Pakistan backed terrorists will continue attacks in India, says U.S. intel chief
In remarks coming after the Sunjuwan Army camp attack, Daniel Coats sees threat
to the U.S. and Afghan interests too.
WASHINGTON:, FEBRUARY 14 ;Terror groups supported by Pakistan will continue to carry out attacks inside India,
the United States intelligence chief has warned.
Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats’ remarks came days after a group of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad
terrorists attacked the Army’s Sunjuwan camp in Jammu on February 10, killing seven people, including six soldiers.
On February 12, a gunfight broke out between security forces and militants, who took shelter in a building in Karan
Nagar area of Srinagar after their attack on the CRPF camp in Karan Nagar area of Srinagar was foiled.
New nukes may be deployed
Pakistan, in fact, will continue to threaten the U.S. interests by deploying new nuclear weapons capabilities,
maintaining its ties to militants, restricting counter- terrorism cooperation, and drawing closer to China,
Mr. Coats said in his testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
“Militant groups supported by Islamabad will continue to take advantage of their safe haven in Pakistan to plan
and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, including against the U.S. interests,” Mr. Coats said during the
hearing on ‘Worldwide Threat Assessment’ of the US intelligence community.
Actions will run counter to U.S. goals for the region
The Intel chief said Pakistan’s perception of its eroding position relative to India, reinforced by endemic
economic weakness and domestic security issues, almost certainly would exacerbate long held fears of isolation
and drive Islamabad’s pursuit of actions that run counter to the U.S. goals for the region.
“Ongoing Pakistani military operations against the Taliban and associated groups probably reflect the desire
to appear more proactive and responsive to our requests for more actions against these groups.” However actions
taken thus far “do not reflect a significant escalation of pressure against these groups and are unlikely to
have a lasting effect,” he said.
Without specifically referring to any terrorist incident by Pakistan-based groups, Mr. Coats told the lawmakers
that he expected increased tension between the two Asian neighbours.
“Relations between India and Pakistan are likely to remain tense, with continued violence on the Line of Control
and the risk of escalation if there is another high-profile terrorist attack in India or an uptick in violence
on the Line of Control,” he said.EOM