New Delhi: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Monday briefed senior envoys from key countries, including the United States, Russia, France and Japan, of the planned terrorist attack by Pakistani terrorist group JeM in Nagrota in Jammu, which was foiled by security forces on November 19, sources told me.
Heads of mission received a detailed “briefing package” giving details of the incident, as well as a list of items and ammunition recovered from the terrorists, clearly indicating their Pakistani origins.
The envoys were made aware of India’s concerns over Pakistan’s sustained efforts to “destabilize” the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and to “overthrow” the upcoming local elections and democracy in the Union’s territory, they said. indicated sources.
“In terms of the big picture, it was clear that terrorists were planning the biggest terrorist attack in India since Pulwama in February 2019 and the implications can be guessed,” a source said, adding that details of the involvement of JeM in previous incidents of this kind were also shared with the envoys.
Four suspected JeM terrorists, who were hiding in a truck, were killed by security forces near Nagrota during a meeting on Thursday morning, after which the government claimed that a major terrorist attack had been foiled by the forces. Indian security.
It was the first of several briefings organized by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in small groups in view of the COVID-19 situation, the sources said, adding that other secretaries would also be holding meetings. similar sessions with heads of mission from other countries. .
The envoys were also briefed on how terrorists entered India, which is now clear after the discovery of an underground tunnel in the Samba area at J&K, sources said.
It was shared with the heads of mission how the preliminary investigations carried out by the police and intelligence authorities led India to believe that the terrorists, who had planned the attack on Nagrota, belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad, a terrorist organization based in Pakistan, chaired by the UN, they added.
Sources said the planned attack was part of ongoing efforts to sabotage local elections and to carry out a terrorist attack to coincide with the anniversary of the 11/26 airstrikes in Mumbai.
The envoys were told of the markings on the recovered AK47 rifles and other items, sources said.
The foreign minister also briefed the envoys on the possible implications of these planned attacks on security, diplomacy and the fight against terrorism, they said.
“It was pointed out that the incident of November 19 was part of the ongoing terrorist campaign in Pakistan at J&K and that in 2020 itself, there had been 200 incidents of terrorist violence and the neutralization of 199 terrorists,” said source.