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The News International, Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Indian shelling kills two in AJK

By Khizar Hayat Abbasi

MUZAFFARABAD: Two men were killed and four others wounded in Indian shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Nakyal sector of southern Kotli district, an official
said on Monday.

Arif Hussain died at Pur village of Nakyal sector after being hit by mortar shell fired from Indian military post on the night between Sunday and Monday, said
superintendent police Raja Abdur Razzaq.

In another cross border shelling incident one Zubaida Bibi wife Muhammad Ishafaq
was wounded. She received injuries in the right leg with shrapnel of mortar shell exploded near her house in Plani village of Nakyal sector, the official said.

Forty-years-old Azima, wife of Mir Zaman, critically wounded by mortar shell in Pir Clunjer village and Rehmat Bibi wife of Haji Sharif injured in Nar Dubsy village of
Nakyal sector. Earlier on Sunday, the Indian troops targeted a passenger van near Dhramsal village on Hajira Tata Pani Road killing driver Muhammad Abid and wounding
cleaner Zulfiqar Ahmed.


The News International, Tuesday June 10, 2003
Man killed in Indian shelling

By our correspondent

GILGIT: One person was killed and three others were injured in Frano village of Shyarai Sector of Ghanche district on Sunday after Indian troops fired from the across the Line of Control (LoC), Deputy Chief Executive Northern Areas Fida Mohammad Nashad said here Monday. Twenty-seven years old Ali son of Yousuf was killed on the spot as he sustained sever injuries and succumbed to injuries while three others were shifted to Hospital, he maintained.


The News International, Monday June 09, 2003
Indian shelling kills AJK civilian

MUZAFFARABAD: A man was killed and two others injured when Indian troops fired an artillery shell across into Azad Kashmir on Sunday, a Pakistani official said. Mohammed Javed, 22, was killed by shrapnel from the artillery shell, which landed in the courtyard of his home in the village of Charhoi, said Raja Ghulam Sarwar, a police superintendent in Muzaffarabad. His grandparents received shrapnel wounds and were rushed to a hospital.


The News International, Saturday June 07, 2003
Man dies in Indian shelling

MUZAFFARABAD: A man was killed as Indian troops from across the Line of Control (LoC) shelled a border village on Friday. According to police officer Raja Ghulam Sarwar, the man was returning home from a wedding party when he was hit by fragment from an artillery shell in Noseri Sector.


The News International, Wednesday June 04, 2003
Nine AJK civilians killed in Indian firing

MUZAFFARABAD: Pakistan said on Tuesday that at least nine people had been killed and six wounded by Indian firing into Azad Kashmir.

A military spokesman in Azad Kashmir accused Indian forces of opening fire on a jeep carrying civilians in the Neelam Valley, 90km north-east of Muzaffarabad. "The heavy firing killed nine people on the spot and wounded another six," Captain Sabtain Rizvi said. "We have responded effectively to Indian aggression and targeted their positions."

An Indian defence official told Reuters that the exchange of fire had been "routine". "There has been no intense firing which could have caused such casualties on the other side," the official said on condition of anonymity in occupied Jammu.

Residents of the Kashmir valley said the Indian firing had started early on Tuesday morning and was continuing. Indian officials, however, said the exchange of fire had not been heavy enough to cause such casualties.


The News International, May 26, 2003
One killed in Indian shelling

MUZAFFARABAD: A woman was killed and 10 people were wounded on Sunday in shelling by Indian troops across the Line of Control (LoC), police in Azad Kashmir said. The 30-year-old woman was killed and her daughter wounded in a border village in the Leepa valley. Three men were wounded in two other villages in the valley. In the north-eastern Neelum valley, a shell hit a passenger bus, injuring five people including the driver and his helper, police said. Another man was injured in Jura village.


The News International, May 25, 2003, (Updated at 1530 PST)
Six injured in Indian shelling near LoC

MUZAFFARABAD: Six people were wounded when Indian troops shelled border villages in the northeastern Neelum Valley of the Azad Kashmir, official sources said Sunday.

Indian troops, using both light and heavy weapons, continued intermittent shelling a police officer Raja Ghulam Sarwar said. A shell hit a passenger bus, injuring five people including the driver and his helper. Another man was injured in the valley's Jura village as Indian troops targeted vehicles and pedestrians on the main road which lies within the range of Indian small arms fire.


The News International, May 23, 2003
AJK woman dies in Indian firing

MUZAFFARABAD: A woman was killed and two others were injured when Indian army opened fire from across the Line of Control on the Azad Kashmir areas, police said on Thursday. The killing occurred overnight in Neelam Valley's Lala village. "The victims were walking on the main road in the dark when Indian troops hit them with small arms," senior police officer Raja Ghulam Sarwar said.


The News Internatonal, Thursday May 08, 2003
Indian shelling kills seven in Azad Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD: A shell fired by Indian troops hit a jeep on the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) side of the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday, killing seven people and injuring seven others, an official said. Two of the injured were in serious condition.

The victims were travelling along a road, when their vehicle was hit by an Indian artillery shell fired in an exchange with Pakistani troops in the Neelum Valley, about 80 kilometres northeast of Muzaffarabad, said Mahmood-ul Hassan Raja, Deputy Commissioner of Muzaffarabad. He said the deaths were caused by a mortar bomb that hit the vehicle.

Another official, who did not want to be identified, said two soldiers and a family with two young children were among those killed after "extensive" Indian artillery, mortar and small arms fire. He said seven other people were wounded. Two of the seven people injured were in serious condition and were being treated in a hospital, Raja said.

The jeep was travelling to Muzaffarabad from Athmuqam, in the Neelum Valley, Raja said. A senior police officer Khalid Chauhan told AFP: "There was heavy shelling in the valley since noon during which the Indian troops used machine guns, mortars and medium artillery."

He said a shell hit a private jeep killing seven people, including a couple and their two children. Five others including the driver and two women were badly wounded in the attack and admitted to a military hospital.

