June 2019 News

Possibility Of Pulwama Like Terror Attack In South Kashmir, Pakistan Warns India, US

16 June 2019
India Today
Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu

New Delhi: Just weeks before the crucial Amarnath Yatra, Pakistan has shared information with India and United States that there could be a terrorist attack using an improvised explosive device (IED) mounted on a vehicle. Intelligence sources confirmed that Pakistan is said to have shared information regarding the threat of a possible attack in South Kashmir. Sources indicated that terrorists could carry out a Pulwama like terror attack that led to retaliatory Balakot Surgical Strikes. Though the information was shared but top sources in security grid said that the input shared was 'generic' in nature. Officials said no specifics have been shared. The security forces are on high alert with just weeks to go for the crucial Amarnath Yatra. Incidentally, the information was shared ahead of the crucial SCO Summit held at Bishkek which was attended by both PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. The attack, the Pakistanis said, is being planned to avenge the killing of Zakir Musa. Musa launched and headed an al-Qaeda affiliate called Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind in Kashmir after breaking away from the Hizbul Mujahideen in May 2017. One of the top most wanted terrorist, he was killed in an operation in the Tral area last month. A top source in intelligence grid said that Musa was on the hit list of JEM and ISI after he rebelled against Pakistan, unwilling to take commands from across the border. The source said that a relative of Musa who is known to be close to the now banned Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir conveyed to spare the life of Musa. The communication, according to reports were stark. He was to give up ISIS and take up Al Qaeda which was more in line with the Pakistan based terror organisation. Musa was till then on the hit list of both the security forces and Pak backed terror organisation. Now the same organisations which once wanted him eliminated, want to avenge his killing by a retaliatory suicide attack. Meanwhile top sources said Pakistan was sharing information to avoid any sort of blame or probability of retaliation by India. Major General (retired) PK Sehgal, a security expert said, 'Pakistan has shared information ahead of the Pathankot terror attack. But they have done little to take action against terrorist. But with Paris-headquartered based Financial Action Task Force breathing down its neck on funds allocated to terror groups, it has little option but to pretend to act.' Meanwhile there have been political reactions to the developments. D Raja, left leader expressed concern on information being shared. He said 'I hope the government will be on alert and see what is happening across the border in Kashmir.' Another leader Sanjay Singh doubted Pakistan's sincerity in sharing intelligence. Everyone knows about the Pak sponsored terror. It is a universal truth, he added. Since the Pulwama attack, there have been multiple alerts on IED attack and vehicle borne attacks.