Desperate Measures
 The 540m long tunnel in Kashmir shows Pakistan’s desperation to push in militants
 A tunnel dug by Pakistan to push militants and supplies to the Indian side

Srinagar: Of late, Pakistan has been desperate to push in militants into Jammu and Kashmir after the Army and Border Security Forces tightened the counter-infiltration grid along the Line of Control (LC) and International Border (IB).

The fence along the IB and the LoC, that was completed in 2004 in J&K, proved to be effective against checking cross-border infiltration. And over the years, the counter-infiltration grid has been strengthened making infiltration very difficult.

With successful operations conducted by army, police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Kashmir valley and parts of Jammu district, the militants are desperate to infiltrate into J&K as their top leadership has been wiped out over the past one year.

The recent estimates with the Union ministry of home affairs, which have been shared with the J&K government, show that 800 to 1,000 militants are waiting to infiltrate at any given point in time across the LoC. “There are 42 training camps, 17 in Pakistan and 25 in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), with about 2,500 militants operating across the border in Pakistan and PoK,” reveal the estimates.

As infiltration has become difficult, the plan to push militants through an underground tunnel in Samba, in Jammu, has surfaced now. The Samba sector was once a favourite route for infiltration but after the construction of the border fence in 2004 and strengthening of the border posts, infiltration has become very difficult.

A farmer detected the tunnel which was dug inside the Indian territory in village Chechwal of Samba sector. The farmer, whose land had caved in due to incessant rains, found it on the evening of July 27. Next morning the Border Security Forces (BSF) dug out the tunnel.
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