Indian Army apprehensive of more ''Jehadi'' intrusion

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Chennai, Dec 12 (UNI) The Indian Army today described as ''volatile'', the prevailing political situation in Pakistan and raised apprehensions of Islamabad sending its ''jehadis'' into India.

Talking to newspersons here, Southern Command General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Lt Gen Noble Thamburaj said to divert attention from their internal crisis, Pakistan might send its Islamic militant groups (Jehadis) to India.

''While jehadis are now fighting the army in Baluchistan, Swat and North Western Frontier Province, Pakistan can tactically brainwash the same jehadis and send them to India,'' he said.

''India should be careful at this point as the infiltrators may also use the sea route, through the Rann of Kutch or Maharashtra, to enter India,'' he added.

On the recent Babar Missile Test by Pakistan, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, Lt Gen Thamburaj said India was capable of meeting the growing threat from Pakistan.

Though the US was closely monitoring Pakistan, which could fire a missile with a nuclear warhead even at the slightest provocation, he recalled the successful testing of India's missile interceptor and said, ''we are now focussing on strategic weapons with a lot of research and development.'' UNI GV AJ PB BST1930

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