Pakistani cellular signals are crystal clear in the Indian territory along International Border, 33 km from Jammu. On the other hand, the cellular signals of Indian mobile companies are erratic.
Suchetgarh sector along IB has always been a favourite spot of ultras to intrude into the Indian Territory by cutting the barbed fence. There was a military build up in the sector after parliament attack in year 2001. Regular shelling from Pakistani side at that time had forced the residents of Suchetgarh to move to safer places.
Even during the ‘Operation Khoj’ that took place last month in Rajouri district in which 16 ultras of Lashker-e-Toiba were killed at the hands of security forces, it came into light that these militants were using Pak based mobile companies SIM cards.
The Indian authorities have so far failed to check beaming signals of the Pakistani cellular companies although the issue has been raised on different forums many times.
Not only in Suchetgarh sector, but in every village along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC), Pakistani cellular signals are clear enough, thus providing help to the Pakistani ultras that use the SIM cards of these companies inside India.
The mobiles of Pakistani cellular companies cannot be tapped by the security agencies which in turn help terrorists to communicate with their mentors on the other side of the border without any threat.
Signals of six Pakistani cellular companies PKUF1, PK11, PAK TEL, MOBI LINK, PK TELE NOR, and WARID TEL, are received very clear when the handset is put on search mode anywhere in Suchetgarh village. On the contrary, signals of Indian companies were not reachable in the village.
The proposal to install jammers on the border to prevent Pakistani signals reach the Indian Territory was yet to be implemented.
Pakistani cellular signals could be clearly recieved in bordering villages of Samba, Kathua and Jammu district along the International Border and in the towns along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts that are the infiltration routes of the ultras.
Most of the terrorists killed during encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir or other parts of the country were found carrying satellite phones or mobile sets. Many of them were having SIM cards of Pakistani companies.