September 13, 2007Foreign AffairsSecurity

Regarding the killing’ of Shahid Bilal

Why did he become expendable (if at all he was expended)?

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Shahid Bilal, the suspect behind many a recent terrorist attack in India, has reportedly been bumped off by the ISI.

Bilal’s mysterious killing, just five days after the twin bombings in Hyderabad, has baffled India’s intelligence agencies. Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) could have bumped off Bilal after they realised he was very much on Indian intel’s radar screen, say people familiar with the situation. But they do not rule out the possibility of Bilal being killed by rivals within the terror network. [DNA]

The explanation—that the ISI bumped him off as he attracted too much attention—doesn’t wash. There are several unbumped-off high-profile terrorist suspects in Pakistan. If this is not deliberate disinformation, it is more likely that his untimely demise owes itself to internecine rivalry.

There is, of course, a chance that a foreign hand’ was involved in sending Bilal back to the pavilion. Or, at the least likely end of the spectrum of possibilities, it could even have been an act of propitiation by the ISI. We’ll have more light when Praveen Swami and B Raman write about this one.

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