March 2003 News

Lashkar, JeM Behind Pandit Killings: Army

27 March 2003
The Asian Age

Srinagar: The Army on Thursday said Pakistan-based terrorist outfits Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Jaish-e-Mohammed were involved in the massacre of the 24 Kashmiri pandits in the Valley on Sunday. The vice chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Shantonu Choudhury, said, 'Local terrorists cannot commit such acts. Only foreign terrorists can, and the two main groups are the LeT and JeM.' He was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a seminar of the Confederation of Indian Industry on military communications. He said the Indian Army knew where all the camps of the militant outfits were located. India had made it clear to the international community that these terrorist camps existed. The Army vice chief said there was no doubt that these groups were behind the killings - even though they changed their names. 'Anyway things will be clear in a couple of days,' he said. Questioned about infiltration from across the LoC, Lt. Gen. Choudhury said it was difficult to ascertain whether it had increased or decreased. Army sources said with the summer approaching, infiltration will be on the rise again.


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