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Pakistan using Babbar Khalsa to stoke unrest in Punjab

Pakistan using Babbar Khalsa to stoke unrest in Punjab

Author: Diwakar
Publication: The Times of India
Dated: May 24, 2007

Pakistan has rushed in to fish in the troubled waters of Punjab following the raging feud between the Sikh clergy and Dera Sacha Sauda, with Babbar Khalsa International chief Wadhawan Singh Babbar, operating from Lahore under the ISI's patronage, seeking to stoke violence in the state.

Government sources in Punjab and here disclosed that Wadhawan, who is on India's Most Wanted list and continues to elude Indian agencies, has been in touch with radical elements in the Sikh community during the ongoing tension with Dera Sacha Sauda.

They also said that Wadhawan had worked on the radical Sikh priest whose gurudwara in Bathinda was the catalyst for setting off the clash with the Dera over advertisements featuring its chief Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh attired as Guru Gobind Singh.

Telephone intercepts with agencies clearly bring out the interest of the ISI auxillary in fanning the confrontation. The meddling in Punjab has been part of Pakistan's gameplan to stir trouble once again in a state which had beaten back Khalistani secessionists. Its role in fuelling the Khalistan movement, along with the insurgency in J&K, as part of its strategy to avenge the loss of what became Bangladesh is well established.

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