Friday, February 04, 2005

INDIA: Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) 03- 04FEB [4 NEWS CLIPPINGS]


01. 'AL, RAW plotted to kill Kibria, foil summit'
02. Pakistani diplomats caught in Indian ‘honey traps’
03. Insider notes from United Press International
04. India has reason to postpone SAARC summit: experts

01. 'AL, RAW plotted to kill Kibria, foil summit'
DU Correspondent

The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party's student wing yesterday accused Awami League (AL) and India of killing former finance minister SAMS Kibria.

From a rally held under the banner of 'Stop Propaganda against Bangladesh', Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders said AL chief Sheikh Hasina and India's external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) killed Kibria as part of a plot to foil the 13th Saarc Summit with an intent to tarnish the country's image.

The rally held at Aparajeyo Bangla on Dhaka University campus followed a procession brought out from the Madhu's Canteen.

Addressing the rally, the JCD leaders accused Hasina of running a propaganda campaign against Bangladesh both at home and abroad. JCD President Azizul Bari Helal said due to a close relationship with India, she had convinced the Indian prime minister not to join the Saarc Summit.

JCD General Secretary Shafiul Bari Babu said Hasina has long been involved in conspiring against the country. Now she is trying to cause anarchy in the country at the expense even of her own party men.

She (Hasina) portrays Bangladesh as a country of anarchy and instability so that she could win sympathy of the world leaders, Babu said adding that if the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) carry out a thorough and impartial search in Sudha Sadan, the AL president's Dhanmondi residence, everything would come out clear.

AL's student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday brought out a pro-hartal procession on the campus at about 6:30am in the morning. They held a rally after police had stopped the procession at the entrance to Arts Building.

Blaming the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition for 'slaying AL leaders and activists' across the country, BCL President Liaqat Sikder demanded immediate resignation of the government.

BCL DU unit President Delwar Hossain presided over the rally addressed among others by General Secretary Hemayet Uddin Khan Himu.

Meanwhile a JCD source said they would beat up BCL leaders and activists if they try to bring out procession on the campus. A number of students residing in different DU dormitories yesterday alleged that hall units JCD leaders had forced them to join the JCD procession.


02. Pakistani diplomats caught in Indian ‘honey traps’

By Iftikhar Gilani

NEW DELHI: A former top Indian intelligence official has penned his memoirs detailing the exploits of Pakistani diplomats between the sheets.

‘Open secrets – India’s intelligence unveiled’ by Maloy Krishna Dhar, former joint director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), details the intelligence games between Pakistani and Indian agents since 1956, including the “honey traps” used by both sides to gain information. The book contains several sensational claims about current Indian politicians that are causing a stir here.

Dhar writes how, as head of the Pakistan desk at the counter-intelligence wing of the IB, he tailed and video-taped several Delhi-based Pakistani diplomats in bed with various women. One diplomat had seduced the sister of a reputed journalist who was close to then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

“She had succumbed to the blackmailing of a Pakistani diplomat of NWFP origin. The Pakistan Counter Intelligence Unit documented several of their intimate meetings with appropriate light and sound. The tape was played for the prime minister and he took action...” writes Dhar in his book, an advance copy of which was made available to Daily Times.

Another Pakistani diplomat had seduced the daughter-in-law of a reputed arms peddler and defence contractor. “She had arranged two meetings of the Pakistani diplomat with a serving major general of the Indian Army,” Dhar writes.

Indian agencies also used “honey traps” to target Pakistani diplomats based in New Delhi. One Pakistani diplomat had pierced deep into Indian defence targets and was a great headache for Indian agencies. “His behavioural peculiarities were studied over a period and it was found he was fond of a certain lady from old Delhi. The beauty was recruited and taught certain trade secrets. A trap was laid and the diplomat was caught fabulously on celluloid,” writes Dhar. He adds that the woman was later used in operations inside the high security Pakistani High Commission.

In a claim that tears apart the stand of Hindu nationalists (Sangh Parivar) and the government, the book says that the demolition of Babri Masjid was planned 10 months in advance by top leaders of the RSS, BJP and VHP.

“Around February 1992, soon after the flop ‘ekta yatra’ of Murli Manohar Joshi, I was directed to arrange technical coverage of a key meeting of the BJP/Sangh Parivar. The meeting was to be attended by Lal Krishna Advani, MM Joshi, Rajju Bhaiya (then RSS chief), KS Sudarshan, Vijayaraje Scindia, HS Sheshadri, Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharati and Champat Rai,” the author says.

