June 2000 News

Dividing line blurs between Pak Army and mercenaries

16 June 2000
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: THE INDIAN Army today claimed that the Pakistan Army was making efforts to integrate terrorist organisations along with SSG personnel and ex-servicemen under an umbrella organisation of Kashmir Liberation Army, Jaish-e-Mohammed of Maulana Azhar Masood, in a bid to step up terrorist attacks in the Kashmir Valley. According to the Army spokesman, Pakistan was also making attempts to reactivate dormant outfits like Al-Umar, Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen and Al Fateh in the Valley. ''Terrorist leaders at various levels, under the guidance and active collusion of the Pakistan Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), have orchestrated a well-planned propaganda drive aimed at spreading the disbelief that Jehad is in its culminating stages. This is aimed at stepping up terrorist activities and seeking unsuspecting volunteers for suicide missions by playing on their fundamentalist psyche,'' the spokesman claimed. However, such an effort, according to him, has created confusion among the rank and file of all the ''tanzeems'' in Kashmir. The Army feels that Pakistan military has upped its ante along the Line of Control (LoC) in order to try and divert Indian resources. The Army substantiated its claims by comparing terrorist incidents that took place in the Valley between January to mid-June this year and the previous year. The Army claimed that the ISI was cheating Kashmiri militants and their relatives by distributing ''fake currency'' even to the next of kin of those militants killed. The Army spokesman said Paki-stani designs had been thwarted to some extent with the elimination of prominent terrorist leaders including Hamid Gada alias ''Idrish'', so-called divisional commander of Hizbul Mujahideen on March 13, and Abun Zafar alias ''Doctor'', district commander of Laskhar-e-Tayyaba on March 24.


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