July 27, 2006

Three Jawans in Terror Link

Rusty scolded us for it, "I blame you three! Howie, Vinnie and Bluto. How could you?" Actual title of article: 3 Jawans in Terror Link

For the first time in 16 years of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army has arrested three of its soldiers in Jammu for their alleged links with pan-Islamic terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiyyaba

The two men identified as Lance Naik Mohammad Shakeel and Sepoy Abdul Haq and Mohammad Sharief, from Gursai village in Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district, were posted in Kulgam in south Kashmir. While Shakeel and Haq are posted with a unit in Himachal Pradesh, Sharief is posted at Ashmukam in Anantnag.

They were from Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry were suspected to have helped militants in organising attacks in Poonch and Rajouri and their families allegedly sheltered LeT militants. Besides, the Jammu police has arrested two policmen Sikander and Kabir for helping LeT cadres for organising attacks in the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri.

“The names of these two Army soldiers of JAK Light Infantry and the names of two police men had appeared in the interrogation report of a top Lashker terrorist Tipu. We have arrested them and are verifying the allegations. We had sent the names of these soldiers to their commanding officer,” said Dr Shesh Pal Vaid, inspector general of police, Jammu range. He said the Army would verify the allegations.

The soldiers were allegedly asked to arrange for SIM cards, batteries and pencil cells and to deliver letters to other LeT field commanders and operatives. Mr Vaid said they were operating as over ground workers. The Jammu police chief, however, added that the Pakistani Intelligence agency ISI had been trying to coerce the families of Jawans of Army and other paramilitary forces who hail from J&K and live on the borders, into militancy.

But Master, It wasn’t us! Swear to God. Besides how do you get Howie from Lance Naik Mohammad Shakeel? Sure as hell isn’t Irish.

Hat Tip: Clint.

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