Senior members of the security apparatus met recently to review the increase
in infiltration from Pakistan, the continued existence of terror infrastructure
in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, and use the bait of human rights violations to
distract attention. Chaired by Chief of Army Staff General JJ Singh the follow
up meeting to the Special Security Review held in Jammu and Kashmir was
attended by Federal Home Secretary VK Duggal and his staff and leaders of
Intelligence agencies say they have evidence suggesting that the level of
violence in Jammu and Kashmir can intensify because Inter Services Intelligence
(ISI) of Pakistan has renewed support to several terrorist outfits. They say
Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Al-Umar-Mujahideen, and
ul-Mujahideen (HM) have been given arms and funds to carry out series of
blasts in the Valley. They also warn the Government that a group of 60 to 70
suicide-attackers called fiyadeens have already infiltrated into India.
Radio and telephone intercepts indicate that terrorist outfits are planning
attacks to the 1989 level when the whole state was held at ransom and run by
terrorists. Terrorist outfits and the ISI are worried that ongoing peace
initiatives may make them irrelevant. There is also expectation that the
Hurriyat Conference may gain with a sudden spurt in terrorist attacks as they
can claim that peace can never be permanent without their involvement. The
problem is that they were invited to the various round tables but they declined
citing the most absurd reasons. The fact that the meetings have proceeded and
making progress is making the
Hurriyat increasingly irrelevant.
The meeting also focused on the increasing use of minors by terrorists to lob
grenades at soft and vulnerable targets. When security forces stop them or
shoot them, there is a hue and cry about human rights violations. Duggal said
that infiltration is slightly higher this year as compared to last year, Duggal
said after he emerged from the one and half hours long meeting. However, he
attributed the increase in infiltration to less snowfall and damage caused to
the fencing along the LoC by the devastating earthquake of October 8, 2005.
This is certainly at variance with intelligence inputs that infiltration is
higher because of increased support of terrorist outfits by ISI and fear of the
success of the peace process.