NEW DELHI: Just days before the country celebrates its 72nd , security forces have gone on high alert following a specific input shared by central intelligence agencies that alias Ismael, former bodyguard of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s brother Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar, is in Delhi to organise a “fidayeen attack” here.
The intelligence input on Jaish-e-Mohammad’s plan, exclusively accessed by TOI, states that Ibrahim entered Jammu and Kashmir in the first week of May and has now changed his base to Delhi to “coordinate with JeM’s cadres in the area”.
Another senior cadre of , Muhammad Umar, has also recently entered J&K, and both Umar and Ibrahim are presently making logistical arrangements to carry out a ‘fidayeen attack” in Delhi, according to sources. The terror outfit has already asked several cadres in Jammu and Kashmir to move to Delhi.
The intelligence input adds that Asghar, Masood Azhar’s deputy in JeM and operational commander for anti-India operations, is supervising the plan under the aegis of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI.
The input is being taken seriously as Asghar has successfully planned several fidayeen attacks on security forces in last three-four years including the 2016 Pathankot IAF base and Nagrota Army camp attacks, apart from the 1999 IC-814 hijacking to free Masood Azhar and the Parliament attack.
JeM recently had a congregation in Manshera, KPK, province of Pakistan, where it was also decided to carry out terrorist attacks at multiple places in India to avenge the killing of Talha Rashid, Masood Azhar’s nephew, in Pulwama last November by the security forces.
A Srinagar-based operative of JeM, Ashiq Baba, who has met Azhar and Asghar several times, had also recently disclosed before NIA that Jaish is running a terror training camp in Manshera close to those of LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen, reinforcing the assessment that the three anti-India terror groups work in close coordination.
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