PM reviews security situation

India on alert post-Wagah carnage; Jaitley flays Pak

PM reviews security situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday reviewed the security situation in the country following the attack on the Pakistani side of Wagah border and amid Twitter threats that India is the next target.

Modi was briefed by top officials of the security establishment about the Wagah border incident as well as the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) inputs about a possible threat to Kolkata Port Trust from terrorists posing as fishermen.

The officials informed the prime minister that the forces have been put on alert.
Though India is not averse to hold talks with Pakistan, the government feels that the time is not ripe for re-start the process. Both Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley targeted Pakistan for its actions.

Jaitley said at the World Economic Forum that Pakistan should draw a red line whether it wants to talk to government of India or those who want to break India.

Condition for dialogue

“So unless Pakistan makes the conscious choice, a dialogue with Pakistan will not be possible,” Jaitley said.

Addressing the Interpol meet in Monaco, Rajnath Singh obliquely attacked Pakistan, saying states must refrain from “organising, instigating, facilitating, participating in, financing, encouraging or tolerating” terrorist activities.

Sources said they were analysing the terror attack on Pakistan border on Sunday evening. They said they view it as a message that the Pakistani Taliban groups intends to target India.

Message to India, Pakistan

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA), one of the terror outfits which claimed responsibility for the Wagah attack, said the strike was a message to both India and Pakistan.

In a tweet addressed to Modi, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan has said that they will take revenge for the killing of people in Kashmir and Gujarat and invoked the prime minister’s alleged role in Gujarat riots.

“The attack (Wagah border) is the revenge of those innocent people who have been killed by Pak Army particularly those killed in North Waziristan," he said. Ehsan also identified Hafiz Hanifullah as the person who carried out the attack.

Ehsan also retweeted a news agency report twice which spoke about “After Wagah border explosion, Pakistan Taliban faction threatens Prime Minister Modi”.

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