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America nails Pak-blessed terror camps

America nails Pak-blessed terror camps

Author: Chidanand Rajghatta
Publication: The Times of India
Date: August 1, 2006
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1833219.cms

When India's national security establishment and foreign office mandarins meet with interlocutors from Islamabad and Washington over the next few days amid a spat over sponsorship of terrorism in the neighbourhood, they could draw upon court proceedings in Lodi, California, to make their case if their own material is considered suspect.

In an unprecedented development, the US Department of Justice and the FBI earlier this year took the help of a satellite imagery expert from the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) to nail the existence of terror camps in Pakistan in a case involving a Pakistani father and son duo.

As part of the evidence at the trial, the US government expert testified that jehadi camps existed and operated in various parts of Pakistan from 2000 to 2005, and specifically opined that a series of camps, including a well-known Jaish-e-Mohammed camp, were located in the Balakot area of Pakistan.

The prosecution wheeled out the expert, Eric Benn, an analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency, to make its case against Hamir Hayat, while convicting him of planning to wage a jehad against the United States after training at a terrorist camp.

After reviewing satellite imagery for the jury, Benn said the mountainous location and description of the camp near Balakot in northeast Pakistan are consistent with statements made by Hayat during an interrogation by FBI agents last June, when he returned to the US after two years of training and indoctrination in Pakistan. "The kind of information I got out of the (Hayat interview) transcript is consistent with the physical things I observed," Benn testified in US District Court.

"This would be a militant camp." The testimony undermines Pakistan's insistence that there are no terrorist camps in the country, a pro forma denial that is often buttressed by State Department certification about being a frontline ally in the war on terrorism. Pakistan has now been turned around charges that it hosts terrorist groups to charge India with sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan.

It has also furnished its own listed of terror suspects it wants India to apprehend and send back in lieu of the India's 20 most-wanted, including Dawood Ibrahim.

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