Pak spy was in touch with militants of other States3 May 2011
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: A Pakistani militant, Tanveer Ahmed, who had been impersonating as Zamaan Shah and putting up in the house of Hakim Shah at Churung, Thanna Mandi in Rajouri district had turned out to be a part of a large module in the country having links in various other Indian States including Mumbai. The militant was such a tricky that he had changed as many as 100 mobile telephone numbers to talk to the militant commanders to avoid getting intercepted. Official sources told the Excelsior that prior to planting Tanveer Ahmed, a resident of Bhimber in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) as Zamaan Shah, who was in PoK, at his house at Churung, Thanna Mandi, Pakistanís Army had deputed a known Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy Zule Lal for the purpose. Zule Lal had successfully infiltrated into Rajouri district from the Line of Control (LoC) in 2002. However, being more in height and having un-resembling physique with Zamaan Shah, he returned to PoK after staying with local militants for few days. Sources said the local militants told Zule Lal that the locals as well as family of Zamaan Shah could easily identify him. Zule Lal then returned to PoK. It was after the return of Zule Lal that Pakistan Army, ISI and Hizbul Mujahideen commanders decided to plant Tanveer Ahmed as Zamaan Shah to initially work as their spy and later become a part of large module of the militant outfit. As Tanveerís height resembled to Zamaan Shah, he was taught local language by some militants of Rajouri, then putting up in PoK and acquainted with Zamaanís family and relatives to ensure that he was not caught. Questioning of Tanveer Ahmed as well as investigations by police have revealed that Tanveer was not only in touch with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen commanders within the State but in different other States also including Mumbai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad. Tanveer appeared to be plot of a large network of the militants spread across the country, which was reportedly planning to carry out a big terror attack in a major city of the country. Sources said Tanveer was likely to be used by the Hizbul Mujahideen commanders for transportation of arms and explosives to another State for carrying out blasts. Investigations have also revealed that Tanveer Ahmed alias Zamaan Shah had used at least 100 SIM cards to inter-act with different militant commanders within and outside the State as well as Pakistan and PoK. This he was doing to avoid getting intercepted through mobile telephones while in conversation with the militant commanders. Sources said Tanveer could recall only few mobile telephone numbers he had used during his stay in Rajouri. The data of these numbers are being traced by police and Intelligence agencies while many other numbers he didnít remember. According to sources, it was being established as to how Tanveer Ahmed could manage to get 100 SIM cards. The persons, who had helped him in purchasing such a large number of SIM cards are also being ascertained. Some of them could be Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of the militants, who had been tasked by the militants from across the border to help Tanveer Ahmed. Sources said the OGWs had also helped Tanveer alias Zamaan Shah married a local girl of Churung, Parvenu Akhter daughter of Mohammad Sharief to ensure that he was not doubted as Pakistani. Tanveer Ahmed had infiltrated into Rajouri in 2003 impersonating as Zamaan Shah son of Hakim Shah R-o Churung. Original Zamaan Shah had crossed over to PoK in 1993 and was reportedly still camping there as a militant commander. As per a conspiracy, Tanveer was planted as Zamaan Shah by the agencies across the border to work as their spy and co-ordinate militant activities within and outside the State. He had surrendered before security forces on his infiltration in 2003 and was detained under PSA for two years. After his release, he had worked with a security agency for about a year before returning to the house of Hakim Shah. It was only few days back that some family members of Zamaan Shah and neighbours became doubtful about his activities and got him arrested. The militant is being taken to a FSL outside the State for DNA test shortly.