Govt to tighten J&K security after Taliban takeover | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Taking observe of the rise in infiltration into Jammu & Kashmir by terrorists from Pakistan, and the likelihood of some of the delicate weapons left behind by US troops in Afghanistan discovering their method into the arms of Jaish-e-Muhammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba fighters in J&Okay, the Centre has determined to tighten the border grid.
A overview assembly, chaired by dwelling minister Amit Shah right here on Thursday, additionally mentioned the necessity for an improve within the weaponry of the Indian forces chargeable for tackling terror infiltration within the close to future. The assembly — attended by J&Okay LG Manoj Sinha, NSA Ajit Doval, Chief of Army Staff M M Naravane and heads of central para-army forces like BSF and CRPF, J&Okay Police and intelligence businesses — noticed Shah share an in depth evaluation of points associated to each security and improvement fronts.
The considerations largely relate to an increase in infiltration, significantly elevated presence of international terrorists in north Kashmir and future influence of Taliban takeover in Afghanistan within the gentle of its shut ties with ISI and its protege terrorist outfits. The evaluation is that whereas the rise in infiltration is probably not instantly associated to resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, it may very well be half of a extra “aggressive strategy” by Pakistan’s ISI to create hassle in Kashmir within the days and months to come, by pushing in additional Jaish and LeT terrorists.
While no instant influence of Afghanistan occasions is predicted in Kashmir, there are considerations about some sections in J&Okay viewing Taliban takeover as “victory of Islamist forces” within the neighbourhood and utilizing it to fan radical sentiments amongst locals.
According to sources, the uneventful anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 and celebrations of Independence Day in J&Okay this yr, with no curbs on web or motion of folks, had been seen as indicators of normalcy within the UT which could now face renewed challenges.
Another indicator of normalcy had been the excessive vacationer arrivals into J&Okay this yr, surpassing the figures of previous a number of years. While 10.5 lakh vacationers visited the UT in July this yr, the quantity in August was even increased at 11.22 lakh. Sources stated whereas infiltration has gone up within the final two months as in contrast to the months quickly after Indian and Pakistan forces entered right into a ceasefire pact in February, it’s nonetheless lower than final yr. “Even local recruitment is lower this year as compared to 2020,” a senior authorities functionary advised TOI after the assembly.
As half of the event overview, the assembly famous with satisfaction that 17 central schemes had reached 100% saturation within the UT. Also, the assembly was apprised that the J&Okay industrial coverage had to this point introduced investments totalling Rs 25,000 crore into the UT, of which Rs 12,000 crore was for Kashmir area.

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