No IS sign across IB in Jammu but have sensitised ground commanders: BSF IG

JAMMU :  Asserting that Islamic State outfit may join hands with the Pakistan originated outfits to strike along the Line of Control and International Border, Inspector General BSF, Jammu Frontier, Rakesh Sharma today said no IS sign was so far visible across the border but the commanders operating in different sectors have been sensitised as precautionary measures.
As of now, no such input or sign of IS presence was seen across the International border but we are keeping watch on every situation developing across the globe, Mr Sharma told reporters here this afternoon.
We have sensitised our ground commanders, the BSF IG said that possibility of IS shifting their focus towards the IB, LoC cannot be ruled out but BSF is geared up and prepared to face any challenge and the troops have been asked to maintain alert, remain vigilant in all circumstances.
On Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed links with Pakistani Army and the IS, the IG said, ”Hafiz Saeed is delivering provocational speeches in terror camps across international border and Line of Control to wage war against India by launching attacks.”
”Movement of Hafiz Saeed across international border is a clear indication that he is being backed by the Pakistan Rangers and their Army,” he said, adding that no army or force can allow anything happen wrong in their area of responsibility but without their will, his movement across the border is a clear indication that he has all support from the Pakistani agencies.
Off or on, Hafiz Saeed is seen and heard across the border is Sialkot Sector and terrorists are being motivated, provocated by him to launch attacks on LoC, IB, he added.
The top BSF officer added, ”There are reports that Pakistan is also using convicts and those facing death sentences, having criminal records for anti-India activities.”        However, claiming that the period from 2014 mid till October 2015, the situation along the border remained very tense with context to cross border firing and infiltration attempts.
“Every time Pakistan provoked us but we effectively retaliated to the cross border firing,” Mr Sharma said and added that from mid 2014 till month of October this year, there was more than 100 percent ceasefire violations and around 45 infiltration attempts were made from across the border.
On smart fencing, he said that test run is being tried but it is yet to be implemented on the ground.
Meanwhile on militants shifting towards the International Border from the LoC in view of closure of passes due to fresh snowfall with onset of winter, Mr Sharma said, we have intensified our security grid along the border keeping in view the winter season.
Security grid is robust as a part of winter mechanism. Time to time we add on some of the pickets on the border especially in the foggy days so that no unwanted movement go unchecked, he added and said that terrorist infrastructure is very much intact on the other side and in future, infiltration attempts will be made but BSF is ready to counter any move.
The IG however, on biggest challenge from Pakistan said, infiltration is the biggest challenge we are facing and it will not be tolerated. Snipping and targeting the civilian population, are the other aspects troubling us but we are replying hard to Pakistan on such occasions.
Mr Sharma on routes being followed by the infiltrators in Kathua, Samba and Jammu sectors said, we are not going to lower our guards.
There are reports that a group of militants (8 to 10) may try to enter the Indian Territory from the vulnerable points but our troops are maintaining all vigil and are on alert,?? he said adding that movement of militants was seen on certain occasions across the border but the security grid is robust to foil all their nefarious designs.


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