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ISI plans meet of terror groups

ISI plans meet of terror groups

Author: Chandan Nandy
Publication: The Hindustan Times
Date: January 18, 2004
URL: http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_537656,0008.htm

According to intercepts available with Indian intelligence agencies, the ISI has organised a meeting of top terrorist organisations in Bangladesh. The meeting may be held in the next few days.

Representatives of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizb-ul Mujahideen, Bangladesh's Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami, the ULFA, the Peoples Liberation Army, the All Tripura Tiger Force and some outfits from the Philippines are likely to attend the meeting. A few Al-Qaeda operatives may also attend.

Intelligence sources said the intercepts, picked up both in PoK and Bangladesh, suggest that the meeting will be held in Mir Sarai, near Chittagong.

There are unconfirmed reports that Pakistan-based United Jihad Council chief and Hizb-ul Mujahideen head Syed Salahuddin will attend the meeting. "Perhaps his name is being dropped to draw good attendance," an official said.

Intelligence sources believe that the meeting has been convened to discuss the ways to ''activate'' the eastern and northeastern borders of India.

According to their analyses, the ISI gameplan is to rope in the Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh for anti-India activities. Meanwhile, Indian officials are upbeat with a recent US advisory that warns its nationals in Bangladesh to be careful as they might be targeted in terrorist attacks.

Officials here wonder whether the advisory was based on intelligence received by American authorities of the presence of terrorist elements in Bangladesh.

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