Pak Will Be Affected By Own Terrorism: Pillai

12 December 2009
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: Asserting that Pakistan was required to do much to contain cross-border terrorism, Union Home Secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai today said that the neighbouring country will be affected by own terrorism if it didn’t take effective steps to discourage it. Reaching out to security personnel and people at Abdullian, Octroi and Suchetgarh forward posts and villages in RS Pura sector, right on the International Border, on his second and last day of two days visit to Jammu, Mr Pillai said: “We have told Pakistan in clear terms to dismantle terror infrastructure operating from their soil. We will continue to do so (tell them to stop supporting terrorism) “Otherwise, it (the terrorism) will affect their own country. They will have to discourage it from spreading. It is in the interest of Pakistan that they curb terrorism”, he added. Replying to few queries of mediapersons after visiting Model Police Station, Gandhi Nagar and forward villages before flying back to New Delhi this afternoon, the Home Secretary said the security forces were maintaining a strict vigil on the borders to prevent infiltration. Replying to a question on the killing of a BSF DIG Om Prakash Tanwar in an IED blast on the International Border at Ramgarh sector last month and whether India has lodged protest with Pakistan, Mr Pillai said: “India has advised Pakistan and will continue to do so to curb terrorism emanating from its soil and destroy their camps and infrastructure. It will not only benefit India but Pakistan too”. To another question on Pakistan’s denial after every flag meeting that their Army was not responsible for facilitating infiltration or violating cease-fire, he said it was their problem. “They will continue to deny but we have to be very vigilant. We have to guard our borders against every infiltration attempt”, he added. Replying to a question on progress of quiet diplomacy of the Centre to resolve Kashmir problem, Mr Pillai observed that it was quiet diplomacy and so he won’t be able to disclose progress of the talks. “Till a substantial progress is achieved, we will not disclose the quiet talks”, he said, adding that discussions are going on (with the separatist leaders and other sections of the people). The quiet diplomacy is on, he asserted. To a question on ULFA commander Paresh Barua’s statement that appeared in media today calling for a referendum to know the people’s view point on Assam, Mr Pillai was of the view that Barua is a terrorist who is on the run hiding in the forests of Maynmar and staying sometimes in Bangladesh. “He (Barua) is acting against the interests of his own State. He will have to understand reality and come forward for talks instead of hiding and killing innocent people”, he asserted. The Union Home Secretary, accompanied by Director General of Police (DGP), Kuldeep Khoda, Additional DG CID K Rajendera, Special DG BSF PPS Sidhu, IGP Jammu Ashok Gupta and IG BSF A K Surolia visited Border Out Post (BOP) Abdullian, Octroi Post and Suchetgarh model village in RS Pura sector on the International Border. He stayed at BOP Abdullian for about half an hour from where Pakistan border is clearly visible. Mr Pillai was briefed about the situation prevailing on the IB by senior BSF officers including number of militants kept by Pakistan Army and Rangers at the launching pads to push them into this side. The BSF officers told the Home Secretary that a number of infiltration attempts by Pakistan Army especially in Ramgarh and Kanachak sectors have been thwarted. The Home Secretary had a close look at arms and other sophisticated equipments including night vision devices being used by security forces to intercept the infiltrators and thwart their bids to breach the border. He inspected the weapons seized by security forces during searches and anti-militancy operations. He also inspected fencing in some areas, which has been proving very useful in curbing infiltration. He visited a computer centre being run for villages children and a middle school at Suchetgarh and inter-acted with students. He talked to the people living in Suchetgarh village, who raised local problems like unemployment, delay in compensation for the land taken for fencing, special recruitment drive for the border youths and lowering percentage of marks in jobs for the border people. Mr Pillai assured the people that he would consider their demands and refer them to concerned quarters. The Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), RS Pura gave a briefing to Mr Pillai at Abdullian while Additional District Development Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner Development briefed the Home Secretary at Suchetgarh on behalf of the civil administration. The Home Secretary stayed at Octroi Post, where flag meetings are held between BSF and Rangers after any untoward incident, for more than one and a half hour. The Post is located right on the border. He met sector commanders of BSF and jawans at their posts at Abdullian as well as Octroi Post and inquired their welfare. He boosted morale of the jawans and called upon them to be alert against any infiltration attempt. Mr Pillai also had lunch at Octroi post with BSF, police and other security agencies’ officers before flying back to New Delhi in the afternoon. Official sources said more than two and a half hour long visit of Mr Pillai to the International Border in Abdullian, Octroi Post and Suchetgarh was aimed at encouraging the security personnel, who have been performing their duty day and night in extreme tough circumstances to keep a check on infiltration and have not allowed any militant to sneak-in this year so far. Sources said Mr Pillai is also reported to have discussed with BSF the availability of mordernised weapons and other latest gadgetry to keep a check on infiltration. Some other requirements of the BSF were also taken note of by the visiting bureaucrat. The BSF had made tight security arrangements at the IB during the visit of the Home Secretary. Senior police officers including SSP Jammu Basant Rath and SP Headquarters Jatinder Singh Johar camped at the border villages since yesterday as a part of security measures. Earlier in the morning, the Home Secretary visited Police Technical Training Institute (PTTI) at Vijaypur where he inspected the parade and inaugurated multi-storey barrack and infrastructure of trainees. He was received at the Institute by PTTI Principal Jagjit Kumar. Mr Pillai spent about 45 minutes at the PTTI inter-acting with police officers and trainees and ascertaining the level of their training and requirements. The Home Secretary also visited recently inaugurated Model Police Station at Gandhi Nagar. He visited reception, computer room, crime section, reporting area, record room, ‘malkhana’ (weapons store), and rooms of SHO and Additional SHO. He wanted to know about nature of crime in the area. He was given briefing by SHO Gandhi Nagar police station Inspector Mohammad Rafiq. Mr Pillai wrote in the visitor’s diary: “I hope it gives confidence to the public that police is for the people. The function of police was closely seen as to how effective it is. I wish all success to new police station”. The Home Secretary also inquired about the progress of Amandeep murder case after having a look at the photograph of Nagar Singh, one of the accused in destruction of evidence in the same case, in the model police station. The officers briefed him about the case including involvement of certain police officers. The effective presentation by SHO Gandhi Nagar Inspector Mohammad Rafiq earned him a pat on his head from DGP Kuldeep Khoda.