Today was the first anniversary of Pulwama terror attack and as usual tributes were paid to the fallen 40 brave hearts when terrorists using explosive laden vehicle ramming into a CRPF bus carrying men from Jammu to Srinagar once again reminds of early days terrorism. Before the incident former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had said that ‘Centre was playing with fire in J&K’. Can the incident be a coincidence? The cowardly attack had raised questions on the security front. And on Friday a memorial in the memory of the 40 men was also dedicated at Lethpora in Srinagar. Agreed that such attacks deter the security operations against terrorism, the risk of which most of the agencies involved are still facing on the ground. Surprisingly immediately after the terror attack the political condemnation poured over and promises made to the martyr’s family with cash relief, jobs and what not all. Even the stoic comment ‘Pakistan will have to pay heavily’ after terrorists attack on security men was also not missing. Today after exactly one year when we look back on the promises made by some of the states to the dependents these are yet to be fulfilled. That is for the martyrs who had laid down their lives for the nation. Given the spate of attacks on security camps at that time, it’s clear that enough isn’t being done to thwart such attacks. It will be recalled that several measures were proposed by a top-level tri-services committee headed by former army vice-chief Lt-Gen Philip Campose in the aftermath of the Pathankot airbase attack in January 2016 in which seven military personnel were killed by terrorists. These recommendations ranged from installation of modern access control, perimeter security cum intrusion detection systems and better intelligence security coordination to provision of new weapons, bullet-proof jackets and night vision equipment to personnel guarding the bases. However, most of these are hanging fire with quite a few army camps in J&K still not equipped with adequate perimeter defences. Given the ground situation New Delhi has little option other than that to shore up defences, control infiltration, raise the costs for Pakistan and continue diplomatically to isolate it.
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