MHA Report Nails Pakistan's Lies About Infiltration Attempts Along LoC

MHA Report Nails Pakistan's Lies About Infiltration Attempts Along LoC

18 June 2012
India Today
Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury

New Delhi: Security forces have foiled as many as four major infiltration attempts this summer from Pakistan into Jammu and Kashmir along the Line of Control (LoC), a home ministry report says. While fewer militants have managed to infiltrate into the state over the past three years because of stepped-up vigilance, as many as 14 attempts at staging terror attacks in the Valley have been defused till March this year, the report reveals. These attacks had been planned by Pakistan-based terror groups. It has been learnt that India had presented the list of these foiled infiltration attempts and terror attacks to Pakistan during the home secretary level talks in Islamabad last month. India also apprised Pakistan of the failed attempts this summer to smuggle arms, ammunition and fake Indian currency notes (FICN) meant for terror groups into the country through the Rajasthan and Punjab borders. It is understood that the Pakistani side denied making any efforts to either encourage infiltration or smuggle arms. These incidents, however, puncture Pakistan's claims, government sources said. 'The machinations of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI are clear and there has been no alteration in its design. While the civilian government wants normalisation of ties and is pushing for a visit by the Prime Minister to Islamabad this year to give a definite push to the relationship ahead of general elections there early next year, certain elements in the Pakistani establishment want to continue pursuing terror as an instrument of state policy. This section is quite influential,' a senior government source said. It has been learnt that the four foiled infiltration attempts were made by batches consisting of four to 14 militants. The extremists were of Pakistani origin and belonged primarily to the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba. Besides, each batch comprised members from the Pakistani unit of the Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammed, sources said. 'Despite the success in foiling these attempts, it is feared that some from these batches have sneaked in,' a source added. It has also been reported that the 14 foiled terror plots were meant to target the army and paramilitary forces such as the Central Reserve Police Force deployed in the Valley. The seizure of arms, ammunition and FICN along Punjab and Rajasthan borders shows that plans were afoot to stage terror attacks in other parts of the country, too, sources said, touting the confiscation as a major success. The Centre has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration which includes round-the-clock surveillance and patrolling on the borders and establishment of observation posts, border fencing and flood-lighting. But the defence ministry in its latest annual report has claimed that attempts to cross over into J&K by militants from across the border are continuing. There were 56 cases of ceasefire violations along the border during 2011, as compared to 57 in 2010, the report said.