India’s G20 presidency is under threat from Pakistan-based terror outfits who have reportedly hatched several plans to “jeopardize” the country’s leadership role. Top-level intelligence sources have warned of the possibility of repeated terror attacks in various forms, following the recent ambush on an army truck that killed five soldiers. The attack was carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed-affiliate People’s Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF), which has been operating in the region and was planning “something big”.
According to intelligence reports, the plan was to attack an army convoy, and preparations were already in place to face such an incident. However, there was no specific intelligence of an attack like the one that happened last Thursday in Poonch. This is the reason why initially it was reported that the army truck had caught fire. The attack took place when the five soldiers were out getting food items for the iftar, even as Eid celebrations in the village of Sangiote were in full swing at that time, which eventually got canceled.
Sources have also revealed that while Pakistan has been maintaining a ceasefire along the border as per the understanding reached in February 2021, it has been planning operations of this kind on the other hand. The PAFF has metamorphosed from the JeM to obtain global appeal, and there has been an escalation of violence in the Jammu region, which is believed to be connected to India’s G20 presidency.
To counter the threat, a major crackdown has been planned that will be implemented with immediate effect. Door-to-door search operations will be carried out in Jammu’s border areas to track down the terrorists. According to another source, the PAFF is nothing different from JeM, and their way of carrying out such operations, their cadres, and handlers are the same that are beginning to once again get active in this region.
Preliminary investigations have not ruled out the fact that the terrorists may have used sophisticated weapons like rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and Kalashnikovs. India must take all necessary steps to counter this threat and protect its citizens and the G20 presidency.