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Security agencies were ill-prepared, says Parliamentary panel

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published May 4, 2016, 1:44 am IST
Updated May 4, 2016, 7:13 am IST
The panel said it was clear that the attack was carried out by Pakistani terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad.
The panel also noted there were no roads around the perimeter wall of the airbase.  (Photo: PTI)
 The panel also noted there were no roads around the perimeter wall of the airbase. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The MHA has warned that the possibility of terrorists, assisted by the Pakistan Rangers, targeting Indian security personnel in border areas, as in the past cutting off their heads, could not be ruled out.

“There has been specific information about Saeed’s movement in the border region, after which we alerted our security forces. There could be fresh infiltration attempts as summer has started and the mountain passes will be more accessible,” senior official said.

 

The parliamentary standing committee said that despite concrete and credible Intelligence inputs, security agencies were so ill-prepared to anticipate threats in time and counter them swiftly.

“Terrorists managed to breach a high-security airbase and could launch an attack despite an advance alert. Something is seriously wrong with the country’s counter-terror security establishment,” it said.

While referring to the Pathankot incident the panel said the role of the Punjab police was very “questionable and suspicious” during the January 2 attack. It said it failed to understand that in spite of terror alert sounded well in advance, how the terrorists managed to breach the high-security airbase and subsequently carried out the strike.

 

The committee said it was constrained to note that despite concrete and credible intelligence inputs from abducted SP of Pathankot and his friend and through interception of communications between terrorists and their handlers by the terrorists saying they were planning an attack on a defence establishment, the security agencies were so ill-prepared to anticipate threats in time and counter them swiftly and decisively.

The panel also noted there were no roads around the perimeter wall of the airbase and there was growth of long shrubs and trees, that may have helped the terrorists in hiding, making it difficult to flush them out.

 

The panel said it was clear that the attack was carried out by Pakistani terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, and this was established by interception of calls between terrorists and their handlers.

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