December 1999 News


Militancy now in hands of foreigners: J-K police chief

Date: 29 December l999
Hindustan Times

Today, when Kashmir is desperately looking for peace at the dawn of the new millenium, the news from militancy front is that it has already graduated from proxy war to war.Its dangerous dimensions have stretched beyond the borders of the country and the recent hijacking of the Indian Airline  plane from Kathmandu to Delhi on Friday is just one of the manifestation. The players in this dangerous game are mostly foreigners reducing the role of the locals to almost nil.

This change in scenario brings into focus an essential fact that the locals are gradually moving out of the active cadres of militancy and the gap is being filled by foreignerswhose numbers is estimated to be over 2000." They are better trained and armed and know war skills in great measures," Mr Jagat, whose force also suffered a setback when eight policemen were killed on a single day in Srinagar city in mid- December."This also reflects that the militants are foreigners and want to take on anyone fighting them, particularly those who have close links with the local people", added Mr.Jagat.

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