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ISI created hit squad concept in early Nineties
ISI created hit squad concept in early Nineties

Dalip Singh
The Asian Age
February 28, 2000

Title: ISI created hit squad concept in early Nineties
Author: Dalip Singh
Publication: The Asian Age
Date: February 28, 2000

The "hit squads" of the militants which are now striking at security forces with impunity in the Kashmir Valley, were conceptualised by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence in the early Nineties.

Sources in the Intelligence agencies said that the ISI had planned about the hit squads in early 1990s because they were feeling frustrated due the return of normally in Kashmir at that time.

According to the intelligence reports, ISI had roped in Ikhwanul-Musalmeen, one of the many Kashmiri militant outfits involved in the anti-India activities, for carrying out this new phase of jehad in Valley.

Sources said that in April 1992 "briefing sessions" of the members who were to form a part of the hit squads were organised by Ikhwanul-Musalmeen chief Hilal Beg in Kathmandu. After being brainwashed about the jehad, the members were directed to carry out assassinations and abductions of VIPs in Kashmir and New Delhi.

The staff of the Pakistan's embassy in Nepal, who helped the hijackers of the Indian Airlines aircraft, was providing all logistic support to the Ikhwan-ul-Musalmeen for furthering their nefarious designs. Yaseen Bhutt, who was the then deputy to Hilal Beg, was in touch with Pak embassy in Nepal, particularly with the then second secretary Kalimullah, said intelligence officers, who had been handling Nepal.

The ISI has been targeting security forces and government installations in their attempt to win over the sympathy of the local population, which is not very happy with the Jammu and Kashmir government.

The ISI is looking for "weak spots" India has, whether it was left-wing terrorism, narco-terrorism or pumping counterfeit notes, so that it could exploit them to fuel unrest in the country. The recent has been their involvement in the religious and sectarian violence.

ISI-trained Pakistan national Shamshad Haider had masterminded the conspiracy to unleash sectarian violence in Mumbai by garlanding an Babasaheb Ambedkar bust with shoes on July 31, 1997, said intelligence sources,

In this case as well, Kathmandu was the place where the conspiracy was hatched with the active support of Pak embassy, which had provided Haider with a Take travel documents and money.

The intelligence agencies maintained that India has not been able to fence international border sector in Jammu and Kashmir, since Pakistani forces on the other side of the border have been firing to prevent any civil work.

The erection of barbed wires would impair the movement of militant across the borders in Kashmir region. The entire length of border in the Punjab sector, barring riverine tracts, and extending till Rajasthan has been fenced, except for the border areas in Gujarat, where construction is underway.

Nepal has been launching pad of the ISI's anti-India operation since late Eighties, the time when the ISI was exploring routes to push men and material in India.

The other possible and convenient alternative used by the ISI is sea route via Gujarat and Maharashtra coastlines.

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