Bangalore, Aug 9: While the Indian establishment continues to flay Pakistan for killing five soldiers at Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistani security agencies have claimed to have discovered a network of RAW (Research and Analysis Wing), India's intelligence agency, on the country's soil which was allegedly hatching a plot to kill Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, founder of terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaamat-ud-Dawa (JuD).
According to a report published in a Pakistani newspaper Pakistan Today a couple of days ago, the plot to kill Saeed came into light during probe into the gruesome killing of the chief security officer of Saeed, Khalid Bashir in May.
According to the report, intelligence sources claimed that the plot to eliminate Saeed and his close aides was finalised in Dubai allegedly by a RAW agent identified by the name Vinod. Sources added that the RAW had engaged two local jihadi activists from Gujranwala with the help of an unidentified Pakistani handler.
Bashir was lifted from Lahore by Zafar Qayyum and Bilal Ahmed Cheema, enlisted by the RAW while they were at play in Afghanistan and his body full of injury marks was found from the Upper Chenab Canal in Sheikhupura on May 17, the report quoted the sources saying.
During interrogations, it was learnt from Zafar and Cheema that the Pakistani handler told them that Bashir was an Indian agent who was working against the JuD's interests. The man worked with the JuD for over 25 years and was considered to be a close aide of Saeed.
His death had shocked Saeed, accused of plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, for Bashir had negated several assassination attempts on Saeed and was also in charge of coordinating every movement of the leader.
Bashir's family told the police later that he had received a phone call fon tMay 14 night and was invited for dinner meeting the next day. When he did not return home, his family went to the JuD leadership. Meanwhile, it was informed by an unidentified caller that Bashir had been kidnapped.
Sleuths later gathered Bashir's call data records and it was seen that the call he had received was made from a SIM card, which allegedly belonged to the RAW handler. The two jihadists were arrested with the help of two numbers traced from the SIM card.