'Taliban may not be able to pose a threat to India'
A top army official has discounted the possibility of terrorist threat from Taliban saying that it (Taliban) is too preoccupied with Pakistan. Tarun Upadhyay reports.india Updated: Nov 01, 2009 22:52 IST
A top army official has discounted the possibility of terrorist threat from Taliban saying that it (Taliban) is too preoccupied with Pakistan.
"Taliban is too preoccupied with Pak. In such a scenario Taliban can't pose terrorist threat to India," said General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GoC-in-C), northern command, Lt General BS Jaiswal, in his first press conference at northern command HQ after assuming charge. He said the morale of the Pak army is too low.
"Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud can not spread his arch of terror here", he added.
Pak Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in footage aired by Britain's Sky News channel, earlier this month had threatened to dispatch terrorists to fight India, once an Islamic state had been created in Pakistan.
"We want an Islamic state. If we get that, then we will go to the borders and help fight the Indians," Hakimullah had said. The state intelligence agency has been getting inputs about build up of Taliban along the LoC.
Lt Gen Jaiswal addressed host of issues in the press conference.
He said terrorist violence has come down substantially in the state, due to different factors. But the new strategy of using people to agitate on the streets is posing a different threat. "Terrorists make people to come on the street at the drop of a hat. They create mass hysteria with an aim to paralyse the state. Protestors are paid as low as Rs 30 to throw stones," said the Army Commander.
On the military fall out about proposed steps to scrap Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Lt Gen Jaiswal said, "the volume of troops has got nothing to do with AFSPA. The Act is a shield for troops to make them work in an effective manner."
Separatists and main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has being consistently raking up the issue about troop reduction and scraping of the AFSPA.
Asked about impact of troops withdrawal, amidst reports that 15,000 troops would be pulled out from Rajouri-Poonch districts, he said army has an operational strategy and troops are deployed according to the threat perception. "There havn't been much incidents in these two districts in the last two years."
On the reported Chinese incursions, he said: "These incidents are not of either incursion or intrusion, though incidents of transgression have been reported. Its due to not clear demarcation of the borders, we crisscross each other."