Another woman was injured in Falakan village in the Valley which is located on the LoC. Shelling was continuing five hours after it started and Pakistani troops were retaliating, Chauhan said. Indian army officials in held Srinagar said there had been routine shelling on Wednesday.


The News International, Monday, April 07, 2003
Two killed, four hurt in Indian shelling

MUZAFFARABAD: A man and a woman were killed and four others were wounded on Sunday when Indian troops shelled Azad Kashmir, officials said.

Indian troops from across the Line of Control (LoC) began shelling in Abbaspur sector in the southern Poonch district of Azad Kashmir at about 4:30 pm, the officials stated. "They started shelling without any provocation. The shelling was the heaviest in the past several months," police superintendent of distict Poonch, Chaudhry Sabir Hussain, told AFP, while talking by telephone.

Chaudhry Sabir Hussain said Indian troops used mortars and field artillery in the shelling and targeted the town of Abbaspur. "The shelling is continuing but its intensity has reduced now," he said.

The shelling left 40-year-old Muhammad Shafi dead while five others, including two women, were critically injured, Chaudhry Sabir Hussain said. The injured were admitted to the military hospital in Rawalakot where one woman, Survi Begum, later died, doctors said.

Six shops and four houses were destroyed in the town, about 60 kilometres south of Muzaffarabad, a government official said.A military official said Pakistani troops had "effectively" responded to the Indian shelling. Indian troops heavily shelled several villages in the lower belt of the Neelum valley north-east of Muzaffarabad, but no casualties were reported.


DAWN, Sunday, January 12, 2003
3 children injured in Indian shelling

By Our Staff Correspondent

MUZAFFARABAD, Jan 11: Three students of a Madressah were critically injured in Indian shelling from across the Line of Control in Neelum valley on Saturday, civil and military officials said.

The casualties occurred when a medium artillery shell fell near the compound of Darul Aloom Islamia Hanfia in Salkhala village in the lower belt of valley, some 77 kilometres northeast of here.

Three students, who were in the Madressah, were injured due to splinters of the shell. Identified as Mohammad Ashraf, 9, son of Sibqatullah; Sudhir, 9, son of Mohammad Bashir; and Latifur Rehman, 10, son of Mangta Khan, they were admitted to a local military hospital.

At least two houses were also damaged by the shelling in the same village.


DAWN, Thursday, January 09, 2003
Man killed in shelling

By Our Staff Correspondent

MUZAFFARABAD, Jan 8: A man was killed and a woman and a minor boy were wounded in Neelum valley of Azad Kashmir overnight on Tuesday in Indian shelling from across the Line of Control, officials said on Wednesday.

The casualties occurred in the upper belt of the valley, which runs along the LoC in northeast of Muzaffarabad, and has been an all-time target of Indian shelling.

A military spokesman told reporters that shelling began in the valley on Tuesday and killed a man and injured a woman and an 8-year-old boy in the village of Lawat, some 103km, late night.

Shelling stopped past midnight, and resumed on Wednesday morning, targeting the villages in the upper belt, he added.


Yahoo, Thu Jan 9, 5:11 AM ET
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Kashmir Artillery Fire Kills Aid Worker

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan - Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged fire across the Line of Control that separates Kashmir (news - web sites), and the shooting killed an aid worker and wounded his driver on Pakistan's side, Pakistani officials said Thursday.

Zulfiqar Ali, 30, who oversaw social projects for the aid group Islamic Relief, was killed instantly late Wednesday when he was hit by Indian machine gun fire, Senior Superintendent of Police Khalid Mahmood Chohan said in Muzaffarabad.

A man driving Ali's jeep was seriously wounded by the gunshots, while two other co-workers traveling in the vehicle escaped injury, he said.

The shooting occurred as the men's vehicle was traveling on a road to Athmuqam, a market town in the remote, snow-shrouded Himalayan mountain valley of Neelum. The valley lies about 60 miles northeast of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.

The Line of Control that divides Indian and Pakistani-controlled sections of Kashmir is heavily militarized and the scene of frequent fighting. Both sides claim the Muslim-majority region in its entirety.

The nuclear-armed neighbors have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir since their independence from British rule in 1947.

While troops from both sides engage in frequent skirmishes, the casualties are usually civilians.

Shooting between the two sides also occurred overnight in the Lipa area, about 35 miles northeast of Muzaffarabad, Chohan said.


The News International, Monday, December 30, 2002
Indian troops shell Azad Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD: Indian troops shelled border villages in Azad Kashmir on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties, officials said.

The firings were reported in sectors of Poonch and Bhimber districts, according to officials stationed in the two areas.

"Indian troops started shelling in Sehra sector around 12:35 am and it continued for one and a half hours. The shelling was without any provocation and they used both small and heavy arms," a police official told AFP from Poonch district.

A private television station reported five people were injured, but authorities said they had no information on casualties.

Indian fire also destroyed a police post and four homes in the Hajira district, 160 kilometres south of Muzaffarabad, on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control (LoC), said district government official Liaquat Hussein.

The two sides shelled each other's positions around 80 kilometres north of Hajira in the Neelam valley, and there were intermittent artillery exchanges in Bhimber district, 350 kilometres south of Muzaffarabad, police officials said. Four people including a woman and her two sons were killed in a wedding ceremony last week when Indian troops shelled Sahamni sector. Tensions, although steadily defusing in recent weeks, remain high in Kashmir along the LoC.


The News International, Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Police suspect India's involvment in Sunday's blast

ISLAMABAD: Police said on Tuesday India may have carried out bomb explosion on a market near the country's main aeronautical complex that killed a child and wounded 21 other people.

"India can be a suspect," he told Reuters by telephone from the town of Attock, about 75 km northwest of Islamabad, explaining that the 0.5 kg time bomb had markings linking it with New Delhi.

