ISI was eyeing Indian ex-servicemen: Headley

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  1. Blackwater

    Blackwater Veteran Member Veteran Member

    Jan 9, 2012
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    Akhand Bharat
    Pakistan’s spy agency ISI was planning recruitment of retired Indian military personnel to penetrate into the system and then use them for its anti-India activities, according to LeT operative David Headley.

    Less than six months before the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, Major Iqbal, Headley’s handler in ISI, asked him to put an advertisement in a Mumbai newspaper that an employment agency in Canada was looking for people to work in Canada, the LeT operative said in his testimony before a Chicago court during the recently-concluded trial of Tahawwur Rana.

    This was to be a cover to hiring military personnel, at the direction of Major Iqbal who had earlier directed him to use the immigration business of Rana for the planning of 26/11 operation.

    “He (Major Iqbal) told me to put an ad in a newspaper, which was like an employment agency looking for people to work in Canada. And amongst those many various types of jobs, he wanted to put in security personnel because he thought retired military people would respond to that kind of ad.

    “In fact, we added that part in the ad where it said military service preferred,” Headley told the court in response to a question from the public prosecutor.

    “And why were you putting the ‘military service referred’ into the ad?” the attorney asked. “So that we might get a better response from retired military personnel,” Headley said.

    “Was Major Iqbal asking you to engage Indian military, retired people?” the US attorney asked. “Yes,” he said.

    Headley said Major Iqbal gave him Rs 25,000 to place such an ad in the newspaper.

    At the direction of Major Iqbal, Headley returned to Mumbai in July 2008 and started the process of closing his immigration business in the city, while at the same time conducting the final round of surveillances of the sites given to him by his Pakistani handlers, which Headley said was approved by Major Iqbal.

    The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - World
  3. JBH22

    JBH22 Senior Member Senior Member

    Jul 29, 2010
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    Why not choose politicians that we have it will be more expensive but then its easier...
  4. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    Even if he recruited ex servicemen, what would be the job description?

    If the ex servicemen got a whiff that there was any anti national activities involved, given the ingrained psyche, they would refuse to perform and would report it to the authorities.
  5. thakur_ritesh

    thakur_ritesh Administrator Administrator

    Feb 19, 2009
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    Land of the GODS - "Dev Bhomi".

    in the last 3-5 years 2-5 or more(?) ex-servicemen/spouse have being apprehended by law enforcement agencies on the suspicion of spying from areas around yol cantt, kangra, so things are not as clean.

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