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ISI used Delhi SIM card to contact moles in India
New Delhi : Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for one and a half years used a SIM card sold in Delhi to contact its moles in India, police sources said.
 
The ISI used the prepaid telephone SIM card from near the Attari-Wagah border to be in touch with its moles in Jammu and Kashmir, where three men have been arrested for getting calls and WhatsApp messages from that number.
 
The SIM card was issued in the name of a woman, Rohini Gomes, in Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi, a highly-placed source told IANS. "No such woman ever lived or lives at the Laxmi Nagar address." 
 
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police made the discovery after busting a pan-India ISI-backed espionage racket towards the end of November 2015.
 
An officer of the Crime Branch, which busted the ISI espionage racket by arresting Kafaitullah Khan from the New Delhi Railway Station on November 26, said the SIM card belonged to a leading cellular service provider.
 
"An ISI operative used the Delhi number from the India-Pakistan border to contact his agents in India. The number was issued from Delhi on a fake identity card," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Yadav told IANS.
 
Another officer told IANS: "It was a prepaid number and was being used to send messages through WhatsApp." 
 
"The SIM number was actively used near the Attari border through Indian towers without paying international roaming charges," he added.
 
Delhi Police arrested six suspected ISI moles in November-December 2015. 
 
The six included a serving leading aircraftsman Ranjith K.K., library assistant Kafaitullah Khan, Border Security Force head constable Abdul Rasheed, retired army havildar Munawwar Ahmad Mir, rifleman Farid Khan of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, and a government teacher, Sabar.
 
The officer said Kafaitullah Khan, Mir and Sabar were in touch with their ISI handler, identified as Faizal, who was using the number.
 
"We are also trailing the man who provided the activated SIM card to Faizal, whose real identity is yet to be ascertained."
 
On December 30, police arrested Ankush Khandelwal from Delhi for issuing several SIM cards on the strength of fake identity cards. A total of 205 pre-activated SIM cards were recovered from Khandelwal.
 
A 33-year-old man from Shakurpur in west Delhi, Mohit Gupta, was arrested on January 4 for his involvement in creating fake identity cards for those without any residence proof.
 
"Several fake identity cards and blank customer acquisition forms (CAFs) were recovered from Mohit. On his personal laptop, we found more than 1,000 such fake cards and equal number of photographs of different persons in a folder," the officer said. 
 
Mohit reportedly used these fake identity cards for getting SIM cards activated and to sell these for Rs.500-700 each -- without obtaining any identification documents from the purchaser.
 
"Mohit also created identity cards for those who had no address proof in Delhi," the officer added.
 
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Indian basket of crude oils dives to 12-year low
New Delhi : As global oil prices continue their plunge into the new year, the Indian basket of crude oils closed trade on Monday at a 12-year low of $28.73 a barrel, according to official data released here on Tuesday.
 
The Indian basket had touched a previous monthly low of $28.66 in August 2003.
 
Crude oil prices maintained their relentless fall, as US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) traded early on Tuesday at $30.66 per barrel and Brent crude futures declined to $30.66, their lowest since April 2004. Brent and WTI have declined on every day of trading this year with markets expecting supply to surpass demand.
 
Marking a a 13-year low, the price of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries(OPEC) basket of twelve crudes stood at $27.07 a barrel on Monday, compared to $28.56 on the previous Friday, the organisation's secretariat said.
 
Analysts like Barclays, Macquarie, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Societe Generale and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) all cut their oil price forecasts for this year on Monday, with the latter saying that prices could fall to as low as $10 a barrel.
 
"Given that no fundamental relationship is currently driving the oil market towards any equilibrium, prices are being moved almost entirely by financial flows caused by fluctuations in other asset prices, including the USD and equity markets," SCB said.
 
"We think prices could fall as low as $10/bbl before most of the money managers in the market conceded that matters had gone too far," it added.
 
US crude output increased unexpectedly in week ending New Year to 9.219 million barrels a day according to the US Energy Information Agency. 
 
Adding to investors' worries was the lack of signs that US shale oil producers would start to cut production in face of the plunging prices.
 
With OPEC deciding last December against cutting output, traders are betting the cartel is less likely to cut output now.
 
Meanwhile, Nigeria's Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu was reported on Tuesday to have said at an energy conference in Abu Dhabi that a couple of OPEC members have requested emergency meeting of the organisation. 
 
He said current market conditions create the need to hold such a meeting.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met global oil and gas experts here last week to discuss ways of boosting investments in exploration and skill development in India at a time of low oil prices.
 
Among the foreign invitees to the meeting were British oil major BP's chief executive Bob Dudley, International Energy Agency (IEA) executive director Fatih Birol, and Royal Dutch Shell's director (Projects) Harry Brekelmans.
 
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US Congress stalls F-16 sale to Pakistan
Washington : The US Congress has stalled a planned sale of eight new F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, the Pakistani media reported on Tuesday.
 
The move reflects the growing anti-Pakistan sentiments on Capitol Hill, Dawn quoted unnamed Congressional and diplomatic sources as saying.
 
Lawmakers used clarification and information notices to delay the sale, the report said. 
 
The administration also received a “hold” notice from the Senate, using this legislative process to delay floor action on the proposed sale to Pakistan.
 
But this does not kill the proposed sale, and it can still go through if the administration continues to push for it, Dawn added. 
 
The Obama administration is reported to be keen on selling these aircraft to Pakistan.
 
At recent Congressional hearings, key US lawmakers raised a host of questions about the end use of the F-16 aircraft and about US relationship with Pakistan.
 
“I don’t know how an F-16, with all of its hardware on there for combat, can be used for humanitarian aid. If they were buying C-130s … I could see those being used for humanitarian aid. But F-16! It’s not really humanitarian aid,” said Congressman Ted Poe. 
 
“Those F-16s and the military equipment that we are providing Pakistan are being used against their own people, just like they did against the people over there in Bangladesh,” added Congressman Dan Rohrabacher.
 
Dawn said both lawmakers belong to a growing lobby in Congress which not only oppose arms sales to Pakistan but often urge the US administration to sever its ties with Islamabad.
 
The Obama administration had informally notified Congress of its intention to sell eight F-16s to Pakistan during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Washington in October last year.
 
The administration followed it up with a formal notification of “foreign military financing” to fund the sale in December. 
 
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Simple Indian

11 months ago

It's ironical that despite being the hotbed of global terrorism USA, China, and many Western powers continue to woo Pakistan with military and financial aid. USA has been doing so for decades, knowing fully well that much of what it offers Pakistan finds its way into Pak-based terror outfits like LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammed, thru ISI. That these outfits are nurtured by ISI is no secret, and yet USA doesn't impose any sanctions against a known terror-State like Pakistan simply because it serves its strategic interest in South Asia. Of course, USA knows that not cuddling Pakistan will only drive Pakistan into the waiting arms of China, which too will use Pakistan to put down India. No wonder no Western or global power has ever seriously encouraged rapprochement between India and Pakistan. An Indo-Pak hostility serves global powers at many levels. So, India should be wary of USA and other "developed" nations, and do what's in its own national interests.

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