Pathankot: A suspected ISI agent, Irshad Ahmed, working as a labourer at Mamoon Cantonment in Pathankot has been arrested by Punjab police. Irshad Ahmed was allegedly taking pictures of sensitive equipment and installations inside the cantonment, which was attacked by Jaish terrorists only last month, using his smartphone and passing them on to his Jammu-based handler, Sajjad.
Sajjad was recently arrested in Jammu in a pending Arms Act case. He is now being questioned on the basis of Irshad’s revelations that he was his handler and used to pass on these photographs to his Pakistani handlers through email and secure chat messaging services.
Irshad, son of Mohd Aslam, was tracked and arrested based on a tip off provided by the central intelligence agencies. Intelligence agencies have recovered several photos of sensitive installations from his smart phone.
Pathankot cantonment is one of the biggest and sensitive military bases of the Indian Army. A division of the Indian Army is based there, which includes infantry battalions and cavalry. Investigating agencies are now probing where Irshad used to get his instructions from.
Irshad’s arrest is being considered a big catch as it proves that Pathankot is still on the terror radar even after the big terror attack at the airbase early last month. Most often, ISI tends to shift to a new target, realizing that the level of guard is raised in the place once it has been attacked.