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Flying Bombs Expose Pakistan's Sinister Design Says Advani

7th November 1998
Hindustan Times

JAMMU, Union Home Minister Lal Krishan Advani today charged Pakistan with adopting a "facade of talks with India" while it continued to add "new and sinister dimensions to its cross-border terrorism".

He also announced a three-point plan to counter Pakistan's designs. Terming the discovery of the "flying bombs" in Rajouri as a manifestation of Pakistan's "sinister designs on India", Mr Advani told a Press conference here that the security forces would be equipped to meet the new challenges. Commenting on the ongoing Indo-Pakistan talks, Mr Advani said that "to talk was good, but Pakistan's intentions were doubtful". He sought to substantiate his charge by pointing out the "discovery of flying bombs in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, the State which has witnessed a violent turmoil for the past several years." He felt that Pakistan firing on the border areas too was a part of the same gameplan.

Continuing his attack on Pakistan, Mr Advani said that by seeking a third party intervention and raising the Kashmir issue at international level, Islamabad was "violating the Simla Agreement", which provides for its resolution bilaterally between India and Pakistan. Mr Advani announced a three-pronged strategy in this regard, beginning with equipping the security forces to meet the threats, unearthing Pakistan-sponsored agents in the country and improving the security scenario and speeding up of development in Jammu and Kashmir. The resettlement of the migrants was part of the security-cum-development offensive against militancy in the State.

The Home Minister rejected the suggestion that the discovery of the heavy hi-tech gadgets was a serious security lapse. He said that the worrying factor was that the militants who had brought these devices were yet to be arrested. He said that the terrain of the border area in the State was helping infiltration and smuggling of arms. He said that the State would be reimbursed the entire security-related expenditure. Over Rs 700 crore have already been given to Jammu and Kashmir. Elaborating on the seizure of "flying devices", Mr Advani repeatedly referred to "Pakistan's sinister designs on India". "Till now, we had been talking of the sophisticated arms and ammunition being used by the ISI-sponsored militants. But this seizure reflects much more than that. It has added a new sinister dimension to Pakistan's cross-border terrorism in India."

Mr Advani said Kashmiri migrants would not be forced to return to the Valley. "All aspects regarding their return to Kashmir valley, including security, would be discussed in a meeting to be held in December this year," he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir Government had already set up a committee on the migrants and its report was awaited for the rehabilitation scheme of these displaced people now living in camps and other places in the country, he said.

About denial of visas by Pakistani authorities to Sikhs from Jammu and Kashmir to visit religious places in Pakistan, he said the matter had been taken up with the External Affairs Ministry to sort it out with authorities across the border.


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