Terrorists May Try To Sabotage J&K Situation: Antony23 January 2010
Times of India
New Delhi: With the renewed spurt in infiltration attempts across the Line of Control showing no signs of abating, defence minister A K Antony on Saturday warned that terrorists would try to sabotage the fast-improving internal security situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The minister, however, said the armed forces were maintaining a heightened state of vigil to thwart terror strikes. 'We will take whatever steps are needed to prevent them and defeat them,' said Antony. As reported by TOI earlier, intelligence estimates show there are 42 terror-training camps directed against India still operational in Pakistan and PoK. Moreover, the 'assessed infiltration rate' across the LoC had virtually doubled in 2009 as compared to 2008. Speaking on the sidelines of a function here, Antony said, 'Infiltration attempts are increasing in J&K for the last two months. And our assessment is that this trend will continue because people inimical to our country feel the situation in J&K is improving.' 'Since normalcy is returning, they cannot tolerate it. So, they want to change this trend. There will be more attempts to infiltrate and carry out terrorist attacks. Our armed forces are taking precautions,' he added. This came even as militants from across the border took advantage of the prevailing foggy conditions on Friday evening to cut the barbed-wire fence along the International Border in the Ranbir Singh Pura sector of Jammu district.