On Saturday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued an official statement regarding the planning of a terror attack in Nagrota. Nagrota is a small town located in the Jammu district of Jammu & Kashmir. According to reports, Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistani terrorist organization behind the alleged planning of an attack on November 19.
In their statement, MEA said that the Indian Security Forces foiled a major terror attack in Nagrota, Jammu and Kashmir on 19 November 2020. They added, “Initial reports indicate the attackers to be members of Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a terrorist organization proscribed by the United Nations and several countries”. Furthermore, they said that the Indian Government has expressed serious concerns about JeM’s continued terror attacks against India.
The MEA said in their statement, “India reiterated its long-standing demand that Pakistan fulfills its international obligations and bilateral commitments to not allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India in any manner. The Government of India is firmly and resolutely committed to taking all necessary measures to safeguard its national security in the fight against terrorism.”
The MEA protested after the Jaish orchestrated another terror attack in J&K right before the District Development Council elections. They have summoned Pakistan’s chargé d’affaires. The MEA also called for Pakistan to stop their system of supporting terrorist organizations. They also asserted Pakistan to concentrate on deconstructing the terror infrastructure of its territory. The MEA has expressed its concern about causing any disruptions during the DDC elections.
Security forces gunned down four terrorists near Nagrota
Moreover, the ministry said that the terrorist group JeM is responsible for many attacks that took place in India in the past. This includes the Pulwama attack of 2019. The MEA added, “The huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosive material indicate detailed planning for a major attack to destabilize the peace and security in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, in particular, to derail the ongoing democratic exercise of conduct of local District Development Council (DDC) elections”.
After a three-hour-long gunbattle, the authorities gunned down four JeM terrorists. The gunfire started on the highway near Nagrota town early on Thursday. The gunfire started after the security forces stopped a truck at the Ban toll plaza. The Ban Plaza is on the highway near Nagrota town in Jammu district. The truck was carrying the JeM terrorists. Two policemen of the Special Operations Group (SOG) also caught bullets during the attack.
Furthermore, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry rejected the allegations. He called for the Indian chargé d’affaires in Islamabad. He said that the Indian government has made these allegations to “implicate Pakistan in some alleged planned attack in Nagrota”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his gratitude towards the security forces for effectively neutralizing the terrorists. He congratulated the security forces for “defeating a nefarious plot” to target grassroots democracy in Jammu & Kashmir.