SOUTH ASIA INTELLIGENCE REVIEW
Weekly Fatalities: Major Conflicts in South Asia
May 10-16, 2010
Union Government bans 100 global terrorist outfits linked to al-Qaeda: The Union Government on May 15 formally banned over 100 outfits, linked to al-Qaeda, from across the globe by declaring them "terrorist organizations" in India under the amended Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). These outfits include all the big Islamic militant outfits like Jemaah Islamiyah of Indonesia, Islamic Jihad Group of Libya, the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, International Islamic Relief Organization of Philippines and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan among others. Times of India, May 16, 2010.
Union Government extends ban on LTTE for another two years: Union Government on May 14 extended its ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for another two years as it believes the `Tamil Eelam' (separate homeland for Tamils) concept still remains a goal among pro-Tigers groups in Tamil Nadu. The outfit, involved in assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, has been banned since 1992 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. Times of India, May 15, 2010.
Maoists warn of more Dantewada like attacks: The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) warned of more attacks like one at Chintalnar in Dantewada District in Chhattisgarh on April 6, 2010. The statement issued by the CPI-Maoist’s spokesperson Azad on behalf of the Central Committee (CC) of the party from an unspecified place and date mentioned this. Times of India, May 15, 2010.
Over 40 terrorist camps operating in Pakistan, reiterates Defence Minister A. K. Antony: The Defence Minister A. K. Antony on May 12 said that India was concerned about terror factories operating across the border. "More than 40 terror camps are still operating across the border. It is a matter of concern to us. Pakistan should take action to dismantle these terror camps," he said. Economic times, May 13, 2010.
Cross-border terrorism goes beyond Pakistan, says Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on May 11 said cross-border terrorism was not just limited to Pakistan but has now "reached a few Middle Eastern countries". He said the definition of cross-border terrorism has changed and terrorism of "jehadi variety is really cross-border terrorism." "Terrorism of the jehadi variety is really cross border terrorism. Even the definition of cross-border terrorism has… No longer does it cross our border and go into Pakistan. It goes beyond Pakistan. It now reaches a few middle eastern countries," Chidambaram added. PTI News, May 12, 2010.
Winning people's trust a must to solve Naxalite problem, says Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on May 12 said it was not possible to solve the Naxalite (Left Wing Extremist) problem without regaining the confidence of people and this job had to be done by various sections. The Government would continue with its two-pronged strategy of carrying forward its development effort and a calibrated and controlled Police action in order to assert civilian authority in the affected areas, he added. The Hindu, May 13, 2010.
NSCN helped in creation of NDFB, indicate reports: The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) played a key role in the formation of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), while the outfit also maintained links with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) since the early 1990s. The ISI provided the NDFB with some communication equipment, explosives and timer devices. Assam Tribune, May 13, 2010.
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna to hold talks in Islamabad: External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna would visit Islamabad on July 15 to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The Hindu, May 12, 2010.
Kashmir terrorists get pay hike, indicate reports: Kashmiri terrorists and refugees from Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) have both received a pay hike. According to the latest inputs from various agencies, Pakistani authorities are now offering terrorists coming to fight in Jammu and Kashmir a monthly salary in the range of INR 8,000 to INR 10,000. This is a huge jump from the average pay of INR 5,000 they were getting earlier.
Also, those staying back in refugee camps of PoK too have been given increased financial benefits. From INR 1,800 per month, their financial allowance has gone up to INR 2,400 a month early this year , sources said. There are no clear numbers, but some estimates say as many as 30,000 could be in PoK, holding State Subject Facility Cards which grants them certain rights. Times of India, May 16-17, 2010.
Maoists to launch Constitution: The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (Unified CPN-Maoist) has announced that it would launch its own Constitution on May 29, the Republic Day. Maoist spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma told reporters on May 16 that his party would release the People's Constitution on May 29, a day after the earlier stipulated deadline to present a new Constitution. They would be presenting the draft of the Constitution they have submitted at the Constituent Assembly. The Hindu, May 17, 2010.
