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Major terrorist network neutralized in Pakistan as India keeps denying ties

A major terrorist cell responsible for attacks in Bajaur and Karachi has been neutralized by Pakistan, India still denies any connections

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A major terrorist network has been neutralized as security forces conducted IBO on a hideout near village Tangi, Bajaur District. During a close encounter, terrorist commanders Zubair and Aziz Ur Rehman alias Fida has been killed.

These terrorists were involved in terrorist activities in Bajaur and Karachi. They were involved in several terrorist incidents against LEAs, govt officials, and innocent civilians. The network was coordinating terrorist activities in various areas of Pakistan and receiving direct orders from their RAW sponsored leadership from across the border.

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The Pakistani Foreign Office had earlier this month rejected the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ statement denying the authenticity of Islamabad’s evidence regarding India’s sponsorship of terrorism in Pakistan.

India has resorted to sophistry denies connections with terrorists

“Fully exposed, India has typically resorted to sophistry, obfuscation, and re-fabrication. Bland denials and regurgitation of an old litany of charges, however, will not change facts,” a statement by FO spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudri had said.

India had called the dossier presented by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and military spokesman Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar a “propaganda exercise.”

“The so-called claims of ‘proof’ against India enjoy no credibility, are fabricated and represent figments of imagination,” Hindustan Times quoted the Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson as saying.

However, Shweta Desai, an independent researcher, and journalist with interests in terrorism, radicalization, violent extremism and conflicts writing for Atlantic Council, writes that two days after militants stormed the Sikh Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib in Kabul on March 25, killing twenty-five devotees, the Islamic State’s (IS) media group Amaq news agency released a video clip of a man dressed in military camouflage in the back of a moving car, seeking blessings in Hindi with a heavy Malyalee accent.

“My brothers and sisters, I’m going to accomplish a mission for you all, Inshallah. I’m nearing it soon, and you all will hear the good news…about the humiliation of the Kuffars… Inshallah very soon.”  In its weekly magazine Al Naba, the terror group identified him as Abu Khalid al-Hindi, who “planted explosives in the Sikh prayer area before opening fire, killing fifty Sikhs, Hindus Afghan security personnel,” The Indian ISIS militant had said. Terrorist recruitment from India is rising.

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“The Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), IS’s affiliate in Afghanistan, has previously attacked the country’s minority Sikh community. However, this is the first instance when it has used an Indian national to spread terror on the handful of remaining Sikh residents in Kabul. The attack has brought home a haunting realization that Indian nationals who joined jihadist groups like al-Qaeda and the IS in Syria and Afghanistan pose a tremendous security threat and are likely to be used to attack Indian interests at home and abroad,” she further explains.

Pakistan has accused rival India of running dozens of training camps in Afghanistan for multiple globally outlawed militant groups to plot terrorism on Pakistani soil to destabilize the country.

GVS News Desk