March 2002 News

ISI ropes-in gullible youths

22 March 2002
The Daily Excelsior
B L Kak

Jammu: Official agencies as well as the political class in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) continue to provide ''all help'' to terrorist outfits in Jammu and Kashmir. Giving this information, a Ministerial sources said that ''all help'' from across the border had been in the shape of training, equipment, arms and money to enable militants to undertake subversion on the Indian soil. The Ministerial source told EXCELSIOR on Friday that Pakistan agencies continued to rope in gullible youth from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir for training on the other side of the Line of Control (LoC). ''It is not feasible to give exact figures in this regard'', he said. While admitting that estimates varied widely, he said that reports available with the Government put the number of Kashmiri youth, who crossed into Pakistan and PoK from J&K between 1998 and 2001, at around 3,000. The Jammu and Kashmir Government, the sources divulged, had through a communication to the Minister for Home Affairs, Mr L K Advani, given an account of the measures initiated to check the trend of ex-filtration of the youth from the State to Pakistan and PoK. According to the communication, while the J&K Government had accorded priority to the requirements of unemployed educated youth, more than 85,000 youth had been provided Government jobs. The J&K Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, the communication emphasised, had strong reasons to urge the Centre for more financial help to his State at a time when his Government had, at the instance of New Delhi, initiated a series of measures to revive tourist industry and handicrafts sector, besides rendering assistance to Central agencies in bringing about better border management and plugging known routes of infiltration and ex-filtration. The J&K Police and CID have helped the Army identified probable routes of infiltration by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. The Army had, the Ministerial sources pointed out, initiated a comprehensive surveillance system and adopted a suitable defensive posture to check infiltration from across the LoC and International Border (IB) in J&K. Asked to comment on a recent media report that as many as 300 Pakistani terrorists had managed to occupy 150 km of Indian territory by trespassing into Peer Panchal mountain range in J&K, the Ministerial sources said, ''this report is not factually correct. The Government has not received any report about the existence of terrorist fortifications on the Peer Panchal range''.


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