The book says that the meeting “proved beyond doubt that they (RSS, BJP, VHP) drew up the blueprint for the Hindutva assault in the coming months and choreographed the ‘pralaya nritya’ (dance of destruction) at Ayodhya in December 1992”.

About operations in Kashmir, Dhar says Indian democracy “has never given a sincere try to the goodwill of the people of Kashmir”. He writes that India’s Kashmir policy has remained hostage to the interests of the Nehru-Gandhi and Sheikh Abdullah families, together with certain peripheral Kashmiri Muslims and core Pandits (Kashmiri Hindus) and a few intelligence bureaucrats.

He says that around 1989, intelligence production in that state had dried up. When called to assist, Dhar writes, he raised some intelligence assets in the valley. “I deftly used the services of a Delhi-based Muslim lady to recruit a couple of Kashmiri Muslim assets. These assets were engaged in fruit and carpet trading and lived around Muslims ghettos in the Lajpat Nagar and Okhla localities of Delhi,” he writes.

These agents were then used to infiltrate ‘mujahideen camps’ allegedly inside Azad Kashmir. “These agents recruited with the assistance of the lady succeeded in penetrating the mujahideen camps at Murghikhana (Muzaffarabad), Chelapul, Main Road (Muzaffarabad), Chhaprian and Lal Haveli, Fateh Jung (Rawalpindi).”

The book also details the role of intelligence agencies in smuggling arms inside the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar during the heyday of Sikh militancy, the bugging of the Presidential Palace (Rashtarpati Bhawan) during Sikh President Giyani Zail Singh’s tenure, the monitoring of the telephones of former prime ministers VP Singh and Chandrashekhar to help the Congress party, and a love affair between BJP leaders Uma Bharati and Govind Acharia.

The book condemns the lack of accountability of Indian intelligence agents, noting that at times, “Indian democracy can be as oppressive as the regime of Idi Amin,” the former dictator of Uganda.


03. Insider notes from United Press International

While relations between Washington and New Delhi have markedly improved over the last several years, a lingering scandal over a highly placed U.S. spy has been troubling ties. India's Research and Analysis Wing chief C. D. Sahay and counter-intelligence head Amar Bhushan have both retired following the release of a report from National Security Adviser M. K. Narayanan that criticizes the intelligence agency over the defection last spring of spy Rabinder Singh to the United States. The report explicitly blames RAW's counter-intelligence wing, which failed to apprehend Singh despite tailing him, for the debacle. Even more embarrassing, Singh escaped to the United States around the same time Sahay was visiting the country. Former Intelligence Bureau chief Narayanan wrote that RAW's counter-intelligence wing let Singh elude them, adding RAW did not bother to alert other agencies.

While RAW officials were in Amritsar last April hoping to catch Singh as he "made a drop" to his U.S. paymasters, he instead emerged in Nepal four days later. In Kathmandu, U.S. operatives gave Singh a U.S. passport and he subsequently flew to the United States via Vienna.



04. India has reason to postpone SAARC summit: experts

Kolkata, Feb 3 (UNI) Experts on international relations have virtually held hosts Bangladesh's failure to prosecute the political terrorists and the Nepal King's coup responsible for the postponment of the 13th SAARC summit for the second time.

''Killing of former Finance Minister on the eve of the SAARC summit, specially after last year's grenade attack on former Prime Minister Sk Hasina, is a definite case of deteriorating law and order situation in the neigbouring country and Bangladesh has failed to make any breakthrough in both the cases,'' said a senior professor of International Relations of a local University.

He said the coup by the King in Nepal to dislodge a democratic government could not be seen either as mere bilateral matters.

''This kind of sudden change will definitely affect several countries in the region because of sudden vested interest involved in it and likely spurt in violence by the Maoist rebels, active in several countries in the region,'' he pointed out.

A senior intelligence official said terrorism and its sponsors were one of the main issues on the agenda of the 13th SAARC summit and India was scheduled to create pressure on both Pakistan and Bangladesh for the two countries' continuous support to terrorists, who had been fomenting touble in India.

''The speculation that India is not too eager to meet Pakistan on the sidelines of the SAARC either on peace process or on Kashmir issue is somewhat wild since Pakistan had been raising the Kashmir issue as a condition for peace in all kinds of platforms,'' he said.

The official said the role of Pakistan's intelligence Agency ISI in Bangladesh and Nepal was detrimental to India's effort to foster economic growth and development through mutual cooperation.