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Al-Qaeda threat to Games: ISI

india Updated: Oct 05, 2010 01:14 IST
Abhishek Sharan
Abhishek Sharan
Hindustan Times
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After the Jama Masjid firing incident on September 19 and the subsequent Indian Mujahideen (IM) e-mail warning to target the Commonwealth Games (CWG), Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is now allegedly spreading the spectre of an Al-Qaeda threat to the sporting event.

The ISI is floating theory on Al-Qaeda plans to target the CWG and to stoke civil unrest in Kashmir, "with the help of friendly Pakistani media persons."

"Al-Qaeda, however, has not and is not active in India till now. Counter-terror agencies have not detected any Al-Qaeda footprint behind any terror activities in the country," an a senior home ministry official said.
The official referred to a recent news report, titled 'Al-Qaeda sees opportunity in Kashmir', published in Asia Times
Online by an Islamabad-based Pakistani journalist.

The report warned: 'Commonwealth Games are due to be held in the capital, and Al-Qaeda has already warned they will be a target.' It also said, "The Delhi attack was claimed by the little-known Indian Mujahideen, which earlier had claimed other attacks in India that were later proven to be Al-Qaeda's operations.'

The report added, 'Al-Qaeda-linked militant sources have told Asia Times Online that they aim to escalate their activities in Indian cities and tap into the mass uprising in Kashmir.'

It is apprehended that the ISI's aim could be to create a fear-psychosis among foreigners who are in the city for the Games, as "they know of Al-Qaeda very well," said the official.