April 2002 News

ISI plans blasts in Punjab cities

4 April 2002
The Tribune
Rajeev Sharma

New Delhi: Pakistanís-Inter-Services- Intelligence (ISI) is plotting to cause explosions in big cities like Amritsar, Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Delhi and targeting of VVIPs with the help of nearly 200 Sikh youths it trained in Pakistan last year. A classified report of a security agency of the Central government reveals that the ISI has of late stepped up arms training to Sikh youths in Pakistan and has been operating at least seven training camps for the purpose. The training camps are in Kot Lakhpat, Chakowal, Gujaranwala, Mianwali, Peshawar, Attock and Shahidan da Banga. Concerned over the difficulties expressed by militants in recruiting youths to carry out subversive activities in Punjab on a large scale, the Pakistani authorities are exploring the following possibilities: Involve Sikh youths in the rural areas of Punjab, addicted to opium and psychotropic drugs. Cultivate and exploit Sikh youths from abroad freshly arrived from India in search of greener pastures. Rope in Hindu youths from the rural areas of Sikh families with Sikh traditions. Involve Pakistani Christian boys belonging to lower strata of society. The Pervez Musharraf regime has kept Pakistan-based militants under constant pressure to produce results. With the support of the ISI, Jammu-bred chief of the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) has stepped up its activities in Jammu and Punjab. He enjoys considerable support of Kashmiri militants. Along with some ISI officials, he had played a major role in working out a nexus among various militant outfits. Pakistanís embassy in Kathmandu, according to the secret report, is providing logistic help to close associates of Neeta who had been used as conduit for spreading terrorist activities in India. The arrest of some Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and KZF activists in India during 2000-2001 have amply proved the connivance of ISI officials in Kathmandu in Sikh extremist activities. Activists of International Sikh Youth Federation (Rode) have come to notice for making frequent trips between Pakistan, Bangkok and the USA. During their visits to the USA they usually stay in motels owned by one Syyed Shah who acts as main coordinator between radical Sikh groups in that country. The report also names Sadiq Mohammad and one Bhatti, officials of Pakistani missions in New York and Los Angeles, respectively, are believed to be actively involved in pro-Khalistani activities.

 

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