Date: 17/04/2015

April 13, 2015

Monday, 13 April 2015 | Rakesh K Singh | New Delhi

The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan is recruiting Afghan youth with the help of Taliban’s Quetta Shura for imparting specialised training to carry out sabotage activities in India, including Jammu & Kashmir, and enacting 26/11-type terror attacks in Delhi.

Classified Intelligence reports suggested that one Mohammad Musa, 40 — an Alokozai tribal and resident of Urozgan — has taken approximately 60 Afghani youths at ISI’s behest to Pakistan in small batches in September 2014. Six youths have been extensively trained in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) by the Pakistan Army and the ISI.

Besides, ISI affiliate Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) is planning an attack in south India. It is understood that the operatives may sneak into the country from Sri Lanka to mount attacks on India.

According to reports, several Pakistani nationals have been attempting to obtain Sri Lankan passports in the last few months to enter India and carry out attacks on Indian, American and Israeli interests. The reports said the LeT is also exploring the possibilities of attacking unspecified targets in other parts of the country.

“Possible aspirational targets for replicating the 26/11 Mumbai terror siege could include two hotel lobbies in New Delhi,” said a senior security official who regularly attends meetings of the Multi-Agency Centre, adding these modules could also pose threat to VIPs.

The Intelligence agencies have warned that the six Afghans who have been trained in PoK could enter India from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal or Singapore. The ISI-backed terror groups — LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen — have already been synergised by the ISI for operational purposes to step up attacks against the security forces and their establishments in Jammu & Kashmir.

Intercepted communications pointed out that the ISI has created groups of about 20 highly trained fidayeen to carry out attacks in the Jammu region by targeting police stations and posts besides Army installations.

Also, the Pakistani covert agency has been radicalising young and educated Muslims who are attracted to the online propaganda of the inimical forces like ISI and ISIS. The radicalised youth have been found to further the jehadi propaganda by extensively using social media platforms.

Such radical youth arrested include Mehdi Masroor Biswas, a B.Tech in electrical engineering who translated and tweeted extensively on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Shoaib Ahmed Khan, 24 and Shah Mudassir, 26, who actively accessed websites/links on Facebook of various jehadi outfits and their literature.

Both Khan and Mudassir are former members of the Association of Indian Minorities Society (AIMS) being run by former cadre of banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), an outfit that has been receiving ISI patronage for terrorist activities in the country.