Pak proxy war acquires new dimension in Kashmir
19 September 2001
The Indian Express
Jammu: Pakistan''s proxy war against India has acquired many new dimensions, like increased fidayeen attacks, usage of long-range weapons and effective communication system to spread the tentacles of terrorism in Kashmir Valley, the Ministry of Home Affairs says in its annual report 2000-2001. Cross-border firing by Pakistan army to augment and facilitate infiltration, upgradation in training to mercenaries and use of alien mercenaries to provide the cutting-edge leadership to militant activities in the state were some of the features of the proxy-war employed by Pakistan, it said. Besides, these include the use of fidayeen (the suicide squads) more attacks on security forces with sophisticated weaponry and on minorities in isolated pockets. The report said the increased use of long-range weapons with greater accuracy has also added a new dimension to the militant''s tactics with security force convoys with rockets and 81-mm mortars having been extensively used in these attacks. There has also been a sharp increase in the recovery of sophisticated weapons like missiles, rocket launchers, explosives, including RDX, which indicates the quality upgradation of weaponry and enhanced striking capability of the militant outfits, the report said. Though these weapons were used earlier, but their impact has been more damaging now due to their largescale deployment and more importantly, on account of greater expertise acquired by the militants, it said. The communication system of militant outfits has also been upgraded, making it more secure, fast and reliable.