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Centre warns of ISI ploy
Published on 21 Aug. 2008 2:09 AM IST
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The possibility of the Pakistani Intelligence agency, Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), reviving its alleged nexus with several insurgent outfits in the north-east and intensifying subversive actions in the trouble-torn region is again a matter of concern for the government. A report carried by The Statesmen said fresh inputs from security agencies operating in the north-east suggest the ISI has been actively involved in fomenting violence and has lately undertaken a comprehensive five-point strategy to create disturbances. A recent dossier prepared by the Union home ministry cautions north-eastern state governments about Pakistani designs in promoting indiscriminate violence by supporting local militant outfits; creating new militant outfits on ethnic and communal lines like several Islamic parochial groups in Manipur and Assam; continuing to supply explosives and sophisticated arms; promoting communal tensions between Hindus and Muslims, natives and ‘outsiders’ by inflammatory propaganda; and promoting militancy among local Muslim youth, especially in Assam and Manipur. The alert is reportedly specific for Nagaland, Assam and Manipur as various disturbing trends show the Pakistani authorities and their beneficiary groups are already in action. Official sources said the ISI has been making sustained moves to widen its network in the north-east guided by the scheme that it wanted to open the ‘third front’ in the region after Punjab and Kashmir. The threat perception is so clear that Indian agencies apprehend that ISI’s influence over Naga leaders can snap the ongoing talks between the Centre and Naga militants. Naga rebel leader Th Muivah has already served an ultimatum that they could withdraw from talks and NSCN (I-M) representatives have staged a walkout from the ceasefire monitoring cell meeting near Dimapur.

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