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17 January 2017 | Last updated 10:50 PM
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India cannot expect any let-up in terror attacks by Pakistan
The spurt in terror attacks on Indian Army camps once again in Jammu and Kashmir, from across the border, including the one on Nagrota Army Camp on Tuesday, shows that there will be no let-up in terror attacks on India. Any hopes of a long lasting peace along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) along Pakistan, following taking over of new Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, has just evaporated faster than one would have expected. Ironically, soon after his appointment on Tuesday, Gen Bajwa told media persons in Pakistan that the situation at the Line of Control (LoC) will be ‘alright’ in the near future.
But the noises echoing from Pakistan show that the hostilities against India will remain intact, change of guard in the Army notwithstanding. In his final speech as the army chief, the outgoing Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif cautioned India against adopting an aggressive stance in the region. He said that in recent months ‘India’s increasing terrorism and aggressive stance’ in Kashmir have ‘endangered’ the region.
Pakistan Air Force Chief Marshal Sohail Aman has warned India against escalating the dispute over Kashmir into a full-scale war, while Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said that the focus will remain on country’s eastern border (India).
Seven Army men were killed on Tuesday as three-four terrorists stormed into an Army camp in Nagrota on the outskirts of Jammu city. Three soldiers were killed in action on the LoC in Machhil. The body of one soldier was mutilated. There have been more than 100 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in the state, over the past few weeks. The cross-border conflict has heightened after terrorists attacked the Uri camp in Jammu and Kashmir, following which India conducted the surgical strikes on September 29, destroying terror launch pads along the LoC.
Indian Army must respond in equal measure to dominate the proceedings along the IB and LoC. There is no scope for bilateral talks here, as our western neighbour does not understand the language of peace and dialogue. Although, the common Pakistanis are in a deplorable condition, its establishment couldn’t care less. It has and will continue to train guns on India, as it is the only source available for the corrupt civilian and military establishment of Pakistan to distract the attention of citizens from their daily problems.
Even remotely believing that the appointment of new Army Chief in Pakistan will herald a new era in Indo-Pak relations is like living in fool’s paradise. Instead, India has to take all possible steps to secure the IB and LoC to prevent incursions by terrorists and give a befitting reply to Pakistan’s misadventure on our borders.
The attacks, which have mainly come after the demonetisation of high value currency notes, shows that the government is completely off-target in defending its currency ban move. Terrorism and cash ban have no direct connection. A couple of terrorists killed in the previous action were found possessing the new currency notes. It is prudent that the government focuses on real aspects and not resort to unnecessary rhetoric.
The Centre must act against separatist leaders like Syed Geelani of Hurriyat. The real oxygen for the militants lies within. Crackdown on these leaders should come first, to pass a message to these ultras that such anti-nationals won’t be spared. It is bound to have repercussions.
The Centre needs to continuously engage local Kashmiris. The media, too, has a role to play. Instead of promoting the hawks in Kashmir, it must give more prominence to the doves, who speak about peace. It may not make great headlines, but it will do a great humanitarian service to the society, especially, the children who are growing up in the shadows of bloodshed.
Timeline of all the major attacks in j&k following the surgical strikes
Nov 29: Attack at Nagrota in which seven Army personnel lost their lives. Same day infiltration bid at Samba sector foiled and three terrorists killed by BSF.
Nov 25: Army jawan and two terrorists killed in an encounter at Bandipore.
Nov 22: J&K Police’s Special Operations Group and Army’s 13 Rashtriya Rifles, in a joint operation, killed two militants in Bandipore district.
Nov 16: Policeman in J&K killed in an encounter with militants in Sopore.
Nov 9: One soldier killed in firing by Pakistani troops in Machhal Sector.
Nov 8: Shelling from Pakistani side in Naushera sector of Rajouri district in
Jammu left an Army jawan martyred and two others injured.
Nov 7: Hizbul Mujahideen militant killed in Sopore. Two Army personnel injured as well.
Nov 6: Indian troops foil two infiltration bids along LoC in Krishna Ghati Sector.
Nov 1: Eight civilians killed in mortar shelling in Arnia and Rajouri. BSF destroys 14 Pakistani posts.
Oct 30: Security forces launched an anti-militancy operation in the forest area of Kupwara after information about the presence of terrorists in the area.
Oct 10: Militants attacked Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute in Sempora area of Pampore.
Oct 8: Policeman killed by terrorists in Shopian sector. Firing by Pakistan at Poonch sector.
Oct 7: Pakistan army resort to heavy shelling at Poonch.
Oct 6: Terrorists fire at an Army camp in Langate in Kupwara. Three terrorists are killed.
Oct 5: Four ceasefire violations by Pakistan at Poonch, Rajouri and Kupwara.
Oct 4: Terrorists attack a police station in Yaripora, Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan forces also resort to firing in Naushera. Militants also attack BSF camps in Baramulla town.
Oct 3: Four ceasefire violations by Pakistan on a single day at Poonch.
Oct 2: Pakistani troops launched firing and shelling along the LoC in Pallanwala sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
Oct 1: Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pallanwalla sector of Akhnoor.
Sept 29: Firing by Pakistani troops at Chapriyal and Samwan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Akhnoor sector.
Sept 28: Unprovoked firing was carried out by Pak on Indian posts at Sawjian.
(Compiled by Ratnakar Detke ST Library)
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