India Intelligence Report

   US Bans LeT Fronts as LeT Kills Hindus


On the 3rd anniversary of invasion and occupation of Iraq from the al Qaeda over the weekend, Ayman al-Zawahiri accused the US of giving a “strong impetus to the Indian nuclear programme, while doling out orders to Pakistan.” This is the third message from this group in a week

He also accused Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf of “fighting Islam in Pakistan” and threatening “national security in Pakistan” by placing “Pakistan’s nuclear programme under American, therefore Jewish and Indian control.” He called “on the people of Pakistan to work to remove this traitor from power” and also called on every officer and soldier in the Pakistani Army to disobey their commander’s call to kill Muslims in Pakistan and Afghanistan.” Zawahiri also mocked Musharraf of being “prepared to flee abroad where he had bank accounts when the popular revolution breaks out.” 

Clamping down on terrorist elements in Pakistan and al Qaeda’s allies, the US announced that it has declared Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Idara Khidmat-e-Khalq (IKK) as terrorist organizations and as front for the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). Through this executive order, the US has frozen all assets, property, and interests of theses organizations and those who are part of this organization. The US said that the LeT is one the three largest and best-trained groups fighting India in Kashmir.

In a chilling reminder of their capabilities, heavily armed LeT terrorists wearing army fatigues abducted and killed 32 and critically injured 9 Hindu villagers (reports range from 32-35) in two villages of Doda district in Jammu & Kashmir. State Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that this was a “pre-planned” move and an “attempt to derail the upcoming talks.” Home Ministry Intelligence and Military Intelligence agencies say that between January and March of this year, despite heavy snowfall, infiltration had unusually doubled the infiltration figures during the same period last year. However, a joint high-level review meeting chaired by Home Minister Shivraj Patil is reluctant to accept this point of view saying that the spurt in terrorism is an “act of desperation” because of several positive trends in the state. They point to 92% voting in polls, shifting of the Government from Jammu to Srinagar, the upcoming 2nd roundtable meeting, continued successes in the Indo-Pakistan peace process, etc. While they may be symptoms, it is surprising that the Home Ministry is yet again failing to see the trend. It had grossly underestimated the power and effectiveness of the Naxals and instituted a policy of Village Self-Defense mechanisms pitting tribals armed with bows and arrows and single shot country rifles against Chinese AK-47 armed Maoist terrorists.

Earlier, the al Qaeda’s ally, the Taliban, killed a second Indian engineer in Afghanistan in a ghastly manner. The ostensible objective is to arrest development in Afghanistan and also stop Indian assistance or presence in that country. Last month, Taliban terrorists killed a Border Roads Organization civil engineer attempting to coerce an evacuation of Indian efforts to rebuild the nation. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police has been deployed and force levels increased to protect the BRO work-force.

An American-led coalition patrol said that it intercepted and killed 15-20 heavily armed Taliban terrorists in southern Halmand Province. In a bid to handicap the Government development efforts, terrorists have been attacking soft Afghan economic targets and civilians and running back into Pakistan leading to widespread civilian disenfranchisement with this medieval movement. Civilians have been alerting Government forces on Taliban movement leading to its forces inflicting heavy causalities on Taliban. Taliban has resurfaced in a new form in Pakistan  and Afghanistan President Ahmed Karzai had bitterly complained against the lack Pakistani attempts to curb this new forced.