Jaish-ISI meet in Pakistan's Rawalpindi, Indian intelligence on alert
The intelligence wings in India have been placed on high alert after they learned of a meeting between the notorious terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed and Pakistan's spy agency ISI earlier this month, reports TOI. This meeting happened on August 20 in Rawalpindi and intelligence agencies are on their toes, considering a similar get-together had occurred between ISI and Jaish one month before the Pulwama attack.
Two top ISI officials, Jaish's de-facto "emir" attended meeting
The meeting was attended by Maulana Abdul Rauf Asghar, who is overlooking Jaish's operations after founder Masood Azhar took ill, and two high-ranking officials of ISI. Asghar's brother Maulana Ammar, who had slammed Pakistan for releasing IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman after a dogfight in February 2019, was also present. Ammar had also vowed revenge after the Balakot airstrikes.
Before Rawalpindi meeting, Jaish commanders discussed notorious plans in Islamabad
According to the report, before the Rawalpindi meet, a congregation happened in Islamabad. At the event, Jaish members Mufti Ashgar Khan Kashmiri and Qari Zarrar reportedly discussed ways to intensify attacks on India. Kashmiri is learned to have an experience in guerrilla warfare and joined Jaish with his aides sometime back. Meanwhile, Zarrar was the brains behind the 2016 attack on the Nagrota Army camp.
Indian intelligence agencies believe Jaish is rattled by anti-terror operations
Intelligence officials told the daily that Jaish is desperate to carry out a big attack in India and is also rattled by the anti-terror activities being carried out by the armed forces here. Not more than two weeks ago, the intelligence outfits were alerted about a three-squad team of Jaish, looking to infiltrate the border and carry out an attack.
Jaish executed Pulwama attack, 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred
Last year, Jaish had orchestrated one of the deadliest attacks on Indian armed forces in the Valley, by employing a local Kashmiri. Adil Ahmad Dar, a Pulwama resident, rammed his explosives-laden vehicle on a CRPF convoy on February 14, 2019, triggering a deafening explosion. 40 soldiers were martyred and days later, IAF breached Pakistani airspace to bomb Jaish's biggest camp in Balakot.
After Pulwama attack, Masood Azhar became UN-designated terrorist
The Pulwama attack also affected Indo-Pak ties, with New Delhi handing over dossiers to Islamabad to prove that Jaish planned the said attack. While Pakistan denied the accusations, India remained unconvinced and lobbied against the former on global forums. After an unrelenting effort, the UN labeled Masood Azhar as a terrorist, asking Pakistan to freeze his assets and levy an arms embargo.