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This is the end of the 400-meter-long secret tunnel which connects India-Pakistan and was recently unearthed in Jammu & Kashmir. PHOTO:

JAMMU: Indian authorities on Saturday discovered a 400-metre long tunnel, running between India and Pakistan, along the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, reported Press Trust of India.

“We have discovered a tunnel running between Pakistan and India in Samba district,” the report quoted Superintendent of Police (SSP) Samba Israr Khan as saying.

The SSP was further quoted as saying that the tunnel was detected after an area caved-in at two or three places due to rains near the Border Security Force’s (BSF) Chillayari Border Out Post (BOP). He added that the tunnel, with a dimension of 3×3 foot, was running between Chillayari BOP and Pakistan’s Numberiyal BOP.

Dug at a depth of 25 foot below the ground level, it was 400 meters long on the Indian side, the SSP said adding “we are confirming whether the tunnel is operational or not.”

The tunnel, which seemed to be freshly constructed, had air supply through a 2 inch pipe, he said adding “we are looking into all aspects.”

Commenting on Pakistan facing a lot of pressure from the militants to infiltrate them into the Indian Territory, the SSP said, “Since it is difficult to push in militants to the Indian side, they decided to set up a tunnel to facilitate infiltration.”

Spies were also providing bogus information regarding Mujahideen camps and their activities to their Indian handlers.

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s leader of the opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan assured the US in 2008 that he and his party were pro-American, according to a US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks.

“Saying that his wife and children are in fact Americans, Nisar did admit that he went to the US Embassy in London to renew his daughter’s passport because he wanted to avoid being seen at the US Embassy in Islamabad.”

More telling, however, is Khan’s stance on US military action within Pakistan, and how the PML-N would act to remain “publicly credible”.

Nisar reportedly avoided saying that the PML-N opposed either air attacks or US ground action, contrary to its reaction over the May 2011 raid in Abbottabad by a US Navy SEALs team which killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

“What he did say was that the PML-N would have to criticise the Government of Pakistan for allowing US action. Otherwise, said Nisar, the party would have no credibility with the people.”

Nisar said that US policy needed to be more transparent as “confusion bred unhelpful conspiracy theories”. He also told US diplomats that former president Pervez Musharraf was seen as too pro-US and so was “tainted in Pakistani eyes”.

The release of the US embassy and consulate cables in Pakistan has also highlighted how various politicians have lobbied American diplomats for support. From Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) to former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to the late former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, every major politician in Pakistan has looked to the diplomats for help.

Wikileaks on Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s American Connections (GEO TV)

 

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