Bangalore, Jan 10: Even as outrage grows over Pakistani intruders killing two jawans of 13 Rajputana Rifles and mutilating their bodies, reports say that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed recently visited the Mendhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir where both Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh and Lance Naik Hemraj attained martyrdom on Jan 8.
According to intelligence sources, the LeT has been instigating the Pakistani Army to deliberately create trouble along the Line of Control (LoC) so that militants can easily sneak into Jammu and Kashmir while the attention of Indian soldiers is focused on heavy firing from the other side.
The sources said that last week Saeed interacted with the Pakistani Army's Border Action Teams, one of which took advantage of the fog in the area to enter hundreds of metres inside Indian territory two days ago.
Though "an alert area domination patrol spotted and engaged the intruders", the latter managed to kill the two jawans and also behead one of them before retreating towards Pakistani border posts.
Whether Saeed had any role to play in the incident is not yet clear but there is no denying that he harbours a pathological hatred towards India. Ajmal Kasab who was hanged in Nov 2012 for shooting dead scores of civilians and police personnel during the Mumbai terror attacks had admitted to investigators that the LeT gave extensive training to him and his nine accomplices prior to their setting off sail from Karachi.
Key 26/11 handler Abu Jundal has confirmed that top LeT commanders were present with him in the Karachi control room when the ten-member group held India's financial capital to ransom for three days in Nov 2008. The United States too has described Saeed as the mastermind of the deadliest terror attack in India.
Delhi has repeatedly called for the prosecution of the LeT chief in this connection. Islamabad fended off all these requests by rubbishing the evidence against Saeed as not strong enough to warrant his conviction.
Yesterday, a retired general in Pakistan said that the LeT "could be behind" the brutal attack on Hemraj and Sudhakar Singh. However, the words of Talat Masood must be taken with a generous pinch of salt as he simultaneously averred that his nation's army is not backing jihadis.
Since Islamabad has declared open support to Kashmiri militants, the insinuation that Saeed was behind the Mendhar attack could well be a red herring. In the past, Pakistan has gotten away by claiming that "non-state actors" were involved in terrorist activities on Indian soil.
Time will tell who was actually responsible. The need of the hour is to identify the culprits and take stringent action against them.