ISI attacker a ‘martyr’ on Pak Army website

According to the website, Zulfiqar Ahmed died in a New Delhi hospital on Nov 16, 2007.

Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010, 12:02 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Pakistani Army, on Monday, made an unusual entry on its website, listing an ISI agent who died in a “suicide attack” operation in New Delhi as a “martyr”, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to the entry that appeared on the website yesterday, ISI operative Zulfiqar Ahmed died in a New Delhi hospital on November 16, 2007.

The listing was made in the ‘Shuhada’s (Martyrs’) Corner’ of the Pakistani Army website. The names of Pakistan’s dead in the Kargil War are also listed in the same section.

Reacting to the development, Army Chief General VK Singh said the revelation lays bare the Pakistani Army’s “mindset”.

“It also shows to what extent they are ready to go,” he told reporters.

Gen Singh said “there was a need on our part to be more alert… and protect ourselves and our soldiers”, adding it has been the sustained effort of the Army to ensure no infiltration doesn’t take place.

In total, Shuhada’s Corner has 15,181 entries carrying details of killed Pakistani Army personnel.

In the latest entry, Zulfiqar Ahmed’s ‘Army No.’ has been listed as 1726016, his rank as Naik, his ‘Arm/Service’ as ‘Engrs’, and his ‘Formation/Unit’ as ‘HQ 30 Corps/Dte Gen ISI’.

The website lists his operation as ‘Suicide Attack’, and his ‘Date of Shahadat’ as ‘16 November 2007’. Further, the website says Zulfiqar Ahmed, whose picture has also been made available, died of kidney failure and acute respiratory infection at the capital’s leading Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Delhi or nearby areas witnessed no suicide attack in or around November 16, 2007. But it is likely that the ISI agent on Delhi suicide operation was arrested or captured and brought to the hospital for treatment.

Ahmed’s native place has been listed as Bhimber in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), an area frequently used as an infiltration point by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists.

While it is difficult to digest that the Pakistani Army would openly acknowledge on its website that it sends suicide attackers to India, however it would be the first official confirmation of the same if the entry is genuine.