ISI active in South-Major General B Sivasankar

published on February 24, 2007

South urged to remain vigilant

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Pakistan intelligence agency ISI’s activities continue to pose a grave threat to internal security and the southern states need to step up vigil, a senior defence official said here today.

“Recent arrests of ISI operatives and recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and explosives in the neighbouring states gave credence to our fears,” Maj Gen B Sivasankar, General Officer Commanding in charge of the South said addressing the Civil-Military conference here.

Despite certain degree of immunity enjoyed by Kerala, the state could not ignore these developments as its vast coastline, healthy mix of all communities and porous coastline and border with neighbouring countries and states rendered it vulnerable, he said.

The activities of ISI were assuming serious dimensions and increasing nexus between fundamentalist and crinimal fringe elements are creating problems in the hinterland areas.

The ISI was encouraging these elements by providing financial, ideological and material support to them, he said.

Emphasising the importance of sharing of information by intelligence agencies, he noted that Subsidiary Multi Agency Centre had been meeting regularly.

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