SOUTH ASIA INTELLIGENCE REVIEW
Weekly Fatalities: Major Conflicts in South Asia
April 23-29, 2012
Taliban threat from Af-Pak real, warns Air chief marshal N A K Browne: Increasing Talibanisation of Pakistan and shifting of terror focus from Af-Pak region would pose a serious security threat to India in the next two years, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne said on April 28. "If the American troops and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) withdraw from Afghanistan as planned, 2013-14 are going to be crucial watershed years for India as far as the security of our western border is concerned," Browne hinted. Times of India, April 28, 2012.
Terror attacks claimed 458 lives in Mumbai since 2000, states Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Jitendra Singh: The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Jitendra Singh in a written reply informed the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) on April 25 that 458 lives were lost in terror attacks in Mumbai (Maharashtra) since 2000. Indian Express, April 27, 2012.
102 ceasefire violations reported along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir since 2010, says Government: A total of 102 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir have taken place since 2010, the Government said on April 25. In a written reply in Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament), Defense Minister AK Antony said 44 cases of ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir were registered in 2010. While there were 51 cases in 2011, seven such instances have come to notice this year , he informed. Hindustan Times, April 27, 2012.
Maoists building weapons factories in India with help from China, says intelligence report: A 'secret' Intelligence Bureau (IB) report suggests that apart from the regular weapons the cadres of Communist Party of India-Maoists (CPI-Maoist) Maoists are normally associated with, they now have facilities to manufacture parts for even complex systems like grenade and rocket launchers. The IB report also establishes that the Maoists are aided in their efforts to build modern weapons by the Chinese intelligence. India Today, April 27, 2012.
Perpetrators of 26/11 should be brought to justice, says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on April 27 stated that the perpetrators of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks (also known as 26/11) should be brought to justice. He stated, "All perpetrators of this crime should be brought to justice as soon as possible," adding, that India and Pakistan should continue their dialogue on regional security and peace to enable "better, improved relations" between them. Oman Tribune, April 28, 2012.
Ceasefire between GoI and NSCN-Khole-Kitovi signed: The Government of India (GoI) and National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khole-Kitovi (NSCN-Khole-Kitovi) signed a fresh cease-fire agreement on April 27 in Delhi. NSCN-Khole-Kitovi's cease-fire supervisory board (CFSB) supervisor C Singson confirmed that his group has signed fresh cease-fire with GoI for a period of one year. Nagaland Post, April 27-28, 2012.
'Gun has no relevance in present scenario', says Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah:Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on April 27 that gun has lost its relevance in the present scenario when the people were desiring for peace and it would be better for those holding the gun to give it up and join the process of talks. He assured the people that the State Government would continue to make efforts for restoration of permanent peace in the State in which gun would automatically become irrelevant. Daily Excelsior, April 28, 2012.
Tevhid-Selam-Quds behind attack on Israeli diplomat's car in New Delhi, says report: The investigators feel that the attack on an Israeli diplomat, Tal Yehoshua Koren, on February 13, 2012, in New Delhi was carried out by Tevhid-Selam-Quds, an organization that is being handled out of Iran. "Its operatives are trained and equipped with weapons, ammunition and explosives, especially in handling of TNT and C4," said a source. The group has a history of carrying out terrorist attacks on Israel in other countries like those in Turkey, including the murder of Israeli security officer Ehud Sadan. Times of India, April 24, 2012.
Maoists release Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka: The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) released Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Jhina Hikaka in the forests of Narayanpatna in Koraput District in the morning of April 26. Hikaka was abducted by the Maoists on March 24, 2012, near Toyapet in Koraput District. Zee News, April 26, 2012.
UCPN-M proposes a federal model of 10 States: The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) on April 26 proposed a 10-State federal model based primarily on ethnic identity. The Maoists propose to keep Chitwan District as a centrally-administered zone. Republica, April 27, 2012.
21 civilians and nine militants among 37 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least four persons, including a Policeman, were killed and 19 others injured during Police operation in Lyari area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on April 29.
An encounter between Police and Lyari gangsters left 10 persons dead, including a Station House Officer (SHO) and a Constable, in Lyari area of Karachi.
At least eight persons, including two Security Force personnel, were killed in a gun battle between Police and Lyari gangsters in Lyari area of Karachi on April 27.
Four persons, including a Head Constable, were killed in separate acts of target killings in Karachi on April 26.
At least five people, including a political activist and two football players representing the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) team, were killed in separate target killings incidents that took place in Karachi on April 24. Dawn; Daily Times; The News; Tribune, April 24-30, 2012.
Osama Bin Laden wanted shoe bombers to follow up on 9/11 attacks, reveals British convict Saajid Badat: Al Qaeda's slain leader Osama Bin Laden had planned to follow up the September 11, 2001, (also known as 9/11) attacks with shoe bombers to blow up American passenger planes, which would have brought the American economy to its knees, a British man, Saajid Badat (33), convicted on terrorism charges testified in a trial Federal District Court in Brooklyn (New York) on April 23. "He (bin Laden) said that the American economy is like a chain. If you break one link of the chain, the whole economy will be brought down," Badat testified.
Laden had also planned to mount indiscriminate attacks on Pakistani soil, revealed the documents seized by the Americans from the compound in the Abbottabad ares of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) where Laden was killed.. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) shared intelligence about possible al Qaeda attacks inside. Times of India, April 25-28, 2012.
MQM, PPP and ANP involved in extortion, alleges Federal Minister of Interior Rehman Malik: Federal Minister of Interior Rehman Malik on April 23 revealed that activists belonging to political parties of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led coalition Government of Sindh are to be blamed for the menace of extortion in Karachi. Malik said that activists of PPP, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami National Party (ANP) and other parties were involved in extortion in the metropolis. Dawn, April 24, 2012.
Afghan Taliban to get 'safe passage' for reconciliation talks, says Afghan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas: Pakistan, US and Afghanistan agreed on April 26 to provide 'safe passage' to Afghan Taliban militants willing to join reconciliation talks and set up a working group to settle modalities for their unhindered movement. This was announced by Afghanistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani. Dawn, April 28, 2012.
Era of wars over, says Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on April 23 said that the era of wars has ended and Pakistan is prepared to resolve all outstanding issues with India, including the Kashmir dispute and terrorism, through talks. Instead of trying to resolve issues through force, the Government has adopted a policy of progress and negotiations, he added. Times of India, April 24, 2012.
No favorable response from the Government for political solution, says TNA leader R. Sampanthan: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan said that there had been no favorable response from the Sri Lankan Government on the issue of local political solution to the national problem in Sri Lanka. He further said that the suggestion made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) for an accepted solution for the national issue with maximum devolution had also been thrown away by Mahindra Rajapaksa Government. The Hindu, April 27, 2012.