Shinde Accuses Pakistan Of Helping Terrorists Sneak Into India

Shinde Accuses Pakistan Of Helping Terrorists Sneak Into India

21 October 2012
Times of India
Deeptiman Tiwary

New Delhi: Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Sunday attacked Pakistan for fomenting terror in India, accusing the neighbour of helping infiltration bids into Indian territory and organizing attacks on military convoys in J&K to spread fear. The development is being seen as a toughening of stance by India on cross-border terrorism after recent attempts of normalizing ties through bilateral trade negotiations and visa agreements. The recent past had seen very little terror rhetoric directed at Pakistan, except for occasional assertions on bringing the 26-11 accused to book. Sunday's statement from the home minister, however, is an indication of India's growing impatience with Pakistan despite its assurance of cracking down on terror infrastructure in its country, sources in the security establishment said. Speaking on the sidelines of a police commemoration day event in New Delhi, Shinde said, 'We have credible information that Pakistan is helping terrorists to enter our territory. We have intelligence inputs. But we are alert. We have directed all concerned to be extra vigilant during the ongoing festive season to ensure peace and safety of citizens. I also appeal to the people to be on guard and be extra careful.' The minister further said terrorists backed by Pakistan had been organizing attacks on military convoys in Jammu and Kashmir to spread fear. Shinde's statement came a day after Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian posts across the Line of Control (LoC) in J&K's Poonch district, yet again violating the ceasefire agreement with India. The incident where Pakistani troops fired 600 rounds between 10.30 pm and 11.30 pm on Friday is being seen as an attempt to help militants infiltrate into the Valley. 'It is a classic way of diverting attention of Indian troops guarding the border. Militants take advantage of this to sneak into India,' said an official from the security establishment. For the past week, Pakistani troopers have been targeting Indian positions on the LoC as well as the international border. On October 16, three civilians, including a pregnant woman, were killed in Pakistani firing in the Uri sector of the Kashmir Valley. According to sources, Pakistan has violated the ceasefire agreement with India on at least 275 occasions since 2006. While 2010 recorded 56 cases of ceasefire violations by Pakistan, the figure stood at 57 for 2011. In 2012, 47 such cases have been recorded, indicating that there is no let-up in efforts from across the border to help infiltration despite civilian governments on both sides working to normalize ties. 'India has been refraining from making open accusations against Pakistan and trying to work on things through bilateral talks. However, despite assurances from the civilian government, elements in the Pakistani establishment have continued anti-India activity. Perhaps, a mix of posturing and negotiations is essential to push Pakistan to act,' said an official.