New Delhi, June 15: With intelligence inputs suggesting that Pakistan-based outfits were planning to sabotage the 21-day Amarnath Yatra with a terrror strike, the Centre would be adopting a wait and watch policy over the extension of suspension of operations beyond Ramzan in Jammu and Kashmir, said media reports on Friday. (Also read: Rajnath Says Willing to Talk to Right-minded People) Also Read - Coronavirus Vaccine Drive Hallmark For Self-reliant India: BJP Leaders Hail PM Modi's Mega Rollout Plan
The month of Ramzan will most likely end today, though depending on the sighting of the moon, and the Government has discussed the impact assessment of suspension of operation, and the security arrangements for Amarnath Yatra which begins on June 28, said a report in The Economic Times. The high-level meeting was chaired by Union home minister Rajnath Singh at his residence on Thursday afternoon. (Also read: Rajnath Announces Withdrawal of Cases Against Minor Stone-pelters) Also Read - Tejas Mark 1A-Lethal Punch for Enemy And A Symbol of Indian Technology
Sources within the Ministry said the final decision whether to end or extend the suspension of operation after Ramzan was not taken during the meeting. It said the peace initiative would be reviewed after Ramzan. They said the ministry is likely to take a call according to how things play out, a senior ministry official said. During the meeting among the country’s top security managers, led by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, chiefs of R&AW and IB, intelligence inputs of an imminent strike by terrorists were brought up. MHA sources said the intelligence suggests that the terrorists were planning a different modus operandi. Inputs also hinted at the possibility of the use of improvised explosive devices to blow up pilgrims or security personnel to spread terror during the Amarnath Yatra, said a ministry official. Also Read - India To Buy 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft For Rs 48,000 Crore, Rajnath Calls It Backbone of IAF fighter Fleet
A presentation on the terror attacks during the Ramzan was shared during the meeting, said the ET report. Though a section within the government is mulling over extending the suspension of operations, fear of an attack on Amarnath Yatra is probably holding back the top security managers from taking an immediate decision on the outreach move, it said.
The government is under pressure from RSS and the BJP, which were never in favour of the initiative, to end the suspension of operations.