Editorial

Involve border dwellers to foil infiltration bids

Golden yug
[ March 09, 2018 ] Since Pakistan won’t ever stop infiltrating terrorists into the Indian territory, it has become all the more important for India to devise effective strategies to deal with this menace. As a first step in this direction, the agencies concerned should seriously think on the involving border dwellers in the detection of infiltration bids by terrorists, given their presence in every nook and corner of the border-belt. A number of intrusion bids have so far been foiled by the forces because of their alertness and also because of the alertness of the border people. Since the neighbouring country is out to damage India, people’s help can be of immense help. The enemy does not want peace to take roots on this side of the border and continues to infiltrate terrorists who are tasked by the Pak establishment to target security forces, police and army installations and crowded places to kill innocents. Since terrorists enter India from across the borders, it shows that the borders are still porous. So, the real problem is on the borders. If the state and the central governments focus more on the borders and evolve methods to plug all the infiltration routes, the problem of terrorism would be over to a large extent. Islamabad has been infiltrating terrorists into the Indian territory for the last nearly three decades now to keep the Kashmir pot boiling. Since most of the intrusion bids take place during the days of unprovoked firing by the Pak-based terrorists, border residents should be asked to remain vigilant on the days of firing and tip forces about any suspicious movement. It has been observed that infiltration bids witness a spurt during the days of border firing. The infiltrating terrorists, taking the cover of firing and shelling, enter the Indian territory mainly through the unfenced water bodies, especially the sprawling Basantar and Tawi river beds. Kanhachak in Jammu also used to be an infiltration route. Though barbed wire fencing has been raised by India along the borders to stop the uninterrupted flow of terrorists into India, they still manage to infiltrate from the water bodies in Jammu and mountains in the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch and also the mountain passes in Kashmir. The whole exercise should remain focused on restraining terrorists from entering J&K and other Indian states as Pakistan remains irremediable. Had there been no terrorists at launch pads across the LoC, Indian troops would not have carried out the surgical strikes to eliminate them and destroy their camps. This belies the Pak claims that it is not a supporter of terrorists. Whenever India has asked Pakistan to mend its ways, it has orchestrated the Uri, Nagrota and Sunjwan-like terror attacks. At the international level, it has been falsely denying its involvement in infiltrating terrorists into the Indian territory which proves that it is a liar. Let us make borders impenetrable and involve locals to pick up the movement of suspects along the borders.