Why the Pakistan fidayeen fixed Punjab in their crosshairs

Could be tighter security in J&K; they could also have been trying to widen terror arc, says Arun Sharma.

Written by Arun Sharma | Updated: July 29, 2015 6:31 am
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Why the border?
The International Border has been an infiltration target because of the tighter security along the LoC, as well as its proximity to Hindu-dominated Jammu and Punjab. Though the BSF has built a barbed wire fence along the IB in Gurdaspur, Punjab, and Kathua, Jammu, many nullahs and rivulets flow across the border, providing natural passage to infiltrating terrorists. Prominent among them are the rivers Ravi and Ujh. A thick growth of sarkanda and elephant grass offers natural cover. The IB in Kathua district, which has been repeatedly targeted since 2013, is close to the highway, and offers both soft civilian targets as well as high-value ones including police stations, Army camps and the railway line connecting J&K and Punjab.

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Why Punjab?
After repeated terror attacks in the border districts of Kathua, Samba and Jammu, the counter-insurgency grid has been strengthened significantly in J&K. There are nakas virtually every kilometre on the highways, and tight vigil at the nullahs. The security clampdown was intensified ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit earlier this month, and remains in place in view of the Amarnath Yatra and Independence Day.

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In the circumstances, Punjab would appear an easier target. The Indian Express reported on Tuesday that data found in the terrorists’ GPS sets showed the attack had been launched from Gharot, close to the Pakistani town of Shakargarh, with the attackers entering India at Bamiyal in Pathankot district.

terrorPunjab has not seen many major jihadi attacks originating in Pakistan, and the terrorists would have banked on the element of surprise.

Widening the arc of the attack into largely peaceful Punjab would stretch the security forces on the borders. It would also boost the morale of Sikh militant groups in Pakistan, and signal a possible resumption of operations. Khalistan Zindabad Force chief Ranjit Singh Neeta, who hails from Simbal Camp near Jammu, is believed to be in Pakistan.

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  1. K
    Jul 29, 2015 at 8:56 pm
    stani don't know RAW yes they may confuse it with kacha
    1. P
      Jul 29, 2015 at 8:49 am
      Economical solution to fix terrorists from crossing the rivers. Put spikes on nets with traps fixed on each bank of river.
      1. S
        Jul 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm
        They could put land mines where the fence has weak spots.
        1. A
          Jul 29, 2015 at 7:59 am
          bu ll sh it ................... this is just a diversion every Punjabi, Kashmiri and Indian official knows, this episode and similar such episodes help ONLY DESH BHAQTS, AKA Hindu Terrorist outfit. If NDA loses BIHAR elections be READY for another attack on Parliament. Sanghwala should UNDERSTAND , you can fool some of the people all of the time all of the people some of the time BUT you can't fool all of the people all of the time. In the same note on average more than 20 PEOPLE die DAILY on MUMBAI tracks ........................................ now what have the Govt. done about that? .......................... few people cross the border after 8 years and it becomes national headlines when thousands die every year no action is taken. .............. same way everybody will forget DANTEWADE, NE and concentrate only on MUSLIMS, because that is the only strategy which avoid civil wars among HINDUS.
          1. A
            Jul 29, 2015 at 9:05 am
            Corrupt Akali Dal Government must be blamed for this new phenomena once wiped out able police officers like KPS Gill. Now this Akali government made systems became corrupt and inefficient and unemplo Punjab youths to become drug addict or drug smugglers. Few terrorist outfits operating in Afghanistan and stan including its Indian outfits may be known underworld smugglers, for heroin, gold and fake currency smuggling, like D company and others. Both underworld smugglers and religious based fanatics my help or use each other their mission success. That is why our security system fails or some times compromise with smugglers by taking bribe and money. Tight security and 24X7 preparation with spontaneous counter attack like Israel doing is the only way. Throwing stones at d terrorists by bare foot police, pathetic to watch our counter insurgency! What a country not to learn lessons for a minimum preparation? .
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