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ISI planning blasts all over north India at poll time: JK police chief

8th January 1998

Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence directorate is planning a series of explosions all over north India in the coming month, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Gurbachan Jagat has revealed.

The first of these is scheduled for January 25, Republic Day eve. The agency planned to continue its activities right through the Lok Sabha election campaign. Eliminating VIPs and explosions on trains, buses and other crowded places are on the ISI agenda, according to Jagat. Expectedly, top among the targeted cities is New Delhi.

The DGP said the ISI had now shifted its focus from the Kashmir valley to Jammu. "In the past week the agency established a major training base in Sialkot and launched militant groups of different outfits like the Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen, Islamic Front and Lashkar-e-Toiba," Jagat said, "They also made attempts to recruit local youth in Harkat-ul-Ansar and train them in Rajouri to cause blasts in Jammu."

Giving details about the arrests of half dozen dreaded subversives including four Pakistanis, Jagat said the recoveries made from them indicated the designs of their mentors from across the border. "These included boxes containing explosives to be handed to innocent people including children," he revealed.

The arrested Pakistanis, who were produced before the media, narrated how they were forced to join the militant ranks on the threat of dire consequences to their parents. The DGP urged human rights organisations to visit the state to see for themselves 'the ISI's aims and
objectives.' They should also talk to the arrested Pakistanis to know what mission they were trained for before being pushed across.

Jagat said a recent trend was that the ISI was launching Pakistani militants without any local support. They were usually equipped with silencer-fitted guns, high grade improvised explosive devices as well as RDX.


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