It will not be very difficult for any Pakistani trained ultra to get the detailed maps of important airbases in Punjab as images of strategic Pathankot, Adampur and Halwara airports are easily available on internet where fighter jets are also visible.Easy availability of images of vital installations, including the Pathankot, Adampur and Halwara airbases on the internet has raised questions about their safety. A closer scrutiny of the images also provides detailed information of bunkers, hangars and other infrastructure inside the airbase.
The terrorists had used military maps and satellite images during the attack on Pathankot airbase in January, 2016. Despite that the government and concerned agencies have failed to act against these images easily available on net.Even fighter jets present at the airport could also be seen clearly in the pictures by satellite. Satellite images show these fighter jets parked inside the airbase, besides the runway and internal roads. The route leading to the technical areas is also visible in the pictures.Pakistani terrorists have targeted locations in Punjab along International Border during past some years. Central agencies continuously issues alerts to Punjab government regarding possible terror attacks. However the images that are available on internet could become an easy tool for ultras anytime.
Sources in army intelligence at Jalandhar said that report of pictures of important establishments available on internet is sent to New Delhi on regular basis.“Central government can only ask Google to remove these pictures from the internet. However it cannot pressurize Google. On the other hand these pictures are a major threat to the country” said an army official based in Ludhiana.
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