Prachanda ready to disband YCL: The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (Unified CPN-Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda on May 13 said he is ready to dissolve the party's para-military organisation, Young Communist League (YCL), and facilitate the integration of its combatants with the Army. Prachanda said his party was ready to dissolve the para-military structure of the YCL within 4-5 days and integrate and rehabilitate the Maoist combatants within four months. The Hindu, May 14, 2010.
166 militants and nine SFs among 178 persons killed during the week in FATA: The Security Forces (SFs) backed by fighter jets and helicopter gunships, killed 58 Taliban (Tehreek-e-Taliban, TTP) militants in the Orakzai Agency of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) on May 16.
At least 15 persons were killed and others were injured as eight missiles, fired from across border in Afghanistan, struck an encampment in the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency on May 15. However, another television channel reported five killings in the missile strike.
Seven Taliban (TTP) militants were killed when the SFs shelled suspected militant hideouts with artillery in Kasha, Khawray and Teer Angar areas of the Orakzai Agency on May 14.
At least nine Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and 10 others injured when the PAF fighter jets bombed suspected militants hideouts in Tirah Valley of the Khyber Agency on May 13.
The US drones killed 21 Taliban (TTP) militants in two separate strikes at North Waziristan on May 11. In the first air strike, a drone fired 10 missiles at a vehicle and tents in Doga Maza Khel area of Datta Khel tehsil (revenue unit), 50 kilometres west of Miranshah, killing 14 Taliban (TTP) militants.
The helicopters gunships pounded suspected Taliban (TTP) hideouts in various areas of Orakzai Agency, killing eight Taliban (TTP) militants and injuring five others during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham (I will see you).
At least 40 Taliban (TTP) militants and nine soldiers, including two lieutenants were killed in a fierce clash between the Taliban (TTP) and SFs during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Orakzai Agency on May 10. Dawn; Daily Times; The News, May 11-17, 2010.
Next mass casualty terrorist attack on the United States will be postmarked Pakistan, says former CIA analyst: A former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst Bruce Riedel, who helped President Barack Obama formulate his Pakistan-Afghanistan policy, said that "a very serious possibility that the next mass casualty terrorist attack on the United States will be postmarked Pakistan". Times of India, May 15, 2010.
LeT plans to attack US Army shipment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: The Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) plans to attack a convoy of US military shipment en route from Karachi to Afghanistan, Daily Times quoting intelligence agencies sources reported on May 14. Sources said the shipment consists of approximately eight to 10 containers, and is likely to leave within a couple of days. The attack might be carried out in the vicinity of Dera Ismail Khan City in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Daily Times, May 14, 2010.
"Some Pakistani officials know where Osama, Mullah Omar are", says US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "Some Pakistani officials know more about al Qaeda and Taliban than they actually claim", the CBS television channel quoted United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as saying on May 10. "I’m not saying they’re at the highest levels, but I believe somewhere in this Government are people who know where Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, Mullah Omar and the Afghan Taliban leadership are," she said. Daily Times, May 11, 2010.
Cancer of terror, not India, a threat to Pakistan, warns US President Barack Obama: The United States (US) President Barack Obama on May 12 warned that extremists pose a serious threat to Pakistan's sovereignty and pointed out that Islamabad had realised that it was not India but the "cancer" of terrorism emanating from its own territory that was its primary concern. The Hindu, May 13, 2010.
Militants find safe haven in Karachi: Hundreds of militants fleeing from the restive northwest have taken refuge in Karachi. A huge Pashtun population, mostly in the suburbs of the city of 18 million people, provides shelter to these militants. The arrest of dozens of low-key members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from the metropolis is evidence of their presence, officials say, and they have developed close ties to banned outfits like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and Jundullah as well as criminals. Daily Times, May 15, 2010.
EU Governments asked not to provide any political or symbolic support to LTTE: Sri Lanka has urged the European Union (EU) Governments not to provide any political or symbolic support towards the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s (LTTE) initiative to forming a so called Provisional Translational Government of Tamil Eelam (PTGTE). Daily Mirror, May 15, 2010.