With its favourite anti-India terror group in Afghanistan – the Haqqani network, which was responsible for the attacks on Indian embassy in Kabul – coming under heightened international scrutiny, Pakistan’s ISI is planning to use one of its old proxies, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, to target Indian interests in the war-torn country.
The move is part of ISI’s design to keep attacking Indian establishments in Afghanistan and also skirt around the handicap of not being able to use the Haqqani network under pressure from the US and others.
Indian officials stationed in Kabul have warned of recent meetings between Hizb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) and officials of ISI’s joint intelligence (north) team and LeT to plan attacks on Indian establishments in and around Kabul.
Highly places sources said the first such meeting, in which some LeT members were also present and in which plans to target Indians in Afghanistan were specifically discussed, took place on September 29 last year in the mountainous region of Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan. Kunar also happens to be the birthplace of LeT.
“LeT facilitated the meeting which was attended by a least one senior ISI official apart from others. This particular meeting, in fact, serves as real evidence of the coming together of hitherto India specific LeT and groups operating in Afghanistan,” said a government source, adding that Kunar continued to be an LeT stronghold even after its headquarters later shifted to Muridke.
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