Inspector General of Border Security Force (BSF) Vikash Chandera Wednesday said that forces in Jammu and Kashmir are facing difficult times as the "infiltration is up", alleging that the militants who try to sneak in are enjoying full support of Pakistan army.
He, however, expressed hope that things at the Line of Control and International Border would turn to normal as the new army chief has taken over in Pakistan.
Addressing media men at STC Humhama on the Srinagar outskirts on the sidelines of BSF's Raising Day, Chandera said that BSF has foiled 23 incidents of infiltration on the LoC and IB this year so far. "Let me tell you that infiltration is up as militants are ready to sneak into this side under the fire cover of Pakistan army. We are facing difficult times. BSF is working shoulder to shoulder with the army to give a befitting reply to the ceasefire violations on the LoC or IB," he said.
Asked about the number of militants ready to infiltrate, he said that numbers were not available with him but, "it has been Pakistan's efforts since 1947 to push in as many militants as possible. Many militants are desperate to cross over to this side before snow blocks the passes."
On the recent twin attacks at Nagrota and Samba, the IG BSF said it is being analysed what exactly was the plan of the militants. "The recoveries made from them definitely suggest that they had enjoyed some logistical support," he said.
Regarding reports that the militants had travelled all the way from north Kashmir's Kupwara district to Nagrota to carry out the strike, the BSF officer said: "BSF alone is not analysing. All the agencies are looking into various aspects as to how the militants managed to reach Nagrota."
He, however, ruled out that the DIG BSF had sustained injuries in the militant attack in Samba. "There was intense shelling from the Pakistani side and our men got injured in that action and not in the militant attack," the IG BSF said.
He admitted that this year there has been increase in the ceasefire violations by the Pakistan.
Asked whether he expected peace on borders in the wake of appointment of new army chief in Paksitan, the IG BSF said: "Let's give him some time. But yes, we are hopeful and expect things would change on the LoC and IB."
He said there are 15 battalions of BSF deployed in Kashmir and they are doing their duties in a professional manner.