Credible info on fresh attacks from Pak soil: PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister on Monday said that cross-border terrorism remains the most pervasive threat to India.
Manmohan Singh with Chidambaram
PM Manmohan Singh with home minister P Chidambaram at the inauguration of Chief Ministers’ Conference on Internal Security. (PTI)

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“There is need for utmost vigilance. There is credible information that terrorists in Pakistan will carry out fresh attacks in India, says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.

The area of operation of terrorists today extended far beyond the confines of Jammu and Kashmir and covers all parts of the country, Singh said while addressing a conference of the chief ministers on internal security, PTI reported.

Noting that there were signs of revival of over-ground militant activities, he said attempts were being made to link isolated and unconnected incidents like the one in Shopian, Sopore and Baramulla to create an impression of a groundswell of anti-India feeling.

"All this shows that efforts to disturb the current status quo have not been given up. Fortunately, the annual Amarnath Yatra passed off without incident, a tribute to the secular character of Jammu and Kashmir," Singh said.

He said the situation in the state during past few years has seen a substantial improvement with figures of violence steadily declining and touching an all time low, PTI reported.

Earlier, union home minister P Chidambaram said that the gravity of the terror threat remains undiminished and the country cannot lower its guard.

“We will encourage state governments to talk to Naxals on the condition that they abjure violence and give up their misconceived arms struggle,” Chidambaram said while inaugurating the internal security conference.

Chief ministers will submit their action taken reports (ATRs) on suggestions they had agreed upon to strengthen security and intelligence apparatus when they had last met here on January 6-7.

Their seven-month report cards will be compared with what the home ministry has done during this period in front of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.