January 2000 News

Pak agencies sponsoring suicide squads

24 January 2000
The Times of India

JAMMU: Pakistani agencies have infiltrated a number of fidayeen groups (suicide squads) in different parts of India for creating communal disturbances and subversive activities, official sources said here on Monday.

These groups were asked to target security camps, VIPs and the members of a particular community, they said, quoting interrogation reports of two Pakistani terrorists of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen's suicide squad.

The terrorists, Mohammad Aslam and Mohammad Younis of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), were arrested from a hotel here on Sunday.

Besides being given extensive training in handling different arms and ammunition by Pakistani agencies, they were repeatedly told that Islam was in danger in India and they had to fight ``jehad'' and if necessary become martyrs for the cause.

The sources said they were brought to Jammu from Srinagar by a person named Abdul Rashid on a fidayeen mission on January 21. They had undertaken recce of the Army transit camp, university area, sports stadium and other public places here with an intention to plant explosives.

Meanwhile, a meeting between the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers was held on Monday at the Wagah check post to discuss various issues related to intrusions and other problems, a report from Amritsar said.

A BSF spokesman said it was one of the routine meetings which are held every month. Such meetings take place at the level of the commandants, the spokesman added.

During the meeting, the BSF officers brought to the notice of the Rangers the recent seizure of a heroin consignment to the Attari sub-sector.

The Rangers, in turn, assured the BSF officials that efforts would be made to check narcotic smuggling from their country. (Agencies)


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