SOUTH ASIA INTELLIGENCE REVIEW
Weekly Fatalities: Major Conflicts in South Asia
April 18-24, 2016
'There is no existence of IS in the country', says Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan: Reiterating that there is no existence of Islamic State (IS) in the country, Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on April 21 said that there is no existence of IS in the country. He said, "There's no existence of IS in the country. However, there're homegrown militants. They can't raise their heads due to our law enforcement and intelligence agencies' constant watch." New Age, April 22, 2016.
Islamic State's chief India recruiter killed in US drone strike, claims report: Mohammad Shafi Armar, the head and principal recruiter of Islamic State (IS) in India, died a few days ago in a US drone strike in Syria, sources said. Shafi, also known as Yousuf, had reportedly become an important ally of IS 'chief' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and was helping establish the outfit in India. Times of India, April 25, 2016.
Jewish community on terror target, according to Intelligence report: According to recent intelligence reports, Delhi Police have been warned that the Jewish community (tourists and expats both) can be targeted ahead of the spring festivals. It has been decided that security should be increased at Chabad house in Paharganj in Delhi. NewsX, April 21, 2016.
Huge recovery of IEDs in Naxal-affected areas worries Intelligence Bureau, says report: The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has raised concerns over growing incidents and recovery of huge number of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Naxal-[Left-Wing Extremism (LWE)]-affected areas and has asked the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to be extra vigilant and strictly follow the procedures while operating in the area. According to a report prepared by IB, a total of 1,702 IEDs weighing nearly 5908 kilograms were recovered from 10 LWE-affected States in 2015, prompting security agencies to tell their ground forces to be extra vigilant. Times of India, April 20, 2016.
Indian firms sixth most targeted in Asia, says Symantec report: Symantec, the global leader in cyber security, has come up with an Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) that says, in 2015, Indian organisations were the sixth most targeted in Asia, with targeted organisations on the receiving end of two attacks on an average. "After the US and China, India ranks as the third top source in overall malicious activity. The country is no longer the source, but now a destination too," said Tarun Kaura, Director (Solution Product Management) for Asia Pacific and Japan, Symantec. Deccan Herald, April 22, 2016.
Government intensifies vigil along Indo-Bangla border to check FICN circulation, says report: Concerned over circulation of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), the Centre has intensified vigil along Indo-Bangladesh border, especially in West Bengal, which has emerged as a major transit point for smuggling counterfeit notes. Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has been actively pumping fake notes into India and central security agencies are alarmed at the new routes being taken by the spy agency to unleash economic terror. Business Standard, April 20, 2016.
Government asks NSCN-IM to stop extortion: Government of India on April 19 asked Naga insurgent group Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) to stop all kinds of extortion in Nagaland and parts of Manipur saying such activities are not acceptable from a group which has signed a 'framework agreement'. At a meeting of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG), held in New Delhi, the Government raised the issue of extortion by the NSCN-IM in different parts of Nagaland and Manipur and asked it to stop such activity. Shillong Times, April 20, 2016.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley expresses concern over global nexus between terrorism and drug trafficking and cross-border crimes, says report: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the 30th Special Session of the UN General Assembly on drugs problem, expressed concern over the growing global nexus between terrorism and the flow of illicit money from drug trafficking and cross-border crimes, while assuring India's total support in fighting these evils. He also informed the world at large that a South Asia Regional Intelligence and Coordination Centre with India's neighbouring countries as co-founders will come up soon to combat drug-related crimes in the region. Business Standard, April 20, 2016.
Deputy Prime Minister Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar urges Tarai-centric parties to find political solution through talks: Deputy Prime Minister Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar on April 22 urged the Tarai-centric parties to find political solution through talks. Gachchhadar who is also the chairman of the Madhesi People's Rights Forum-Democratic (MPRF-D) informed that the Government was continuing talks with all sides as consensus and collaboration among the major parties was essential to implement the Constitution. My Republica, April 23, 2016.
Maoist parties issue joint statement calling Government to scrap conflict-era cases: Four Maoist parties and the New Force Nepal led by a former Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai on April 21 issued a joint statement calling the Government to scrap conflict-era cases, claiming that such cases violated the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA). The four Maoist parties are Mohan Baidhya-led Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist-Revolutionary Maoist, CPN (Maoist) led by Matrika Yadav and Revolutionary Communist Party Nepal led by Mani Chandra Thapa, besides ruling Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Himalayan Times, April 22, 2016.
Senators give call for 'full-fledged' military operation in Punjab: Speaking on adjournment motions regarding the "terrible incident of suicide blast in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, Lahore" on March 27, 2016, the Senators on April 21 called for a full-fledged military operation on militants' hideouts in Punjab. Initiating the debate, Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) parliamentary leader, Saeed Ghani, recalled that before this incident, the Punjab Government had always opposed a military operation, claiming that there were no organised militant groups in the province. He said the incident had proved the existence of terrorist groups in Punjab. Dawn, April 22, 2016.
Terrorists driven out of NWA and combing operations to be launched in rest of Pakistan, says CoAS General Raheel Sharif: Terrorists have been driven out of their last bastion in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the military said on April 18, announcing the completion of the final phase of Zarb-e-Azb operation and launching of "combing operations" in areas other than FATA. The Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif emphasised on consolidating the gains and resettling the TDPs (Temporary Displaced Persons) in their areas to the best of our abilities, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. Tribune, April 20, 2016.
NPC passes Bill to establish Northern and Eastern Provinces into one federal ruling system: Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on April 23 passed a Bill with a majority vote to establish the Northern and Eastern Provinces into one federal ruling system. The Bill which was primed by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was presented to the Council by Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Vigneswaran. The TNA formulated the bill based on the views and suggestions of the people in all Districts covering the Northern Province through a special committee of the party. Daily Mirror, April 23, 2016.
True intention of NPC was to pave way for Tamil State under guise of Federal State, alleges JHU National Organizer Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe: National Organizer of Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe on April 20 said that the true intention of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) was to pave the way for a Tamil State under the guise of a Federal State. He said "In the past, based on language issues, former president Chandrika Kumaratunga also attempted to introduce a federal state system to the country, but it was defeated by them. The initiatives taken by the NPC based on the language issue violates the Constitution, and this could act as a barrier for the country's peace and reconciliation process. All they want is more power and they have done nothing for Tamil people in the North by the funds provided to them." Daily Mirror, April 23, 2016.
SLFP General Secretary warns stern action would be taken after May Day rally against those who breach party discipline: General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Minister Duminda Dissanayake on April 22 warned that stern action would be taken after the May Day rally against those who breach party discipline. He said that the party would take disciplinary action after this May Day, if there are any including the provincial councilors and organizers of the SLFP who disregard the party's Constitution or breach discipline to attend the May Day rally organized by the Joint Opposition in Kirulapone. Colombo Page, April 23, 2016.