Liquid Jihad: Water Lies To Boost Dampened Spirits14 March 2010
The Economic Times
New Delhi: It is clearly terror on the minds of Pakistan-based jihadi leaders Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin each time they try to whip up passions back home against India for “diverting the waters of Pakistani rivers.” According to sources in the security establishment, the emotive issue of water-sharing may be exploited in the coming days to encourage more Pakistanis to infiltrate into Kashmir and join jihadi terror against India. It is against this light that the threat perception in 2010 is rated very high. The assessment here is that with the water issue certain to touch a chord with every Pakistani, the terror outfits across the border are now using it as a potential motivation to draft more and more Pakistanis into jihad. The hidden subversive agenda is obvious, considering that Islamabad has never lodged any complaint at the official forum over being denied its share of waters. As per the 200 joint inspections held since Independence, to which Islamabad is a signatory signed, Pakistan gets more than the share it is entitled to. Agencies feel that as the water hysteria by Pakistan gains ground, any scarcity of the natural source this year - even due to unavoidable factors such as fluctuating patterns of snow-melting or rainfall - could be readily blamed on India’s “water terrorism.” This will then be exploited by terror outfits to radicalise Pakistani youth and influence them into joining jihad against India to avenge the “diversion of their rivers.” Already, the government has intelligence inputs of terror outfits drumming up the Indus water sharing irritant - both Saeed and Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin, in separate speeches recently, slammed India’s “water terrorism,” and even threatened war if this continued - to encourage more people to infiltrate into Kashmir. Some of these elements have already crossed over to Kashmir, and a few cadres have even moved out to other parts of India. They are under instructions from their Pakistani bosses to lie low until they are tasked with carrying out an attack. The threat of stepped up attacks in 2010 is compounded by the knowledge that US terror suspect David Coleman Headley had carried out extensive reconnaissance of targets across India for “possible terror attacks in 2010 or 2011.” One of them was Pune, which saw a bomb blast on February 13 at the very spot that Headley had videographed for his LeT bosses. Besides, the interrogation of the recently-arrested Indian Mujhaideen cadres including Ahmad Khwaja, Shahzad and Salman, has revealed the ISI-LeT’s plans to use local IM terrorists to launch attacks in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. While the government has recently arrested many fugitive IM leaders and cadres from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and a west Asian nation, the security agencies fear that some modules may already be lying dormant across Indian cities, waiting to be activated for a future terror attack. Even in Kerala, from where terror suspect T Nazir said several terror modules were recruited, fundamentalist political outfits such as PDP are said to be closely working with ISI and Lashkar-e-Toiba. Though leader Abdul Nasser Madani is not active, his aides are ensuring that new jihadis are recruited and logistics arranged for ISI-sponsored terror aimed against India.