Police said they had no evidence to suspect al-Qaeda was behind a bomb attack. "It does not appear to be linked with al Qaeda," senior police official Arshad Hussain Shah said of Sunday's blast. So far no one has claimed responsibility for Sunday's blast.

Arshad said there was also no reason to suppose the bomb was aimed at Pakistan's aeronautical construction facilities, noting that it went off outside the sprawling Kamra complex.

The explosion went off near a shop in a makeshift weekly vegetable bazaar near the outer wall of the Kamra complex, but well away from the main factories inside that produce fighter planes and other hardware for the Pakistani air force.


The News International, Thursday, October 10, 2002
RAW agent held with plan to sabotage polls

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Police on Wednesday arrested a Pakistani national, Saalim alias Saloo, allegedly working for the Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Police said the accused was assigned by RAW to sabotage the election process before and on October 10 by carrying out bomb blasts in the metropolis.

Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, Inspector-General of Sindh Police Syed Kamal Shah said the Investigation-II Branch arrested Saalim alias Saloo on a tip-off on October 8, and recovered a map of Nishtar Park and a camera from his possession.

He said the accused revealed during investigation that besides handing over the map and photographs of Nishtar Park to the RAW agents, "he also planned to carry out bomb blasts in order to sabotage the October 10 polls in the country".

Shah said Saalim also provided information to the RAW, regarding Hyderabad and Chorr Cantonments. He also provided them the photographs of bunkers at Chorr Cantonment, railway stations, defence installations, schools, dispensaries and water resources, Jamshoro Bridge, Mirpurkhas-Umarkot Road, Naukot Fort and Mirpurkhas railway tracks, Shah added. Saalim went to India 17 times, crossing the border illegally and was in constant touch with five Indian agents, Captain Sharma of the RAW, Captain Nigam of Indian Military Intelligence (MI), Soobedar Sardar Singh and Soobedar Joshi of the RAW and Soobedar Partap Singh of MI -- all belonging to Chohtan district Baramir, India, Kamal Shah said.

Saalim, son of a farmer, Muqeem, was born in 1973 in Goth Uriliar, Taluka Chhachhro, District Mithi. He met an Indian agent and smuggler Sabo in August 1993, who convinced him to work for the RAW, the IGP said and added that following the suggestion, Saalim crossed the border and met RAW agents.

Shah said the accused started smuggling but when it became difficult for him in 1995, he started working for RAW, which provided him a camera for shooting vital installation in Umarkot. Saalim also took three educated youths to India and fixed their meetings with the RAW agents, Shah added.

Indian agents Dino Menghwar, Siddiq alias Sallo, Tano Menghwar, Bhalina Chohan, Somaria Chohan and Roveeta Menghwar came to Pakistan from India in order to meet Saalim and returned after getting required information from him, said the Sindh police chief.

Saalim was also presented before reporters. He was handcuffed and was wearing Shalwar-Qameez. He told reporters that he worked for the RAW, which had assigned him to disturb the election process in Pakistan. The reporters were, however, barred from asking any questions. Police had arrested another Indian agent, Bijjal Ramjee, on September 29, while he was taking photographs of Expo Centre, where the defence exhibition, IDEAS-2002, was held.


The News International, Wednesday, October 09, 2002
Five RAW agents arrested

ISLAMABAD: Police and law enforcing agencies have arrested five Indian terrorists, three from Kallar Saidan and two from Kasur with explosive material, and foiled their attempt to sabotage Oct 10 elections.

The three men, detained late Monday, are accused of coming from the Indian-held Kashmir to commit violent attacks in Islamabad and Rawalpindi during the polls. "Yesterday night we arrested three men on a bridge in Kallar Saidan" outside Rawalpindi, police superintendent Inayatullah Farooqi told reporters.

"On their interrogation they revealed that they had been sent to Pakistan by the Indian army in Indian-held Kashmir to carry out terrorist attacks in Islamabad and Rawalpindi at various polling stations," he said.

"They were commissioned to sabotage the elections in Pakistan. "What they have told us is that they were trained by an Indian army brigade in Indian-occupied Kashmir in the use of explosives," he said.

An armoured personnel carrier drove the three suspects to the police station, from which police commandos led the blindfolded and bearded men, chained together and handcuffed. He said authorities had recovered three pistols, ammunition magazines, two hand grenades and a huge quantity of explosives and detonators. The explosives were placed before journalists in the police station where the news conference was held.

"These terrorists had training in laying of mines and they were responsible for blowing up a bridge in Muzaraffarabad in March this year," Farooqi said. He added that the men had first given Pakistani names, but upon further interrogation they gave their names as Kashmiri Muslims from Valley.

He said members of the Indian army had promised them money as well as threatened their families if they did not agree to carry out the attacks. While the two other Indian agents Sharif and Babar alias Babari were nabbed while entering Pakistan from India near Kasur after getting training from India. They were to sabotage polls by planting bombs at Sahiwal and Lahore on Oct 10.

Both the accused terrorists confessed before the press Tuesday that they were trained and paid by India for carrying out explosions in Pakistan. They also confessed their involvement in bomb blasts at Okara and Lahore.


DAWN, October 01, 2002

RAW agent arrested at Expo Centre

By Our Staff Reporter

KARACHI, Sept 30: Police arrested here on Sunday an agent of the Indian intelligence agency RAW, who would be handed over to the army authorities for further investigations as he was collecting sensitive information on Pakistan's defence establishments and capabilities.

The man, who gave his name as Bajal Ramji, was presented before newsmen here on Monday. He is a Pakistani national, resident of Rahimyar Khan district. He spoke before the press in Urdu.

The RAW agent confessed to carrying out an explosion at Lahore railway station in November 1999 and planting a bomb at a market in Peshawar in 2000, which did not explode.

At a news conference here on Monday, the Inspector-General of the Sindh Police, Syed Kamal Shah, announced the arrest of a Pakistani national, 29-year- old bearded man Bajal Ramji, who was arrested while taking photographs of the Expo Centre on Sunday, Sept 29, on a police spy information. A still camera was recovered from him. The photographs were developed, which exposed exit, entry and other areas of the Expo Centre where an exhibition of military equipment was held recently.

