Islamabad: Pakistan summoned the Indian envoy here to protest over a hoax phone call received from India at the Sindh provincial governor’s official residence, authorities said on Monday.
Foreign office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday by Director General (South Asia & SAARC) Muhammad Faisal, who informed the envoy about the threatening phone call received at the official residence of Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad Khan.
The call, received on October 23, threatened that the Governor House, located in Karachi, would be blown up with explosives.
Intelligence and law enforcement agencies were informed about the threat and they sprang into action tightening the security around the building.
“Details of the call were also shared with him (Singh) and it was requested that the Indian government may have the matter investigated and share results with Pakistan at the earliest,” said Khalilullah.
September 8, 2016: Even though the U.S.-led coalition has made progress in efforts to oust Islamic State from its “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, top U.S. intelligence officials warn that technology is allowing the threat of terrorism to spread across even wider circles.
“The terrorism threat we face is broader, wider and deeper than in the recent past,” said Nick Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center at an intelligence and national security summit in Washington. “It is more geographically expansive and as a result, considerably less predictable. Plotting in this environment matures more quickly and with much less warning.”
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper emphasized the difficulties in predicting how technology will affect national security, saying the influence of IS on the global terrorism landscape has created a new intelligence reality.
“ISIS will eventually be suppressed, but I think for some time to come, we’ll have more extremist organizations, which will be spawned and which we have to contend with,” said Clapper while delivering a keynote address at Wednesday’s summit. ISIS is an acronym for Islamic State.
Many in the intelligence community say the terror threat in the U.S. is increasingly dominated by homegrown violent extremists or those individuals who often don’t fit a specific demographic profile or have clear ties to terrorist networks overseas.
“What’s changed, what’s different is the size and scale of the population that’s proven vulnerable to homegrown violent extremism,” said Rasmussen, adding that, “this puts a greater amount of pressure on intelligence and law enforcement officials, to get to them before they get to us.”
That increasing fragmentation and diversity of threats highlight the importance of information sharing between countries. But that’s a task that some say is tough to accomplish across international borders.
“Europe is in a very, very bad counterterrorism place,” said Michael Leiter, chief operations officer for Leidos, a global science and technology solutions company, adding, “[their] ability to police their own borders is largely nonexistent.”
The framing of the counterterrorism debate is also at issue, with many saying the rise of the Islamic State needs to be viewed through a broader counterterrorism lens.
“The conversation on ISIS/ISIL tends to become all consuming,” Rasmussen said. “The stuff we’re seeing with ISIL is additive and comes on top of an already difficult threat picture.”
Experts agree that figuring out what comes after the takedown of terrorist organizations like al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula or Somali militant group al-Shabab is also an area that needs more work.
Being able to define what victory looks like, says Dr. Frank Ciluffo, director of the George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, is crucial to the success of overall counterterrorism efforts.
“I do see a day when we can defeat ISIS,” Ciluffo said. “But I don’t think that translates to the jihadi threat going away.” (VOA)
ISIS feel Bangladesh is a nation well affected by poverty in all its areas which results in good chances of obtaining potential recruits
Benkin, the Economist verified first hand that India is no alien to ISIS’s presence and there exists an ISIS cell operating in Kolkata
The population of Hindus due to the radical acts by the group in Bangladesh has reached an endangered species level
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), these words when stringed together can evoke terror in the bravest of hearts whether that heart belongs to a Christian, a Muslim or a Hindu. Each of us is now well aware of their growing power, the attacks in Paris, blasts at the Brussels airport and now the recent Orlando shootings are all being linked to ISIS with the tag ‘act of terrorism’.
Keeping their ever growing roots in mind it’ll be foolish to assume that ISIS has not set its shop anywhere except the middle east. As a matter of fact according to Dr Richard L. Benkin ‘ISIS is now well established in South Asia.’
His findings prove that the tech-savvy terrorist group is not only a threat to the American nation but to the entire world. Bangladesh, a nation that shares borders with India, is unsurprisingly the best playground for the group to spread radicalization. The said statement being true for many reasons.
