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 Washington Post reported that India’s intelligence agency sparked outrage in Pakistan and its media made a  self-deprecatory jokes at home this week after it listed ordinary Pakistani shopkeepers as terrorists on a mission to attack some of India’s landmark institutions. The high lights of the issue are as under:

The issue was first reported on India Today in its 9th May edition:

Same was televised on Indian media channels:

Washington Post:

Indian intelligence blunder sparks anger in Pakistan, jokes at home

By Rama Lakshmi, Published: May 11

NEW DELHI — India’s intelligence agency sparked outrage in Pakistan and self-deprecatory jokes at home this week after it listed ordinary Pakistani shopkeepers as terrorists on a mission to attack some of India’s landmark institutions.

The Research and Analysis Wing, India’s premier intelligence agency, issued an advisory to state governments in which it said that five trained militants from Pakistan’s banned Lashkar-i-Taiba group had sneaked into India with fake identities to attack a nuclear facility, oil refinery, seaport and defense academy.

Now watch media reports by Pakistani media negating Indian stance and providing a proof that the accused are in Lahore, Pakistan

On Wednesday, a day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left New Delhi after delivering some tough comments on Pakistan, Mumbai police released the photographs of the five men.

Within hours, a Pakistani television channel reported that two of the three men on the list were shopkeepers and one was a guard, all living in Lahore, and that none of them had ever left Pakistan.

“India bungles while Pakistan laughs,” the Mail Today newspaper said of the embarrassing blunder. Twitter buzzed with jokes about the Research and Analysis Wing, with some tweeters offering their own lists to the agency.

The incident prompted anger and derision in Pakistan. Muhammad Fayyaz Butt, the head of a traders association for an electronics market where two of the men own shops, condemned India’s “irresponsible and biased attitude.”

On Thursday, the two shopkeepers went to the Lahore High Court, seeking protection from possible action against them by India.

Indian Law Minister Salman Khurshid offered an explanation to reporters in New Delhi on Friday. “We can’t be too careful,” he said. “We have had some bad experiences in the past. And therefore to err on the right side is something we can’t complain about.”

It was not the first time India has made such a faux pas. A year ago, the government released a most-wanted list of 50 Indian fugitives who it claimed were hiding in Pakistan. Two men on the list turned out to be in India, one of them a prisoner in a Mumbai jail.

Indian Express

Terror alert in India: 2 more identified as Pak traders

Sat May 12 2012, 16:25 hrs

Two Pakistani men named among five terror suspects by intelligence agency RAW and whose photos were carried by the media in India have been identified as traders linked to a bustling electronics market in this eastern Pakistani city.

Amjad Ali Khan is an employee at a cell phone shop at the electronics market at Hafeez Centre while Nadeem Malik runs a business dealing in used cellular phones, media reports said.

Earlier, the three other men named as terror suspects — Mehtab Ahmed Butt, Atif Butt and Babar Shabbir — too were identified as traders and a security guard at Hafeez Centre.

It is yet to be established how their photos were issued by Indian security agencies to the media.

Khan and Malik have been associated with businesses at Hafeez Centre for more than four years, Muhammad Fiaz Butt, the head of the local traders’ association, told the media.

Khan claimed he and Malik had received several calls from an Indian phone number and that the caller had asked them both about their links with terrorist organisations.

Mumbai Police had described the five men as operatives of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba that carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office has already rejected as “unfounded” the Mumbai Police alert that linked the men from Lahore to the LeT.

Three of the men sought protection from authorities after reports about them appeared in the Indian media.


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