Thursday, January 29, 2009

Three Indians held on espionage charges in Pakistan

Lahore: Three Pakistanis alleged to be Indian spies were arrested Thursday, and police said they had planned to attack an Islamist group linked to the Mumbai terrorist attack.
Lahore police chief Pervaiz Rathore told reporters here that the three men were caught in a village close to the Indian border, Geo TV reported.
He said the spies -- whose names he did not reveal -- had visited India seven times and provided photographs of "important places" to the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's external intelligence agency.
He said the men had been instructed to carry out attacks on strategic locations in Pakistan and their next target was Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a charity linked to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has been blamed for the Mumbai terror carnage of November that killed over 170 people.
Rathore said the three Pakistanis had confessed to documenting "important assets" of the now outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
Another media report said they were also involved in a bombing in Lahore in 2006 that killed two people.
The Mumbai slaughter had led to unprecedented tensions between India and Pakistan.

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