Srinagar: The Army on Saturday said Pakistan
may sneak in more militants into Jammu and Kashmir to divert
attention from its "internal problems" after the killing of
al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
"It is quite likely that Pakistan under pressure,
because of so many questions being asked (about Osama), could
adopt a strategy of diverting attention which they have always
done," General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Army`s northern
command Lt General K T Parnaik told reporters on the sidelines
of a function here.
He said as one of the tactic, Pakistan can send an
increasing number of militants to Jammu and Kashmir.
"And one of the ways is to push in more people
(militants) into J-K so that the attention gets diverted from
their internal problems to external areas," Lt Gen Parnaik
The senior Army commander, however, said it is "not
likely" there will be any "direct immediate fallout" of Bin
Laden killing on India.
The Army commander was speaking on sidelines of the
two-day "Army Mela" being held at the Regimental Centre of
Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry which was presided over the
the state Governor N N Vohra.
Lt Gen Parnaik said a large number of attempts by
militants to infiltrate into this side have been made since
"To the best of our knowledge they have not succeeded
in infiltrating as yet. There are reports of few groups having
infiltrated already, but they will have to be confirmed on
ground by us as well as by other security and intelligence
agencies," he said.
Lt Gen Parnaik said the rehabilitation policy formed
by Omar Abdullah-led government for militants in PoK who want
to renounce violence and return home was a "good policy".
"We feel this is a good policy. After all these are
our people who have been misled and who have been staying in
Pakistan and are carrying out terrorist activity for too
long," the Army commander said.
He said "calling back" these people and rehabilitating
them here will prove to be "a good measure".
"In fact, it will call Pakistan`s bluff because they
keep saying they have nothing to do (with Kashmir) except for
moral and diplomatic support. It just shows that they have
been involved for too long," he said.