July 2003 News

Lashkar, Jaish,HuM promise supply of more ‘fighters’

4 July 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu: Frenzied cyber activities of Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammd and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen have a sensational message in relation to their future line of action in Jammu and Kashmir. Monitored by Government agencies, cyber activities of these organisations point clearly to the ‘promise’ of making available supply of more ‘fighters’ to the cause of ‘jehad’ in Kashmir. Even as the latest messages on Internet have talked of ‘jehad’ in other parts of the world as well, emphasis of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) is, as explained by the monitored cyber material, on the continuance of ‘freedom struggle’ in Kashmir. Giving this information to EXCELSIOR, highly-placed sources divulged that monitoring of Pakistan-based cyber activity in recent days had made two things amply clear. First, Pakistan Government continued to ignore dangers inherent in the cyber activities having been intensified at least by the three outfits, LeT, JeM and HuM. Second, news bulletins on their respective web-sites more often than not were meant for J&K-bound jehadis as well as for those already present in the State. The LeT leadership, which has already talked of its commitment to and priorities in Jammu and Kashmir (emphasis being on the Valley), has brought about changes in the organisation’s new website, according to these sources. The new website carries detailed accounts of LeT fidayeen operations in J&K. Sources said 'You try on Internet and search Markaz Dawa’wal Irshad on the worldwide web, the original Pakistan parent organisation of LeT, you will be promptly directed to www.jamatdawa.org. And this website makes it clear that Islamabad hasn’t chosen to tackle cyber activities of the militant groups'. Sources added 'What is more important is the irrefutable evidence of the website being updated regularly'. Significantly, it has for the Lashkar followers in J&K news both in Urdu and English, apart from some 'links’. One of these is to Harkat-ul-Mujahideen—www.ummah.net.pk-harkat—a group which is keen, like the LeT and JeM, to intensify jehadi activity across Kashmir. New Delhi and Islamabad has, of course, began to highlight the need for peace and friendly relations between the two countries. But the cyber was between India and Pakistan appears to have intensified. Statistics available with sources make an interesting reading. Pakistan, till the end of June this year, hacked or defaced over 400 Indian websites. The number of Pak websites hacked or defaced during the period was of the order of 23. Equally significant was the revelation J&K-bound ultras, aided and abetted by various agencies across the border, were under orders to avoid routes on the Nepal border with India. They should cross into Indian territory (before entering J&K) via the long and porous border in India’s eastern and northeastern States. All that these ultras were supposed to do was to cross over to Bangladesh and Myanmar before sneaking into India for onward journey into Jammu and Kashmir, sources further told EXCELSIOR. Sources pointed out that as militants in J&K faced difficulties in crossing over to Pakistan in view of effective counter-insurgency measures by the Army and the BSF, it was much easier for the militants to go from Dhaka to Karachi than from elsewhere in the State.


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