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EditorialNo More Excuses for Security Lapses

No More Excuses for Security Lapses


Nine people were killed and 33 injured (Official figure) as terrorists struck a bus carrying pilgrims from Uttar Pradesh in Reasi district on Sunday evening, opening fire on the vehicle which fell into a gorge. This tragic incident lays bare the total failure of our security and intelligence apparatus.

Earlier, Director General of Police, J&K, has said that and was transitioning from resident terrorism to foreign terrorism, citing the presence of 70 to 80 foreign terrorists who have infiltrated from across the border. It is a disgrace that the government appears to react only after such horrific incidents have already claimed innocent lives, highlighting a pattern of reactive rather than proactive measures. This tendency to awaken to action post-tragedy underscores a troubling inefficiency and disregard for preventive security strategies.  As the Shri Amarnathji Yatra approaches and the pilgrimage to the Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi is in full swing following the onset of summer vacations, the urgency for robust security measures cannot be overstated. Violent extremists are undoubtedly poised to seize any opportunity to disrupt peace and please their handlers in Pakistan and PoJK.

In light of the looming threat, security forces have launched search operations in vast forest belts near Balaji Temple in the Mujeen area on the outskirts of Jammu City. With the Shri Amarnathji Yatra set to begin on June 29, the deployment of an additional 450 to 500 companies of security forces in J&K is a necessary step. However, this must not be a mere show of force; it must result in tangible outcomes that ensure the safety of the countless devotees expected this year.  The ongoing tourist season and religious Yatras demand an unwavering commitment to security. There is no room for complacency. The security forces and intelligence agencies must adopt a relentless stance against terrorists and anti- elements. Every individual responsible for security must remain vigilant until the threat is thoroughly neutralized. Peace is essential not only for the safety of residents and visitors but also for preserving the allure of this paradisiacal region.

Security challenges in several border districts remain a significant concern, with infiltration posing a persistent problem. Despite successfully foiling multiple infiltration attempts recently, the security apparatus cannot afford any lapses or negligence. The burden of ensuring safety lies squarely on the shoulders of our security forces, and they must execute their duties with the utmost precision and dedication.

Today's terrorist attack on a bus is a stark reminder of the consequences of intelligence and security failures. The government and security agencies must learn from these tragedies and take proactive measures to prevent future attacks. The lives of innocent people depend on it, and the nation cannot tolerate any more excuses or failures in safeguarding its citizens.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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