ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar along with the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a Joint Press Conference in Islamabad on Saturday in which he provided the details of Indian machinations for Pakistan’s destabilization and economic coercion by presenting evidence in the domains of funding terrorism, weapons and equipment support to terrorists, terrorist training and terrorist activities.
The director-general ISPR said that the recent upsurge in violence in Pakistan is a direct consequence of India’s intensified engagements with all brands of terrorists, sub-nationalists, and dissidents operating against Pakistan.
Major General Babar Iftikhar said that after the unification of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with its breakaway factions Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) and Hizb ul-Ahrar (HuA) in August 2020, India is endeavoring to establish a consortium of TTP with proscribed dissident organizations of Balochistan i.e. Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) & Balochistan Republican Army (BRA) which are already united under the banner of BRAS (Baloch Raaji Aajoie Sangar) constituted in 2018.
The DG ISPR said that the Indian intelligence officer named Colonel Rajesh (employed at the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan) is the master planner and the letter in Dari reveals that he has already held four meetings with commanders of these terrorist organizations to synergize their efforts and upscale terrorist activities in metropolitan cities including Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar in November and December 2020.
It has also been revealed that Indian intelligence agencies are trying to establish Pakistan’s linkage with ISIS by creating “Daesh-e-Pakistan”.
The director-general ISPR said that recently, 30 Indian Daesh militants were relocated from India to various camps along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border by two Indian intelligence agencies operatives. These militants were handed over to DAESH Commander Shiekh Abdul Rahim alias Abdul Rehman Muslim Dost.
After highlighting the recent Indian anti-Pak maneuvers, the DG ISPR unfolded the complete picture of Indian terrorism sponsorship by exposing the nexus of Indian intelligence agencies with terrorist organizations for financing, training, and perpetrating terrorist activities inside Pakistan and the region.
The DG ISPR explicated the following details;
First Funding Terrorism
The un-contrivable evidence reveals that Indian embassies and consulates operating along Pakistan’s borders have become a hub of terror sponsorship against Pakistan.
Stating that we have verifiable evidence of terrorists’ funding by India, the DG ISPR said that the Indian Ambassadors in Afghanistan have been regularly supervising various terrorist activities. In one such instance, the Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan and Indian Consular in Jalalabad had detailed discussions with collaborators to provide financial support to TTP and dissident Baloch elements.
The Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) is financing its frontmen in third countries. RAW made two transactions to its cut-out to promote terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Both transactions have been made through Indian Banks: US$ 28,000 was transferred by Punjab Bank India the second transaction of US$ 55,851 was made by Mr Manmeet (an Indian national) from Indian Bank, New Delhi, which was received by Afghanistan International Bank.
On another occasion, RAW while using the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan held a number of meetings with TTP Commanders. The letter in Dari reflects that India paid US$ 820,000 to TTP leadership through its collaborators.
For sabotaging of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), India raised a militia of 700 persons to undertake terrorism in Balochistan. A commission comprising 24 members was created which included 10 RAW operatives. US$ 60 million were dedicated to this force.
The Indian Embassy had regularly been paying handsome amounts to sub-nationalists under the garb of humanitarian assistance work and Balochistan projects; corroborating evidences of four transactions of US$ 23.35 million are held with us; however, one evidence is presented in which US$ 5 million were given to a sub-nationalist to cause unrest in Balochistan.
The confessional statement of Sarfraz Merchant and Tariq Mir revealed that Altaf Hussain Group (AHG) used to be funded by RAW through two Indian companies (JVGT and Paras Jewellery); evidences of transfer of US$ 3.23 million from RAW are held.
The DG ISPR said that besides terrorists’ funding, India has also been rendering support to various entities through the provision of weapons, ammunition, and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs):
Recently, a RAW sponsored network of six terrorists has been unearthed which has linkages with the attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange (29 June 2020) and is also involved in the delivery of suicide jackets to various terrorist groups operating in Pakistan besides undertaking terrorist activities. Two RAW frontmen (Abdul Wahid and Abdul Qadir) along with four terrorists (Afghan nationals) have been exposed. The network is also involved in the targeted killing of Ulema, Police officials, and notables. RAW was paying them handsome amounts (suicide – Rs 10 million, VBIED – Rs 10 million, IED – Rs 1 million, and target killing – Rs 1 million) for undertaking terrorist activities.
Security forces have also intercepted a huge cache of suicide jackets, IEDs, explosives, weapons & ammunition.
Major General Babar Iftikhar said that we also have evidence of RAW providing weapons, ammunition, and IEDs to TTP Commanders. The letter in Dari reads that TTP leaders after collecting the weapons reached back their safe locations after crossing the border into Pakistan.
