Shringla told envoys that the foiled terrorist attack was part of Pakistan’s ongoing terror campaign in J&K, where India had witnessed 200 incidents of terrorist violence and neutralization of 199 terrorists in 2020 alone.
The briefing focused on how a well-planned terrorist attack was launched from across the border and also, as official sources said, the implications of the incident for security, diplomacy and the fight against terrorism, as this was the largest terrorist attack planned. was in India since February 2019 Pulwama terror attack.
The briefing also saw Shringla providing the heads of missions with an information docket showing execution details of the incident as well as list of items and ammunition that were recovered from Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists “clearly indicating their Pakistani origins” . They were also briefed on how the terrorists entered India, which is now becoming clear, a source said by the discovery of an underground tunnel in the samba sector.
Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong was not among those interested, even though other P5 envoys were present. For India, the intention, as one source said, was to share as broadly as possible information with the international community about Pakistan’s support for cross-border terrorism. India believes that, instead of controlling the activities of groups like LeT and JeM, Pakistan has tried to divert attention from its internal political and economic failures by claiming that it was India that supported terrorist activities in Pakistan. Islamabad also recently shared with the international community a file on the alleged activities of India, described by the Indian authorities as a fabrication.
Shringla also informed their envoys of how preliminary investigations by police and intelligence agencies, markings on recovered AK47 rifles and other items showed that the terrorists belonged to Pakistan-based JeM.
According to sources, this was the first of several briefings on the Nagrota attack will be conducted by MEA in small groups in view of the Covid-19 situation and other secretaries will also inform more heads of missions from their jurisdiction.
Details of JeM’s involvement in previous such incidents were also shared. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said earlier, Shringla told envoys that this was part of the ongoing effort to sabotage local body polls in JnK. He said the foiled terrorist attack was also intended to coincide with the anniversary of 11/26 terror attacks in Mumbai.
“In terms of the bigger picture, it was clear that the terrorists were planning the largest terrorist attack in India since Pulwama in February 2019 and the implications are guessable,” said a source, adding that the envoys were sensitive to India’s concerns. on the ongoing efforts to destabilize the situation in J&K and to undermine local elections and democracy.