New Delhi: Terrorist sleeper cells have started a recce of north Indian cities to replicate Pathankot and Gurdaspur-style fidayeen attacks for Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). For this, the terror outfit is getting help from Pakistani spy agency ISI and members of the Indian Mujahideen.
The above has been stated in a report to the Punjab government by military intelligence. The report is being taken seriously, given its specific details. It states that JeM commander Awais Mohammed is being sent to Malaysia where he will be given a fake Malaysian passport that will be used to enter India and carry out attacks. Awais is a resident of Okara, Pakistan, and has been tasked with monitoring the fresh strikes.
The report, sent on May 18, was shared with the Punjab government barely two months after a joint investigation team from Pakistan visited Pathankot as part of the probe into the terror strike at the strategically-located air force station there.
For the new exercise, JeM has opened at least three new ‘offices’ in Pakistan’s Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the report says. “JeM is reviving its offices and network in Kohat and Hazara region. JeM is also reinvigorating its recruitment drive. A new training facility has also been constructed by JeM at Balakot,” the report adds.
JeM is believed to be running its training camps from its seminary in Bahawalpur. “Real-time reconnaissance of the cities is being carried out by the sleeper cells of ISI and Indian Mujahideen,” the report says.
Sources in the Union home ministry disclosed that at least 7,844 calls, dumped into the gateway of Indian agencies, from suspicious Pakistan numbers, all originating from Bahawalpur, were being monitored by the agencies.