The RAW agent was found involved in motivating the tribals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to send fighters in Afghanistan for training. The letter in Dari reflects that the RAW handler also delivered IEDs and weapons in the bordering areas of Waziristan during his visit.
India has also been providing weapons and ammunition to Altaf Hussain Group; weapons worth US$ 0.62 million were provided to AHG on one such occasion. The confessional statement of Ajmal Pahari validates it.
Terrorists’ Training by India
Evidence of the presence of multi-purpose base camps that are being utilized by India for training, harbouring, and launching of terrorists into Pakistan:
The Indian intelligence agencies are managing 87 such terrorists’ camps out of which 66 are located in Afghanistan whereas 21 are located in India.
The former Indian Ambassador and an Indian Army General visited the Baloch militant training camp in Haji Gak area in Afghanistan. The letter in Dari reads that the camp housed 150 militants. English translation of the letter is also shown.
In another instance, India paid US$ 30 million to establish a camp in the area of Sarhad Leva Kandhar for dissidents of Balochistan. The letter in Darri language narrates that RAW was responsible for the provision of weapons and ammunition for which four helicopters were also utilized.
Ajmal Pahari confessed that India had established four training camps for AHG militants at Deradhun, Haryana, in North and North-East India. While the training duration varied from 15 days to four months, it was confirmed that 40 AHG terrorists had received training in India who used to travel to New Delhi through a third country.
To highlight a few terrorist incidents whose investigations have validated RAW’s direct involvement:
BLA and BLF launched an attack at PC Hotel at Gwadar on 11 May 2019 in which four terrorists were killed whereas five innocents were martyred.
RAW officer Anurag Singh planned the attack wherein US$ 0.5 million were allocated by RAW for the attack.
The attacker Hamal Nawaz used an Afghan phone no (+93794087914) and he was in contact with an Indian phone number (+916396067562) during the attack.
The attack was masterminded by Dr Allah Nazar (DAN) and Aslam Achoo. Both the individuals have traveled to India on fake Afghan passports.
Aslam Achoo remained admitted in an Indian hospital while he traveled under the cover name of Abdul Hamid. His passport having a double entry visa stamped by India
DAN also traveled to India on fake documents under the cover name of Haji Nabi. DAN is the main conduit between various BSNs and the RAW handlers. 17 audio clips of his conversations with RAW handlers while discussing the future operations validate his undeniable connection with RAW. DAN receives instructions from an officer of the Indian intelligence agency.
The investigations of the attack on Agriculture University in Peshawar on 26 October of 2017 led to masterminds of the Peshawar Army Public School (APS) attack.
RAW had hired three facilitators for planning the attack on Agriculture University including Malik Faridoon who was also involved in the planning of the APS attack. Malik Faridoon soon after the APS attack, went to Indian Consulate in Jalalabad to celebrate.
He also visited India for medical treatment in 2017 where he remained admitted in Primus Hospital. His name in patient list, pictures with hospital attendant, and RAW handler Amarjit Singh validate his connections with RAW.
The attackers of Agriculture University were in contact with various Afghan numbers during the attack and live-streamed the videos to their handlers, which were uploaded from Afghan IP addresses.
While meetings of Altaf Hussain with RAW’s Chief Mr Ajit Chetorvedi and Mr Vikram Soouthe were validated by Sarfraz Merchant as well as Muhammad Anwar in their statements, recently, security forces have discovered RAW affiliated sleeper cell in Karachi. 13 individuals of the gang have been apprehended and produced in Anti-terrorist court whereas Mehmood Siddiqui, the main accused who was operating this network, is an absconder and residing in India. Two JITs have been constituted and investigations are underway.
On 11 May 2020, Peshawar police became a victim of an IED attack, which resulted in injuries to 2 police personnel and three others. The attack was masterminded by two RAW frontmen (Noor Muhammad and Zabih Ullah) who were found operating from the Indian consulate in Jalalabad. The busting of the network has averted planned future attacks on some important locations.
In June 2020, three RAW frontmen (Haji Habib Ullah, Haji Aziz Ullah, and Haji Bedar) employed by the Indian consulate in Jalalabad tasked six JuA terrorists (three Pakistanis and three Afghan nationals) in Pakistan to identify important personalities for target killings. The network has remained involved in various target killings in Peshawar in the past as well and has linkages with the suicide attack at Mardan Judicial Complex in 2016. The investigations are in progress.
On 14 August this year, Pakistan’s intelligence agencies averted a massive terrorist attack planned by India. An officer from an Indian intelligence agency, Major Fermin Dass, operating from Kabul was planning this attack. He arranged transportation of mines, rockets, and explosives, which have been recovered. The network had already carried out seven terrorist attacks in Hub, Mastung, Quetta, and Sohrab on RAW’s behest.
