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Pak ISI sets up drone hubs to send weapons, drugs into India

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Pakistan is engaged in cooking up fresh plots against India, as per a recent intelligence report sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The document asserts that Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is planning to dispatch various weaponry, including small firearms, grenades, sticky bombs, and more, by drones into India’s Jammu and Punjab in the near future.

The report highlights that Pakistan is concerned that post the abrogation of Article 370, a systematic takedown of top terrorist leaders in the Kashmir valley has resulted in a major shortage of weapons among terrorist groups. Simultaneously, there has been a marked decrease in the local populace joining these outfits. Accordingly, the Pakistani authorities have planned a response, says the report.

The intelligence report outlines that the ISI, with the support of terrorist groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, has established drone centres in Lahore and Sialkot to escalate drone activities into India. These facilities house a significant number of drones manufactured in China. The report mentions that the command of the drone hubs has been entrusted to Jaish and Lashkar commanders who operate under the leadership of a brigadier rank officer of the ISI. The drones are loaded with both weaponry and narcotics, for delivery to Lahore and Sialkot from where these go to the launchpads that the ISI and the Pakistan Army have created in Sialkot and Narowal.

In its plan to deploy drones at Punjab’s frontiers, the ISI has identified specific regions, encompassing Tarn Taran, Amritsar and Gurdaspur. In these areas, approximately 230 individuals have a background in the Khalistan movement. The ISI intends to use them to distribute these weapons throughout Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. The strategy also aims to intensify the narcotics issue in Punjab, generating confusion among the youth and potentially driving them towards terrorist groups.

The intelligence report has triggered a heightened state of alertness within the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Army’s mobile hunting units. The report also discloses ISI’s strategy of deploying decoy drones to distract the security forces, while the real armed drones infiltrate Indian territory, potentially through sectors like Kathua, Samba, Ramgarh, RS Pura, Akhnoor and Rajouri.

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