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Using formal financial channels covertly, Pak ISI backed Mujahideen cause in Afghanistan

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(ANI): Pakistan’s intelligence agency covertly funnelled money to back Mujahideen, Afghanistan’s rebellious groups who were fighting the Soviet Union in the 1980s, through formal financial institutions, media reports revealed.

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) allegedly made this possible under the garb of a special business model where they routed funds through formal channels like charities or legitimate business enterprises, reported South Asia Monitor. One among them was the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, a financial institution which was registered in Luxembourg but operating out of Karachi and London. The organization was facilitating the narcotic trafficking trade.

The operations of the organization included shipping all the illicit goods through their own vessels, insuring the goods through their own banks and associated companies, providing security during the transportation of the goods and bribing the officials at all border points en route, reported the media portal.

Bank of Credit and Commerce International was founded by Agha Hasan Abedi, a Pakistani businessman. One of the primary aims of the organization was ostensibly to fund armed groups abroad. According to various reports, the bank was also responsible for transferring funds and arms to the Iran-Contra arms deal.

This financial institution’s nexus was anchored on a tacit understanding for support of the Mujahideen cause in Afghanistan. However, the nexus must not to be mistaken for only having limited to a particular region. It extended to a global network for waging jihad.

There was an influence of the bank to give commands to various important operations like that of Karachi port and its customs operations. Not just this, Bank of Credit and Commerce International also supplied arms, funds and required essentials to the Mujahideen.



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Embassy officer arrested at BIA remanded

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The Embassy official who was attached to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman who is accused of being involved in a human trafficking racket was arrested by officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and remanded till the 13th of December when he was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate

The official was arrested on his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning (29 November).

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Easter Sunday terror attack suspect hacked to death

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By Norman Palihawadane

A 38-year-old Easter Sunday terror attack suspect was hacked to death yesterday morning (28) in Mattakkuliya.

The victim, Mohamed Badurdeen Mohamed Harnas, was a resident of Safiya Avenue, Mattakkuliya, police said.

A suspect in the Easter Sunday terror attacks, he had been released on bail.

The suspect was rushed to the National Hospital, Colombo, after three individuals, who arrived in a car around 10. 00 am, attacked him.

Two persons attacked the man while the other was keeping the car engine running, according to eyewitnesses. The attackers thereafter fled in the same car.

Harnas was pronounced dead on admission to hospital.

Further investigations in this regard are currently underway.

The victims family members said that Harnas had been taken into custody, following the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, but later released as there was no evidence of his involvement in terrorist activities.

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Rail service between Mahawa and Jaffna to be suspended for five months

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Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday that the railway services between Mahawa and Jaffna will be suspended for a period of five months in 2023.

The Minister said that operations will be suspended from January 15, 2023.

The Minister said it was to repair work on the railway line.

He said so in response to a question raised by Vanni District MP Selvam Adaikalanathan.

“We are focusing our attention on the request made by you. We have to halt railway operations between Mahawa and Jaffna for five months from January 2023. Train services have been continuously operating to Jaffna, but now we have faced a situation as we have not been able to carry out any repair work thus far,” the Minister said.

Assuring that this issue can be rectified in five months, Minister Gunawardane said that, thereafter, a good railway service can be provided for this route.

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