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ISI handler Tahir Khan used embassy job to hunt for agents

Saturday, 3 November 2012 - 2:07pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna

He used to get in touch with people who came to Pakistan embassy for visas and then convince them to become ISI agents.

ISI handler Tahir Khan used his job at the Pakistan Embassy in India to the fullest. He would keep an eye on people coming to the embassy for visas to Pakistan and then zero in on those who could be potential ISI agents. 

Then on, he would remain in touch with them before shortlisting a few among them. These details were unearthed by officials of the Detection of Crime Branch while interrogating two alleged ISI agents, Sirajuddin Fakir and Mohammed Shaikh. The duo has have revealed that Tahir – the kingpin of the espionage on the Indian Army—would track the people right from the time they first applied to the embassy for visas. From there would begin his job to finalise agents for ISI.

The DCB sleuths had found that Fakir was in touch with Tahir since he first applied for a visa to Pakistan. Tahir first contacted Fakir at the Embassy office and later on his men met him at Pakistan. 

Talking to DNA, an official from the DCB said that Tahir’s responsibility included zeroing down on people who visit Pakistan for any reason and later on convince them to get connected to ISI.   

Revealing Tahir’s modus operandi, the official said that he targeted at least 10 to 15 people at one time and zeroed in on two to three to convince them to work for ISI. 

“A person is first approached by the ISI agents and is given the offer to work for them as soon as he or she reaches Pakistan after getting the visa,” he said. 

However, Tahir was later shifted to Pakistan and had started working fulltime with ISI. The entire module busted by police in the recent espionage on the Indian Army was orchestrated by Tahir with the support of senior ISI agents. 

However, as the informer in this network had to be paid money, Tahir had to be extremely vigilant while recruiting the agents, the cop said. “Any person is initially paid good money on any information provided by them, irrespective of whatever it was, only to lure the people to work according to the bosses sitting in Pakistan,” he said. 

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