Keran part of revised Pak strategy, says BJP
Citing intelligence reports, BJP chief spokesperson Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said that even though Islamabad continues to be in "denial" mode and New Delhi continues with its policy of "two steps forward, one step backward", there was ample evidence that Keran was a part of revised Pakistan strategy.india Updated: Oct 08, 2013 18:58 IST
Citing intelligence reports, BJP chief spokesperson Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said that even though Islamabad continues to be in "denial" mode and New Delhi continues with its policy of "two steps forward, one step backward", there was ample evidence that Keran was a part of revised Pakistan strategy and that the so-called Border Action Team (BAT), which is behind the Keran military standoff as well as earlier recent terror attacks in Hiranagar and elsewhere, was nothing but an incarnation of Pakistan Army sponsored by Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and armed by Pakistan.
The Pakistani strategists who muted BAT were possibly inspired by the "Mukti Vahini" of the 1970s which fought against the Pakistan forces for liberation of Bangladesh and which was said to have been raised by Indian forces, he added.
Bharatiya Janata Party chief spokesperson went on to explain that Border Action Teams comprise a mix of Pakistan Army regulars, Pakistan Special Forces elements and high-profile terrorists (Jihadis), who are trained to cross the Line of Actual Control (LoC) to execute raids on Indian pickets, ambushes, patrol parties and logistic elements.
Referring to recurrent killings and beheading of Indian soldiers, he said this has been one of the modus operandi adopted by these teams to cause scare and impose psychological pressure on their targets.
Jitendra Singh cautioned about reports regarding concentration of BAT opposite a particular segment of the LoC and said this was meant to create stronger defence, stronger patrols and better protection of logistic elements such as mule trains, which carry advance winter stocking stores etc.
Quite obviously, BAT actions are also motivated with the intent of creating tactical conditions for terrorist infiltration, he added.
The question often asked is, how BATs can enter 400 to 500 metres into our side and conduct an operation, Jitendra Singh said and went on to explain saying: "In 2003-04 when the LoC fence was constructed, there was no ceasefire for most of the period; hence at several places, the fence was constructed away from the LoC and where it is aligned well inside the LoC, the Indian side has set up pickets/ posts/ detachments ahead but not necessarily on the LoC.
BATs can therefore enter from there through minefields albeit at certain risk to themselves and most such BAT actions take place during handing/ taking over between Indian units, when command and control is supposedly loose, he said.
Quoting defence experts, Singh said: "What is required is a 24x7 soldiering and vigil on and around LoC because what has often been observed is that as a sector cools down, so does the vigil."