India blames Pakistan for trying to revive Sikh militancy in Punjab

India on Wednesday blamed Pakistan for trying to revive Sikh militancy and said that the neighbouring country’s spy agencyISI continued to train misguided youth from the community to carry out terror attacks not only in Punjab but also in other parts of the country.

Revealing the ISI’sgameplan, Union home minister SushilkumarShinde said, “Sikh youth based and settled in Europe and US are also being motivated in this regard”.

He said, “Sikh youth are being trained in ISI facilities in Pakistan. Interdictions and interrogations have revealed use of jailed cadres, unemployed youth, criminals and smugglers by Pak-based Sikh terror groups for facilitating terror attacks”.

Though the home minister did not give any specific example, he referred to interrogation reports of arrested militants and seizures of a large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives, including RDX, which found its way into Punjab through the western borders, to substantiate his point.

Addressing the chief ministers here at a conference on internal security, Shinde said the state police had recovered “significant quantity of RDX” during operations in Rajasthan and Punjab in the last one year.

The home minister also underlined in his speech that the country continued to face serious challenges of its internal security scenario from “jehadi terrorists”.

He said, “India has long and porous border with Bangladesh and Nepal, which have been used by Pak-based jehadi groups to ex-filtrate terrorists out of India for training in Pakistan and induction of terrorists\hardware\finance into India for actions.