India is on the front lines of the jihad and has been for centuries.
Days after Army succeeded in flushing out Pakistani infiltrators from Jammu & Kashmir’s Keran sector after a 14-day long operation, a top Army officer has claimed that Jamat ud Dawa chief and mastermind of 26/11 terror attacks Hafiz Mohammed Saeed was provoking terrorists in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to infiltrate into the State and ceasefire violations are aimed at abetting infiltration of the terrorists.
“There have been reports that Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and Jamat ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Sayeed and his associates were provoking the terrorists in PoK to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir and indulge in terror activities and sabotage peace,” General Officer Commanding 16 Corps, Lieutenant General DS Hooda told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Rajouri on Tuesday.
“A large number of terrorists are planning to infiltrate into the State from across the LoC to keep terrorism alive — they (the terrorists) wouldn’t succeed in their plans,” he said.
There are 30 to 40 terror camps operating on the other side of the border, Hooda said.
The ceasefire violations and firing from across the border is aimed to abet infiltration of the jihadis, he said.
The officer said that situation along the LoC continues to remain tense since August 5 when five Indian Army soldiers were killed by the Pakistani troops in Poonch district.
Lieutenant General Hooda said that withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan in 2014 “could have some impact” on the situation in J&K but the Army was fully alive to the situation and will thwart any attempt by the terrorists operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan to sneak into India.
“We are monitoring the situation in this backdrop. We are fully alive and vigilant to the situation. The attempts by the terrorists to infiltrate into the state will be thwarted,” he added.