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The Soldier & The Spies: How ISI Agents At Pakistani Mission in Delhi Were Trapped

 The Soldier & The Spies: How ISI Agents At Pakistani Mission in Delhi Were Trapped
NEW DELHI: This month last year, two staffers at the Pakistani high commission in New Delhi—both of them actually spies for the ISI—got trapped in their own game. It all began when their so-called target, an alert Indian Army jawan, suspected foul play and informed his superiors. Intelligence agencies then got into the act. A bait was dangled. A military intelligence officer posed as the jawan and kept the Pakistani spies engaged over the phone for nearly three months before meeting them at a restaurant in Delhi where the menu was ready! And the desperate ISI agents walked into the trap. They were arrested and deported. At least four more operations they were running in India were neutralised. From beginning to end, it took nearly six months for sleuths of Military Intelligence, Intelligence Bureau and Delhi Police to track the spies and lure them into the net. Here’s the fascinating back story that blew the lid off the Pakistani mission....Read More

Nitin A. Gokhale

Left to himself, Nitin A. Gokhale would rather watch films and sports matches but his day job as a media entrepreneur, communications specialist, analyst and author, leaves him little time to indulge in his primary interests. Gokhale in fact started his career in journalism in 1983 as a sports reporter. Since then he has, in the past 41 years, traversed the entire spectrum across print, broadcast and digital space. One of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Gokhale has moved on from conventional media to become an independent media entrepreneur running three niche digital platforms—BharatShakti, StratNewsGlobal and Interstellar—besides undertaking consultancy and training workshops in communications for military institutions, corporates and individuals. Now better known for his conflict coverage and strategic analyses, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years between 1983 and 2006, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 and also brought us live coverage from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009.    An alumni of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies in Hawaii, Gokhale now writes, lectures and analyses security and strategic matters in Indo-Pacific and travels regularly to US, Europe, Australia, South and South-East Asia to take part in various seminars and conferences. Gokhale is also a popular visiting faculty at India’s Defence Services Staff College, the three war colleges, India's National Defence College, College of Defence Management and the IB’s intelligence school.