Taliban infiltration feared in J&K, full security alert
11 December 2001
The Asian Age
New Delhi: Security forces and intelligence agencies have been sensitised about the possibility of Taliban soldiers from Afghanistan, especially those from Pakistan, attempting to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Though there have not been specific intelligence reports to indicate that Taliban soldiers were trying to enter India, its possibility cannot be ruled out, Union minister of state for home Vidyasagar Rao said in a written reply. Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach which includes strengthening of border management, gearing of intelligence machinery, greater functional integration with other security forces and agencies and improved technology, he said. Paramilitary: Government has decided to restructure paramilitary forces keeping in view security requirements of the country, Mr Rao said. Afghanis: The home ministry has not received any demand to treat Afghans of Indian origin as refugees, he said. Poto: A review committee under the chairmanship of a sitting or retired judge of high court is in the process of being constituted to examine applications by any organisation or person included in the schedule of the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (Poto), Mr Rao said. Migrants: As many as 1,188 families belonging to minority communities in Jammu and Kashmir migrated within the state due to terrorism from the valley and other militancy-hit districts of Jammu in the last three years, Mr Rao said.