Foreign mercenaries in J&K outnumber local militants
29 August 2001
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Foreign mercenaries have outnumbered local militants in Jammu and Kashmir, casualty figures of militants killed at the hands of security forces this year have indicated, official sources said today. As against 0.2 per cent of the 844 militants killed in 1991, the number of foreign mercenaires who fell to the bullets of security forces till middle of this month stood at 57.2 per cent this year, the sources told PTI here. The sources said as many as 1059 militants including 605 foreign mercenaries were killed in the state till August 15, this year, adding after 1991, the presence of foreign mercenaries in the state continued to show an increasing trend. Most of the foreign militants killed in the operations carried out by the security forces have come from Pakistan, the sources said. The total figures of militant casualties since the eruption of militancy since 1990 till August 15, this year stood at 13,487 which included 3143 foreign mercenaries, the sources said. Giving break-up of the previous years, the sources said 550 militants were killed in 1990 followed by 844 in 1991, 819 in 1992, 1310 in 1993, 1596 in 1994, 1332 in 1995, 1209 in 1996, 1075 in 1997, 999 in 1998, 1082 in 1999 and 1612 in 2000. Meanwhile, the sources said 3161 militants laid down their arms before the security forces in the state since 1990.