Cross-border Terror Camps Reactivated: PM16 September 2011
Times of India
New Delhi: Amid home ministry's recent claim that around 2,500 'fully trained' Kashmiri militants are ready to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir from across the border, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said that the ' cross-border camps for terrorists' were being 'reactivated' and there were attempts to induct fresh batches of militants into the country. Urging security and intelligence agencies to ensure that 'such attempts' are foiled through smooth and coordinated functioning, Singh said there was no room for complacency on the security front and mentioned that the 'recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai and Delhi are grim reminders of the challenges posed by terrorism to our security'. He was addressing top police brass and security officials of the country at a conference organized by the Intelligence Bureau. Though the Prime Minister did not go into specifics about the 'cross-border camps', his remarks reflect what the home ministry recently said about 'activities' across the border. The matter was also discussed in detail when security officials dwelt on the issue during their deliberations on 'terrorism' on the inaugural day of the conference on Thursday. The home ministry, in response to a question in Rajya Sabha during the recent monsoon session, had said there were reports that around 2,500 fully trained Kashmiri militants were ready to infiltrate into J&K from across the border-LoC. Officials in the home ministry said that the 'cross-border camps' were being reactivated as terrorist organizations, based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), would try to increase infiltration attempts before the onset of winter. Asking top police brass to remain one step ahead of adversaries, the Prime Minister said: 'As the 26-11 (2008 Mumbai terror attack) tragedy showed, terrorists use the latest technologies for communication and real time information sharing. We have to remain one step ahead.....I hope that the NATGRID would enable seamless retrieval and dissemination of data critical to the task of anticipating and pre-empting terrorist attacks'. Dwelling on the situation in J&K, the Prime Minister said: 'The summer has been peaceful and a record number of tourists, yatris and pilgrims have visited the state....The real challenge now will be to meet the high expectations of the people as peace is restored.' He said: 'We have initiated a process of broad-based consultation to find a way forward in J&K. We need to give the processes of dialogue and democracy a chance to secure a just and honourable settlement that meets the aspirations of all sections of the people.' Noting that these are difficult and challenging times for the police, Singh said: 'Our social fabric continues to be targeted by organised terrorism, abetted by misguided zeal and false propaganda among youth and marginalised sections of society. We have to contend with Left-wing militancy, parochial and chauvinistic movements, and tensions caused by socio-economic imbalances and iniquities and rapid urbanization.'