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Centre compiles proof against Pakistan

Centre compiles proof against Pakistan

Author: Josy Joseph in New Delhi
Publication: Rediff on Net
Date: December 3, 2002
URL: http://www.rediff.com/news/2002/dec/03josy1.htm

The government has compiled and published, probably for the first time, a comprehensive report on cross-border terrorism perpetuated by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence through various terrorist outfits in Jammu and Kashmir.

The report, a copy of which is with rediff.com, is a key weapon in New Delhi's attempt to convince the international community about Pakistan's involvement in spreading terror in India.

The 186-page report, published under the official seal of the Government of India and titled Pakistan's Involvement in Terrorism Against India, warns of more suicide raids against vulnerable targets and VIPs in the country.

The document, which is in the form of a book, also provides details of Pakistan's involvement in terrorism in other countries.

The document is being shared with key diplomatic missions in New Delhi and important nations through Indian missions abroad.

The report has addresses, phone numbers, and other details of Pakistan- based terrorist groups that are active in J&K.

"All major Kashmiri groups, including the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, Jaish-e- Mohammed, Al-Badr and the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, have their headquarters in Pakistan. These organisation function openly from Pakistan, collect funds and recruit Pakistani youth, all in the guise of jihad," the reports says.

The Pakistan government and its agencies encourage these outfits, it alleges.

The book says some of the phone numbers and addresses may have changed as the Pakistan government is shifting most of the terrorist groups to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Here is a sample:

Maulana Masood Azhar,
Amir, Jaish-e-Mohammed,
Mobile phone: 0300-680382
Residence: 0621888627.

The book says the "central office of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, which was earlier in Islamabad, has been shifted to Bahawalpur".

New address:

House No F-16,
Ehassan Colony,
PO Box No 7,
GPO, Bahawalpur.

Old address:

House No 868,
I-10/4, Main Road, Near Khalid Hospital Stop,
Phone: 051-4432400.

The book also has details of accounts held by various terrorist groups of fund collection.

The book claims that some hardcore terrorist outfits, "which could also include elements from the Al Qaida and Taliban, feel that forcing India to launch a war against Pakistan will bring greater dividends to their pan- Islamic programme. Some hawks in the Pakistani military hierarchy also subscribe to this view".

"Terrorist incidents, including suicide attacks as well as attempts on the lives of Indian leadership, cannot be ruled out in the days to come," the report warns, giving details of recent threats issued against Indian leaders and important installations.

The book is also a catalogue of India's political failure to quell what started as an indigenous rebellion in Kashmir in the late 80s. In fact, the book shows how the neglect of the Kashmir problem in its early phase led to the birth of dreaded groups like the LeT. And as the political leadership failed to make any breakthrough over the years, these groups turned deadlier and deadlier.

The story of the LeT is typical to that of any terrorist group operating in J&K. "Only 401 [including 3 from Kashmir] LeT terrorists were killed till November 98. The sudden upsurge in LeT's activities is evident from the fact that 615 were killed in the next two years. Between December 98 and November 99 301 [1 from Kashmir] were killed and 314 from December 99 to December 2000. The year 2000 witnessed launching of suicide operations with a suicide attack on a BSF camp at Bandipura on July 12," it says.

The report contains details of all suicide missions, major terrorist attacks, Pakistanis killed in Kashmir etc.

Besides, it talks of the ISI's efforts to fuel insurgency in the Northeast.

The book has details regarding all Sikh terrorists wanted in India and hiding in Pakistan. They figure in the list of 20 most wanted that India has handed over to Pakistan.

There is an entire section dedicated to Dawood Ibrahim, who is wanted for several crimes, including the serial blasts of 1993 in Mumbai.

The report is not expected to be tabled in Parliament. Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani's plan of a White Paper on the ISI was shelved within days of its announcement

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