New Delhi: Terrorist attacks against India are an attempt to “destabilise, break and weaken” the country, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said.
He added that security agencies, in the present and emerging security scenario, should develop core competence against cyber crimes that are increasing globally.
Singh added India’s progress has become a sore in the eye of certain elements as they cannot see it emerging as the fastest growing economy, which he said, will rise to be a USD 5 trillion economy from the present USD 2 trillion.
“Why are terrorist incidents taking place? They are taking place to destabilise, break and weaken India. Forces inimical to India are not liking the country’s progress and hence have cast an evil eye on this country,” he said after inaugurating new infrastructure facilities for CISF jawans at a camp here.
He said one of the biggest challenges of the current times is to effectively tackle cyber crimes as they can be perpetrated by sitting in “any corner of the world”.
“All organisations need to develop core competence and go for technical upgrade to meet this challenge…there will be no dearth of resources in this regard,” he said.
While inaugurating the new residential and working facilities for the troops of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), built at a cost of Rs 100 crore, the minister said he is not satisfied with the present housing available for the men and women of these forces.
“We are trying to find solutions to enhance this satisfaction level for the jawans and officers of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs),” he said.
He asked the CISF to also develop “core competence” in effectively securing strategic installations of the country as terrorists target these facilities.
CISF should also emerge as the most credible organisation for security consultancy in the country, he added.
During the event, CISF Director General O P Singh said in order to ensure enhanced housing facilities for jawans the force has recently been sanctioned 25 acres of land in Ghaziabad near here.
He added the force will purchase over 650 flats for its personnel in the national capital soon and keep on enhancing these facilities.
Pakistan has changed its strategy of “superimposition” of militancy onto Jammu and Kashmir by promoting “civil resistance” through radicalisation, the Home Ministry has said in its annual report.
The ongoing militancy in the state is intrinsically linked to infiltration of terrorists from across the border, both through the International Border as well as the Line of Control, the report for 2016-17 said.
“The year 2016 has seen a change in Pak tactics following a strategy of superimposition of militancy over civilian resistance through radicalisation by vested interest groups and social media (sic),” it said.
The Home Ministry said 2016 saw a significant increase in terrorist violence and casualties suffered by security forces in comparison to the year before. However, civilians casualties have decreased in comparison to 2015.
“The year 2016 witnessed a 54.81 per cent increase and a 110.25 per cent increase in the number of terrorist incidents and fatalities of security forces in comparison to the corresponding period of 2015,” it said. However, there is a 11.76 per cent decrease in civilians casualties in comparison to the corresponding period of 2015. During 2016, 38.89 per cent more terrorists have been neutralised.
In 2016, 322 incidents of violence were reported in Jammu and Kashmir in which 82 security forces personnel, 150 terrorists and 15 civilians were killed.
In 2015, 208 incidents of violence occurred in the state in which 39 security forces personnel, 108 terrorists and 17 civilians were killed.
The Home Ministry’s report said there has been a spurt in infiltration attempts from Pakistan during 2016. The state government and security forces have also responded, as a result of which infiltrating terrorists were increasingly neutralised.
“During 2016, both infiltration attempts and net estimated infiltrations have been increased in comparison to 2015,” the report said.
In 2016, 364 infiltration attempts were made and 112 terrorists infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir.
There were 121 infiltration bids made in 2015 and 33 terrorists sneaked into the state.
‘Will go to any extent to get justice for Jadhav’
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday reiterated that India will go to any extent to ensure justice for former navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.
He said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had already made the country’s stand clear in this regard and that whatever he had said in Parliament in this regard few days back remains unchanged.
“We will go to any extent to ensure justice to Kulbhushan Jadhav,” he said on the sidelines of a CISF event here.
46-year-old Jadhav has been awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court on charges of alleged “espionage and sabotage” activities.
On the emergence of a video from Kashmir where locals are seen attacking CRPF personnel, Singh said it is being looked into.
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