Srinagar: All is not quiet on the northern front. The threat of terrorist infiltration has increased on the 778-kilometer Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.
Kupwara and Poonch on the LoC and Samba on the International Border in Jammu are said to be the most vulnerable sections. Six ceasefire violations by Pakistan troops, too, have been reported this year.
The Army believes infiltration attempts are only going to rise in the coming months. “Militant infrastructure is fully intact. It is basically the training camps or the launching pads. The communication centres have wireless equipment which have are fully operational,” Major General J S Bajwa said.
What's worrying is the change in tactic. Rather than groups of two or three men, it's groups of 20 or 30 men who are trying to sneak in from across the border. This was evident in Tanghdhar last week when the encounter with terrorists lasted for four days.
Officials say more than 100 terrorists might have already infiltrated to operationalise what appears to be a clear cut Pakistani design to disrupt upcoming elections in the state.
Even as statistics reveal that the levels of violence and infiltration have gradually come down, many security analysts feel this could be a temporary lull and that terrorists will try to destroy the peace and harmony soon.