ISI trying to spread militancy in Leh, Kargil
17 July 2002
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: The Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to counter ISI activities in the country even as the Pakistani intelligence agency has been trying to spread militancy in Leh and Kargil areas of Ladakh region, area hitherto untouched by terrorism. The multi-pronged approach includes strengthening of border management, galvanising the intelligence machinery, neutralising ISI plans by intelligence-based operations, setting up security outposts in vulnerable areas and upgradation of police and security forces by equipping them with advanced weapons and communication systems. Minister of State for Home Vidyasagar Rao told the House in a written reply that the Centre had sensitising State Governments about the threat perception and activities of the ISI. Periodic coordination meetings are held with State Governments for sharing inputs from various quarters as well as for devising strategies to counter such activities. Various security agencies have also been working together to check ISI activities. A drive has been launched to squeeze financial channels of terrorists and many Hawala groups have been busted. As a result, a number of Pakistan-backed modules have been neutralised. The Minister said that at the diplomatic level too, the Government had used every opportunity to apprise the international community about Pakistanís support and sponsorship of cross-border terrorism against India. The international community had widely supported Indiaís stand that there could be no justification for terrorism, which must be eradicated wherever it existed, the Minister added.