National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on Saturday conducted a full operational review of the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and told military commanders and paramilitary forces to tighten anti-infiltration networks along the Control Line with Pakistan, and counter-insurgency networks in the Kashmir valley.
A high-level meeting was held against a backdrop of strong military activity in the Handwara, Baramulla and Sopore triangles in northern Kashmir which killed six soldiers including an officer with the rank of colonel. Here also the security forces wiped out Haider and Lashkar terrorists Riyaz Naikoo, who led the terror group Hizbul Mujahidin in the Kashmir valley.
Then, there was an intelligence warning about a plan by the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed carry out simultaneous suicide attacks on military bases and paramiliaries on Monday, May 11.
Top government officials told the Hindustan Times that NSA Doval also noted an increase in air activity by the Pakistani Air Force along India’s western border which coincided with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, and later a Foreign Office statement in Islamabad which accused India of seeking “excuses for operations fake flags targeting Pakistan “.
Officials say there is consensus that the Imran Khan government effort to distance itself from terrorists who are supported and infiltration is a pre-emptive step and shows a new impetus from bearing the launch of Pakistani terror over the next few weeks.
The meeting noted the increase in infiltration and how Pakistan was fund newly created clothing like The Resistance Front or the JK Pir Panjal Peace Forum to claim that terrorism in the Kashmir valley is genuine and not sponsored by Pakistan.
From an Islamabad perspective, an official said, putting the Pakistani Air Force on high alert was also designed to advance the narrative of Imran Khan who called on the international community to intervene so that there was no confrontation between two nuclear-armed neighbors.
Doval, who spent hours listening to the assessment of top security officials, told them that the counter-infiltration network needed to be strengthened so that no terrorists launched by Pakistan could enter the valley without being challenged.
Security forces have been able to block many intrusion attempts in April. But according to one assessment by the intelligence services, almost 25-30 are still slipping.
The NSA also told officials to increase involvement with terrorists in the Kashmir valley.
The five-hour meeting was attended by Army Commander General Manoj Mukund Naravane, director of the Arvinda Kumar Intelligence Bureau, head of Research and Analysis of Wing Samant Kumar Goel, director general of the SS Deswal Border Security Forces, head of the AK Maheshwari Reserve Police Reserve Force.
Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General YK Joshi, and general officer who led 15 Corps troops based in Srinagar, Lieutenant General BS Raju and Nagrota-based corps commander, Lieutenant General Harsha Gupta and Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh also flew to the level of national. capital for high-level reviews.
NSA Ajit Doval then led a group of high-ranking officials to meet Union Interior Minister Amit Shah who was briefed on their deliberations and findings.
A senior anti-terror official told the Hindustan Times that the NSA Doval meeting extensively analyzed the infiltration routes used by terrorists from Pakistan and suggested some adjustments at a basic level that could help ensure that terrorists who infiltrated the entrance were detected.
Intelligence agencies have underlined that border guard forces must be prepared for new impetus from the terror launch pad that has been activated in Dudhnial, Sharda and Athmuqam which are occupied by Pakistan in all the tap sectors on the LOC side.
“We also note that violations of ceasefire are often carried out by Pakistan, often to distract troops when terrorists infiltrate,” said a top government official. According to information available with security forces, more than 400 terrorists affiliated with various terror groups based in Pakistan from Jaish to Lashkar-e-Taiba can be expected to try to enter the country over the next few months to increase the presence of terrorists in the valley.
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