Praveen Swami


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”.

J&K: Three soldiers killed on LoC, one of them mutilated, Army promises ‘heavy retribution’
Wed, Nov 23, 2016

Killings appear to be Pak BAT handiwork, Army briefs Parrikar; soldier decapitated in same sector October 29

Pakistan says seven of its troops killed in Indian fire at LoC
Tue, Nov 15, 2016

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in a statement that “by creating tension at LoC, the Indian forces are uselessly trying to divert the attention from the Kashmir issue”.

Trump as President: The world has changed, how did it come to this?
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

It is a showman’s promise—but it is better than no words of consolation at all.

Afghanistan can’t win — until Pakistan falls in line
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

The President the US picks on November 8 must know that allowing Afghanistan to lose against terror will set the stage for the next Islamic State-like crisis.

Pathankot terrorists who sparked ban on NDTV India may never have existed
Sat, Nov 05, 2016

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, on Wednesday, ordered NDTV India off-air through November 9, saying its broadcast “revealed strategically sensitive details”.

Mutilation of soldier’s body by terrorists angers LoC troops
Sun, Oct 30, 2016

Mandeep Singh, a soldier with the 17 Sikh Regiment, was killed and his body mutilated while out on patrol ahead of Kala Post.

Pakistan: Lashkar-e-Taiba claims Uri attack in posters in Gujranwala
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

The posters are the first evidence that the attacks were carried out by a Pakistan-based jihadist group — until now denied by Islamabad.

How Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s anti-Shia crusade became a war on Pak state
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Quetta attack shows killing of the group’s top leaders last year was just a punctuation in its bloody history.

EXCLUSIVE | In posters pasted on Gujranwala streets, Lashkar claims responsibility of Uri Attack
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Uri Attack: The Indian Express had first reported that investigators believed the unit involved belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, based on the codes the assault team had used to speak with their commanders.

Secret Afghan talks fail in Doha, Taliban team arrives in Pakistan
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

Failure to move forward on a ceasefire, Afghan government sources said, means there is little prospect of progress towards negotiations with the Taliban.

Kerala man is key Islamic State ‘recruiter’ luring Indian volunteers to Afghanistan
Thu, Oct 20, 2016

Truck-driver’s son Sajeer Abdullah flew to Dubai from Kozhikode; 3 nations launch hunt for him