New Delhi: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Wednesday lashed out at Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Pakistan and accused it of fanning Sikh militancy in Punjab and also counterfeiting Indian currency from the other side of the border.

Addressing the Chief Ministers' Conference on security in New Delhi, Shinde said there had been "significant development on the Sikh militancy front with its commanders in Pakistan under pressure to take further the ISI’s terror plans.”

"Sikh youths are being trained in ISI facilities in Pakistan," he said, adding the interrogation of suspects has revealed the use of "jailed cadres and unemployed youth to unleash terror attacks.”

Shinde also said a large quantity of RDX and other explosives were finding their way into Punjab from across the border. India, he said, has a long and porous border with Nepal and Bangladesh which is being used by Pakistan-based jihadi groups to cajole youth for terror training in Pakistan and carry out terror attacks in India."

“Jihadi tanzeems in Pakistan linked to the Lashkar-E-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Indian Mujahideen (IM) have set up tunnels for transferring funds into India... Militants based in Gulf are collecting money for terror acts in India."

This, he said, points to the necessity for closer coordination between states and the centre and the multi-agency centre needs to be strengthened for real time coordination of intelligence inputs.

On fake Indian currency being pushed into India, Shinde said high quality fake currency notes were being printed in the "neighbouring country" and smuggled into India.

"The fake currency notes are produced in sophisticated machines using real ink," he said.

"We live in a troubled neighbourhood and forces inimical to the country are working to hit at the country's roots."

Shinde said the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved and several militant groups in Northeast have shown willingness to abjure arms and take up the path of peace.

"The government is ready to talk to any group that is ready to abjure arms," Shinde added.


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