SOUTH ASIA INTELLIGENCE REVIEW
Weekly Fatalities: Major Conflicts in South Asia
January 31-February 6, 2011
Possible NLFT-B attack in tribal hamlets of Gandacherra sub-division in Tripura, says report: Reports indicate of possible Biswamohan Faction of National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT-B) attack in tribal hamlets of Gandacherra sub-division in Dhalai District as a heavily armed team the outfit have sneaked inside Indian Territory late in the night of January 30. The team led by self styled leader Bumthung Halam comprising of 17-18 cadres armed with sophisticated weaponry is reportedly targeting to hold widespread massacres ahead of the ensuing Autonomous District Council Village Committee polls schedule to be held on February 24. Tripura info, February 3, 2011.
Terror camps still operating on Indo-Pak border, reveal WikiLeaks: Secret diplomatic cables released by the WikiLeaks revealed that terror training camps, though not directly run by the Pakistan Government, continue to operate along India-Pakistan border creating potential for conflict with India and instability in the region. "Terrorist organisations, like al-Qaeda, have begun using these camps as recruitment centres. After additional training...recruitees are then poised to commit terrorist activities,'' a senior British Foreign Office official Laura Hickey was reported telling American diplomats according to a cable dated July 18, 2008, published by Daily Telegraph. The Hindu, February 5, 2011.
Three more Andhra Pradesh Districts to be included in PM’s Special Development Package for LWE-hit areas: The Planning Commission has finally recommended the inclusion of three more Districts from Andhra Pradesh in the Prime Minister’s Special Development Package for the areas affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) on January 31. Andhra Pradesh was insisting on including Warangal, Karimnagar and Visakhapatnam in view of their strategic location, for carrying out anti-Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) operations. The Centre earlier had included Khammam and Adilabad, but had ignored the State’s plea for including the above three Districts. Deccan Chronicle, February 1, 2011.
Union Home Minister issues warning about terror threats from new outfits: Pointing out that India got affected one way or the other by some of its neighbours which were vulnerable to acts of terror, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on February 1 said that new groups were suspected to be behind some terror attacks that took place in recent years. Chidambaram was giving an overview of internal security at the Chief Ministers' conference in New Delhi. The Hindu, February 2, 2011.
SSC to recruit 53,200 CPMF constables: The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will recruit 53,200 constables for Central Para Military Force (CMPF) through a common recruitment examination, SSC Chairman K Raghupathy said in Mumbai on February 4. Altogether 3294 vacancies have been reserved for those domiciled in Maharashtra and 1741 for those domiciled in Gujarat, Raghupathy said. IBN Live, February 5, 2011.
CPN-UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal elected Prime Minister: Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) chairman Jhala Nath Khanal was elected Prime Minister by the Legislature Parliament in the evening of February 3. Khanal got elected as the 34th Prime Minister through a parliament voting as the largest party in the Parliament. The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-Maoist), which had fielded its chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda for the post of the Prime Minister, decided through an emergency standing committee meeting to withdraw Dahal’s candidacy and support Khanal. The UCPN-Maoist and CPN-UML has 237 and 107 Member of Parliaments respectively. He took oath on February 6. Nepal News, February 4-7, 2011.
52 militants ands seven civilians among 63 persons killed during the week in FATA: Three persons were killed and two others injured when a bomb planted in a car exploded in the Barqambarkhel area of Khyber Agency in Federally administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on February 5.In addition, militants shot dead four men for alleged spying and dumped their bodies outside Karak town in North Waziristan Agency on February 5.
Gunship helicopters on February 3 heavily pounded terrorists’ positions near Afghan border in Kurram Agency killing 10 terrorists. Also, three Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants and a soldier were killed during a shootout in Kalya tehsil (revenue unit) in Orakzai Agency.
18 militants and three SFs were killed as fierce fighting continued in Mohmand Agency on February 2
London bombings in 2005 directed from Pakistan, reveals an inquest: The bomber of the July 7, 2005 suicide bombings on London’s transport system received advice from a mystery figure in Pakistan just days before the attacks, reveals an inquest heard on February 2. Mobile phone records showed a series of calls made from phone boxes in Rawalpindi District of Punjab Province to bomber Muhammed Sidique Khan. Metropolitan Police detective Mark Stuart said many of the calls were made through different Pakistani phone boxes within minutes of each other, suggesting that the caller there wanted to conceal his identity. Daily Times, February 3, 2011.
Al Qaeda actively seeking ‘dirty’ bombs, say reports: Al Qaeda is attempting to procure nuclear material and recruit rogue scientists in order to build a radioactive "dirty bomb", according to leaked documents published in Daily Telegraph. The cables, released by the WikiLeaks website, showed that security chiefs informed NATO in January 2009 that al Qaeda was planning a programme of "dirty radioactive improvised explosive devices (IEDs)". The documents also revealed that al Qaeda papers found in 2007 convinced security officials that "greater advances" had been made in bio-terrorism. Daily Times, February 3, 2011.
Minister Sherry Rehman drops move on blasphemy law: Under
pressure from the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leadership,
former Minister Sherry Rehman — who has been advised by the
Government to leave the country in view of threats to her life
for drafting a Bill to amend the blasphemy law — has decided
not to pursue with the draft legislation. While Prime Minister
(PM) Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani had announced in the National Assembly
on February 2 that Rehman had agreed to withdraw the Bill, the
legislator made it clear that she was not consulted. "But
since the PM has announced that there cannot even be discussion
on procedural amendments, and the committee announced by the
party to amend laws has been disbanded, then as a PPP MNA [Member
of National Assembly], I have no option but to abide by the
party decision in Parliament.''
Hindu, February 3, 2011.