Army Downplays US Warning About LeT Attacks On India21 August 2011
The Economic Times
Srinagar: Asserting that the recent US warning about LeT attacks on India had 'no special intelligence value', the Army on Sunday said it had eliminated top commanders of the outfit which has increased 'desperation' of militants to infiltrate into Kashmir ahead of winter. 'Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad are traditionally the major terrorist groups - Jaish from the year 2000 and Lashkar even before that. It has no special intelligence value that Lashkar or Jaish are planning to increase attacks or their activity,' General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Army's Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lt Gen Syed Atta Hasnain said. Hasnain said the Army has always known about Lashkar's attempts to target India. 'What is important is what are we doing to counter it. Jointly, security forces are targeting the leadership of Jaish and Lashkar, and our intelligence this year has been extremely good. It is because of this that the desperation has increased (among militants) and they are trying to infiltrate,' he told reporters here. Warning that LeT has the ability to 'severely disrupt already delicate' regional relations, the US State Department had said the Pakistan-based terror outfit responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks remained active in Kashmir and continued to target India along with groups like JeM and HuM. The GOC said infiltration attempts will continue over the next two months. 'Infiltration will continue and their (militants') mistakes will also continue and we will take benefit of their mistakes,' he said.