Pakistan boat explosion: Little evidence of ‘terror’ link, may have been petty smugglers

January 3, 2015 3:51 AM

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Pakistan boat explosion: Little evidence of ‘terror’ link, may have been petty smugglers

Less than 48 hours after the Coast Guard destroyed a boat it suspected was ferrying explosives and terrorists from Pakistan into Indian waters, new evidence has begun to emerge that the victims of the operation might have been small-time liquor and diesel smugglers, ferrying bootleg cargo from the port of Gwadar to other fishing boats which were to have carried it into Karachi’s Keti Bandar harbour.

There is also a suggestion of use of disproportionate force since the fishing boat did not have an engine capable of outrunning Indian interceptors.

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