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Pakistan terror outfits use new routes for operatives

Vicky Nanjappa | March 25, 2009 18:07 IST

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Terror groups in Pakistan are under tremendous pressure to recruit more people, especially Indians, to carry out subversive activities.

Intelligence Bureau officials say that the latest directive from the Inter Services Intelligence to terror groups is to recruit more Indian nationals into the outfits. However, terror group have a problem of transporting these men into Pakistan.

The Nepal, Bangladesh and Kashmir borders have been completely sealed off and it is almost impossible for terrorists to cross over. Terror groups in Pakistan are now transporting operatives via Iran.

Once an Indian is recruited he is sent to Iran and then into Pakistan. After recruitment, a fake passport is created and the man is sent to Iran. In Iran, he is received by one of the members of the terror group. He is then sent into Pakistan for training. The two most popular routes used to transport operatives from Iran to Pakistan are the Zahedan expressway and also Iranshar area which border south Pakistan. Once the training programme is complete these operatives are sent back via the same route to India, intelligence sources say.

While terror groups have found this new route to transport terror operatives, they have found another manner in which arms and ammunition are sent into India. Fruit trucks and gas cylinders which come in from Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan are the new carriers.

But off late terror groups have been finding it difficult to use fruit trucks and hence they have opted for gas cylinders. The base plate of the cylinder is screwed to a pipe. This part can then be opened up easily and the arms put into the cylinder. The sides of the cylinder are then stuffed with cotton so that there is no rattling sound, say IB sources.

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