Jammu & Kashmir

No infiltration of Taliban fighters into Kashmir after fall of Kabul: Indian Army

An armed forces personnel stands deployed near Line of Control in Kashmir. [FPK Photo/ Vikar Syed]

Srinagar: The apprehensions about the influx of Taliban fighters into Kashmir after the fall of Kabul in 2021 did not materialise and no Afghani Taliban has infiltrated into the valley, PTI reported.

Quoting General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Chinar Corps Lieutenant General A D S Aujla, the report said that due to the ongoing internal crisis in Pakistan, there are no major worries regarding Kashmir but the armed forces have to remain alert to thwart any attempts to push in infiltrators, narcotics or weapons.

“As far as the apprehensions which were there post Taliban 2.0 are concerned, we could see the manifestations (of concern) on this side as well in Kashmir but it never happened,” Lt Gen Aujla told PTI in an interview on Wednesday.

A certain amount of chatter and a certain amount of signature was being reported on the other side in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, but it never translated into reality onto this side, he said.

“So, there was no infiltration of any Afghani Taliban… To that effect, we have been able to control (things),” he added.

Aujla said infiltration and smuggling of narcotics and ammunition through the border remain areas of concern.

“What worries us or concerns us at this point in time, majorly nothing. But other than that, when we look at what the dynamics of Kashmir are. The physical manifestation of infiltration is what worries us, the narcotics being pushed across (the border) is what worries us and the ammunition which is sent across is what worries us,” said the GOC, who has served several tenures in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Army is prepared to deal with any eventuality along the Line of Control (LoC), he said.

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