July 2019 News

Threat Of Major Terror Attack In Kashmir Reason Behind Deploying 10,000 Troops: Govt

28 July 2019
India Today
Manjeet Singh Negi

Jammu: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Sunday held a meeting of the counter-terrorism grid in Jammu and Kashmir in view of a major terrorist attack threat in the Kashmir Valley. Sources from the government said the security establishment on Sunday confirmed inputs that Pakistan Army-backed terrorist groups are planning to carry out a major terror attack on Indian soil, and therefore 100 companies of paramilitary groups have been deployed in the Kashmir Valley. The NSA had gone to Kashmir Valley to meet the top officials of the counter security grid, following which the decision to deploy additional force was taken. Sources said the terrorist infrastructure and ISI want to further vitiate the situation in Jammu and Kashmir after the successful organisation of the Panchayat elections in the state and the peaceful conduct of Amarnath Yatra. A record number of pilgrims have taken part in Amarnath Yatra. On Saturday, Minister of Home Affairs of India (MHA) ordered the deployment of 10,000 paramilitary personnel, ostensibly, for 'counter-insurgency' and for maintaining 'law and order' in the Valley. As news of the deployment spread, the people in the Valley assumed that the troops are being deployed to arrest a fallout after the possible scrapping of Article 35A which gives the special status to state subject. However, the current situation on the ground seems different as the news of the suspected terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir has come to light. Special flights carrying CAPFs (Central Armed Police Force) have landed at Srinagar airport during the last three days, while convoys carrying additional companies of these forces are reaching the Valley through the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.