Senior police officer GPS Bhullar ruled out any connection between the men arrested in Mohali and the terrorists.
Three people have been arrested in Punjab's Mohali with Pakistani sim cards, a Pakistan-made automatic rifle and other weapons, the police have said.
The arrest of the three men, described by the Mohali police as heroin smugglers, comes as operations are still on against Pakistani terrorists who attacked an air force base in Pathankot, also in Punjab.
Senior police officer GPS Bhullar ruled out any connection between the men arrested in Mohali and the terrorists. Smugglers who operate across the Indo-Pak border in Punjab routinely use Pakistani sim cards to communicate with their contacts, he said.
He said the three men arrested today belonged to a cartel smashed earlier by the police.
Mohali is adjacent to Chandigarh, the shared capital of Punjab and Haryana.
Terrorists suspected to belong to the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, attacked the Pathankot air base early on Saturday morning and an operation to eliminate them has been on since then.
All six terrorists who launched the attack on the Air Force base on Saturday morning have been killed after an offensive operation that lasted for over 60 hours.