The brutal killing of a Border Security Force jawan along the International Border should work as an eye opener for the security agencies manning the border. This is not the first such incident where Pakistani snipers have been targeting Indian security men. Slitting of throat, mutilation of bodies have been some of the tactics adopted by Pakistan Army or the supported terrorists elements. The inhuman way of killing in itself is violation of human rights as the situation is not a war like one. Such acts are of cowardice and highly condemnable ones. The provocative act comes weeks ahead of second anniversary of India’s surgical strike targeting terrorists camp in Pakistan occupied Kashmir area. Pakistan Army and terrorists are notorious for their actions. Even United States of America too has come in the open terming the presence of Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist groups posing a regional threat and that Pakistan did not adequately address America’s concerns on terrorism in 2017. International Border in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab has been the favourite entry points. Smuggling of drugs and narcotics has been the favourite trans-border trade in Punjab as also the Chakkan-Da Bagh in Jammu and Kashmir which works as trade facilitation centre. The attack on Pathankot Air Force Station and before that attack on Dinanagar Police Station in Punjab have been cause of the growing Narco trade which has made the Pakistanis daring to target Indian security forces at will. Surprisingly the recent attack also comes after Union Home Minister Rajnath’s visit to Jammu to inaugurate a pilot project of Smart Fence on the International Border. Pakistan is worried if the Smart Fence comes on the IB the flourishing narcotics trade would be worst affected. The earnings from such trade have been the easy money to promote and project terrorist activities targeting India. The security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have to be more vigilant in the face of such demoralising efforts by Pakistan. Though Pakistan has civilian elected government much cannot be expected on normalising the situation as the present government is army supported for its existence.
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