April 5, 2002, Chandigarh, India
A TRIBUNE SPECIAL
New Delhi, April 4
A classified report of a security agency of the Central government reveals that the ISI has of late stepped up arms training to Sikh youths in Pakistan and has been operating at least seven training camps for the purpose.
The training camps are in Kot Lakhpat, Chakowal, Gujaranwala, Mianwali, Peshawar, Attock and Shahidan da Banga.
Concerned over the difficulties expressed by militants in recruiting youths to carry out subversive activities in Punjab on a large scale, the Pakistani authorities are exploring the following possibilities:
The Pervez Musharraf regime has kept Pakistan-based militants under constant pressure to produce results. With the support of the ISI, Jammu-bred chief of the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) has stepped up its activities in Jammu and Punjab. He enjoys considerable support of Kashmiri militants. Along with some ISI officials, he had played a major role in working out a nexus among various militant outfits.
Pakistanís embassy in Kathmandu, according to the secret report, is providing logistic help to close associates of Neeta who had been used as conduit for spreading terrorist activities in India.
The arrest of some Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and KZF activists in India during 2000-2001 have amply proved the connivance of ISI officials inKathmandu in Sikh extremist activities.
Activists of International Sikh Youth Federation (Rode) have come to notice for making frequent trips between Pakistan, Bangkok and the USA. During their visits to the USA they usually stay in motels owned by one Syyed Shah who acts as main coordinator between radical Sikh groups in that country.
The report also names Sadiq Mohammad and one Bhatti, officials of Pakistani missions in New York and Los Angeles, respectively, are believed to be actively involved in pro-Khalistani activities.
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