Terrorists in South Asia are terrified.And it’s all because of one man: Narendra Modi. The imminent takeover of reins by India’s Prime Minister-designate and his effort for good relations with Pakistan have forced the creatures of darkness to press the panic button.So, the terrorists responded with blood and gore on Friday in Afghanistan’s Herat province when the Indian Consulate came under a pre-dawn attack.

All the four fidayeen terrorists were killed by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Afghan security forces. Hours later, troops in Jammu and Kashmir seized a sizeable cache of assault rifles and explosives in Pattan town. On May 12 this year, another substantial cache of arms was also seized in Poonch district.

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It all indicated that the terror pot is simmering again, with anti-India elements in Pakistan unleashing their sinister plot to thwart any effort to normalise relations between India and Pakistan.
Modi’s invitation to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to join the oath-taking ceremony in Delhi has got the terror masterminds unnerved.

So, their reaction was swift, aiming to put Modi to test. Diplomacy is under attack once again.

The attack in Herat – the eighth one on Indian missions in Afghanistan since 2007- triggered speculation in New Delhi that the powerful Pakistani military establishment could be behind the efforts to scuttle Sharif’s visit to India.

Though no one claimed responsibility for Friday’s assault, a majority of similar attacks have been blamed on the Haqqani Network, which has close ties to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence. And hours after the attack in Herat, troops in Jammu and Kashmir seized a sizeable cache of assault rifles and explosive devices from Pattan town.

Acting on an intelligence input, troops seized two AK-47 rifles, 79 rounds of ammunition, three rocket propelled grenades, one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher and 13 rounds, three IED circuits and four grenades, an Army spokesman said.

Without naming Pakistan, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said the attack in Herat “once again underscores that the main threat to Afghanistan and its peace, stability and security stems from terrorism beyond its borders.”

In messages posted on Twitter, Prime Minister-designate Modi condemned the attack and said he was “closely monitoring” the situation. Afghan President Hamid Karzai called Modi and briefed him on the situation. During the 10-minute conversation, Karzai assured Modi that Afghanistan would do everything to protect Indian missions.

Modi, in turn, assured Karzai that such attacks would not dilute India’s efforts to assist Afghanistan. Pakistan condemned the attack on the Consulate, saying: “No cause justifies targeting of diplomatic missions.”

One of the attackers was killed by Indo-Tibetan Border Police commandos guarding the consulate soon after the attack in the western Afghan city began at 3 am local time.

Afghan security forces killed the other three fidayeen, including suicide bombers who were holed up in buildings overlooking the consulate, following a gun battle that lasted several hours.
The handful of Indian staff in the consulate, believed to number less than 10, remained safe though the attackers used rocket-propelled grenades in the assault.

“They fired a couple of RPG shots,” Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha said. Intelligence sources said the terrorists had clearly planned for a hostage situation and came with adequate stocks of ammunition, grenades and dry fruits-all indications that they intended to prolong the assault and keep the staff pinned down in the Consulate.

ITBP chief Subhas Goswami said security for all Indian missions in Afghanistan was increased last month by deploying additional commandos following intelligence alerts about possible attacks.
Official sources noted that Pakistan’s military, especially the ISI, often used its proxies in Afghanistan for attacks whenever efforts were made to normalise relations between Islamabad and New Delhi, like Modi’s invitation to leaders of all SAARC states, including Pakistan, to attend his oath-taking ceremony.

The sources also pointed to the timing of the attack, which came even as Prime Minister Sharif was engaged in consultations with other stakeholders, including the military, on whether he should accept Modi’s invitation. India has invited the seven SAARC states and Mauritius to Modi’s swearing-in, and Pakistan is the only country that is yet to confirm its participation, Akbaruddin said.

Tariq Azeem, a spokesman for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and a close aide of Sharif, told Mail Today that the government would decide soon on Sharif’s participation in the swearing-in.”This invitation was a pleasant but very big surprise for us. But we have to see if he is going there only for a photo-op or if we can take advantage of this occasion for something more substantial.” In view of Sharif’s “busy schedule”, Azeem said the PML-N was looking at the possibility of Pakistan being represented by a senior leader like Sartaz Aziz, the PM’s adviser on foreign affairs and national security.

No matter who comes, this can be a new beginning in the Indo- Pak relations, according to observers. But it is clear that the terrorists will do everything to test India’s patience again and again.

SOURCE: DAILY MAIL

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