'Violence likely to increase as Pakistan won't relent'
3 November 2002
New Delhi: Pakistan will not stop aiding and abetting cross-border terrorism and infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir and the coming weeks are likely to see increased levels of violence. Cautioning the top political leadership about these developments, the latest situation assesment reports from the security forces have also indicated that the harsh winter months ahead would not deter the so-called jehadis from crossing over into India to engineer terrorist strikes. With the newly sworn-in Government led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed yet to get down to the nitty-gritty of handling cross-border terrorism, the security forces were not taking any chances, sources said on Sunday. The operational commanders did not want the militants to take advantage of the political change of guard in the border State and security forces were carrying out anti-insurgency operations. Aggressive patrolling, search and destroy missions and going after the terrorists in the hinterland were on in right earnest, sources said. The new chief minister was also expected to shortly summon a meeting of the Unified Command to take stock of the situation in the State, they added. The Unified Command headed by the chief minister is responsible for counter-insurgency and terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir. The Unified Comand comprises corps commanders of Army and senior officers of the Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the State police.