As India prepares itself for the upcoming general election in 2019, neighbour Pakistan is also stepping up its efforts to execute its cross-border terror organisations. The Ministry of Home Affairs informed the Parliament on Wednesday that Pakistan-based handlers were training their terror modules for underwater strike capabilities and urging them for ‘Samundari Jihad’ (Seaborne Jihad) so that they can infiltrate into India by sea or waterways to carry out attacks.
While replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Hansraj Ahir said that the Intelligence agencies have reported that though there is no specific input about any particular terror group carrying out a 26/11 type attack, intelligence reports trickling in suggest that these groups are augmenting their sea-borne capabilities.
The information from the MHA is given serious consideration by the government. The coastal boundaries have been kept on high-alert. The notification came on the heels of the intelligence input claiming that Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad were providing specialised undersea training to their cadres.
The Intelligence agencies have also asserted that to avenge the deaths of top Jaish terrorists Telha and Usman- alleged to be nephews of the outfit’s chief Maulana Masood Azahar, the terror outfit based out of Pakistan has reportedly dispatched an Afghan old warhorse to supervise a ‘spectacular’ attack in Kashmir.
In addition, the Intelligence agencies have cautioned the government with specific inputs about one Jaish commander infiltrated into Kashmir in early December and was in Pulwama area of South Kashmir by the month-end.