Bajal confessed before newsmen that he worked for RAW, as his family had been made hostage in India, and he was forced to work for the Indian intelligence agency.

The IG said: "Bajal Ramji told us that he was issued instructions to take photographs of defence sensitivities. We have informed the army authorities of it, who will further interrogate him. If it is established that he was working to get sensitive information on Pakistan's defence for RAW, he will be tried in a military court."

He said Bajal confessed to have carried out an explosion at Lahore railway station on November 20, 1999 in which seven people were killed. He also planted a bomb at a market in Peshawar, but it did not explode.

He said: "We have interrogated Bajal. He has not been found involved in Christians' killing, so far." However, more disclosures were expected during further investigations.

The IG said Bajal told police he was in contact with Hoto Mal, another RAW agent in Umerkot. Police had arrested Hoto Mal and had included him in the investigations. He was being grilled.

Mr Shah said Bajal was born in 1973 in Chak 59/P, tehsil Sadiqabad, district Rahimyar Khan. He was illiterate. He moved to Chak-9 in the same district with his parents and married a Hindu girl, Chammi, in 1996. Bajal had two brothers, Sarwan Ram and Krishen Ram, who went over to India in 1996-97 to look after the land of their grandfather. A year later, Bajal also moved over to India where he joined his brothers. His parents also shifted to India in 1999. All of them were living there illegally.

Due to their illegal stay, police and RAW harassed them. Bajal asked for help from one of his relations, Hari Lal, who had been in India since 1995. But after this the family's harassment increased. After some time, Hari Lal assured the family to help them stay in India provided he (Bajal) and his brothers worked for RAW, the IG said.

In October 1999, the IG said, Hari Lal, who also worked for RAW, took Bajal to the office of RAW in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, where he met Roop Singh, an officer of RAW. The IG was of the opinion that RAW officer Roop Singh most probably concealed his real name from Bajal.

He said the RAW officer coerced Bajal into working for RAW. The RAW officer assured Bajal of providing complete protection. Bajal was imparted 15 days' training in Jodhpur in handling explosives. Roop Singh introduced Bajal to Karim, a Muslim. Bajal crossed the international border in Chotan area and entered Pakistan's territory in Rahimyar Khan. He was kept at an unknown place for two days. Thereafter Karim took him to Umerkot town in a white jeep. Bajal was instructed to meet Hoto Mal, son of Girdhari, in tehsil Jalarani Nujoro, district Sanghar, where he would be provided with explosives. He was given Rs5,000, a bomb and battery with instructions to plant it at Lahore railway station. He went to Lahore from Nawabshah on Awami Express and planted the bomb at Lahore railway station. In that explosion, seven people were killed and 14 others injured.

Mr Shah said Karim again met Bajal at Hoto Mal's house in Sanghar, and then another task was given to him. He went to Peshawar by train and planted a bomb there at a market, but it did not explode. Bajal was given another task to get photographs of the Expo Centre when the defence exhibition IDEAS 2002 was in progress. These photographs were be sent to RAW in India. Bajal was told that photographs of the surrounding buildings, roads and of the Expo Centre were needed. He was taking photographs at the Expo Centre when he was arrested.

About Christians' killing, the IG said: "We are not satisfied with the statement of Robin Piran Ditta. He was put on a lie detector and an expert, Aftab, who came from Sihala, declared him (Robin) guilty as he was hiding some information. We are waiting for his recovery from the shock. We had him examined by a psychiatrist. He is normal."


The News International, Sept 30, 2002, Updated at 2240 PST
Kasur police arrest RAW agent

KASUR: Saddar police have arrested a RAW agent while entering Pakistan territory from India and recovered gun powder, map of Kasur city, safety fuse wires and other related equipment from him, sources said on Monday.

He was identified as Charn Singh s/o Harnam Singh of Dera Baba Nanak Gurdaspur.


The News International, Sept 30, 2002, Updated at 1730 PST
Two RAW agents arrested in Sindh

Afzal Nadeem

KARACHI: The Inspector General of Sindh Police, Syed Kamal Shah, said on Monday that police had arrested two Hindu agents of RAW, one from the city and other from Sanghar.

Addressing a press conference in the city, the IG said that accused Bajal Ram Jee was arrested while taking pictures of EXPO center in Karachi and later, on his information Sanghar police arrested his accomplice Hoto Mal. Both the accused are the nationals of Pakistan, police said.

Accused Bajal Ram Jee is the resident of a village near Rahimyar Khan. He shifted in Indian city Jodhpur in 1999, where he turned an illegal immigrant as his visa validity expired.

A RAW agent Hari Lal took him to an official of RAW namely Roop Singh who convinced him to be the agent of RAW in Pakistan and assured him that in return, huge benefits would be provided to his family in India.

The accused also disclosed before the journalists that an Indian agent Karim helped him cross the border from Chotan area. The accused said that he came to Sinjhoro where Hoto Mal provided him a bomb. The accused said that he detonated a bomb at the Lahore Railway Station in 1999 in which seven people had been killed and 14 others injured.

Bajal Ram Jee said that he also tried to detonate a bomb in Peshawar but it could not be exploded because of the technical fault. He said that Karim provided him Rs25,000 for taking pictures of EXPOS center in Karachi.

According to the IG, the raids are being conducted to arrest Karim, while the arrested culprit Hoto Mal is being shifted from Sanghar.


The News International, Saturday, June 01, 2002
Six Indian agents arrested

KHOI RATA: Pakistan security officials on Friday broke an Indian spy network with the arrest of its six agents who were planning to carry out terrorist attacks in border areas of the country.

Sources said Pakistan intelligence agencies, acting on a tip-off, nabbed an agent of Indian spy agency and recovered satellite phone and other confidential documents form his possession on Thursday. During interrogation, he revealed to the investigation officials about the presence of his other accomplices in the country.

