CHANDIGARH/BEIJING:After fresh intelligence inputs revealed that militants were targeting the Pathankot Air Force Base once again, police put up shoot at sight posters on the peripheral walls of the base.
Sources said the State police received information from central intelligence agencies that the base, which is spread across 16 square kilometres and is home to 5,000 people (personnel and their families), is under threat, following which notices proclaiming that anyone who intruded the premises would be shot at without warning. On January 2, militants from neighbouring Pakistan entered the base and seven personnel lost their lives in the ensuing gunbattle. On July 27 last year, three terrorists entered the Dinanagar Police Station and were shot dead by the State police.
“We have got some intelligence inputs and after that only these posters have been pasted on the walls of the base and a flag march was carried out in the border areas of Pathankot, as we cannot take chances this time,’’ said a senior Punjab Police official. “Vigil has been increased in twenty villages along the zero line on the border in the district,” he said.
China disowns LeT clip
China on Thursday disowned a documentary shown by the state-run channels about the involvement of Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba in the Mumbai attacks, saying it was a dubbed version of an American TV programme and in no way represents the government’s position.
“We have contacted the Chinese media and learnt that the relevant program is a Chinese-dubbed American documentary,” a brief statement put out by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on its website said on Thursday.
“What it (documentary) said does not represent the position of the Chinese government. China’s position on the issue of counter-terrorism remains unchanged,” it said.