Srinagar, June 16: Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir are on high alert after Pakistan reportedly warned India of a Pulwama-type terror attack. On February 14, a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a convoy of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Pulwama. 40 CRPF jawans lost their lives in the attack. Pakistan's input warns of a similar attack in Pulwama's Awantipora town.
Pakistan shared intelligence inputs with India and the US regarding the threat of a possible attack in Pulwama district, The Indian Express reported. According to the intelligence inputs, terrorists may carry out an attack using an improvised explosive device (IED) mounted on a vehicle to avenge the killing of Zakir Musa. The Jammu and Kashmir Police is on its toes after the alert.
"The Pakistanis shared this information regarding the possibility of such an attack with our High Commission in Islamabad. They had also shared this information with the Americans, who too, informed us. So this information has come directly as well as via the Americans to us. The attack, the Pakistanis say, is being ostensibly planned to avenge the killing of Zakir Musa," a top security official was quoted as saying.
Zakir Musa, the head of the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a group affiliated with the Al-Qaeda, was killed by security forces in an encounter at Tral in May. He launched his Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind after breaking away from the Hizbul Mujahideen in May 2017. Pakistan PM Imran Khan Makes Veiled Attack on India Over Kashmir During Address in SCO Summit 2019.
"We are reading Pakistan’s sharing of this information in two ways. It is either a way to make sure that they avoid blame if a big attack takes place, because they have already shared the information with the Americans. Or it is a genuine attempt to inform us ahead after they found out, particularly because the information is regarding a plan to attack by members of an al-Qaeda linked group. We also understand that any activities of terrorists linked to al-Qaeda are seen differently by them (Pakistan)," the official said.