Srinagar, Jun 16: Jammu and Kashmir has been put on high alert after Pakistan reportedly shared with India Intel inputs on a possible attack in Pulwama district. The Intel warnings, which were shared before the SCO summit in Bishkek, have also been shared with the United States. Following the Intel waning, all the security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir have been put on a high alert.
The input warns against a possible attack by the militants using an improvised explosive device (IED) mounted on a vehicle in Awantipora town of Pulwama, J&K. The state police are keeping a tight vigil on the highway in particular.
Sources say that the input on the possible attack in Pulwama was generic in nature and no specifics have been shared by Pakistan. Top sources say that Pakistan has just informed about the probable attack. They said that this has been done to avoid any sort of blame, retaliation by India or international pressure on acting against militancy.
According to the reports, the attack in Pulwama district has been planned to avenge the killing of Zakir Musa. Zakir Musa was killed in an encounter with security forces in Tral in Pulwama on May 24. Zakir Musa, a close associate of Burhan Wani, was the commander of al Qaeda linked Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind.
About the possible attack in Pulwama, the official said that Pakistan shared the input with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The same input was shared with the United States, which also informed India.
The alert came months after the February 14 attack in which 40 personnel were killed after an explosives-laden SUV rammed into a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama.
Recently, five CRPF troopers and one militant were killed a gunfight with masked militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Police sources said that three masked militants came out of a car in KP Road in Anantnag town and opened fire on a security party on Wednesday afternoon. Earlier, the sources had said that only two militants were involved in the attack.