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Fake Indian currency printed in Pakistan

The Times of India carried a front page headline a few days ago that pointed to an ominously disturbing fact that the worth of fake currency circulating in the country is an estimated Rs.1,69,000 crore! Of this, the authorities have been able to seize a paltry Rs. 63 cores while the remaining amount still remains at large! As if that was not enough, people across the nation are at loss when they find ATMs spewing out counterfeit currency, a claim that is not very seriously taken by banking authorities, often leading to end consumer loss.

While the government, banks and people are fully aware of the problem and its massive scale, they find themselves ill-equipped to counter the problem, primarily as a result of inefficient detection mechanisms. To make their problems worse, the counterfeit currency being circulated currently is known to match up to 95% with its legitimate counterpart, making tracing and detection even more difficult.

The origins of fake Indian currency and can be majorly traced to Quetta and Chakala in Pakistan, where the ISI engages in extensive printing activities and then proliferates the product to a half dozen East Asian and Arab countries, from where it is redirected to India and neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It is believed that the ISI, in complicity with the Pakistan government and elements of the D company, has for a very long time now engaged in the production of high-quality Indian counterfeit currency largely aimed at destabilizing the Indian economy and also using the produce to fund terrorist operations within the Indian subcontinent.

Indian counterfeit currency is printed on security paper in Pakistan or friendly nations leading to its dissemination in India via routes that are believed to be untraceable. However, Indian agencies, already aware of this arrangement have been keeping an eye on these designated routes for sometime now with a small measure of success.

The quality of such counterfeit currency is said to be so high that their tracing and detection is very difficult. Besides, fake currency is transported into India using bona fide travellers as couriers, most of whom travel for this very purpose! Hyderabad and parts of Kerala have become places that are a hot bed for arrival of fake Indian currency from Arab nations, often via labourers who, in search of a better livelihood travel to these nations and in the process end up becoming transport mediums.

Intelligence agencies in India are baffled at the numerous trafficking routes employed by couriers bringing counterfeit currency to India, and the southern part of the nation too is no exception to this malaise. In fact, the prevalence of fake currency is estimatedly higher in this region given its proximity and access to regions in the United Arab Emirates. It seems that the most popular denomination to be replicated is that of the 500 rupees, which is so done to proliferate a larger volume of currency in the system. Experts suggest that the precision involved in replicating currency is so meticulous that their detection is virtually impossible, thus making the process of tracing them extremely difficult.

With the problem growing multifold, India is expected to take up the issue with the Interpol and also ask certain European nations to keep a watch on Pakistan based imports pertaining to security paper and ink. Sleuths in the intelligence machinery are convinced that the ISI has recently asked the Pakistan government to import additional currency-standard printing paper and ink from companies located in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland to further its Indian currency printing exploits.

A highly placed official said that “after using the country’s normal requirement for printing its own currency, Pakistan diverts the rest to its ISI with the intention of destabilizing the Indian economy by pumping in as many Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) as possible into India and also to fund terrorist organizations. It has been involved in printing and circulation of the fake currency notes with the help of the organized crime network of Dawood Ibrahim and others.”

Although detection is difficult, the Indian government needs to step up its vigil and seek active human intelligence on this myriad chain originating from Pakistan and systematically dismantle the operation over a period of time. Perhaps the newly created National Investigation Agency (NIA) could be entrusted to oversee this in coordination with other intelligence agencies. Assets within Pakistan, if any could be tapped to obtain detailed plans involving couriers and their routes. Monitoring of traffic from Nepal, Bangladesh, the UAE, Sri Lanka and other South East Asian nations need to be stepped up in an effort to curb this problem.

Having said that, the time and resources that need to be allocated in breaking this operation will be a huge challenge that the Indian government will face while embarking upon methods to solve this issue!

  1. August 6, 2009 at 1:07 am

    and we go for more summits and meetings with them…
    I would like to know your thoughts on having such useless ‘diplomatic’ meetings with Pakis who shake with one hand and slap with the other..
    yes, I agree its the only way forward…But why take it up when you know the pointlessness of it all? Maybe, am missing something..
    so I would like to read abt it from you..

  2. Devika
    August 7, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I have missed to reach here ealier…i didn’t notice the link at the other blog,

    anyway, interesting articles, Rak…will keep a watch now on:)


  3. August 7, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Certainly this wouldn’t have happened if our politicians were not hand in glove with these activites…

  4. August 13, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Praveen – I wouldn’t call diplomatic engagements with Pakistan entirely useless for if they are conducted the right manner, they would yield significant results. By right manner I mean, arriving at the issue, present irrefutable facts and work on them to resolve all issues!

    However, the Indian attitude has been one to skirt issues at hand and play goodie to Pakistan while projecting a seemingly nice image to the International Community! What India does not realize is that by doing so, it loses credibility, nerve and a much needed firm stance without which no objective can be attained!

    India needs to be firm and assertive in countering threats from Pakistan and handle them with an iron resolve by talking tough even on the diplomatic front, which I’m sure if done can get us closer to solving a lot of our problems!

    Thanks for your comments!



  5. August 13, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Devika Chechi

    Welcome here! Thanks for your comments! Do visit often to get an insight into the geo-political space!



  6. August 13, 2009 at 5:31 pm


    While it is easy and quite reasonable to conclude so, I’d be reassured if any evidence was presented and then conclude aptly.

    Nevertheless, your fears and thoughts are not entirely unfounded!

    Thanks for your comments!



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