December 2002 News

5,000 Kashmiri militants in various Pak camps

30 December 2002
The Daily Excelsior
B L Kak

Jammu: The Government of India has received highly classified inputs, revealing the existence of 5,000-odd militants from Jammu and Kashmir in various camps in Pakistan. Giving this information to EXCELSIOR, a top source in the Government said that majority of these militants hailed from the Valley, while 10 to 15 per cent of the ''crowd'' belonged to the sensitive districts of Rajouri and Poonch. Each member of the ''crowd'' is treated by the Pak handler as ''Kashmiri mujahid'' According to the source, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr LK Advani, who holds the vital Home portfolio, has been given a sensational account of how and why Pakistanís Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has had to shift Kashmiri militants from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to some areas in Pakistani Punjab and North- West Frontier Province (NWFP) after the May 14 Kaluchak massacre near Jammu. The account, the source divulged, was mostly based on revelations made by some captured ultras in the course of their interrogation in recent days. The source did describe the nabbed militants as the ''prize catch'', but declined to give details like their identity, the areas they belonged to and the targets their sponsors or masters had earmarked for them in the State. If the account furnished to Mr Advani were any guide, more than 1,000 of the 5,000-strong ''crowd'' of Kashmiri militants had been shifted to a location in Pakistani Punjab near the HTR (Haripur-Taxila Road). The source said that those shifted to the HTR section were drawn from four major militant outfits, namely, Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami, Jamait- ul-Mujahideen, Al-Barq and Al-Umar. Intelligence inputs, according to the source, have revealed the presence of 1,500 to 2,000 Kashmiri ultras in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP). Most of them owe their allegiance to the Hizbul Mujahideen. The source said that Mr LK Advaniís statement in Jammu on Friday (December 27) that Pakistan had reactivated terrorist training camps on its soil as well as in territories occupied by Pakistan came soon after he had been fed with inteligence inputs vis-a-vis the ''fresh movement'' of large number of Kashmiri militants in several forward locations on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control (LoC). The Government of India has also been informed that the ISI has also chosen to put in place a ''new plan'' to deal with the ''new situation'' in Indian Kashmir. The ''new situation'', the source explained, was precisely the ''growing public receptivity'' in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir in relation to handling of matters by the new Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. The source briefly explained that the ISIís ''new plan'' was intended to counter the ''encouraging impact among the Kashmiri masses of the healing touch policy'' of the new Government in the State. The ISI strategy, it was also divulged, had, significantly, ''healing touch'' as one of its ingredients. Elaborating on it, the source said that the Government had received information about a ''new mechanism'' of the ISI to come to the aid of the families of those Islamist militants in Kashmir who get killed in their engagement with Indian security forces. Each bereaved family will, under the new methodology of the ISI, get at least Rs 5,000 per month. Another important feature of the ISI methodology or plan: Various militant and terrorist outfits in J&K will get more money from across the borderóalmost double the amount so far deposited in the kitty of each outfit.


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