The latest terror attack on the German Bakery in Pune shows how lightly we take the security threats. The police in Maharashtra (especially Mumbai) should have been on high alert given the intelligence inputs from the Centre about an impending terror strike. But instead of that, the police were busy maintaining law and order due to the volatile situation created by Shiv Sena against SRK's new film. The police were protecting cinema halls and rounding up Shiv Sena activists instead of addressing the terror threats.
With more details of David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana's visit to India emerge, one question that remains unanswered is what were the Indian security and intelligence agencies doing while the terror duo were roaming freely across the country? Had FBI not tracked and arrested them we would never have known about their activities in India. They might have visited the country again and gathered information for the next terror attack.
Canary Trap has access to the Home Ministry’s affidavit - which was submitted in the Gujarat HC – that spells out the intelligence inputs regarding the terror activities of Javed Ghulam Sheikh (alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai), Zeeshan Johar (alias Janbaaz, Abdul Ghani), and Amjad Ali Akbarali Rana (alias Salim, Chandu, Babbar, Rajkumar). The affidavit was in response to the petition submitted by Ishrat's mother, which questioned the police encounter and demanded a CBI probe in the case. According to the affidavit, the Union government had received specific inputs in 2004 about LeT's plan to carry out terrorist activities in various parts of the country, including Gujarat.
By far the most important aspect of illegal economy in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in valley which has received minimum attention, is the introduction of fake Indian currency. During last decade the role of fake currency in impacting the socio-economic scene in Kashmir Valley is more than anything else. Injection of fake currency seems to have crossed the boundaries of clandestine operations. It is becoming the part of socio-economic culture.
The hawala transactions reveal not only the modus operandi of money transactions but also the elaborate network of over ground workers who are part of a elaborate subversive establishment. This establishment is gradually transforming Kashmir valley into a den of illegal economy causing irreparable damage to the social set up.
Regular seizures of drugs along the LoC and IB in the state, hawala money and counterfeit currency has been a feature of counter terrorism operations in the state and local papers have been regularly reporting such incidents. The discourse on Kashmir at the political level in India eschews this dimension. However experts of International repute have taken significant and serious notice of linkages between terrorism in Kashmir and its financial support through drug trade.