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Surgical strikes fallout: Is Jaish-e-Mohammad planning a Parliament attack as revenge?

Indian intelligence agencies have received reports about Jaish-e-Mohammad's (JeM) plans to execute a 2001 style attack on the Parliament to avenge the Indian Army's surgical strikes along the Line of Control (LoC), reported The Times of India.

JeM may also target Delhi Secretariat, Akshardham and Lotus Temple, the report added.

According to the report, Pakistan's intelligence agency Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) has given a free hand to JeM to avenge the surgical strikes by the Indian Army.

In case the militants fail to attack prominent targets, JeM handlers have instructed them to attack crowded market places to inflict maximum damage, reported Zee News.

The report added that New Delhi faced a major threat from JeM and its break-away faction Jaishul-Haq Tanzeem, which was involved in the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC-814.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

On 18 September, four heavily armed JeM militants had stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir's Uri town in the wee hours, killing 18 soldiers and injuring 19.

In retaliation to the attack, seven terror launch pads across the LoC were targeted by the army on the night of 28 September in a nearly five-hour-long operation during which heli-borne and ground forces were deployed.

On 24 September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said the attackers will not go "unpunished" and that they will not be forgiven.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Oct 10, 2016 13:48 PM

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