The serial blasts in Jaipur on Tuesday are the direct result of Pakistan’s bid to step up terrorism in a renewed attempt to dictate terms on Kashmir, say intelligence officials.
With Tuesday’s attacks, terrorists have now struck thrice in as many days. The first two days saw attacks on Samba, the border town in Jammu, where terrorists killed both civilians and soldiers.
“ The roots of all these acts of terror are in Pakistan, whether the incidents in Samba or serial blasts in Jaipur,” DGP Kuldip Khoda told Hindustan Times. The recovery of GPS system, night vision devices and wire cutters are proof of Pakistan’s involvement, he added.
“It has left us in no doubt about the intentions of Pakistan,” said an intelligence official who has worked on Kashmir and Pakistan. “We are in for a more violent phase of terrorism...”
The new Pakistan leadership recently said it would continue to offer political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their “ freedom struggle”, signalling a return to the old rhetoric on Kashmir. United Jehad council chief Syed Salaha-ud-Din recently declared that the role of guns would be enhanced to achieve the goal of “freedom for Kashmir”.
Lt. Gen. R.K.Karwal, commander of 16 corps, said Pakistan’s strategy may have changed, but the objective of bleeding India through a thousand cuts remains.
Intelligence officials say the Pakistan army and the ISI were feeling uneasy after PM Manmohan Singh called for better ties between the two countries. Within two weeks of the PM’s call, Samba was attacked, signalling the return of terrorism in Jammu after six years.