Pathankot strike could have been prevented

Pathankot strike could have been prevented

In a stinging criticism of the country’s security apparatus, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra on Monday said Pathankot attack could have been prevented if infiltration routes on the “not well-guarded” International Border (IB) were plugged after a proper follow-up into recent terror strikes.

Delivering the R V Raju Memorial Lecture on the occasion of the seventh NIA Foundation Day, Vohra also appeared critical of the Border Security Force’s role on Indo-Pak borders as well as Punjab government’s reluctance to hand over the July 2015 Dinanagar terror case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

States and political fraternity should dispel all political differences over counter-terror investigations and be forthcoming in cooperation with Central agencies in such sensitive crimes, Vohra said in his address ‘National Security Management: Some Concerns’, in the presence of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Vohra, who was also Union home secretary, felt that around half a dozen terror attacks that took place since September 2013 should have been followed up properly.

In these attacks, terrorists sneaked into India through International Border on Jammu and Punjab sectors. “If Dinanagar attack was investigated by the NIA, infiltration gaps would have been plugged and Pathankot would not have happened. I am sure it would have been almost impossible because we would have been able to know the routes taken by the terror groups to infiltrate the IB.

I also hold very strongly that IB is not well-guarded,” he said. Concerned that coalition politics is creating trouble in taking action, he said the Union Home Ministry is now sending only “advisories” that are “different from directives”.

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