September 2001 News

ISI-run militants training camps not winded up: J&K DGP

21 September 2001
The Pioneer

Jammu: Militants'' training camps run by Pakistan''s ISI across the LoC (Line of Control) and the international border have only been dispersed and not winded up, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) A K Suri said.Pakistan has not closed its training camps for militants, rather the militants in these camps have been dispersed for the time being in view of the situation arising out of terrorist attacks in the USA and subsequent repercussions particularly in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mr Suri said while addressing a meeting of prominent citizens here on Thursday evening. Mr Suri warned that there could be more influx of militants in the State once the pressure builds up on the Taliban and militants to leave Afghanistan. He cautioned that Jammu could be centre of militant activities in the coming days with the darbar move next month. Attempts were underway to push more and more militants in Jammu region, Mr Suri said, adding that the ISI was making all out efforts to communalise the situation in Jammu region. Commending the role of Village Defence Committees (VDCs) and Special Police Officers (SPOs), Mr Suri said that VDCs have been responsible in cutting down about 30 percent of militant''s infiltration especially in the border belt. Meanwhile, Director General of Border Security Force (DG BSF) Gurbachan Jagat said here on Friday that there has been no ''extraordinary movement'' along the LoC and borders in Jammu and Kashmir following the call of the Taliban militia in Afghanistan to militants in the State to join them in a ''holy war'' against the United States. Speaking to the mediapersons after the flag-off ceremony of a trekking expedition of the BSF from Gangotri to Joshimath in Uttaranchal, Mr Jagat said, ''Normally, this time of the year exfiltartion and infiltration along the borders picks up as the mountains will be snow-bound very soon. But there has been no extraordinary movement into or out of the State recently.'' Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar on Thursday appealed to the militants active in Kashmir to cross over to Afghanistan and join the militia in its ''holy war'' against the United States. On the counter- insurgency operations carried out by the BSF in the State, Mr Jagat said, ''They have been very successful in containing militancy''. He said that the BSF is involved in counter-insurgency operations in Srinagar and Pulwama only. Dismissing the allegations of human rights violations in the State as ''exaggeration'' by the Hurriyat Conference and some human rights organisations, Mr Jagat questioned the silence of these organisations over the terrorist strikes on the United States on September 11. ''When you have five to six lakh security personnel (combined strength of all security forces) in the field, there may be some isolated cases of violations. But we have taken action against such erring personnel,'' said Mr Jagat.


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