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New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) arrested Mohammad Ezaz, suspected to be a Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agent, from Meerut on Friday. He was found to have classified information relating to the military establishment and evidence of information exchange with his Pakistani counterpart.

Inspector General Sujit Pandey of UP STF said, in an interview to a newspaper, that the suspect had already sent confidential data regarding Indian military establishments and the scheduled movement of Army units to Pakistan.

He also mentioned that Ezaz had pictures and videos of an emergency landing of the Mirage 2000 fighter jet on Yamuna Expressway, the movements of the mountain brigade at Pithoragarh along with visuals of an under-construction runway. His bank account transactions in India showed operations of more than Rs 6 lakh in the last two years.

“He sneaked into India from Bangladesh on February 9, 2013. He has already handed over classified information on the movement of the Sukhoi 30 combat aircraft and their hangars. He has sent his handlers information on cantonments in Bareilly, Meerut, Agra, Pithoragarh, Shahjahanpur and Mathura. He was in contact with a man called Salim, an officer of the ISI. His family was receiving Rs 50,000 per month in Pakistan for his services,” informed Pandey.

In addition to the classified documents, investigators in Meerut found out a fake Aadhar card of him with his wrong Bareilly address, a fraud voter ID card prepared in West Bengal, a Delhi Metro traveller card, and Nepali and Saudi currency from him. His laptop, pen drive and ATM card were seized. An NADRA card (Pakistani national identity card) was also found with him, according to the IG.

Suspect Mohammad Ezaz is said to be a citizen of Islamabad in Pakistan and was living in Bareilly district of UP for the last few weeks according to the STF.

However, the Indian investigative agencies had received specific inputs on a similar activity, where a meeting between commanders of three Islamic terror outfits- Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) and the Pakistan’s ISI to chalk out plans to carry out attacks on Indian soil.

The terrorists are reported to be highly trained and were instructed to cross the border into India before snow blocks the routes in the upper reaches, the intelligence reports claimed. A report also suggested that ISI was not only providing logistic support for carrying out the attacks, but it also held a detailed briefing of 30 terrorists from the three outfits in a camp somewhere in Pak-occupied Kashmir (POK).


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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said no power in the world can take Kashmir away from India and if need be forced can cross the border to protect the country’s territorial integrity.

“Kashmir is, was and will be ours always. No one can take it from us,” Rajnath Singh said, addressing the CNN News18 Rising India Summit.

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He praised the Indian Army for its valour to secure the country and warned Pakistan, saying “we not only secure India within but can also cross the border to protect the country, if needed. No one should take it otherwise.”

He said India wanted good ties with Pakistan, provided it stopped aiding terrorists.

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“Pakistan is giving legitimacy to UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed who is establishing a political party there and wants to contest in elections.”

The Minister said the government was keen on finding a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem and was open to speak to anyone.

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He said Kashmir’s children were like his own and would not allow anyone brainwash them into radicalisation.

“I want to tell those who are trying to teach jihad to innocent Kashmiri youths that they should first learn the real concept of jihad in Islam.”

The Minister said he had personally asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ignore cases filed against the first-time stone-pelters.

Earlier in 2018, the Jammu and Kashmir government withdrew cases registered against 9,730 people involved in stone-pelting incidents, including first-time offenders.

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