Jaish-e-Mohammad Planning Attacks On Air Force Stations In Punjab: Intel

| April 8 , 2018 , 10:48 IST

In the aftermath of the neutralisation of 13 militants in 3 counter-insurgency operations in south Kashmir this week, Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has reportedly issued a statement 'vowing' to avenge the deaths.

Indian Air Force (IAF) stations and other vital installations in Punjab are once again on the radar of Pakistan-based militant groups, reported Hindustan Times, citing fresh inputs received by central intelligence agencies.

Over the past 3 months, 3 separate inputs have indicated that Pakistan-based militant outfits have ”shown interest in gathering information” about Sri Guru Ravi Dass ji airport in Amritsar and the Raja Sansi Air Force station, also in Amritsar.

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Another document shared with central and state agencies in January quoted by HT stated that operatives of the Lashkar-e-Toiba and JeM could smuggle “military hardware into India through Punjab’s Gurdaspur district to execute terrorist attacks”.

Director General of Jammu and Kashmir police SP Vaid confirmed the JeM statement regarding retribution, but said that he was not aware of the intelligence pointing out Punjab as a potential target.

Meanwhile, Internal security expert Ajai Sahni viewed the JeM statement as a “political move” rather than an actual threat.

“After the encounters in Shopian there have been many statements of condemnation issues by various groups and individuals including the Pakistani Prime Minister. JeM statement too is one among the many,” he said.

Punjab was the site of the major attack on the Pathankot airbase in 2016, resulting in a 4-day gun battle, death of 8 people and a significant worsening of India-Pakistan relations.