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Rise in terror influx
Home Ministry, Army chief see Pak backing
Girja Shankar Kaura and S. Satyanarayanan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19
Even as India strives to improve relations with Pakistan, the word in the official circles is that Islamabad is not only holding an undiminished capability to control the level of cross-border terrorism but there is also a sharp rise in the infiltration attempts from across the Line of Control (LoC).

While the annual report of the Ministry of Home Affairs, released here today, says “Pakistan has not yet abandoned exporting cross-border terrorism as an instrument of state policy to achieve the so-called unfinished agenda of Partition,” Chief of the Army Staff General N.C. Vij minced no words while pointing out that infiltration attempts in Jammu and Kashmir had shown a sharp rise recently; almost double the figures of last year.

“There is no doubt that infiltration attempts are increasing day by day,” General Vij told reporters, but asserted that with the completion of the anti-infiltration fencing and placement of advanced detection equipment, the Army was getting a good success rate in curbing infiltration.

“Almost 85 per cent of these attempts are being detected and dealt with in an appropriate way by the security forces,” the Army chief said after flagging off a 22-member Dogra Regiment expedition to the world’s third-highest peak (8,611 m), Mount Kanchenjunga on the Indo-Nepalese border.

The General also said that there were indications that many of the militant camps in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir had been revived and were active again. He said these camps were being constantly moved around to escape detection.

Without naming any country, the Army chief asked: “How could any terrorist infiltration bid succeed unless it was supported? How can militants haul up heavy and sophisticated arms through these areas without the knowledge of the authorities across the LoC”?

The Home Ministry’s report also points out that Pakistan is calibrating terrorism to suit its advantage and that most of the earlier restrictions imposed on terrorist outfits by Pakistan have been gradually rolled back this year.

Supporting the statement of General Vij, the report also warns that “most of the parameters indicative of cross-border terrorism, such as infiltration levels, terrorist violence, communications, funding, etc., have started approaching the levels of previous year.”

It categorically states that “Post-September 11, 2001, Pakistan’s response to mounting international pressure to end all kinds of cross-border terrorism has been waxing and waning, commensurate with its internal and external compulsions.”

The report says that the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir is “delicately poised” at the moment and indications are that the Pakistani mentors would continue to use the level of cross-border terrorism by calibrating and escalating terrorist violence in the state, aimed at extracting concessions and influencing the ongoing Indo-Pak talks.

The Home Ministry report says that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has been “assiduously pursuing” the objective of establishing espionage networks for collecting defence-related information on the deployment/movement of the armed forces.

The report says the ISI strategy revolves around taking subversion and terrorism to India’s heartland, preparing an extensive ISI network in India and raising cadres of terrorists and spies, triggering blasts in major cities, planting ISI agents in every part of India, creating near-insurgency situation in Muslim-dominated regions, opening newer fronts in the proxy war, creating a communal divide and destabilising the economy.

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