March 2002 News

B''desh based terrorists focus on J&K

20 March 2002
The Daily Excelsior
B L Kak

New Delhi: Islamic fundamentalists and terrorists are helping anti-India Muslim rebels and their outfits operating in Jammu and Kashmir. This information was contained in a report prepared by Ministry of Home Affairs. Prepared at the instance of the Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, the report says that two dreaded outfits—Lashkar-e-Toiba and Harkat-ul Mujahideen have successfully managed to deeply entrench themselves in Bangladesh too, with the ostensible purpose of continuing anti-India activities of sorts on the Indian side of the border. The report in fact has let it be known that fundamentalist elements and terrorists of Bangladesh ''are helping the terrorist outfits operating in Jammu and Kashmir''. And outfits like Harkat-ul- Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba, besides Jamaat-e-Islami, continue to use Bangladesh for '' logistical support and transit of men and material'' for anti-India Muslim rebels in J&K and elsewhere in India, including North-East region. Again at the instance of Prime Minister, the Ministries of External Affairs and Home have raised the issue of militants operating from Bangladesh against the interest of India at various official meeting for a thorough probe. Believe it or not, the troubled State of Jammu and Kashmir, the report says, is known to possess just 81 Pakistani nationals. Official statistics made available by the Ministry of Home Affairs insist that while 77 Pak nationals have been reported overstaying in Jammu and Kashmir, four others are '' untraced'' According to the report, Rajasthan accounts for maximum number of overstaying and untraced Pakistani nationals— that is 4,973 as on December 31 last followed by 1769 Pakistani nationals in Maharashtra. The report doesn’t contain any information regarding Pak nationals overstaying in Delhi. It nonetheless, mentions that 81 Pak nationals are ''untraced'' in Delhi. A senior Ministerial source told EXCELSIOR in Parliament’s Central Hall that these and other details have been furnished to the Prime Minister. The sources divulged that some quarries have been recently made vis-a- vis the changing strategy of Jihadi elements and outfits in J&K and elsewhere in the country.


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