SOUTH ASIA INTELLIGENCE REVIEW
Weekly Fatalities: Major Conflicts in South Asia
April 21-27, 2014
'Bangladesh rejects terrorism, asserts Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali: Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali on April 21 said Bangladesh have time and again rejected terrorism, extremism, violence and intolerance as a nation. The spirit of the vibrant, progressive, tolerant and peace-loving people has remained Bangladesh's "biggest asset" to fight against terrorism, extremism and non-state actors, he said.' DailyStar, April 23, 2014.
Over 800 kilograms of explosives recovered from LWE-hit areas:Over 800 kilograms of explosives and 127 improvised bombs were recovered by Security Forces (SFs) from Left-Wing Extremism (LWE)-hit areas of the country since the Election Commission (EC) sounded poll mode in the country on March 5. The maximum of these have been recovered by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) from LWE-affected areas of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Odisha. Outlook, April 24, 2014.
IM planned fidayeen attack on Bollywood stars' gathering, according to Tehseen Akhtar: Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu disclosed during interrogation that the terror outfit had planned to launch a fidayeen (suicide) attack on a gathering of Bollywood stars. The outfit under the leadership of Yasin Bhatkal had planned suicide mission to target a huge gathering of Bollywood stars as they believed that the film industry was 'corrupting' the youth. The idea was to cause maximum damage to the entertainment industry by attacking a host of stars in one strike. Indiatvnews April 25, 2014.
China new transit hub for Pakistan operators to smuggle FICNs into India, says report: Central intelligence agencies have found that China has emerged as a new transit hub for Pakistan-based operators to circulate Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) which was also being routed in 'diplomatic bags' to Pakistan High Commission in Colombo (Sri Lanka) and via two leading courier services. Hindu BusinessLine, April 22, 2014.
India top target for phishing attacks in 2013, says report: India was the top target for phishing attacks in 2013 across Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ) and Oceania, resulting in an estimated loss of more than USD 225 million. Globally, India ranked fourth in terms of phishing attack by volume in 2013. In the Asia-Pacific region, India was closely followed by Australia and China, according to a study by RSA, the security division of NYSE-listed EMC. Hindu BusinessLine, April 23, 2014.
Parliament passes TRC and CED bills with amendment: The Parliament on April 25 has passed the bills on the formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission on Enforced Disappearances (CED) with amendment. The term 'disappearance' has been replaced with the term 'enforced disappearance' following the amendment. Nepal News, April 26, 2014.
37 militants killed in FATA: Thirty-seven militants were killed and more than a dozen were injured in air strikes by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter aircraft in Bara and Tirah Valley areas of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Fighter aircrafts bombarded the suspected positions of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Wache Wanay, Sra Vela, Dwatoi and Tordarra in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency. The jets also targeted some hideouts of the TTP in Spera Dam area of Bara tehsil (revenue unit). 10 hideouts of militants were destroyed in the bombardment." The News, April 25, 2014.
Sectarian killings rose by more than a fifth in Pakistan in 2013, says HRCP: Sectarian killings rose by more than a fifth in Pakistan in 2013, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said on April 24, warning of an alarming increase in violence against religious minorities. HRCP said 687 people were killed in more than 200 sectarian attacks in 2013, a rise of 22 per cent on 2012, while 1,319 people were injured, a 46 per cent rise on 2012. The HRCP warned that ongoing peace talks between the Government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) could make minorities even more vulnerable. Tribune, April 25, 2014.
50 per cent arms licenses not yet verified, says Federal Ministry of Interior: The Federal Ministry of Interior told the sub-committee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that 50 per cent of arms licenses were yet not verified in Pakistan and it is expected the process of verification would be completed by next month. The sub-committee took up audit par as relating to Interior Ministry for fiscal year 2009-10 as the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) revealed that PKR 551.510 million related to arms licences was not reconciled with the Government receipt. The News, April 23, 2014.
Foreign militants seeking 'safe passage': As the Government team prepares for another meeting with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), many of the foreign militants based in and around North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) feel they are facing an uncertain future and are not only seeking assurances from their hosts but are also weighing options for moving out to others places, like Afghanistan and Syria, to continue their 'jihad'. This emerged during a series of interviews conducted by Dawn correspondent mainly around NWA, on getting exclusive access to various groups and to some of the most wanted fugitives in the country. Dawn, April 25, 2014.
Army hands over 13 TTP prisoners to Government for release: The intermediaries of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have been told that 13 TTP prisoners who were to be released have been handed over to the Government by the Army for the purpose. "However, they will be freed only after knowing how and when the Taliban would reciprocate," a source quoted the Government side as telling the TTP representatives led by Maulana Samiul Haq, who held a session with Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on April 23. The four members of the Government committee were also present in the deliberations. The News, April 25, 2014.
No more excesses with Balochistan now, says Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif: Prime Minister (PM) Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on April 25 said that the Balochistan people faced huge excesses in the past but it would not happen now. He termed democracy a self-regulated system of accountability and said the democratic norms were flourishing in the country. The News, April 26, 2014.
Only 15 religious seminaries receive foreign funds, Government informs Senate: The Federal Government informed the Senate on April 23 that only 15 religious seminaries received financial aid from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Qatar. Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Senator Syed Sughra Imam was unhappy over the 'incomplete information' provided to the House by the Federal Ministry of Interior about the number of seminaries that received aid from abroad. The News, April 24, 2014.