Espionage case: Pak High Commission staffer under scanner
The role of Pakistan High Commission staffer is under scanner in the espionage racket after the arrested ISI agent Kafaitullah Khan (44) told Delhi Police that he was invited to Pakistan by the handler where a meeting would have been fixed with Pakistan High Commission. Also, the usage of private servers and special apps for internal communication by the ISI agents in India has stunned the police department.
On Monday, Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) said: “During interrogation, Khan confessed that he was in touch with the ISI agents in Pakistan who had lured him in 2013 during his visit there. Since then, he has been acting as a spy in India. He was invited by the ISI agents in Pakistan to have a meeting with Pakistan High Commission staffer who would provide him further information but before he could go to Pakistan he was nabbed at the New Delhi Railway Station.”
He is not aware of the contact of the concerned person at the High Commission. They were supposed to tell him at the appropriate time, he added. For the past two years, Khan along with BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed were accessing deployment and movement details of the Indian Army and the Air force. They were also sharing details of the troops and maps of the air bases.
“Khan, during his interrogation, had told police that there are several police stations in Pakistan where he was taken before they could actually go about their work. There are ISI officials in these centres known as ‘Questioning Centres’ who speak with people from India,” a source told Millennium Post.
The source further added that apart from Android apps like Whatsapp and Viber, the ISI agents were using private servers and special apps to dodge the security agencies.
They were also using TOR- an internet browser known for its anonymity, VPN hotspot shields, Counter Honeypots, private e-mail servers and anonymous files sharing techniques for secrecy of their insurgent operations across the world, as per sources.
Apart from the exchange of information, funds were also raised using these private servers. Most of the transactions were being carried out through the Middle-east countries.
“We are looking for the records of persons who have visited Pakistan and based on this information, we are keeping tabs on them,” a police official in Crime Branch said.