Suspected ISI agent lured by Pak High Commission into espionage

Francis Osborne
May 5, 2017

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which yesterday busted an espionage racket allegedly linked to Pakistan's notorious Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), has claimed that one of its suspected agents arrested by the agency had contacts with Pakistan High Commission.

The arrest came after the ATS arrested another suspected ISI agent, Aftab Ali on Tuesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, a suspected ISI agent Altaf Ali was arrested from Mumbai and another agent named Aftab Ali, was taken into custody from Faizabad.

The arrest was made days after intelligence agencies had warned of a possible terror attack by ISI-trained terrorists in Uttar Pradesh.

"Aftab went to Pakistan for first time on May 1, 2014".

Till their counterparts in Uttar Pradesh picked up Faizabad resident Aftab Ali on Wednesday with some photographs and maps.

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ATS officials seized a cell phone and Rs 71.57 lakh in cash from the house of Qureshi, who was in hawala business at the behest of one Jawed Naviwala, the officer said.

Aftab, who allegedly spied on Indian army bases in UP and Punjab, had received training in Pakistan from the ISI and was also in touch with officials in the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi, said ATS officials.

Meherban Ali used to play the point man in India and issued instructions to Aftab to collect information about military installations, troop movement and regimental deployments in Lucknow and Faizabad area. More information is likely to be found in his mobile chats.

Aftab had allegedly gathered information on Army cantonment and other defence establishments, the UP ATS officials said. "His visa application was rejected thrice and Meherban lured him into the spying ring by promising to get visa through his connections in the Pakistan High Commission", said Arun.

"As per the Intelligence inputs, the group has also been trained by Pakistan's ISI in Hindu religious practices, and might try to blend with the local populace before carrying out deadly strikes at prominent religious sites and other sensitive spots", police said.

The trio was involved in an espionage racket, said Arun. Recently, some self-radicalised youths were also arrested by the UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

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