Plan is to disturb J&K peace: Home Ministry

The Centre on Wednesday said Pakistan-based terrorists were making concerted efforts to infiltrate Jammu and Kashmir after a brief lull.

“The Pakistan-based militant groups are making concerted attempts to push terrorists through the border…security forces are dealing with them. Pakistan-based terrorist groups are planning to disturb prevailing peace in Jammu and Kashmir,” Home Secretary R.K. Singh told journalists here.

Pointing out that there were increased infiltration attempts, Mr. Singh said the Pakistan-based groups were trying to push as many militants as possible into India before the onset of winter.

Home Ministry sources said terrorists were trying to enter the State through the Uri and Nowgam sectors in Kupwara in north Kashmir, taking the same route they used in the 1990s and early 2000 that has been lying dormant. Intelligence agencies have already alerted the government that some Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists had entered Jammu and Kashmir in May and some others early this month.

The sources said the frequency of infiltration attempts had already seen a rise this year. A week-on-week comparison with last year’s data showed that while two attempts were made during this period in 2011, the number already crossed 10 this year.

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