As Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday reiterating that the Centre is open to a dialogue with all stakeholders to see a solution to decades-old imbroglio, intelligence inputs have revealed that Pakistan is ready to infiltrate around 450 new Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) recruits trained by its elite special forces the Special Service Group (SSG) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to carry out a major strike ahead of the Amarnath Yatra.
While the one-sided ceasefire announced by India in the state during Ramzan continues, these terrorists are waiting on 11 launch pads- Kel, Shardi, Dudhnial, Athmuqam, Jura, Leepa, Pachhiban, Thandapani, Nyali, Lanjote and Nikail-in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to cross over the Line of Control (LoC), according to an intelligence report.
Out of the 450 militants, most belong to JeM and have been trained by the Pakistani Army in Nyali. Since the last few months, the ISI has been banking the most on JeM to launch attacks in J&K.
Sixty-one LeT recruits were trained exclusively by the SSG in Jura to be part of Border Action Team. Besides, several fedayeen members of LeT were trained in Boi, Madarpur, Fagosh and Deolian.
According to the report, 127 militants are present on a launch pad opposite Bhimber Gali, 30 each in Naushera and Poonch, 35 Krishna Valley, 61 Tangdhar, 50 Keran, 42 Machal, 16 Gurez, 47 Uri and 6 each in Naugam and Rampur.
According to Lieutenant General (retired) and security expert Shankar Prasad, neither ceasefire nor cessation of combat operations by the Army in is going to dissuade Pakistan from promoting and funding terrorism in J&K. “Everyone knows this is a stark reality, but we don’t admit it because of politics. We are very much aware of the fact that a large number of militants are ready to cross the LoC.”
Infiltration would not be allowed even during ceasefire because there are several layers of security which need to be breached to enter J&K, Prasad told India Today. “The Army and other forces are very dynamic. If any militant manages to cross tier-1 deployment, there are two more tiers. There are a series of tactics and standard operating procedures on LoC to prevent infiltration.”
Prasad also called for an initiative by Kashmiri politicians to convince militants who are returning to meet their families during Ramzan to give up arms. “This is the time MLAs, MLCs, and MPs should contact parents of these militants and tell the youths that they have chosen a wrong path,” he said.
Major General (retired) and security expert PK Sehgal told India Today feels that if the government does not take decisive action against Pakistan, it could pay a big price in the 2019 general elections. “A small nation like Pakistan with a weakening economy is attacking India using terrorists because we have not taken adequate action. It is high time that all such launch pads are immediately destroyed.”
Courtesy : India Today