New Delhi, Jan 20: It would be nearly impossible for Pakistan to intrude the multi-tier security blanket around Lutyen's Delhi on Jan 26 when US President Barack Obama will be attending the Republic Day celebration in India.
However, experts feared that Pakistan still may carry out terror attack in or around Delhi just to mar the celebration and force the Kashmir issue on the table again. NDTV quoted a senior official as saying, "Pakistan is unlikely to allow terror groups to strike the parade because it would mean a major retaliation."
"But it could engineer a strike in the vicinity. It will serve two purposes: Mar the celebrations and force the Kashmir issue on the table again," the report added while quoting the official. [Terror threat during Obama's India visit: US warns Pakistan to face consequences]
A team consisting security officials from both US and India have been keeping a close watch on Pakistan-based terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mujahideen.
According to sources, the terror groups have the capability to strike in India. Here it can be mentioned that LeT had struck at the hamlet of Chittisinghpura in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir, and gunned down 35 Sikhs on Mar 20, 2000 when the US President Bill Clinton had landed in India.
US warned Pakistan of facing dire consequences:
US issued a warning to Pakistan saying it would face a dire consequences if the country allows any cross-border terror activity during Obama's visit to India.
The US President is scheduled to travel to New Delhi from Jan 25 to Jan 27. He will to attend the Republic Day parade on Jan 26.