Pakistani Terrorist Groups Planning More Attacks: Manmohan

17 August 2009
The Hindu

New Delhi: Stressing that cross-border terrorism remains a most pervasive threat, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said “there is credible information of ongoing plans of terrorist groups in Pakistan to carry out fresh attacks.” Inaugurating the Chief Ministers’ Conference on Internal Security, he cautioned: “The area of operation of these terrorists today extends far beyond the confines of Jammu and Kashmir and covers all parts of our country.” Dr. Singh told the Chief Ministers that in dealing with the terrorist challenge, “we need to be prepared for encountering more sophisticated technologies and enhanced capabilities.” He emphasised the need for guarding the sea frontier as vigilantly as the land border. In a candid talk with the Chief Ministers and top Central and State government officials who play a crucial role in keeping the internal security apparatus robust and responsive, Dr. Singh said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir had, during the past few years, seen substantial improvement but warned of an increased level of infiltration from across the border. Though violence was at an all-time low in Jammu and Kashmir, there were “some disturbing trends on the horizon.” He said levels of infiltration which had come down very substantially saw a surge this year, alongside an increase in attempts at infiltration. The infiltrators appeared “more battle-hardened, better equipped, and in possession of sophisticated communications.” Dwelling on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister said there were signs of a revival of over-ground militant activities. Referring to incidents in Shopian, Sopore and Baramulla, he said such isolated incidents were sought to be linked to create an impression of a groundswell of anti-national feeling. Expressing concern over the growing intensity of Left wing extremism, he admitted that the problem was indeed a complex one. “There is a need for a balanced and nuanced strategy to deal with it. On the one hand, the State should discharge its responsibilities and obligations and re-establish the rule of law in areas dominated by the naxalites. At the same time, we should work towards removing the causes which lead to alienation of people and problems like naxalism.”