The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, which was in J&K to review security measures at border areas, Tuesday said it has warned the government of another terror attack at the Pathankot airbase.
“After returning from Pathankot, we had informed the government that there will be another terror attack because some terrorists are still hiding there,’’ said the committee’s chairman, P Bhattacharya, who is a Congress MP.
“How are they hiding there, that’s not my business to find out…but as we got this information from the villagers, it was very clear to us that they are hiding somewhere…After we informed the government, they sent paramilitary and military to find out…they have now guarded the airstrip,’’ he added referring to the searches conducted by CRPF, BSF and the Army.
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About Pakistan sending its probe team to Pathankot, Bhattacharya said: “…bringing in the intelligence branch of Pakistan, what for?…But we are not the proper forum for any foreign policy or Government of India policy.’’
The committee, which is now visiting the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, had earlier visited areas along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the Northeast, as also the International Border with Pakistan in Punjab and Rajasthan.
During the visit, members interacted with paramilitary personnel and local villagers in border areas. They left for the Valley in the afternoon.
The panel has also emphasised on the constitution of a commission for sorting out problems relating to working conditions of paramilitary forces in the country.
“We feel the government should form a commission as some problems are there in the minds of the jawans relating to their promotions and other things which ought to be sorted out very quickly,’’ said Bhattacharya.
“They are working 15 hours a day,’’ he pointed out, adding that “time has come to give a modern arrangement with modern equipment and to give them time for relaxation, so that they can feel that they are doing it from their heart…’’
About the interaction with BSF personnel and officers in Jammu, Bhattacharya said that they are facing certain problems which cannot be sorted out by the committee. “Those problems are to be sorted out by the Ministry of
Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs,’’ he said.