On Friday officials of intelligence agencies on the lead of detained agent, arrested five Indian spies including two women from a house, the sources added. It is learnt the spies had recently arrived in the area and hired two homes. The security officials are expecting further revelations from them, the sources added. Security has also been stepped up in the area and local administration has asked the citizens to keep a close eye around their surroundings and inform the police about any suspected person.


DAWN, Wednesday, January 09, 2002
4 injured in Indian firing

By Our Correspondent

SIALKOT, Jan 8: Four Pakistani villagers were seriously injured by the fresh Indian spell of heavy mortar shelling on Bholli Sumbali, a village in the Sialkot working boundary's Bajwat sector, here, late on Tuesday evening.

According to official sources, Muhammad Safdar, Abdul Qayyum, Muhammad Ali, and Elahi Bux, were shifting to a safer place, following India-Pakistan tension, when they were hit by heavy mortar shells fired by the Indian forces, injuring them seriously.

They have been admitted to Sialkot CMH. As many as 17 houses were badly damaged in the village when, reportedly, the Indian security forces fired more than 27 heavy mortar shells.

Official sources confirmed that an Indian ammunition vehicle was destroyed in the sector by the Chenab rangers's retaliatory fire.


The News, Monday, January 07, 2002
Three RAW agents killed in encounter, arms recovered

By Muhammad Ejaz Khan

QUETTA: Three alleged terrorists were killed and a policeman was seriously injured in an encounter in Kalat district, some 160 kilometres from the provincial capital, on Sunday. On the directives of IG Police Dr Shoaib Suddle, a joint police team of Quetta and Kalat raided a house to apprehend members of a terrorist group sponsored by Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

The alleged terrorists opened fire on the police, SP Kalat Abdul Ali Tareen told The News over telephone. The police, he said, resorted to retaliatory shooting and also used tear gas. When police entered into the house after about seven hours of trading fire they found three persons dead, the SP maintained and added that a policeman, Chaudhary Arshad Hussain, also sustained multiple bullet wounds during the operation.

The deceased were identified as Khair Muhammad alias Subedar resident of Kahan area of district Kohlu, Muhammad Akbar Khan resident of Baldia Town Karachi and Niaz Muhammad resident of Mastung. The SP said that they had recovered national identity cards from the deceased and were establishing contacts with their families.

Tareen said that they had also recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, including three Kalashnikovs, two powerful time bombs, one hand grenade, wires and hundreds of rounds of different calibre. He claimed that they had also recovered two satellite telephones from the house.

He said that the Nazim of Kalat, Mir Naimatullah Zehri, who was also present on the occasion, announced cash award Rs 0.1 million for the police teams. It has been learnt that the raid was conducted following the investigation of the six alleged terrorists who were arrested in a raid in Quetta on January 3. "During the interrogation the terrorists disclosed that their base camp is situated in Kalat district," a source said and added that the deceased had rented the house about eight months ago.


The News International, Wednesday October 31, 2001

Three civilians die in Indian artillery fire

By Shakil Shaikh

ISLAMABAD: Three persons, including a woman and two young boys, were killed by unprovoked and indiscriminate heavy artillery and mortar firing on civilian pollution in Lipa Valley by the Indian army on Tuesday morning. "As a result of shelling Sakina Babi, Saleem, 17, and Muhammad Shafquat, 18, of Lubgran in Danna sub-sector embraced Shahadat," said an ISPR release.

Two others -- Muhammad Shaheen and Muhammad Jamil of the same village received serious injuries. Properties of civilians were also damaged. Indian Army opened fire in Dann (Lipa Valley) and Jura sub-sector in Neelum Valley. India has been doing this for the last some weeks in a bid to create a situation, and it even opened fire during US Secretary of State Colin Powell's visit to South Asia some. "They are doing it with a purpose and targeting civilian, though Pakistani troops maintained restraint unless it is absolutely essential to retaliate," said a senior official.


DAWN, February 24, 2001

'RAW agents' arrested

ISLAMABAD, Feb 23: A sensitive security agency arrested on Friday another gang of 'RAW terrorists' within a period of four months.

In a similar operation in October last year, the same security agency had arrested seven RAW terrorists, two of them were sentenced to death on February 17 by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi.

The accused terrorists made startling disclosures about various plans of terrorist activities.

They disclosed that they got special training from two Indian officers - Mishra and Sharma - at camps established at Samba in Jammu and in Delhi.

They visited RAW officers in India to get instructions and money for terrorists activities, claimed sources.

Ringleader Abid Hussain and his accomplices Amjad Javed, Zulfiqar Ali and Ashfaq Ahmed, during interrogations, told the Pakistani officials that they not only carried out terrorist activities but also provided sensitive information to India.-APP


DAWN, November 16, 2000
Three injured in Indian shooting

By Our Correspondent

MUZAFFARABAD, Nov 15: A man and two minor girls were injured in Indian firing in two different areas of Azad Kashmir on Tuesday evening and Wednesday, police sources here said.

Sobia Raqeeb, 9, daughter of Mohammad Raqeeb and Nargis, 8, daughter of Mohammad Sharif were injured in Turkandi village in southern Kotli district on Wednesday. They were rushed to a nearby hospital, the sources said.

In Athmuqam sector of Neelum valley, located northeast of Muzaffarabad, Zarrar, son of Mumtaz Hussain was injured late on Tuesday night, sources said, adding that the enemy shelling also caused partial damage to a house and a bridge in the area.

The cross border shelling was also reported from many other areas along the LoC in Azad Kashmir, sources said.

DAWN, Nov 15, 2000
Four women among six injured in LoC shelling

By Our Correspondent

MUZAFFARABAD, Nov 14: Six people, including four women, were wounded in unrelenting shelling of AJK villages by Indian forces from across the Line of Control on Tuesday, police sources here said.

