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Parliamentary panel attacks govt for terror attacks
A parliamentary panel has heavily criticised the intelligence agencies for the recent terror attacks in places such as Pathankot & Uri.

The panel said that these strikes "exposed the deficiencies" of the agencies and that there was no analysis of the "failure".

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs that made this statement was headed by senior Congress leader P Chidambaram. It also said that even though a year had passed since the Pathankot attack, the probe was yet to be completed by the National Investigation Agency.

"The committee feels that these attacks have exposed the deficiencies of our intelligence agencies," it said.

It has asked the Home Ministry to push for a speedy probe in the terror attacks so that loopholes can be identified and such attacks prevented in future.

"The committee, therefore, recommends that the (Home) ministry should instruct the NIA to complete the investigations of these attacks at the earliest so as to identify the loopholes in the intelligence setup in the border areas," it said.

The parliamentary committee also said that the government must carry out a thorough investigation to look for reasons responsible for the sudden spurt in infiltration attempts along the LoC.

As per reports, there were 364 attempts of infiltration in 2016, of which, 112 were successful in comparison to 121 infiltration attempts and 33 net infiltrations in 2015.

Suggesting the government to take proactive steps to foil such infiltration attempts, the panel suggested that the government must make use of technology for the same. 

"The committee recommends that the ministry must explore technological solutions for tunnel detection in border areas and should seek the help of other countries which have successfully developed tunnel detection systems," it said.

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