Pak-based narco-terror modules turning out to be main concern: Security officers

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 1

Amid contemporary safety threats from throughout the western borders forward of the August 5 Ayodhya ground-breaking occasion and the Independence Day, senior officers within the safety institution really feel that actions of Pakistani drug syndicates in Jammu & Kashmir is a matter of main concern.

Noting that heroin and different psychotropic substances are being smuggled into India to fund terror actions, the officers stated, the latest arrest of financial institution supervisor Afaq Ahmad Wani from Handwara in Srinagar in reference to a case of seizure of 21 kg of heroin and money from the members of a drug syndicate working within the UT is “just the crust of the deep rooted malaise”.

The NIA in its investigation into the Handwara drug case has discovered that the accused had been smuggling medicine and psychotropic substances in large portions by way of the Line of Control (LoC) and the proceeds of the sale had been used to finance terror actions within the Kashmir Valley, the officers stated.

A senior safety officer, nevertheless, stated, “The narco-terror modules operating from Pakistan are gradually expanding their tentacles in India and they are/will be posing a major threat, as evidence is there that in past few years they are moving from land to sea routes.”

The officers stated, the threats from these narco-terror syndicates aren’t restricted solely to India, however to its neighborhood too, as a number of Pakistanis have been arrested on prices of narcotics commerce in Sri Lanka and Maldives. “In March, eight Pakistani nationals were arrested after 400-kg heroin was recovered from two foreign vessels by the Sri Lankan navy,” stated a senior Intelligence Bureau official.  

Intelligence officers stated the routing of banned substances is kind of “worrisome”, because the uncooked opium is sourced from Afghanistan after which transported to Faisalabad and Lahore for processing. The processed stuff is then despatched to Karachi or Gwadar for transporting them into India by way of sea route, they stated, including that the proceeds of smuggled stuff are used for sponsoring terror actions of teams together with the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and some different outfits.


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