LAHORE: Pakistani intelligence agencies have busted an Indian spying ring in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) which was being run by operatives across the Line of Control (LoC).
Sources told The Express Tribune that members of the ring – which included an ex-soldier and two civilians – were providing military-related sensitive information of Pakistani defences. Their data covered locations of border check-posts, number of posts, number of secret bunkers with locations, deployment and type of weapons installed at these locations to their Indian handlers named Saddique, Sharma and Ismail.
Before being apprehended, the network was responsible for espionage operations in Pakistan particularly in the Neelam Valley, AJK and other adjoining border areas. These areas were being kept under surveillance by Pakistani intelligence agencies for a considerable time to collect sufficient incriminating evidence against the spying network.
During the course of the initial interrogation, the culprits confessed to spying for the Indian intelligence agency operatives and passing on sensitive information regarding Pakistan’s Army defences including the kind of weapons and areas they were deployed in, sources revealed.
Sources said that the spies were also providing bogus information regarding Mujahideen camps and their activities to their Indian handlers in order to swindle huge amounts of cash, liquor and contraband materials.
The spies, namely Abdul Qayyum Awan, Syed Tasawar Hussain and sepoy Syed Sabir Hussain, are currently being tried in a military court for indulging in anti-state activities and for working for Indian intelligence agencies, sources claimed.
Earlier, a resident recruited by the Indian intelligence operating from the border areas of Sialkot had been busted by the Pakistani intelligence agencies as well.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2012.