26 july 2011
Intercepts show Pak handlers guiding terrorists in Kashmir
India has repeatedly warned that Pakistan must stop cross-border terrorism. The latest evidence accessed by NDTV shows how Pakistan continues to support groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammed, and how terrorist attacks that play out in Kashmir are directed carefully from across the Line of Control (LoC).
Gunshots are heard in quick succession as a man says, “We have been trapped … they have killed two …can you hear the firing going on?” This is the voice of Saquib, a terrorist of the LeT, updating his Pakistani handler on July 15 as he exchanged fire with the Indian Army. Hours later, he would be shot dead in along with four other terrorists in the Kupwara’s Lolab Valley, in a town 120 km from Srinagar. One soldier was also killed, four were injured.
The terrorists were holed up in a house owned by civilians.
As the battle between the terrorists and the Army raged, Indian intelligence officials used radio intercepts to monitor the conversations between of the terrorists.
As Indian troops slowly closed in, Saquib tells his handler, “Don’t worry we will try to get out of this …even if we don’t get out, don’t worry.” His handler asks, “Who is firing now?” Saquib responds, “The military.”
Kashmiris, for whose freedom the terrorists are meant to be fighting, are described in the crudest terms.
“One piece of advice,” says Saquib, “never trust a Kashmiri. You need to first beat them and then ask questions.” Seconds later, he says, “The moment you see a Kashmiri, kill him”.