Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba today (Tuesday, March 5) warned that terrorists are being trained to carry out sea-borne attacks on India.
Addressing a gathering of global experts at the Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue in New Delhi, Admiral Lanba said that the Pulwama terror attack was carried out by terrorists who were “aided by” a country that seeks to destabilise India.
“We also have reports of terrorists being trained to carry out operations in various modus operandi, including through the medium of the sea,” he said.
The 26/11 terror attack was carried out by ten sea-borne terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba who hijacked an Indian fishing trawler to reach Mumbai and unleash mayhem.
Lanba said that the most significant challenge of our time is terrorism. He also said that the Indo-Pakistan region has witnessed multiple form of terrorism in the recent years.
The Navy chief did not name Pakistan as he said, “India, however, faces a far more serious version of this state-sponsored terrorism. We have all witnessed the horrific scale of extremists attack on Indian state of J&K, just 3 weeks ago. This violence was perpetuated by extremists, aided by a state which seeks to destabilise India.”
“We have seen how quickly terror groups evolve across the globe. A particular brand of terror can well become a global problem in near future,” Admiral Lanba warned.
The Indian security establishment is continuously working to address this menace, he said, noting that “it is imperative that the global community works in concert to contain and eliminate terrorism in all its forms”.
Admiral Lanba also emphasised the importance of the Indo-Pacific Region. “There is a renewed focus of the world on the seas. This is principally due to the geo-economics and geopolitical significance of the maritime domain.”
India is a maritime nation and recently there have been an increasing attention to harness potential of the maritime domain for the country’s growth and the regional development, he said.
Meanwhile, Indian Armed forces is on high alert since after the Pulwama attack which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF soldiers.