‘Challenges exist since 1990’, police on Army’s 2014 threat talk

Jammu: In the backdrop of Army terming 2014 as the year of challenge for security establishment, police on Thursday said there was challenge since 1990 and “challenges have never gone down.”
“As far as the issue of challenges is concerned, yes, we have faced the challenge since 1990 and challenges have never gone down (with regard to militancy in J&K),” DGP Ashok Prasad told reporters here.
He was asked to comment on the Army describing 2014 as year of challenge for security establishment in view of apprehension of spillover of militants into J&K after withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and that militants want to pollute democratic process in Jammu and Kashmir.
“2014 is a challenge for us. If there are problems in the neighbouring country, the effect would be found here also, but we are a professional Army, our mandate is to take care of security of the borders. It is better to be more prepared and prudent and be aware of what is happening and take precautionary measures”, GOC-in-C Northern Command Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra had told reporters at Akhnoor on Wednesday.
The DGP said, “Challenges have not gone down because the problem is not within the country but the problems comes from elsewhere depending on the pressure which is being exerted from other side and this time the problems are calibrated here.”
He said, “Much of the militancy which we see today is calibrated from outside the country that is why we believe that there will be challenges and we are all prepared to take on that.”
Regarding militant attacks on government forces, Prasad said, “Most of the cases of attack on police and security forces have been worked out. We are going after these people (militants) with the intention of bringing them to justice.”
On infiltration, he said, “We have gone to see the ground situation there (along International Border in Kathua and Samba districts), because the principle threat there is infiltration.”
Prasad said as militants have shifted their strategy to attack forces to disrupt peace and provoke them to react, a well planned strategy has also been chalked out to foil all their attempts.—PTI