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How Pakistan sends infiltrators through Indian borders

By Vicky Nanjappa
February 04, 2013 12:49 IST
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The recent killing of two Indian Army jawans has exposed the manner in which the Inter-Services Intelligence, the Pakistan army and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba worked in tandem against India, says Vicky Nanjappa.

While the Intelligence Bureau and the military intelligence have proof of this modus operandi, the bigger worry continues to be the growing number of facilitators that have infiltrated the Kashmir valley.

According to a report by the IB, there are at least 70 persons working on the border areas who facilitate infiltrations into India. Not only do these persons help Lashkar operatives cross over into India, but also provide them with crucial logistics about the Indian Army.

These persons provide details about the movement of the Indian forces which not only helps the Lashkar, but also the Pakistan army.

For the recent operation, the Lashkar had hired a person by the name Ismail Langda and he was paid a sum of Rs 5 lakh for the same, according to a source. An IB report states that these persons are locals and their job is to provide information about Indian security agencies.

They are hired on a salary of Rs 40,000 per month and bonuses are paid after successful completion of an operation.

They are first chosen by the headhunters of these terrorist groups and later sent to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan where they undergo training. For the first couple of months, they settle into the place and get themselves familiar with the areas and the operations of the Indian forces.

Their standing instructions include not using cell phones or emails to communicate. All the information passed on is through word of mouth for which they have a fixed set of agents, the report states.

The report further states that among the 70-odd persons hired for the job, there are some who gather information while others just help with the infiltration. However, for the Lashkar and the ISI, the more crucial role is played by the informers, based on which they decide on sending in their forces.

The report explains the manner in which these persons work; it states that the entire operation starts in Pakistan with the ISI directing the Lashkar to commence the infiltration process. There are camps in Pakistan which are frequented by the Lashkar and ISI operatives who then draw out the plan.

The decision to infiltrate is taken only once the informer provides all details regarding the situation and the movement of the Indian security forces.

Then there are porters to help these infiltrators carry arms and these persons are aided by the ISI guides who help a safe crossover. Prior to the crossover, a motivational speech is delivered by the head of the Lashkar, the intelligence report states.

The says that most of these persons who aide the Lashkar often act as double agents and even the military intelligence would suggest that a thorough check ought to be kept on the same.

“It becomes extremely difficult for the agencies to ascertain the credentials of each and every person, since most of them are Indian locals,” informs a source.

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