Infiltration from Pakistan has increased, says NSA

November 14th, 2007 - 10:29 am ICT by admin  

On Board Air India One, Nov 11 (ANI): National Security Advisor M K Narayanan today said that infiltration has increased across the Line of Control (LoC) in the wake of political turmoil and increasing rise of extremism in neighbouring Pakistan.

Narayanan, who is accompanying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the two-day visit to Russia, told reporters on board Air India One, “In the last few weeks, we have seen an increase in the amount of infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir. Two or three rather bad incidents (have happened).”

He also said that the Government is doing its best to tighten security on the Indian side of the borders, but added that there is possibility of increase infiltration across the borders, indicating at the recent trend of Pakistan based militants trying to sneak into India through India-Nepal or India-Bangladesh border, which is largely porous.

Expressing India’s concerns with the recent developments in Pakistan in the wake of the imposition of a state of emergency there by President General Pervez Musharraf, Narayanan said, “Instability in Pakistan means a problem aggravated at the border.”

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon, who is also part of the official entourage, said, “Pakistan is in a state of transition,” and added that India is hopeful that the transition would be ‘peaceful’.

“We want a stable Pakistan as a partner for us to work with,” he added.

On November 3, India had cautiously reacted by stating that it ‘regretted’ the imposition of emergency.

However, there is a growing concern in New Delhi about the rising strength of Taliban and al Qaeda supportive elements in Pakistan, which is now threatening to take control over large parts Swat valley there. (ANI)

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