SOUTH ASIA INTELLIGENCE REVIEW
Weekly Fatalities: Major Conflicts in South Asia
April 4-10, 2011
LeT had managed to get forged Cricket World Cup passes, say sources: Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) had managed to get forged passes issued to journalists and sponsors for the World Cup final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Sources said that a foreign intelligence agency conveyed to Indian security agencies that it had information that LeT militants managed some passes and might try to enter the stadium posing as journalists or sponsors. Daily Excelsior, April 5, 2011.
Many industries forced to buy peace with Maoists, admits Union Home Secretary G. K. Pillai: Many industries located in Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)-dominated areas are forced to buy peace with the extremists due to insecure environment, admitted Union Home Secretary G. K. Pillai. Pillai on April 9 said the Maoists often serve extortion notices to many industries located in central and eastern India where the extremists have a strong presence. Times of India, April 10, 2011.
Meghalaya Chief Minister expresses concern over militant activities in entire Northeast: A day after militants killed five coal labourers in Garo Hills District, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on April 6 expressed concern at the militant activities in the entire Northeast. He said that though peace talks were on with some outfits, the existence of parallel splinter outfits remains a threat. Assam Tribune, April 8, 2011.
UCPN-M against extension of CA deadline, says Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara: Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara on April 8 said that his party is against the extension of the tenure of the Constituent Assembly (CA).
Earlier, on April 7, Prime Minister (PM) Jhala Nath Khanal had indicated that the CA term will be further extended if the task of constitution drafting does not get completed by May 28, when the CA’s current term ends. Nepal News, April 8 -9, 2011.
New 'mass movement' would be launched if presidential rule is imposed, warns UCPN-M: Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) vice chairman Baburam Bhattarai on April 5 said conspiracies to impose presidential rule by derailing the constitution-making and peace process are being hatched. Speaking at a programme, he said a new mass movement would be launched if presidential rule is imposed. Nepal News, April 6, 2011.
Country to be mine free by June 2011, says UN official: Nepal is going to be declared a mine-free country by mid-June this year. Four platoons of Nepal Army with the help of United Nations Mine Action Team have cleared 45 of the 53 mine fields and plan to clear the remaining mines by mid-June 2011. eKantipur, April 5, 2011.
61 militants and eight civilians among 76 persons killed during the week in FATA: Four Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants including a ‘commander’ were killed during the clash with the members of Zakhakhel lashkar (tribal militia) in Bazaar Zakhakhel area in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on April 10.
Two tribesmen and an Afghan national were killed on charges of spying for United States in two separate places in North Waziristan Agency on April 8.
50 militants and four Security Force (SF) personnel were killed in bombings and clashes in different areas of Mohmand Agency on April 7.
Three children and a woman were killed and another woman was injured when a shell hit the house of one Toor Mulla in Selai area of Bezai tehsil in Mohmand Agency on April 6.
14 militants and 13 civilians among 27 persons killed during the week in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Security Forces (SFs) killed seven militants in Matta area of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on April 9.
At least six militants were killed when SFs pounded their hideouts with artillery shelling in Darra Adamkhel town of Kohat District on April 7.
Four children were killed and three others injured when an explosive device planted near a pond in Jerma village of Kohat District went off on April 6.
A teenage suicide bomber killed an anti-Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) lashkar (militia) leader, Muhammad Akbar (55), and seven other persons near a bus terminal in the Jandol town of Lower Dir District April 4. Dawn; Daily Times;Tribune; The News, April 5-11, 2011.
Over 3,100 killed in terror attacks in Pakistan in three years, says Interior Minister Rehman Malik: A total of 3,169 people have been killed and 6,540 others injured in 2,488 terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) during the past three years, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said in a written reply to a question in the Senate or upper house of Parliament on April 9. Rehman Malik said that 1,579 people were killed in 2008-09 while another 1,590 lost their lives in 2009-10. There were 1,157 acts of terrorism during 2008-09 and 1,331 incidents of terror during 2009-10. The rest of the incidents occurred 2011 year. Times of India, April 10, 2011.
400 suicide bombers being trained in North Waziristan Agency, confesses arrested suicide bomber: Umar Fidayee (14), the teenage suicide bomber who was arrested as an accomplice to suicide attackers of the shrine of Sufi saint Ahmed Sultan, popularly known as Sakhi Sarwar, in Dera Ghazi Khan District of Punjab on April 3, confessed that up to 400 suicide bombers are being trained in North Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on April 9. He made the remarks in an interview aired on April 8 from his hospital bedside, where he is being treated after detonating a hand grenade. Daily Times, April 9, 2011.
ISI using LeT as a strategic asset against India, says US House of Representative’s Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Chabot: The use of terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) by Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) came in for a lambasting at the House of Representatives during a hearing on April 6 on foreign policy priorities and needs amidst economic challenges in South Asia. The US House of Representative’s Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Chabot said that the ISI is using LeT as a strategic asset against India. The Hindu, April 7, 2011.
Dump Pakistan and go with India, US lawmakers tell President Barack Obama: Expressing apprehension that the United States is being "taken for suckers" and "looked at as patsies" by Pakistan, two American lawmakers on April 6 called for strengthening ties with India. "After 10 years of hearing the same sales pitch I tend to doubt it. I doubt that our money is buying anything that's deep or durable," New York Congressman Gary Ackerman said at a hearing. Times of India, April 7, 2011.
Pakistan still has no clear path to triumph over insurgents, says new White House report: A new White House Report warned on April 5 that Pakistan still has no clear path to triumph over insurgents, and said Afghanistan’s Taliban was turning more and more to soft civilian targets. The semi-annual White House Report to Congress is designed to judge progress or otherwise towards key objectives of the war in Afghanistan and operations against al Qaeda in Pakistan, now nearly a decade old. Dawn, April 6, 2011.
Over 6,000 former LTTE cadres rehabilitated, claims Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne: Sri Lankan Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne informed Parliament on April 7 that over 6,000 former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres had been handed over to their families after rehabilitation. Speaking during the debate on the extension of emergency regulations in the parliament, Jayaratne said that a few of the former LTTE cadres who were re-integrated into society had been arrested after receiving information about their alleged involvement in attempts to carry out terrorist activities. Colombo Page, April 8, 2011.