August 2002 News

Pak militant reveals plan to disrupt J&K poll

7 August 2002
The Times of India

BHUJ: Pakistan has decided to disrupt normal life in Jammu & Kashmir during the assembly election, confessed a Pakistani terrorist, recently arrested by the Kutch police from the border village of Kotda near Khavda. At a press conference DIG PK Jha said that his interrogation has revealed that large-scale recruitment of ''jihadis'' had been going on in the PoK and the task was entrusted to Jaish-e- Mohammad, a Pakistan-operated terrorist organisation. Youths from other Islamic countries like Afghanistan, Sudan have also been invited for the mission which is of Azad Kashmir. Jaish-e-Mohammad recruits youths while Inter-Service Intelligence of Pakistan gives trained militants a list of what to do and gives infrastructural help. According to the arrested terrorist, who has also worked as a driver in Jammu, over 40,000 such terrorists have been recruited so far. Out of them, 7,000 are being trained at special camps at Rawalkot and Balakot and Kotdi. Kutch police claimed that the arrested terrorist had crossed over into Jammu along with eight other terrorists. Almost half of them died in encounters at various places in J&K. The person who is with Kutch police has also been involved in an attack on a CRPF camp and an attack on the border village defence squad. He joined the Jaish-e-Mohammad two years back. His don is Masood Azhar, the mastermind behind the Air-India hijack incident of Kathmandu. Kutch police has been in constant touch with the Jammu & Kashmir police and other security agencies. SP Subhas Trivedi expressed his thanks to a Muslim person from Dhobrana village for detaining the terrorist and alerting the Khavda police.


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