Preserving proof of Pakistan's terrorist impression, NSA Doval tells agencies

NEW DELHI: While monitoring by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has put Pakistan under heavy pressure to sponsor and fund terrorism Indian anti-terrorist agencies need to collect and preserve evidence of Islamabad's guilt for the consideration of international forums, the NSA said.

“Everybody knows that Pakistan is supporting and financing terrorism but evidence is required. You have access to it and you understand how information is converted into evidence that can withstand scrutiny of law. So depend on the facts, preserve the facts, put them into a format ... they may be used nationally and internationally (to nail Pakistan),” Doval told a conference of chiefs of anti- terrorism squads and special task forces of states organised by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) here.

One of the biggest pressures Pakistan has suffered today is the FATF procedures, the NSA said.

Citing the late Margaret Thatcher’s statement from the 1980s that if the media did not report an attack, the terrorists’ purpose would be defeated, Doval said the objective was to generate fear through publicity. He called for proactive perception management by counter-terror agencies with authorised and trained officers briefing the media to prevent reports that “create more terror in society rather than prepare society to fight terrorism ”.

He also asked the heads of ATS and STF to expose Pakistan's role in terrorist attacks, and said: Many Pakistanis are arrested ... there is no harm in revealing their identities and plans to the media. Let the world know.

Señalando la tendencia de los esfuerzos contra el terrorism a realizarse en diferentes etapas: conocer la fuente del terror, acciones basadas en ese conocimiento y llevar la evidencia a un tribunal de justicia y establecer el papel de quienes están detrás de un acto terrorista - Doval impresionó la necesidad de fusionar los tres silos y sinergizar las agencias de inteligencia e investigación centrales y estatales.

In listing the challenges in terrorism investigations, he said that the first was the secret role of a state sponsor, which offered a greater degree of denial, as well as resources and technology that made it difficult to track the perpetrators. In addition, it made the collection of evidence more difficult. There was also a tendency for the courts to treat terror cases such as ordinary crime, despite challenges such as getting a witness to testify against feared terrorists.

Especially congratulating the NIA for its scientific approach in cases related to Kashmir separatists and money laundering Doval said: The NIA took it (investigation) in the right spirit ... through legal, permissible methods and appropriate processes and procedures. They have followed the cases diligently and with great intelligence, pressed the right places so that people who were paid by foreign agencies had to stop their activities to some extent.