March 2016 News

Pak Was Planning Major Attack: BSF

4 March 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Jammu: A day after detecting Pakistan's secret trans-border tunnel here, the BSF today said Pakistan was planning a major terrorist attack in near future after pushing terrorists through the tunnel. While the BSF attributed the detection of the tunnel to its anti-tunnelling drive, a tractor pressed into service on Thursday to clear elephant grass (sarkanda) between the Zero Line and an embankment had run over a stretch that caved in, leading to the detection of the tunnel. Briefing mediapersons after escorting BSF Director General KK Sharma to the spot on his maiden visit to Jammu, BSF, Jammu Frontier, Inspector General (IG), RK Sharma said that after detailed investigations, the Pakistan Rangers were showed the spot and asked to refrain from such nefarious activities. 'Evidences will be given to them and we will request them to come forward for investigations and take stern action against the culprits,' said the BSF IG. 'Timely detection (of the tunnel) has defeated a big plan of Pakistan. Had they succeeded in their plan, a big infiltration could have been carried,' he added. The BSF has held two flag meetings with the Pakistan Rangers on the issue. When asked how the Pakistan Rangers could be trusted to take action against the culprits, the IG said it was a matter of concern for the BSF also. 'We told them that it happened right under their nose, in front of their post (Afzal Saeed) and on their soil and that they were having knowledge of it (tunnel),' he said. We asked them to identify the culprits, take action against them, disclose their plan on the international border and other areas, where tunneling activities might have been undertaken or are being conducted and to stop them immediately, added Sharma. He said the BSF had been continuously undertaking anti-tunneling measures on the entire 198-km-long international border, leading to the detection of the tunnel, he said The IG did not rule out the possibility of more such tunnels on the border and said the BSF was taking adequate measures to detect them.