New Delhi: Planning to carry out a major strike during the visit of US President Barack Obama to India, Pakistan is believed to have moved a unit of its Special Services Group, a highly-trained special operations unit of the Pakistan Army, to help a Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed module to infiltrate into India.
Intelligence sources said the module was specifically tasked with hitting a ‘soft target’, possibly in the Jammu and Kathua region, similar to the attack on the Peshawar Army school. Security in the Jammu region and the Valley is, therefore, at an all-time high. With these fresh inputs, additional security personnel were deployed late Thursday evening along the Line of Control and the international border by the Army and BSF respectively.
The BSF has already foiled at least six infiltration attempts this month, including one on Thursday night, in the Samba sector. The modules, that intended to carry out strikes on the eve of Republic Day, were forced to retreat after heavy firing by the security forces.
Senior security officials said they had confirmed reports that a batch of 100-120 highly-trained SSG commandos were deployed close to the border to help push in a joint terror module of Lashkar and Jaish.
“The fact that the Pakistan Army has roped in the SSG for this infiltration bid goes to prove the kind of importance they attach to this particular module, so it means this is a highly trained lethal group of subversive elements. After this, adequate deployment has been made along the border,” a senior intelligence official said.