March 2002 News

ISI may push Taliban fighters into J&K: Police

24 March 2002
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police fears that ISI would try to push Taliban forces evacuated from Afghanistan into the state this summer to boost militancy.Senior state police officials said that some wireless intercepts and confessions of arrested militants suggested that ISI had rehabilitated the Taliban in Bagh, Kotli and Mirpur areas of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.''We have information that Pakistan would be pushing these Taliban forces into the state during the forthcoming summer because primarily it wants to keep them out of its soil in view of the mounting international pressure especially from the United States,'' a senior official said here.''The second reason is that Pakistan''s ISI desperately wants to increase the level of violence in the state which is comparatively low following the tightening of noose around militancy,'' he said.With elections were scheduled in the state for later this year Pakistan also wanted to project a picture of large-scale violence in the state, they said. Related stories  3 policemen killed in Jammu encounter Stop infiltration, India tells Pakistan Pak warns India against offensive Full coverage Indo-Pak ties


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