to contradict its own statement on Dawood? Defence analysts say he is still in Pakistan, well protected by the ISI. The government’s latest position should not be taken at face value since it has to take into consideration the operational concerns of the intelligence agencies.

Former R&AW chief, CD Sahay told Firstpost, “We can speculate anything about Dawood, but the intelligence agencies must be well aware of his exact movements. And, they are not supposed to share information in the interest of the investigation and the tracking being conducted by the agencies, which may jeopardize national security.”

Regarding the statement made by the minister in Parliament, Sahay, who was in-charge of the division responsible for analysis and operations relating to Pakistan, said, “It reflects the current situation. The contradiction we are talking about in government’s statements between the past and the present is related to the point of time. The minister has replied to extradition proceedings of Dawood, which is a legal issue. For extradition, exact location of the person concerned is required. Now, regarding sharing of information, even if the government has an idea, it’s its prerogative whether to share it in public domain or not. There are several constraints and national interest can’t be compromised at any cost.”

Former Special Director, Intelligence Bureau (IB), DC Nath added, “One may think what the government said in Lok Sabha is different from the information that the intelligence agencies have with them regarding Dawood Ibrahim, but it is not true. It may be that due to strategic reasons it would not be viable for the government to share all information in public domain. And, it’s justified keeping the interests of Indian intelligence.”

The defence analysts and experts on intelligence opined whatever the Indian government wants to say on Dawood, needs to be in a calibrated manner, keeping national security in mind. Alok Bansal, Director at Centre for Security & Strategy, India Foundation, remarked, “The last known destination of Dawood was Karachi. Right now, we can’t pin-point his location. However, one thing is clear he Dawood is in Pakistan under the protection of ISI. And, it’s this agency, which is making Dawood move from one location to another for his safety. The ISI can’t let Dawood leave Pakistan at any cost, which will be critical for them. On the other hand, Indian intelligence can’t share everything.”

The R&AW in the past had believed that one of Dawood’s addresses included ‘White House at Clifton in Karachi’. However, Pakistan has always denied his presence in the country. After the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, which Dawood allegedly organized and financed, he became India’s most wanted man. According to the United States, Ibrahim maintained close links with al-Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden and it declared him a ‘global terrorist’ in 2003.

Though Pakistan always denied Dawood’s presence, his son got married to Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad’s daughter. “It’s a well-known fact that Dawood headed the D-Company, an organized crime syndicate, with a vast illegal empire. His connections with Mumbai through sleeper cells can’t be ruled out.

“Probably, through his syndicate, he is continuing with his illegal business sitting in Pakistan. He is known to have several business interests in Karachi and other cities there,” an intelligence source said, adding the minister’s answer in Lok Sabha touches only the technical point about his extradition.

Where in the world is Dawood Ibrahim: Experts say govt’s ‘ignorance’ is unavoidable

New Delhi: Where is India’s most wanted fugitive, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, right now? If the reply to a question on the topic from Union Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in Lok Sabha on Tuesday is taken at face value, the prime accused in the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai is not traceable at the moment.

Since his location is not known, the government cannot begin the extradition process against him, he said.

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

His reply flies contrary to the position of several governments, including that of the present one in 2014. In October 2005, the then Home Minister Shivraj Patil had said that Dawood was in Pakistan. In 2006 he had made it more specific saying the fugitive was located in Karachi.

Later, during UPA II, the former Home Minister P Chidambaram had made a similar statement in 2011. In December 2014, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had said that India had asked Pakistan to hand over Dawood as enough evidence had been given to it on the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. His name figures in the official dossier on 2008 Mumbai blasts submitted to Pakistan by India.

Then what compelled the government to contradict its own statement on Dawood? Defence analysts say he is still in Pakistan, well protected by the ISI. The government’s latest position should not be taken at face value since it has to take into consideration the operational concerns of the intelligence agencies.

Former R&AW chief, CD Sahay told Firstpost, “We can speculate anything about Dawood, but the intelligence agencies must be well aware of his exact movements. And, they are not supposed to share information in the interest of the investigation and the tracking being conducted by the agencies, which may jeopardize national security.”

Regarding the statement made by the minister in Parliament, Sahay, who was in-charge of the division responsible for analysis and operations relating to Pakistan, said, “It reflects the current situation. The contradiction we are talking about in government’s statements between the past and the present is related to the point of time. The minister has replied to extradition proceedings of Dawood, which is a legal issue. For extradition, exact location of the person concerned is required. Now, regarding sharing of information, even if the government has an idea, it’s its prerogative whether to share it in public domain or not. There are several constraints and national interest can’t be compromised at any cost.”

Former Special Director, Intelligence Bureau (IB), DC Nath added, “One may think what the government said in Lok Sabha is different from the information that the intelligence agencies have with them regarding Dawood Ibrahim, but it is not true. It may be that due to strategic reasons it would not be viable for the government to share all information in public domain. And, it’s justified keeping the interests of Indian intelligence.”

The defence analysts and experts on intelligence opined whatever the Indian government wants to say on Dawood, needs to be in a calibrated manner, keeping national security in mind. Alok Bansal, Director at Centre for Security & Strategy, India Foundation, remarked, “The last known destination of Dawood was Karachi. Right now, we can’t pin-point his location. However, one thing is clear he Dawood is in Pakistan under the protection of ISI. And, it’s this agency, which is making Dawood move from one location to another for his safety. The ISI can’t let Dawood leave Pakistan at any cost, which will be critical for them. On the other hand, Indian intelligence can’t share everything.”

The R&AW in the past had believed that one of Dawood’s addresses included ‘White House at Clifton in Karachi’. However, Pakistan has always denied his presence in the country. After the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, which Dawood allegedly organized and financed, he became India’s most wanted man. According to the United States, Ibrahim maintained close links with al-Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden and it declared him a ‘global terrorist’ in 2003.

Though Pakistan always denied Dawood’s presence, his son got married to Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad’s daughter. “It’s a well-known fact that Dawood headed the D-Company, an organized crime syndicate, with a vast illegal empire. His connections with Mumbai through sleeper cells can’t be ruled out.

“Probably, through his syndicate, he is continuing with his illegal business sitting in Pakistan. He is known to have several business interests in Karachi and other cities there,” an intelligence source said, adding the minister’s answer in Lok Sabha touches only the technical point about his extradition.

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