June 2002 News

Infiltration has no stopped: Advani

26 June 2002
The Tribune

New Delhi: Union Home Minister L.K.Advani today said that infiltration from Pakistan had not "totally stopped" although there had been some decrease in it. This was stated by Mr Advani while replying to a clarification sought by some members, dur- ing the meeting of the Consultative Committee attached to the Home Ministry held here, on the ground reality on the border with Pakistan. The Home Minister, who presided over the meeting, also told members representing various political parties that the government had information that over 3,000 Al-Qaida men had crossed over to Pakistan from their earlier bases. Earlier, the committee was informed that multi-agency approach and implementation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). had led to significant achievements in the detection of funding channels to terrorists operating in J&K. The committee members were also informed about various channels used by Pakistan fund terrorist and secessionist activities in India. A brief factual presentation was also made before the Consultative Committee on channel of funding adopted by Islamabad through trans-border smugglers, infiltrating mercenaries, through the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, through Hawala operators and also charitable organisation. The Home Ministry's assessment said that POTA had been an effective instrument in tackling the overground support base for the terrorists and that the multi-agency approach yielded better results in tackling the menace and speedy trial of cases would have deterrent effect. It said that charitable institutions funded from abroad should be closely monitored and banks and credit institution's based in Jammu and Kashmir should be regularly audited for suspicious transactions.


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