Pak Saudi nexus spreading terror in North-East Rakesh K Singh New Delhi Publication: The Pioneer Date

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The Pak-Saudi intelligence alliance is pressurising the caretaker Government in Bangladesh to bolster the Islamist outfits and insurgent groups with a view to create trouble in the North-East States. The caretaker Government in Bangladesh had taken some measures to contain the radical outfits as well as Indian insurgent groups after it came to power. Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has asked Saudi authorities to limit the number of visas to Bangladeshi citizens working there. According to estimates, about one million Bangladeshis are learnt to be engaged in various professions in Saudi Arabia and a limited number of visa to the workforce would help in pressurising the Bangladesh Government to fall in line, senior intelligence officials said. Weapons are now being procured by the Indian insurgent groups from Chinese Kunming province bordering Myanmar. Intelligence inputs had earlier indicated that the insurgent outfits are also getting weapon supplies from Yunnan province of China. The arms also come through the Arkaan areas of Myanmar and from the sea off Cox's Bazaar to Chittagong, the officials said. National Security Adviser MK Narayanan had recently stated in a TV interview that Bangladesh was used as a springboard and Pakistani ISI's direct involvement in exporting terrorism into India through

Bangladesh and supply of arms is also quite obvious. Police in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Mumbai have arrested a number of Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami (HuJI) activists from Bangladesh involved in attacks on Indian targets in association with Pakistani terrorist groups, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and Jaish-e-Mohammad. The scale and sophistication of HuJI can be gauged from the fact that the United States last month declared it as an international terrorist outfit due to its involvement in international terrorism and its links with the ISI and other Pakistan-based terrorist groups. On March 12 this year, two HuJI activists from Bangladesh, one of them identified as Mohammad Ali, were shot dead by the anti-terrorist squad of Maharashtra police. They were in possession of two kilogram of RDX, a revolver, a pistol and fake Indian currency notes. They were moving around with a pre-determined plan to strike sensitive installations in Mumbai. Jaish-e-Mohammad, which has close links with Al Qaeda, has also been found to be training the HuJI activists in Bangladesh. Sheikh Abdullah Gul, a Pakistani Jaish operative, was in Bangladesh in November 2007 to train and recruit HuJI mujahideen to join the fight in Jammu & Kashmir and also in Afghanistan. Bangladesh is harbouring several militant leaders of Indian insurgent groups like, the ULFA, NSCN (I/M), BODO outfits like NDFB and a number of other insurgent groups active in Tripura. Arabindo Rajkhowa, Chairman of the ULFA lives in Chittagong Hill tracts. Another senior leader Paresh Barua lives in Dhaka. While some Bangladeshi agencies are giving them benign patronage, Chinese intelligence agencies have been supplying them with arms, senior intelligence officials said. Moreover, China with a view to strategically encircle India, is arming Bangladesh armed forces, especially the Navy, with weapons that can be considered offensive and targeting a particular country with ship-to-ship, ship-to-air and ground-to-air missiles. Bangladesh has been part of the larger Chinese strategic enclosure policy against India, intelligence officials said here while explaining the rationale behind the tie-up between Pakistan, China and Saudi authorities.

China also had pressurised the BNP Government to award control of infrastructure projects like telecommunications, strategic ChittagongMyanmar- Kuming highway, oil/gas exploration rights and port development projects through a combination of kickbacks and cheap military supplies, the officials said.