Bangladesh is a nation well affected by poverty in all its areas which results in good chances of obtaining potential recruits. Adding to that it’s a nation with the majority of its population belonging to the Muslim community hence overpowering the minority Hindu’s.
Many believe, there is an unholy nexus between the Bangladeshi policeman and political parties. All of the reasons together prove Bangladesh to be a safe haven for a terrorist organisation. An example of which could be seen in the eradication of many religious leaders, activists and also in the ethnic cleansing of the Hindus and other minorities.
Speaking of the statistics, the population of Hindus due to the radical acts by the group in Bangladesh has reached an endangered species level with the number plummeting down below ‘one in every eleven citizens’.
According to the indiapost.com report, Dr Richard L. Benkin claims that his associates in Dhaka, Bangladesh identified a house that was the centre of carrying out all activities by ISIS but the government and other authorities in Bangladesh and in India turned a blind eye to the information. He also made a point by stating that all the arrests made for the murders of civilians are in a way a source of income for the Bangladeshi police.
Taking the 8000-20,000 Taka bribe for springing the prisoners and thereby protecting the personal interests of political leaders is only a better business decision than helping him try to break the myth of Bangladesh being a ‘moderate Muslim nation.’
Benkin, an Economist verified first hand that India is no alien to ISIS’s presence and there exists an ISIS cell operating in Kolkata. He says that those familiar with the state of West Bengal know that it followed an open borders policy that set the groundwork for the radical activity we see today in West Bengal. Narrating his experiences in the villages he visited he talks about a young mother who dealt with inactivity from the West Bengal police when her daughter was abducted by the radicals and a story of another young woman he met who refused Islamist demands that they leave their land.
Narrating his experiences in the villages he visited, Benkin talks about a young mother who dealt with inactivity from the West Bengal police when her daughter was abducted by the radicals and a story of another young woman he met who refused Islamist demands that they leave their land.
India is ISIS’ next big target but there’s an ‘Ignorance is bliss’ kind of attitude towards everything documented by Dr Benkin and his associates. This is the sole reason ISIS is well established in South Asia and has created a strong presence in Kolkata, now making its way to more parts of India by eradicating its allies.
The 32 year-old female homeopath was found to be a hostage in a Delhi based Hindu family.
The girl’s family showed her videos from ‘love jihad’ claiming her boyfriend to be plotting against her
The girl while being inside the walls of her house attempted a failed suicide
India has always been known as a country inhabiting various cultures, traditions and religions. As Nehru claimed, the country showcases “Unity in diversity”. However, when it comes to religious tolerance the land has failed to show up when an incident of inter-religious correspondence comes forth.
The news published in The Hindu stated that a 32 year-old female homeopath was found to be a hostage in a Delhi based Hindu family. She was 25 years-old and at the time of the most important phase of her life, her entering into the institution of marriage, she was hosted by her family for being acknowledged in an affair with a Muslim boy by her family.
She was refused any kind of socialization with no access to internet or telephones. She remained locked inside the four walls of her house since 2009. Her coming out is no miracle, nor it is an outcome of the fact that her parents have realized their mistake. In the absence of her mother, she called the women’s helpline number 181 to seek help and was thus “imprisoned” by the team.
“Her mother reportedly threatened to commit suicide if she tried to escape, her father would thrash her and her family members even threatened to kill her for bringing dishonor to the family,” according to the Hindu report.
It seems one of the most disturbing incidents in an age when the protests for freedom of speech and equality surround the city with the famous universities. One finds the city as epicenter for the celebrations of the “International Women’s Day”, however, the reach of this freedom where all women can exercise their needs seems to lack in a society which apparently discusses the movements like Save Girl Child and educate her.
The girl while being inside the walls of her house attempted a failed suicide being saved by the family members. The DCW reported, the words she uttered at first were: ‘please rescue me’. Further, the girl also disclosed how her family would show her videos from ‘love jihad’ claiming her boyfriend to be plotting against her.
She didn’t take any action against her parents and even didn’t ask for any hold against her boyfriend if he had moved on. She is under the protection of DCW in their shelter and is happy to be rescued from the life as bad as in a prison.
-prepared by Megha Sharma, a freelance contributor at NewsGram. Twitter: @meghash06510344