LoC trade, travel dangerous for India’s integrity


Continuing its appeasement policy towards terrorists, separatists and Muslims, Congress had allowed LoC trade and travel which has hurt national interest for years together. After Pakistan started to think that India is a dead country and openly came out with guns to show its strength in Kashmir it was mandatory for India to act in strict manner. After Narinder Modi took regime things on ground begin to change and India started to defend itself by shifting from defensive to offensive mode which brought down terrorism but trade and travel played spoil sports in between. If government had snatched MFN status from Pakistan then it would not be a difficult task for India to shun ties of trade and travel with Pakistan for larger interest of countries integrity and sovereignty. LoC trade has been simply a route for smuggling of weapons and hawala money for separatists. Besides this trade and travel pertains to a few families which directly related with terrorists and their masters. However, Ministry of Home Affairs, department of Jammu and Kashmir Affairs suspended the cross LoC trade at Salamabad and Chakan-da-Bagh. “Government of India has been receiving reports that Cross LoC trade routes in Jammu and Kashmir are being misused by Pakistan based elements. This misuse involves illegal inflows of weapons, narcotics and currency,” an order reads.  The cross LoC trade mechanism is therefore being suspended pending the putting into place of a stricter regulatory regime. This is to ensure that only bonafide trade takes place, for the benefit of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, through the mechanism,” the order reads. Meanwhile some self-claimed well-wishers and political leaders of Kashmiris have termed this move as set back to peace process, which means how intelligent and competent who believes that peace in Kashmir is achievable through dialogue. Peace only could be seen when and if gun silences terrorists and their supporters across the valley.
Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has allegedly threatened to blow up several railway stations across Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. The letter, issued by Jaish-e-Mohammed area commander Mansoor Ahmed, is written in Hindi and was sent to senior Railways authorities. One such letter was addressed to Vivek Kumar, Divisional Rail Manager of Firozpur division, Northern Railway. In the letter, JeM states that it would avenge the killings of its jehadis (militants) by exploding bombs at Firozpur, Jalandhar, Faridkot, Amritsar and Barnala railway stations on May 13. The proscribed terrorist group also threatened to blast Rajasthan’s railway stations, bus stands and military bases in Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Sriganganagar on May 13. Another letter sent to Railway authorities in Uttarakhand threatening to blow off Roorkee, Haridwar and 10 more railway station in the state on May 6. Authorities informed Uttarakhand Police about this. Security has been beefed up across the three states following the threats. The Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) are conducting joint operations at the targetted railway stations. Trains and passenger luggage are being thoroughly checked and scanned for explosives. “After a letter from Jaish-e-Mohammed threatening to target Punjab and Rajasthan railway stations, we launched a joint operation with RPF to search and check suspicious elements at railway stations. Nothing major found yet,” said Mamta Vishnoi, Government Railway Police (GRP) Superintendent, Jodhpur. Over 40 CRPF personnel were killed in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir after a vehicle carrying 100 kg explosives rammed into the bus of the CRPF personnel on February 14. JeM took the responsibility of the attack, just hours after the incident.  On February 26, the IAF struck a JeM terror training camp in Pakistan, in response to the Pulwama attack, eliminating several terrorists.