July 2002 News

Afghan militants gather in PoK to attack India

21 July 2002
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: Hundreds of Islamic militants returning from Afghanistan after collapse of the Taliban regime have moved to Pakistan occupied Kashmir and are ready to join armed operations against Indian forces on the other side of the border, Pakistani media reports said. ''Most of these militants are associated with the three outfits banned by the Musharraf regime (Laskhar-e-Toiba, Jaish e-Muhammad and Harkatul Mujahideen),'' ''Newsline’ weekly said in an article. It said the crackdown by the Pakistani regime ''has had little effect on these organisations which have shifted their headquarters to PoK and started working under new names''. Questioning the ability of Musharraf regime to rein in these outfits, another article in the same magazine quoted political observers as saying ''the military will not allow him (Musharraf) to go beyond a limit in curbing the activities of Islamic militants, who most soldiers believe have been fighting for a Pakistani cause''. ''He faces an imminent revolt from his soldiers if he takes any further action without some signs of flexibility from the Indian side,'' the article said. It also quoted former ISI Chief Lt Gen Hamid Gul as saying ''by calling those attacking the Indian forces terrorists, Gen Musharraf is only echoing the Indian position.''


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