According sources, Zahida Begum wife of Mohammad Siddique, Feroze son of Sultan Ali, and Shafaat son of Feroze, were injured in Polas Kakuta village of Abbaspur sector in district Poonch.

In district Kotli, Asia daughter of Mohammad Hussain was injured in Tain village, while Nusrat daughter of Mohammad Latif, was injured in Dharoti village. In district Bagh, Kaisar Begum wife of Jamal was injured in Digwar village.

Sources further said that in Palri village, Neelum valley, the house of one Barkatullah was completely destroyed by shelling.

DAWN, Nov 08, 2000
3 children killed in Indian shelling

By Tariq Naqash

MUZAFFARABAD, Nov 7: Three children were killed and a fourth one was injured in Indian shelling on southern Kotli district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, said an official.

Deputy Commissioner Sardar Farooq Tabassam told Dawn by telephone that the Indian troops targeted a high school in Seri village (in Khuiratta sector), located about one kilometre from the LoC, at 8am with mortar guns.

He said at least two shells fell outside the school building, killing a boy and his two younger sisters on the spot and injuring his elder sister seriously. The victims, who were children of a schoolteacher Mohammad Javed, were going to school. The dead were identified as Amir (12), Foji (10), and Kiran (4), while the injured was identified as Sehr (15). She was admitted to the district headquarters hospital, Kotli, the DC said.

The funeral prayers of the children were offered at 4pm in their village where moving scenes were witnessed, said the deputy commissioner who was among those who attended the funeral prayers.

He told this correspondent that the cross-border shelling by the Indian forces had escalated recently, causing heavy civilian casualties along the LoC in Azad Kashmir.

The enemy troops, he said, were particularly targeting the educational institutions and mosques with a view to creating panic and harassment among the populace of the border areas.

DAWN, Oct 27, 2000
Karachi police arrest RAW 'agents' in Sahiwal

By Our Correspondent

SAHIWAL, Oct 26: A police team of Karachi CIA arrested five alleged RAW agents here on Wednesday night from government Rest House. Police said the Indian agents were in Sahiwal to get Pakistani National Identity cards which were being issued by mobile teams to people in the rural areas of the district. Three of their colleagues managed to escape.

Police also recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the alleged terrorists.

On interrogation they told the police that they were to conduct bomb explosions in Pakistan after getting the identity cards.

Those arrested were identified as Saleh Mohammad, Pir Chaman Shah, Hasham Khan, Haji Dogar and Soraye. They said they had entered into Pakistan from Thatta district. Those who escaped were identified as Soneel, Tomee and Preetam.

The police party which made the arrests included DIG CIA Karachi Tariq Jamil, SP CIA Manzoor Moghal, DSP Niaz Ahmed Khosa, Inspector CIA Ali Raza. They were assisted by Sahiwal and Pakpattan police.

The News International, Pakistan, October 27, 2000
5 civilians killed, 7 injured in Indian firing in AJK

MUZAFFARABAD: At least five civilians were killed while seven others including two young girls suffered serious injuries in different areas near the Line of Control in Azad Kashmir, reports said on Friday.

According to the reports the savage Indian occupation troops resorted to unprovoked heavy firing and shelling in Pando area of district Muzaffarabad, which caused the death of five innocent civilians in Gundi village of Pandu sector and injured four others, the reports added.

The killed are identified as Imtiaz (25) s/o Ghulam Din, Tariq (15) s/o Ilum Din, Sheraz (7) s/o Alaf Din, Sharif (25) s/o Qeema Khan and Akber din s/o Noor Din, whereas wounded are Qasim s/o Tahir, Yusaf s/o Kamla Khan, Rehmat Ullah s/o Ahmed Ali and Haroon.

DAWN, Oct 24, 2000
India beats 11 Pakistan fishermen; detains 61

KARACHI, Oct 23: Indian coast guards severely beat up 11 Pakistani fishermen and snatched their belongings in Ghora Bari area, inside Pakistani territorial waters.

Gul Mohammad, captain of the boat, Al-Shakoor registration (9999-B), told APP here on Monday that ten fishermen sustained injuries due to gun shots and severe beating with iron pipes. They are admitted in Malir Hospital for treatment, he added.

DPA adds: "We tried to convince them that we were fishing in Pakistani waters but they continued beating us, causing fractures," the captain said.

Gul alleged that before letting them go, the raiding party seized the boat's radio and navigational equipment, rations and watches of the crew and damaged the fishing nets.

APP said the boat reached Karachi harbour on Sunday night and the injured were admitted in hospital.

61 FISHERMEN DETAINED: Indian coastal authorities have detained 61 Pakistani fishermen and six fishing boats during the last two weeks on the charges of illegal fishing.

An official of the Fishermen's Cooperative Society (FCS) told APP here on Monday that two fishing boats were detained by Indian coast guards four days ago.

DAWN, 24 October, 2000
RAW agents produced in court, claim training in Uttar Pradesh

By Our Staff Reporter

KARACHI, Oct 23: Two alleged terrorists of the Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), confessed before a judicial magistrate, on Monday, that they were trained in Naini Tal, Uttar Pradesh.

Recording their confessional statements under section 164, Cr.P.C., Abdul Jabbar alias Zafar and Shafique disclosed that their Indian bosses had assigned them the task to get Sindh to secede from Pakistan.

The alleged RAW agents - Abdul Jabbar alias Zafar, Muhammed Shafique alias Pappu, Hashim, Jumman, Haji Dongar and Ilu - were arrested early this month by security agencies, who also recovered a heavy quantity of explosives with 10 detonators and an equal number of igniters.

CIA inspector Rao Muhammed Iqbal produced Jabbar and Shafique before the judicial magistrate no 1, East, Nilofar Shahnawaz, amid extraordinary security arrangements around 11:15pm.

The two alleged terrorists recorded their statements in the magistrate's chamber till 4pm.

