Praveen Swami


‘Londonstani’ jihad: Bloodsoaked crisis of British multiculturalism
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

The long-running story of the English jihad, however, also suggests another narrative that needs careful examination

Pakistani teens wrongly accused of being Uri terror guides finally home
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

The attack, significantly, has since been attributed to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, not, as initially claimed, the Jaish-e-Muhammad.

Train suspect shot dead was named last year by member of IS-inspired cell, police lost trail
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

Police and intelligence services were aware, the document shows, that the college dropout had been tasked with securing arms and training facilities for a new Islamic State-linked cell in Uttar Pradesh, sparking off months of online surveillance.

No evidence so two Pakistani schoolkids arrested for Uri strike are set free
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

The Indian Express had, in December, first published evidence suggesting the two were Class X students at the Shaheen Model School in Muzaffarabad who had accidentally strayed across the Line of Control, and were not terrorists.

Under watch until train attack, phone chatter gave them away
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

The four men had made contact with pro-Islamic State Facebook accounts, and downloaded jihadist material, ahead of the attack on the Bhopal-Ujjain train.

The compelling virtue of treason
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

For democracy to survive, the national conversation must include dissenting voices.

Pakistan’s terror-finance time-bomb
Thu, Mar 02, 2017

Islamabad is now feeling the heat from the global Financial Action Task Force — but this isn’t the end of the Lashkar-e-Toiba story

Kerala family gets word: One from group building Islamic State in Afghanistan is killed
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

“There’s simply no way of verifying the identities of individual dead.”

Kerala jihadist believed to have been killed in drone strike in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar district
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Family members learned of the death through a Telegram instant message sent to them by another Kerala jihadist living in Nangarhar on Sunday morning.

Manipur violence: Secret Naga autonomy talks near resolution
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Large Naga populations live in Manipur’s hill areas, and Naga insurgents have long demanded that these communities be made part of Nagalim, a territory encompassing all areas where the ethnic group lives.

Life lost in jail: Secret AP police report cleared 2005 Delhi blast accused but no one acted on it
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

Even though the Union Ministry of Home Affairs was made aware of this evidence, no re-investigation was ordered in this and in two other similar cases, government sources have confirmed to this newspaper.

Importance of Saifullah Akhtar, the ISI’s pet jihadist for 30 years
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Graduate of Karachi’s jihad seminary, an aide of Osama bin Laden and confidant of Mullah Omar, Akhtar was accused in a coup bid and attempt on Benazir’s life, but escaped repeatedly — until this weekend.

Terror funding: Islamabad to face heat at Paris meet this weekend
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the head of the Lashkar and its parent political arm, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, was placed under house arrest last month, though no criminal charges have been brought against him.

In Afghanistan, families from Kerala try to build Islamic State
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

The members of the group have set up stores, teach religion, have married, and had children. None appears to be engaged in military activity.

Raising new army in Kashmir, Lashkar turns to rural homes
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

For that outcome, Pakistan’s intelligence services have already begun to prime organisations like the Jaish-e-Muhammad.

Using fictitious names, Lashkar operates bank accounts in Pakistan
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

The accounts continue to be active even though the FIF is blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council, obliging all member-states to freeze their assets.

Terror targeting India: A lid on Lashkar, Jaish takes jihadi centrestage in Pakistan
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

General of the Jaish-e-Muhammad has been holding rallies across Pakistan, openly recruiting new cadre and raising funds.

In Fact: Hafiz Saeed’s recent arrest is no turning point for Pakistan
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

But it does tell us something significant about the pressures the country is facing.

America’s own
Fri, Jan 27, 2017

Even in these first days of the Trump presidency, the first light of an age of reaction is impossible to miss. It has been incubated in American liberalism.

Release our kids: family of Pakistani teen held for Uri attack
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Though a senior Pakistani diplomat familiar with the negotiations said there was “no linkage” between the teenagers’ case and Chavan’s release, he said the “matter was being dealt with separately”.

That ’70s show
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

As we struggle to make sense of Donald Trump and the rising tide of right-wing nationalism in Europe, it is important to revisit the rise of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

In first cross-LoC strike of 2017, terrorists kill 3, escape under mist cover
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Intelligence officials in New Delhi said the failure to locate the terrorists could also mean they had gone back the way they came, across the LoC.

In fact: To India’s east, an emerging sanctuary for al-Qaeda
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

Myanmar’s brutal crackdown on the Rohingya is fanning an Islamist insurgency that could become a national security nightmare for India and region.

Going forward, India needs battle pigs not elephants to tame Pakistan
Sat, Dec 31, 2016

From a record low of just 17 in 2012, Indian security force fatalities in Kashmir have inched up steadily in Kashmir to 87 this year, the worst since 2008.

Pathankot repeat: Terrorists used tree along Nagrota base wall to gain entry
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

The tree, investigators believe, may have also served to obscure the terrorists’ movements from sentries deployed at pickets on its sides.

Pak mission officials say they were told to take Uri detainees home
Thu, Dec 15, 2016

The two detainees were given access to a team from the Pakistan High Commission on December 5.

Why General Qamar Javed Bajwa faces the abyss in Afghanistan
Wed, Dec 14, 2016

Pak Army may find it impossible to retreat from its brutal anti-terror Zarb-e-Azb operation.

Uri ‘terror guides’ are Class 10 Pakistani kids who strayed across, say family, school
Thu, Dec 08, 2016

The Ministry of External Affairs said the two had confessed to facilitating the “infiltration of a group of four Jaish-e-Muhammad cadre who carried out the Uri army camp attack.”

Won’t be easy to put (terror) toothpaste back in the tube, question is what Pakistan does about it: TCA Raghavan
Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Former envoy to Pakistan TCA Raghavan explained the many nuances of the bilateral relationship to readers of The Indian Express.

War as performance
Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Left behind in the rubble at Nagrota, the detritus of a fidayeen: An assault rifle, ammunition, injectable painkillers, and, incongruously, a small bottle of cheap, yellow ittar. The terrorist who carried these things, we know from the testimonies of others, would have risen early that morning, bathed, prayed, and shaved himself from head to foot. […]

Nagrota attack revenge for Afzal Guru’s hanging, terrorists left posters behind
Thu, Dec 01, 2016

Nagrota attack: Intelligence sources said the posters indicate that the attackers may have been linked to the Jaish-e-Muhammad, which calls its fidayeen units in Kashmir the Afzal Guru Squad.

Data from seized GPS set shows Uri attackers did travel from Pakistan
Thu, Dec 01, 2016

Last month, the Lashkar-e-Taiba admitted responsibility for the attack, naming one of the four terrorists involved in the operation as Muhammad Anas, who operated under the alias Abu Siraqa.

Intelligence warned of imminent attack, spotlight now on poor security at camps
Wed, Nov 30, 2016

The intelligence services last warned of an imminent strike on a high-value military target in Jammu just ten days ago, the sources said.

India fire assault on LoC kills 12 Pakistanis, DGMOs speak
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

Pakistan said it lost three Army personnel, including a Captain, while nine civilians were killed and another nine injured when Indian fire hit a bus on the Neelum Valley road in the Dudhnial sector in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The abyss ahead of the line of control: Where India, Pakistan are; where they’re going
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

Like Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2001-02, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hoping the threat of war will compel Pakistan to leash the terrorists it has let out of their pens. But both sides seem determined not to blink first.

With old crores in cash, Naga insurgents look to tax exemption law, bank accounts
Wed, Nov 23, 2016

Phungthing Shimrang, the NSCN (IM)’s military chief, told The Indian Express that reports of the group being handed new currency notes were “completely crazy”.