The Lok Sabha was informed that seven Indian companies manufacture certain materials the group uses for its bombs
New Delhi: Some of the crucial equipment used by ISIS to assemble deadly Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) was manufactured by seven Indian companies, according to a report by an independent group ‘Conflict Armament Research’ the Lok Sabha was informed yesterday.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said, "All such components documented by CAR were legally exported from India to business entities in Lebanon and Turkey.
As per CAR reports, there is no evidence to suggest any direct transfer of goods to ISIS forces by the countries and companies mentioned in the report." He said that CAR, an organisation mandated by European Union, released a document titled "tracing the supply of components used in Islamic State (IS) IED".
He said, "The examined nearly 700 components used by ISIS to manufacture IEDs between 2014 and February 2016. It indicates that some of the components included detonators, detonating cards and safety fuses, which, in addition to other countries, were also supplied by seven Indian companies."
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry met for nearly 90 minutes yesterday. Several issues were discussed during the meeting, including JeM chief Masood Azhar. India also raised the issue of “abduction” of former Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and sought immediate consular access. This is for the first time India has categorically said Jadhav was abducted.