ISI instigating Europe, US, Canada based Sikh youth against India, Home Ministry tells parl panel

Observing that there have been some developments on the Sikh militancy front, the Home Ministry’s report has also cautioned that efforts are on to revive Sikh militancy.

The Hush Post: Sikh youth are being trained by Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI, to carry out terror activities in India, Home Ministry reportedly told a parliamentary panel on Monday. In its report to the Parliament’s Committee on Estimates, Ministry of Home Affairs said that the ISI was training Sikh youth at its facilities in Pakistan.

Led by the Union Home Secretary, the top officials of the ministry told the committee that Sikh youth in Europe, US and Canada are being instigated against India with false and malicious propaganda. Titled “Central armed police forces and internal security challenges – evaluation and response mechanism”, the report voiced concern over the radicalization of youths by terrorist organizations, adding that the Indian agencies are closely monitoring the situation.

Observing that there have been some developments on the Sikh militancy front, the report alerted that efforts are on to revive Sikh militancy.

The committee, headed by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, was told, “Sikh youth are being trained at ISI facilities in Pakistan. Interdictions and interrogations have revealed use of jailed cadres, unemployed youth, criminals and smugglers by Pakistan-based Sikh terror groups for facilitating terror attacks,” the report said.

The Home Ministry’s report further said that “commanders” of terror groups based in Pakistan are under pressure from ISI to further the Pakistani spy agency’s terror plans not only in Punjab but also in other parts of the country.

According to NDTV, the ministry told the panel that India continues to remain the prime focus of Pakistan-based terrorist outfits, particularly the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and a faction of Indian Mujahideen besides groups like Students’ Islamic Movement of India and Al-Unmah.

Separately, there are indications regarding revival of JeM in Pakistan and renewed efforts of the said outfit to cause harm to India, the report said.

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