Government today dismissed as baseless reports that Taliban militants are being pushed into Jammu and Kashmir to foment terror, but said security forces were ready to deal with any situation.
"The reports of Taliban militants being pushed into Jammu and Kashmir are baseless. These are nothing but speculative reports," Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters reacting to reports that Pakistan was planning to push as many as 60 "surrendered" Taliban into Jammu and Kashmir to become part of the "jihad" against India.
"Our security forces are vigilant. We are ready to foil any attempt of infiltration," he said.
Media reports said the coming days will pose a challenge as the Taliban attempts to sneak in are expected before the onset of winter. The infiltration is closely controlled and monitored by the ISI and Pakistan army which is often involved in the crossings, the reports said.
The issue had reportedly 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 Chandrasekhar and comprising Home Secretary G K Pillai, Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar and others.
The Home Minister said the Jammu and Kashmir Police has been doing a good job and the forces were now being readying to take the frontline job of tackling the militants.