Nagrota encounter: India launches exercise to expose Pak hand in terror

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NIA to probe Nov 19 Nagrota terror attack

New Delhi (NVI): After a major terror attack was foiled by security forces by killing four Pakistani terrorists in Nagrota last week, the government has not left it there but has launched a diplomatic offensive to expose Pakistan’s complicity in it.

According to officials, the aborted terror attack could have been on the scale of Pulwama terror attack of February last year, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

While the terrorists this time could not carry out their evil designs as all the four were killed, they left clear evidence regarding Pakistani link. The evidence is in the form of messages received on the communication sets of the slain terrorists besides medicines, clothing and shoes which were all made in Pakistan.

In addition, security forces have detected a tunnel at the International Border in Samba district of Jammu, which was used by the terrorists to infiltrate from Pakistan.

Armed with these pieces of evidence, India has started apprising the world community about the foiled plan of Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad which had complicity of the Pakistani establishment, particularly its notorious intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has briefed Delhi-based envoys of some countries, including the US, France and Russia, and is expected to carry on with the exercise in the coming days.

India is also expected to provide the dossier of evidence to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which will be reviewing in about two months whether Pakistan has ended support to terrorism.

As of now FATF has retained Pakistan in the ‘Grey List’, which means it is under close scrutiny, and if it does not comply with all the 27 tasks mandated by the global body, Pakistan can be put in the ‘Black List’.

Pakistan has so far completed 21 tasks and if it is black listed, it will be ineligible to receive aid and loans from global financial bodies like World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Asian Development Bank.

India has also lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the failed terror attack and conveyed to it that it will take all necessary measures to safeguard its national security in the fight against terrorism.

The terror plot was foiled when security forces intercepted a truck on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Nagrota area of Jammu and Kashmir and killed four terrorists travelling in it in an encounter. The truck was on its way to Kashmir from Jammu. After the encounter, security forces recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including 11 AK rifles with loaded magazines, 3 pistols, 29 hand grenades and large quantity of RDX.