The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has termed the withdrawal of NATO and allied forces from Afghanistan as one of the biggest challenges to India’s counter-terrorism measures in its presentation to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The IB said the move was bound to increase terrorism and infiltration attempts along the Pakistan border.
The agency also named at least eight NGOs which were compromising the economic security of the country by funding planned agitations and protests, sources said.
The presentation, made by IB chief Asif Ibrahim, said security forces had to be put on maximum alert and stressed that vigil be heightened in areas bordering Pakistan, as terror activity of various jihadi groups will shift to this side of the country by the end of the year.
Planned by the IB as an exercise to familiarise the home minister, the presentation also said narco-terrorism and circulation of high-quality fake currency notes were the other two big challenges for the country.
“There was a discussion on various jihadi/terrorist outfits operating in India. The Indian Mujahideen of course found prominence among them and various groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir were also named. No Hindu terror outfit was named,” said a senior official.
India’s “economic security” was another area that was stressed upon. One prominent example given by IB was the sudden protests and agitations against the Kundankulam nuclear plant before its commissioning last year.
“The protests put off power generation at the nuclear plant by a good seven-eight months when the country is already going through a crisis. The point to drive here is the timing of the protests just before when the plant was about to be commissioned. Why were the protesters not mobilised before? The plant did not come up overnight,” the minister was told during the meeting.
The Intelligence Bureau also apprised the Union Home Minister that the sale of narcotics had to be nipped in the bud as the proceeds were funding terror activities in the country.
The parties concerned have been directed to submit reports on the current status of construction.