In a new shift in tactics, Pakistan is planning to push as many as 60 “surrendered” Taliban into Jammu and Kashmir to become part of the “jihad” against India. The ISI is said to have offered the extremists the option of either going to jail or crossing the Line of Control. The “jail or jihad” option offered to the Taliban seems a useful diversion for ISI. The Pakistan military establishment has had to fight the Taliban, once close allies in Afghanistan, but is looking to turn the situation to its advantage. Pakistan’s war against terror was seen as a last resort after the jihadis turned their guns on the Pakistani state. Now, apprehensions in Indian security circles that the crackdown by the Pakistan army on Taliban could mean trouble in Kashmir are being proved correct. Not only have infiltration attempts by regular jihadi outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba gone up, the presence of Taliban poses a new threat. Highly placed sources said BSF and the Army had been alerted about the developments after intelligence intercepted talk about infiltration bids in the next 15 to 20 days. “Although the Taliban is yet to successfully infiltrate into India, the coming days will pose a challenge as their attempts to sneak in are expected before the onset of winter,” said a senior official. The infiltration is closely controlled and monitored by the ISI and Pakistani army which is often involved in the crossings. The issue cropped up as a major security concern during the two-day visit to Srinagar by a high-powered central team led by cabinet secretary K M Chandrashekhar and comprising home secretary G K Pillai, defence secretary Pradeep Kumar and other senior officials.Top security and intelligence officials deliberated over the move by state actors in Pakistan to utilize the Taliban for their objectives in Kashmir.
Enemy At The Gates
60 battle-hardened Taliban men looking to cross LoC
ISI asks surrendered men to choose between jail and jihad
Intelligence intercepts hint at infiltration bids in next 15 to 20 days
Taliban men can use experience of fighting US troops, in Kashmir
Pakistani Air Force choppers used to evacuate injured infiltrators along the LoC
250 to 300 more jihadis poised at launch pads along LoC