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Indian links to terror plot

London, August 14
Kashmir appeared to be foremost in the minds of the alleged plotters of the unsuccessful bid to blow up the US-bound flights in Britain with liquid explosives, media reports said.

The two brothers reportedly at the centre of the investigation, Rashid and Tayib Rauf, from Birmingham, are both British citizens of Kashmiri (Mirpuri) origin, according to The Independent.

Rashid Rauf is one of the 17 people being held in Pakistan in connection with the alleged plot. He has been linked to Lashkar.

Not much substantial information has emerged from Pakistan but British Kashmiris had direct contact with the militant Islamic groups in Pakistan, and there was nothing secret about it, the paper added.

After last year’s Kashmir earthquake, hundreds of British Kashmiris travelled back to their homeland to help in the relief effort. While there they were in daily contact with the militants because in the early stages it was the militants who ran the relief effort.

The Independent claims to have witnessed volunteers from Birmingham working alongside militants from Lashkar-e-Toiba just north of Muzaffarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), where a mountain had collapsed on top of a village and Lashkar was running a makeshift ferry service to evacuate the wounded.

A recent report in Pakistan’s Daily Times reported that it was transfers of funds disguised as donations for the Kashmir earthquake relief that first alerted intelligence services to the Pakistani side of the suspected plot.

Britain tipped-off Pakistani intelligence about huge sums of money being transferred from a UK-based charity to the private bank accounts of three individuals in Pakistan, marked “earthquake relief”.

According to the Independent, those three men are now under arrest in Pakistan, and Rashid Rauf is believed to be one of them.

Reports of Kashmiri involvement in the London plot raises the question of whether any contacts were made at that time. People of Kashmiri origin mostly from Mirpur, are the single largest group among Pakistani immigrants to Britain. — UNI




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