A pre-cursor to another 26/11?

The National Investigating Agency says that it would soon have the much awaited chargesheet against David Headley and Tawwahur Rana. While most of the points mentioned in the chargesheet would in tandem with the investigation conducted by the FBI and also the testimony of Headley, the more important feature that would figure is regarding the ambitious Karachi Project.

Ever since the arrest of Headley there has been a lot that has been spoken about the Karachi Project. This project has a lot of relevance as it is considered to be one of the most ambitious projects staged by the dreaded ISI where it plans on combining Pakistan forces and also home grown terrorists to launch a spate of attacks on India.

Sources in the Intelligence Bureau who have been keeping a track of this project say that the information gathered so far indicates that there is still work going on regarding this project and the ISI plans on involving several Indian cadres from all parts of the country. One should not be under the misconception that this is a one off attack. Instead it would be a series of attacks and would classify as a full fledged war against India. The 26/11 attack was just a reminder that Pakistan has every intention of carrying out a battle with India by targeting innocents in India. They do realise that their war along the border has not yielded any success and hence for them it would be a better option to launch terror strikes at regular intervals so that there is chaos in the nation.

The re-grouping of the Indian Mujahideen is just a pre-cursor to the Karachi attack. If one notices the recent arrests, it becomes clear that the cadres were arrested from different parts of the country only going on to show that their operations were spread out. The IM would is looking to tweek its strong pockets in the country and would make use of existing resources to re-group. Moreover they have been getting ample help from Pakistan based outfits such as the Jaish-e-Mohammad and also the Lashkar-e-Tayiba to set up their modules.

The main idea would be to have a strong home grown outfit such as the IM and then launch a series of attacks across the country. The attacks could be small or big in nature, but the main idea would be continue causing havoc and keep investigators on their toes.

The IB says that the bigger attack would however be launched by a dedicated outfit from Pakistan. There is a need to be on the look out as the ISI plans a repeat of 26/11. Take a look at the incidents leading up to 26/11. There was absolute chaos in the country in the form of a series of blasts which started off at Jaipur and Uttar Pradesh. Then there were a series of attacks in a spate of a month which occurred at Bangalore Ahmedabad and Delhi. What these attacks ideally did was throw the police off guard and kept them on the trail of the Indian Mujahideen cadres. In the bargain the bigger issue was completely ignored which unfortunately led up to the 26/11 attack.

This is something that they would want to repeat. Despite there being a lot of world pressure on Pakistan there is no way in which they can keep their forces on hold and they would want such attacks to be repeated on Indian soil. It is a monster they have created and they will continue to be eaten by them, an IB official pointed out.

However the second part of the Karachi project is no big secret today. India could say that the pattern is well known and unlike the 26/11 days we are not entirely in the dark today.

Headley spoke at length about this project and even takes the Ilyas Kashmiri to be involved in this. When one takes the name of Kashmiri, it becomes clear that it is not some attack involving a bomb blast, but would be a full fledged fidayeen strike. This also gives the impression that all terror outfits in Pakistan are standing together and there is no confusion what so ever between the Al-Qaeda and also the Lashkar.

Former Home Secretary G K Pillai too had once said that the worry is that Headley during his India trip had prepared much more than just sketches for the 26/11 attack. He had visited Delhi among other places and prepared sketches and these have fallen into the hands of Pakistan based groups. It could always be used as we have seen how well he has documented the targets in the past.

Intelligence Bureau officials also point out that Pakistan is well prepared for such an attack and it is important that we do not carried away by smaller operations. Although it is important to keep a constant check on home grown activities, there is a bigger need to watch what is happening across the border.

NIA sources say that there is a lot of proof regarding this project and Headley too has provided details regarding the same and it would be documented too.

Author: Vicky Nanjappa

just a reporter

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