Pakistani Taliban behind split in Babbar Khalsa terrorist outfit

Bangkok [Thailand], Jan 1 : Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), a pro-Khalistan terrorist outfit based in Pakistan is heading for a split as infighting amongst its top leadership intensifies.

The Pakistani Taliban is reportedly behind creating a divide in the BKI after its leader Jagtar Singh Tara was arrested in Thailand in January 2015 and deported to India for his involvement in several crimes.

The Taliban and pro-Khalistan outfits pay obeisance to a common master viz., Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and they are used for conducting proxy wars in neighbouring India and Afghanistan.

Forty-two-year-old Jagtar Singh Tara, who recently confessed to his role in former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh's assassination on August 31, 1995, has issued a three-page handwritten letter trough his lawyer Jaswinder Singh.

The letter, written in Gurmukhi, states that he was arrested at the behest of Wadhawa Singh, present chief of the Babbar Khalsa, now based in Pakistan.

Tara states that Wadhawa Singh was aware of his presence in Thailand, and hence, only he could have got him arrested.

Through his letter, Tara alleged that Wadhwa was gathering funds for the Sikh cause but was actually hand in glove with the intelligence agencies.

Sources also reveal that the letter states that Wadhawa Singh's son, Jitender Bir Singh, alias Kaka, was in touch with Tara when the latter was in Thailand.

Tara also alleges that Wadhawa Singh and his family are living a life of luxury, while the foot soldiers of BKI were getting killed.

Germany-based BKI leaders, especially Hardevinder Singh, are of the opinion that this letter has been issued at the behest of Resham Singh.

Hardevinder Singh has also said that Wadhawa Singh would shortly be issuing a statement denying the allegations made by Tara in his letter.

Source: ANI