India Intelligence Report

   Pak Terror Breakthroughs in Britain, Canada, India


British police claims to have broken up a plan to release the deadly Sarin nerve gas or cyanide on crowded areas in London on July 7 by two Bangladeshi jihadis living among Pakistanis and Indians in East London.

A major intensive anti-terrorist drive by the police ended in the arrest of a 23 year old postal worker and his brother. But the police are yet to produce physical evidence that the two arrested men operated a chemical bomb factory or were building deadly chemical bombs.

Many newspapers have begun questioning British claims wondering if it Scotland Yard has got its facts right. A year ago, British police chased down and short a Brazilian electrician inside the London underground. Meanwhile, the police are holding the brothers under the draconian terrorist laws, sadly a necessary evil required to curb terrorism, and questioning the brothers.

Simultaneously, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested 17 Canadians on charges of conspiring with the al Qaeda for “terrorist attacks” in several locations in Ontario, the country’s major economic hub. Of the 17, five were youth. They were formally accused with participating in terrorist group’s activities, training and recruitment for the group, violating firearms and explosive laws, and contributing money and property for terrorist purposes. Supposedly, this group procured 3 tons of ammonium nitrate and other components required to make explosives. This is the second major anti-terrorist arrest—the first one was in March 2004 of a software developer for alleged activities in London and Ottawa. That case is still pending.

Meanwhile, in an increased attention to India’s interest, the US imposed sanctions on India’s most wanted man, Dawood Ibrahim. In deference to Pakistan, the US has been waffling for the last 3 years even after calling him a global terrorist. These sanctions will include denying him and his organization access to US financial system. Ibrahim is being cited under the Kingpin Act legislated in 1999 to target foreign narcotic traffickers globally. Despite strong evidence supplied by India and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Pakistan continues to deny that Ibrahim lives there. Ibrahim has interests in India, Pakistan, and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

India has often accused Pakistan of sponsoring terror in India. According to Central Intelligence Directorate (CID), those shot dead while trying to storm the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh last week were Pakistanis. The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat condemned the terrorist attempt and called on Muslim youth to reject militant groups and instead participate in politics. The group also deplored the “tendency to ascribe terrorist attempts to Islam.” The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has asked the United Progressive Alliance Government to seek United Nations help to brand Pakistan a terrorist nation.

Contrary to developments and even statements by US State Department Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism Henry Crumpton, US Defense Secretary Ronald Rumsfield lavished praise on Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on his efforts to reign in terrorism. Calling Musharraf a “courageous man,” Rumsfield said that Musharraf “has done an excellent job in a difficult country in a difficult environment, and is clearly dedicated to defeating terror.”