According to the investigation officer, the RAW agents stated before the court that they had come across an Indian RAW agent in Male, where they had gone to seek jobs. They said the Indian agent offered them the chance to join the Indian intelligence agency and said they would be paid accordingly.

They said the agent took their passports and threatened them that he would sent their photographs to the Pakistani intelligence agency in case they turned down his offer.

Both said they were taken to Naini Tal where they were imparted terrorist training for 35 days. During the training, they said, they were taught the use of AK-47 rifles (Kalashnikov) and sub-machine guns (SMGs) and explosives.

He said after training, they were smuggled with explosives into Pakistan through launches.

The News International Update, Oct 09, 2000
7 RAW agents arrested from Karachi
(Updated at 2300 PST)

KARACHI: Security agencies Monday busted a major network of Indian Intelligence Agency by arresting 7 RAW agents involved in heinous terrorist activities. A large cache of arms and ammunition and explosive material has been recovered from them, sources said.

Those arrested have been identified as Shafiq, Hashim, Saleh Muhammad, Haji Dongar, Jumman, Mardao and their ringleader, Abdul Jabbar Zafar, according to official sources.

Yahoo! Asia - News Asia, Thursday, September 21 8:49 PM SGT
Indian Hindu group takes responsibility for Islamabad blast: report

ISLAMABAD, Sept 21 (AFP) -

An unknown Indian Hindu outfit has claimed responsibility for this week's bomb blast in Islamabad in a phone call to the Pakistani mission in New Delhi, official Assosciated Press of Pakistan said Thursday.

More than 15 people were killed and scores injured in Tuesday's fruit market blast in the Pakistani capital.

An anomymous caller told the high commission his group, Hindu Sena Rashtriya Sangh Party, was responsible for Tuesday's blast, the agency said in a report from New Delhi.

The caller, who described himself as secretary general of the group, threatened that his outfit would carry out 50 similar blasts in the future at various places in Pakistan, the report said.

Meanwhile about a dozen people have been taken into custody in connection with the ongoing blast investigation, police sources said.

City police chief Nasir Durrani has said he suspected the involvement of rival India.

The possibility that the bomb involved Pakistanis is "very remote," he said Wednesday, adding that "I suspect it is foreign-sponsored and my strong suspicion is on India."

"In the recent past, police and intelligence have found evidence that terrorism in Pakistan is sponsored by our neighbouring country," he said.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since 1947, two of them over Kashmir, the Himalayan state divided between the two countries and claimed by both.

The neighbours routinely accuse rival intelligence networks of carrying out cross-border sabotage and subversion.

DAWN, 08 September, 2000
Ten killed in LoC shelling

By Our Correspondent

MUZAFFARABAD, Sept 7: Two people were killed and nine others injured in Indian firing from across the Line of Control, police said on Thursday.

The Indian army continued unprovoked shelling on the civilian population. In the Athmuqam sector, Abdul Rauf, 60, and Abdul Razzak, 16, of the Jabber Barian area were killed late Wednesday night. Abdul Khaliq, 25, Ghulam Mustafa, 40, and Farhat, 12-year-old daughter of Khurshid, were injured in the same locality.

On Thursday, the Indians shelled the Shah Kot Salkhala village, leaving Barkatullah and Bashir Ahmad injured. The house of Mohammad Naseem was destroyed whereas the village mosque was partially damaged. Four cattle heads of Yaqoob, a resident of Barrian, were killed.

In the Abbaspur sector, the Indian army used small arms. Lal Din, a 50-year-old resident of Turrotti, was injured when a splinter hit him in his right arm late Wednesday night.

In the Nakyal sector on Thursday, Shazia, 18, daughter of Mohammad Latif, was injured when a bullet hit her in her left arm. Khatoon, wife of Khadim Hussain, was injured when a bullet hit her in her abdomen. Both were admitted to the DHQ hospital of Kotli.

In Fatahpur on Thursday, Feroz Din was injured when a bullet hit him in his leg. He was admitted to the DHQ hospital.

The Nation Online, Aug 28, 2000
Three RAW terrorists nabbed

KASUR-Kasur Rangers have nabbed three agents of RAW, the notorious Indian intelligence agency, confessing to be involved in 11 bomb blasts including one at the former PM Mian Nawaz Sharif's Raiwind farm.

Deputy Superintendent, Rangers Punjab Intelligence, 11 Wing, Kasur, Shabbir Ahmad Sindhu, got registered a case at the Saddar Station on Friday night.

According to details, Lt-Col Muhammad Tashfeen Khan on a tip off that three dangerous criminals Bashir Ahmad alias Bashiri, s/o Khushi Muhammad r/o Bhoochkey, Gulzar Ahmad alias Gulzari s/o Muhammad Din r/o Gohar Hithar and Tufail Masih s/o Saeed Masih r/o Sheroo Kana who were nominated culprits in case No. 159/2000, dated 24-8-2000 Police Station Ganda Singhwala were hiding in bomboos fields near Noorpur canal, on which a team of Kasur Rangers conducted raid and arrested all three of them.

During investigation, Bashir Ahmad alias Bashiri confessed to having conducted three bomb blasts at MAO College, Lahore for which he received Rs 10,000, a Mazda wagon, near Steel Bagh Petrol Pump, Kasur, for which he was paid Rs 7,000. He also disclosed that he planted a bomb under a bridge at Kot Radha Kishan sometime before which however did not go off. He said he was paid Rs 1500 for submitting back the bomb material to the main agents in India. He said all the amount was paid to him by one Zafar alias Zafari. Tufail Masih, during interrogation confessed to conducting seven bomb blasts at the farm of ex-Prime Minister, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Pajian Pul, Badami Bagh, Lahore, Sabzi Mandi Lahore, Steel Bagh Petrol Pump and Khara Road Bus Stand etc. He told that he too was paid by one Zafar alias Zafari. Gulzar alias Gulzari said that he conducted one bomb blast at Raiwind Station, for which he was paid Rs 15,000 by Zafar alias Zafari.

