As Musharraf contends with multi-dimensional threats – from rebellious tribesmen to sectarian terrorists within Pakistan, his disposition to curb cross-border infiltration into Indian Kashmir becomes an easy casualty. The snows have melted and infiltration is again on the rise. Terrorists from the Lashkar-e-Toiba have been successful in infiltrating into India in spite of fences and assurances.
The familiar pattern is repeating – terrorists cross the border into India, seek safe haven in mosques and attack the low-hanging fruit – civilian targets. The nascent recovery in the tourism industry is a plum target as in this grenade attack on a Pahalgam hotel.
Indeed, it is time for Natwar Singh to pop the question.
Looking for gaps: Nearly 250 terrorists of various groups have lately come close to the frontier, most of them in Uri, Keran, Neelam valley and Lepa sectors of J and K, the sources said here quoting reports from field intelligence units.
They said the terrorists are believed to be belonging to different groups, particularly Lashker-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.
“There are reports that some of the terrorists have already carried out reconnaissance to find gaps to cross over,” the sources said, adding “there may be an increase in infiltration during coming month and all preparations are being made to meet any eventuality.”
They pointed out that infiltration has seen a gradual increase over last few months after witnessing a slowdown following announcement of ceasefire in October last year. [Daily Excelsior]