Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane on Saturday did not rule out the possibility of foreign militants of Afghan origin trying to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir after the situation in Afghanistan stabilized as he cited similar instances when the Taliban were in Kabul in two decades. I was in power. Earlier.
Also, he said that the Indian Armed Forces are prepared to deal with any eventuality as they have a very strong anti-infiltration grid as well as a mechanism to prevent terrorist activities in the hinterland of Jammu and Kashmir.
Asked at the India Today Conclave whether there was any link between the recent civilian killings in Kashmir and the Taliban’s capture of power in Afghanistan, Gen Naravane said it could not be said whether there was a connection.
“Definitely there has been a spurt in activities (in J&K), but whether they can be directly linked to what is happening in Afghanistan, we cannot really say,” the army chief said.
“But what we can say and learn from the past is that when the previous Taliban government was in power, we certainly had foreign terrorists of Afghan origin in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
“So there are reasons to believe that once again the same could happen that once the situation in Afghanistan stabilizes, we may see an influx of these fighters from Afghanistan to Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
The Chief of the Army Staff said that the Indian Armed Forces are fully prepared to deal with any such attempt.
“We are prepared for any such incident. We have a very strong anti-infiltration grid to stop them at the border. We have a very strong counter-terrorism grid in the hinterland to deal with any such action. Just as we dealt with them in the early 2000s, we will deal with them now too, if they venture anywhere near us,” he said.
There is growing concern in the Indian security establishment over the possibility of terror spreading from Afghanistan to Jammu and Kashmir through Pakistan and a rise in terrorist activities, especially in the wake of Taliban fighting by groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed. power in Kabul
On the targeted killings in Jammu and Kashmir, the army chief said it was “a matter of concern” and termed it “condemnable”.
“They do not want normalcy. This is a last attempt to remain relevant,” he said, referring to terrorist groups.
“People will rebel. If they (terrorists) say that they are doing all this for the people, then why are you killing your own people who are your support base. This is just an attempt to spread terror which is completely unacceptable,” Gen Naravane said.
On the ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan, General Naravane said it was looked at “in totality” for four months from February.
“But from late July to late September and now in early October, sporadic incidents have started again. I think again, it is following the pattern of 2003 when it would start with a strange incident and be as good as not having a ceasefire,” he said.
“In the last one or two months, we are again seeing fresh infiltration attempts. We have eliminated two or three such infiltration attempts.
In a sudden and significant move aimed at de-escalating tensions, Indian and Pakistani forces announced on 25 February that they would cease firing across the Line of Control, committing themselves to the 2003 ceasefire agreement.
“Besides the infiltration attempts, there have been three incidents of reasonable ceasefire violation, which is firing from one post to another,” he said.