All the three arrested culprits also disclosed that the dera (ie camp) of two culprits, Barkat Ali and Muhammad Sharif alias Muhammad Ali Chabail is situated at a distance of about 600 yards away from the border.

They told that these two culprits helped other criminals in crossing the river and informing about the Rangers movements and other secret information. They disclosed that their ring leader is Zafar alias Zafari. They also told the names of some other members of their gang whom they identified as Javid Masih, Shahab, r/o Rasoolpur, Barkat Ali alias Baki s/o Nihal Din Chabail, r/o Bhadian Usman, Muhammad Sharif alias Muhammad Ali s/o Qutab Din. Asghar Ali alias Badshah r/o Ilahad Gami Nai r/o Pattoki, Bhali Khokar r/o Near Khawali and Achoo r/o Depalpur.

The three culprits also disclosed that before this, they used to smuggle clothes, cigarettes etc. to India and pass 'top secrets' about Pakistan to RAW.

The arrested culprits have been handed over to a sensitive agency for further investigation.

The News International, August 17, 2000
Eight Indian agents involved in 25 bomb blasts held

By our correspondent

LAHORE: Eight Indian agents involved in carrying out 25 bomb blasts and responsible for over 60 killings in Pakistan were arrested by Pakistan Rangers Intelligence Unit a few days ago and presented before newsmen here on Wednesday at the Rangers Headquarters. The terrorists confessed to the bomb blasts in Lahore, Kasur, Bhai Pheru, Pattoki, Raiwind and some other cities.

All of them were illiterate Pakistani nationals working for the Indian Intelligence agencies Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Indian Border Security Force Intelligence Unit, Indian Military Intelligence and other agencies working against Pakistan, said Lt Col Muhammad Tashfeen Khan of Pakistan Rangers Intelligence Unit, while addressing a press conference.

The ring leader Zafar Iqbal alias Zafri, Barkat Ali alias Bakki, Javed Masih, Muhammad Bashir alias Bashiri, Tufail Masih alias Thali, Muhammad Sharif alias Muhammad Ali, Asghar Ali Badshah, Gulzar Ahmad alias Gulzari, all were on the most-wanted terrorists list by various Pakistani agencies and were apprehended from Lahore and Kasur. During interrogation, the terrorist group confessed to planting bombs at Sabzi Mandi Lahore, Bhai Pheru Bus Stand, Steel Bakk Kasur, Kot Radha Kishan, Pajjian Pul Raiwind, Main Railways Line near Raiwind, Choubourji near MAO College Lahore, Pattoki Iron Mills, Rosa Village Drain Raiwind and some other places as well.

The Rangers official said this group was involved in destabilising and sabotage activities for the last six years. "During this period, the group had exploded at least 25 bombs in different areas following instructions of their Indian masters."

He said Rangers were tipped off by some local civilian sources that the group was hiding at a place which the Rangers team raided and nabbed them. "Some other terrorists of the same group were still at large," he said. He added that they would be apprehended soon.

Giving details about their selection and training criteria, the official said the terrorists were selected from the border areas of Pakistan and after training in India at Amritsar, Ferozpur, Jalalabad and occupied Jammu, they were sent back to carry out terrorist activities.

He said the Indians used two types of bombs, one the remote control device while the other is the time-device. Usually the terrorists were given the remote control bombs, as the use of those were easy as compared to the time-devices, he said.

Ring leader Zafar alias Zafri told newsmen that they used to smuggle almonds, clothes and imported cigarettes to India while on the other hand they fetch Indian liquor and bombs from there. "The first time when I visited India some years back, I was sent to a training camp at Ferozpur where I learnt to detonate bombs," Zafar said. He added that since than he had gone to India five times and every time some Indian officials welcomed him and his accomplices at the border.

He confessed before newsmen that he along with his two other men had blasted the bomb at Bhai Pheru Bus Stand. "I gave a bag to an aged passenger woman to put that into the bus and asked her that I am returning before departure," Zafar said. He added that after walking some distance he exploded the bomb by using the remote control given by the Indians. He was supposed to be paid Rs 40,000 for the incident.

Zafri also stated that at first he was hired by some resident Indian agents who introduced him to the Indians and later he started his assignments. He claimed that he was given training by two special Indian trainers Mureed Singh and Mehta Singh. "We were asked to submit a photograph of the incident to get our money from the Indians," Zafar said. He adding that they had to give the remote control and other devices back to the Indians as a proof of the "accomplished mission".

Zafri did not know anything about the bomb technology except their green and black colours and the buttons to operate those. However he confessed exploding at least 10 bombs in various areas resulting in huge human and material loss.

Later the other terrorists including Muhammad Basher, Muhammad Sharif, Gulzar alias Gulzari and others also confessed before the press about their crimes and disclosed details of the Indian training camps.

People's Review, January 20-26, 2000
Indian official involved in terrorist activities: Pakistan


Pakistan has accused an Indian official in the Indian High Commission in Pakistan has been found involved in terrorist activities. The acting High Commissioner of India was summoned to the Foreign Office of Pakistan on Monday and a strong protest was lodged with him regarding the involvement of an official of the Indian High Commission in terrorist activities, according to a press release issued by the Pakistani Embassy here.

The said official, P. Moses was apprehended Sunday evening while carrying a remote control device for explosion for delivery to an explosion at the Raja Bazar in Rawapindi on January 26, 2000, it is said. The official has also confessed his involvement in such terrorist activities on several previous occasions, according to the press release.

"The acting High Commissioner was told that the involvement of an official of the High Commission constitutes an evidence of direct involvement of the Government of India in sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan," Pakistan has accused.

"The acting High Commissioner was also asked to disclose the identity of the accomplices of P. Moses in the High Commission, who handed over to him the device for explosion," it is stated.

The cooperation of the High Commission was sought in making those officials involved in the incident available for prosecution in accordance with the local laws.

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