Disha Ravi toolkit case probe: Pieter Friedrick, under scanner of probe agencies for alleged ISI links

Pieter Friedrick, a foreigner is also under the watch of investigative agencies for his alleged connections with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

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New Delhi: After Delhi Police registered FIR in the toolkit, tweeted and shared by climate activist Greta Thunberg, many skeletons are tumbling out of the closet.

Many ‘influencers’ including activists Disha Ravi, Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Mallick are already under the scanner of investigative agencies and facing arrests for the ‘conspiracy’.

Pieter Friedrick, a foreigner is also under the watch of investigative agencies for his alleged connections with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The influencers are understood to have conducted a zoom meeting ahead of the Republic Day violence, in which they allegedly prepared a roadmap for creating public disorder.

‘Friedrich an Khalistani sympathiser,’ says DCP (Cyber cell)

DCP (Cyber Cell) Manishi Chandra, in a media briefing, said Friedrich is an “active proponent of Khalistan” and has been on the radar of security agencies since 2006.

Toolkit case: Disha and other activist attended Zoom call ahead of R-Day violence, says Delhi Police

“Pieter Friedrich has been on the radar of Indian security establishment since late 2006 when he was noticed in the company of Bhajan Singh Bhinder alias Iqbal Choudhury,” Chandra said.

Bhinder is associated with the K2 (Kashmir-Khalistan) desk of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI.

Friedrick’s role is under investigation, however, a his social media posts speak volumes about his anti-government stance.

Pieter Friedrich’s aversion for BJP & Modi

He joined Twitter in October 2018 and many of his posts show his aversion and antipathy towards RSS and Modi govt.

“If you’re on Twitter in India, and you post against RSS, BJP, or Modi, you might be targeted. That’s a reality. What do you do with it? Make your account private? Delete it? Keep going?” reads one of his widely shared tweets.

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According to his website, Friedrich is an author, activist, speaker and traveller.

“Pieter specializes in the analysis of historical and current affairs in South Asia. He engages with issues such as human rights, supremacist political ideologies, ethnonationalism, the politicization of religion, authoritarian government structures and policies, state-sponsored atrocities, and the need to unify around doctrines of liberty,” reads the website.

“Pieter has lectured at Columbia University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, Carleton University, and St. Stephens College. A staunch advocate for religious liberty and interfaith cooperation, he has spoken at mosques, gurdwaras, churches, and viharas. He has travelled and lived in Europe and Asia,” website says further.

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