The Web


 Latest News on mobile: sms NEWS to 7333

Home > News > Report

85 terror camps in PoK: Army

Josy Joseph in New Delhi | October 07, 2003 17:18 IST

Pakistan is pumping in terrorists from 85 terror camps and some 120 launching pads along the Line-of-Control to step up violence in Kashmir, the India Army claimed on Tuesday, even as it paraded a Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorist from Pakistan before defence attaches of over 30 countries and journalists.
A senior army officer said Pakistan "continues to retain its infrastructure to calibrate cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir" and that "approximately 85 terrorist camps" are in operation in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.

The level of infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir in the recent days is comparable to the previous years, but the level of violence has gone up, he said.

"Violent incidents are showing an upward trend," the officer said, claiming that frustrated terrorists are looking for soft targets, including civilians.
The terrorists' communication network has seen drastic improvement and equipment for encoding radio communications is being used extensively. Renaming and re-siting of some of the communication control stations is also being done frequently.
In the first week of this month, the army foiled three infiltration attempts and killed 25 terrorists. In September, 77 infiltration attempts were foiled and 211 terrorists were killed. "It is the highest figure for a month since militancy started in Kashmir," the officer said.

The army has re-deployed its forces in the border areas of Kupwara, where a sudden spurt in infiltration has been noticed.

The army has also developed capacities to track terrorists from their launching pads in PoK through their infiltration routes and these abilities are helping the army in higher kill of terrorists.

New equipment, such as hand-held thermal imagers and night vision equipment, has given the army an edge in its fight against militancy in the Valley.

The officer said the army is also involved in welfare activities in the Valley to win over locals to its side. Seven battalions of Territorial Army, comprising almost 7000 Kashmiri youths, called the Home and Hearth Battalions in Kashmir, are being raised.
The terrorist, Mohammed Shahzad, whom the army brought before the media and foreign defence attaches, said he was a resident of Faisalabad, Pakistan.

A class-nine dropout, he was brain-washed into joining Lashkar-e-Tayiba and take up arms. But once in the Indian side of Kashmir, he realised the situation was "not as bad as it was being made out be in Pakistan," he said.
The army said it captured the jehadi in Doda during an operation on September 13.


7333: The Latest News on Your Mobile!

More reports from Jammu and Kashmir
Read about: The Road to Peace | Kargil Crisis

Share your comments

 What do you think about the story?

Read what others have to say:

Number of User Comments: 4

Sub: Reg: 85 terror camps in PoK ....

This government doesn't have guts to take action. Whether it be internal or external security. Probably, a Ram Mandir would bring them all that. If ...

Posted by Vivek Chaudhary

Sub: Terror camps in PoK

These terrorist breeding grounds in PoK should be closed. Otherwise the terrorists trained in these grounds will carry out attack not only in India but ...

Posted by Ramachandran

Sub: 85 terror camp in POK

POK shall be washed out with ful force. Let us think it is our land and we should not allow a foreign country to grow ...

Posted by jogesh mallick

Sub: hi

It is time that the rest of the world realized that Pakistan is the "hub" of terrorism and by destroying it would help a lot ...

Posted by siddharth


Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Write us a letter
Discuss this article

Related Stories

Army arrests top LeT militant

Terror camps are back: Army

People Who Read This Also Read

3 BSF personnel killed in J&K

Onions may bring tears to Cong

Pakistan conducts missile test

Copyright © 2005 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.