Srinagar, Sep 24: Two nationals of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) have been arrested by Indian army near the Line of Control on Saturday. Both the detained individuals have been stated as ‘terror guides’. The accused were allegedly members of Pakistan-based anti-India jihad outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad. The notorious extremist outfit is accused of carrying out the Pathankot attack at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base, and the cross-border terror assault in Uri. More details in the case are awaited. Media sources have confirmed the arrest of the two suspected terror guides. Also Read - India Battles COVID-19: Positive Cases Soar to 3,374, Death Toll Reaches 77; Govt Issues Fresh Advisory: 10 Points
The news of the arrest broke out on Saturday evening, barely hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent out a strong message to Pakistan during his first public reaction to Uri terror attack. By apprehending the two alleged terror guides linked to JeM, Indian army could obtain crucial leads related to the Uri terror attack. Although India has firmly blamed JeM for planning and executing the Uri terror attack, Pakistan has denied the involvement of any of its so-called non-state actors in the attack. Opinion-makers within Pakistan have not refrained from describing the attack on army camp in Uri as a ‘false flag terror operation’ carried out by India themselves to deflect attention from the current crisis in Kashmir. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went ahead to call Uri attack as ‘reaction’ to Kashmir. (ALSO READ: Narendra Modi public reaction on Uri attack: Challenges Pakistani people for war… ‘against poverty’) Also Read - Pakistan Might See 50,000 Covid-19 Cases by April End: Don't Think You Are Immune, Warns Imran Khan
Indian army has launched a strict vigil at the border in the aftermath of cross-border terror attack. The increase in the cases of infiltration have caused a major embarrassment to the government. However, Prime Minister Modi defended the defence set-up during his speech earlier in the day, claiming that Indian army has foiled 17 cross-border infiltration attempts in the past one month. He further added that more than 100 terrorists have been killed by the security forces while foiling attempts of infiltration.
According to defence experts, the attempts of infiltration in the Valley would increase over the next month, as terror groups operating from PoK would aim to send maximum number of terrorists in the Indian territory of Kashmir before the snowfall begins. Between the period of November to March, insurgency in Kashmir would be carried out by homegrown jihadis, along with the dormant terrorists who have infiltrated earlier from across the border.