Indian, Afghan intelligence behind terror in Pakistan, says IB chief



Speaking to legislators in the Senate, Aftab Sultan, Director General of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) said on Tuesday that a large number of the 865 terrorists arrested during the last three years by his agency were affiliated with the Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies.

“Out of the 865 terrorists arrested during the last three years, a significant number had connections with India’s RAW and the Afghan NDS,” said the IB chief.

He went on to add that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is also endangered by said agencies.

In March of this year, security agencies had made public the arrest of Kulbushan Jadhav, saying that the former Indian naval officer had been apprehended during a raid in Balochistan.

Jhadav was shifted to Islamabad for interrogation. As per sources, Jhadav had disclosed that he had purchased vessels at the Iranian port of Chabahar in order to target the Karachi and Gwadar ports in a terrorist plot.

“I am still a serving officer in the Indian Navt and will be due for retirement in 2022,” he had said in a confessional video.

“By 2002, I commenced intelligence operations. In 2003, I established a small business in Chabahar in Iran. As I was able to achieve undetected existence and visits to Karachi in 2003 and 2004 and, having done some basic assignments within India for RAW, I was picked up by RAW in 2013 end.”

After that time, he said he had been directing activities in Karachi and Balochistan.

“I am basically the man for Mr Anil Kumar Gupta who is the joint secretary of RAW and his contacts in Pakistan,” he said, “especially in the Baloch student organisation”. His purpose was to meet Baloch insurgents and carry out “activities with their collaboration”, he explained.

“These activities have been of anti-national or terrorist nature,” he said, as they resulted in the “killing or maiming of Pakistani citizens”.