Indian Interference in AJK & GB
India is aggressively pursuing clandestine agenda of destabilizing Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). Tangible evidence indicates that RAW is involved in the planting of IEDs in AJK to target civilians and military personnel: –
Since January 2016, 60 IEDs were planted, out of which 38 exploded resulting in casualties of 13 civilians and 46 military personnel whereas the remaining 22 IEDs were successfully neutralized.
Since Jan 2019, Indian intelligence handlers Colonel Pandit Colonel Maaz using numbers +919796840949 and +917051328325 delivered nine IEDs to the miscreants at the Line of Control (LoC). The forensic analysis of IEDs have confirmed the use of Indian components. Explosive used in IEDs is available at a digital platform ‘Indiamart’, TVS bolts are made by Indian company Tamil Nadu and PFS bolts are made by an Indian company in Maharashtra. Alinco ‘walkie talkie’ set is being sold by Space Telecom New Delhi on ‘Indiamart’.
A video tutorial for detonating the IED was also delivered by an operative from the Indian intelligence agency. The forensic of the remote control has revealed that it carries the signature mark of an electronic supplies company of Mumbai.
There are nine voice notes, which confirm the involvement of officers from Indian intelligence agencies. In one such voice note, an Indian officer explains the methodology for IED plantation.
RAW has also been attempting to establish a network for target killing of important personalities for a reward ranging between Rs 50-80 million. RAW officer Brig Muneej has transferred Rs 1.8 million to the account of the individual being motivated to undertake target killings. The money was transferred from a bank in a third country. The RAW officer has been using two numbers of third countries.
RAW’s Destabilizing Interference in GB
India has for long been endeavoring to create unrest in GB. In the context of provisional provincial GB status being discussed in Pakistan, on 28 September 2020, an important meeting was held in the Ministry of Home Affairs (New Delhi), to deliberate upon the methodology to trigger negative reactions. Salient revelations of the meeting are: –
- RAW and IB highlighted that they are contemplating to subvert perceived changes in the status of GB.
- After November 20, hostile elements will be mobilized to undertake various subversive operations in Kashmir and GB.
- RAW aims to exploit the prevalent environment by staging some terrorist attacks on large public gatherings.
- The assassination of a main-stream/ sub-nationalist leader in AJK/GB or religious figure is being planned to arouse public anger.
Indian Efforts for Politicization of FATF
While Pakistan remains firmly committed to the forum and our achievements for fulfilling the technical obligations remain unparalleled, India has consistently been endeavoring to politicize the forum for economic coercion of Pakistan.
Tangible evidence reflects that Indian foreign missions in FATF member countries have always been extensively lobbying with hosts prior to FATF meetings to undermine Pakistan’s achievements and create conditions for our grey/ blacklisting.
Evidences reveal that how extensive lobbying was done (from February to April 2018) for the downgrading of Pakistan’s status, which resulted in its grey-listing in June 2018.
Despite India’s continuous efforts, Pakistan has come a long way which has also been acknowledged by the international community.
On the contrary, India needs to scrutinized at FATF platform in the light of evidences presented by Pakistan as well as recent revelations made by FINCEN further reveal the fragility of Indian terror financing and money laundering regimes.
The following are concluding remarks by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the Joint Press Conference:
The evidences presented by Pakistan provide concrete proof of Indian financial and material sponsorship of multiple terrorist organizations, including UN-designated terrorist organizations Jammat-ul-Ahrar (JUA), BLA, and TTP. Pakistan is presenting this Dossier to UN, OIC, P5 Countries, and others. We expect the international community to play its role for peace and stability in the region, by:
- a) Compelling India to immediately halt its state sponsorship of terrorism inside Pakistan.
- b) Bring to justice all those responsible for supporting and financing terrorism inside Pakistan according to relevant domestic and international laws.
Pakistan has shared its concerns with major international partners before. We are now presenting irrefutable evidence to the world of the Indian state’s direct sponsorship of terrorism inside Pakistan that has resulted in the deaths of innocent Pakistanis.
The international community can no longer turn a blind eye to this rogue behavior by a state which refuses to adhere to international laws and Conventions. Let me be clear that India is a state sponsor of terrorism that is consistently exhibiting rogue behavior. If the World does not take the Indian agenda to destabilize and undermine Pakistan in the region seriously, then I am afraid peace and stability in a nuclear South Asia do not seem to be their priority.
Our valiant law enforcement and security agencies have resiliently fought and won the war against terrorism. We know how to defend ourselves. India’s efforts to foment terrorism inside Pakistan will not be allowed to undermine Pakistan’s stability in any way. Whether they acknowledge or not, all major powers know that India is a threat to the entire region. Now they must act to prevent India from its continuous sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan.
We reserve the right to defend ourselves in every possible way.
Thank you so much