India’s coasts are still unsafe
vessel M T Pavit, drifted
towards Indian shores
and warning, July 30
The November 26, 2008 attacks in Mumbai showed India how vul- nerable its coasts were and
taught terrorist groups a new way of
carrying out attacks.
Three year later reports by both the
Indian home ministry and the
Intelligence Bureau show that the
country’s coasts continue to be unsafe
and there is a long way to go before
they are secured completely.
Although Indian agencies have
stepped up vigil, the lack of intelligence
is worrisome. Around 1,200 fishermen
have been roped in for providing information but the success of this program
A Panama-registered vessel M T
Pavit, drifted towards Indian shores
without authorization and warning
July 30. There was a similar incident
in Gujarat. These cases are proof
enough that India has no information
about what is happening on its waters.
A Mangalore-based police officer said
the plan to hire fishermen for forming
part of the human intelligence chain is
a good one, but even they have their
Tracking of enemy ships or trawlers
requires expertise and one cannot completely depend on human intelligence.
Fishermen can only provide tip-offs,
but the real job needs to be undertaken
by experts, he said.
All measures pertaining to security
look good on paper. A Comptroller and
Auditor General of India report states
that coastal security still remains a con-
cern. Manning the Indian coast is not
an easy job. There is a need for proper
coordination from both the federal and
Lashkar: Still dangerous,
deadly and destructive
make a change in the Lashkar’s top leadership eight months after 26/11, but the cadres
were not ready for it. The ISI then decided to
allow Lakhvi to operate from jail.
According to a Western intelligence report,
the Lashkar commander continued to call
the shots in the organization and this mended the fractures within the outfit to some
While Hafiz Saeed is a good speaker who
can motivate crowds, Lakhvi can lead from
the front and connect better with his men
while carrying out a terror operation.
Kayani refused to
phone in jail
Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq
Pervez Kayani refused an American
request to confiscate jailed Lashkar-e-Tayiba commander Zaki-ur-Rehman
Lakhvi’s cell phone, which was reportedly being used to direct the group’s operation from a Rawalpindi jail.
‘Kayani rejected a United States
request that authorities take away the
cell phone Lakhvi was using in jail,
according to the memo to Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton and the National
Security Council,’ said an investigative
report telecast by PBS’s Frontline and
posted on the Web site ProPublica