April 2003 News

Pak Reviving Militant Camps In PoK

26 April 2003
The Times of India

New Delhi: Despite Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee extending an olive branch to Pakistan, reports indicate that Islamabad was reactivating militant camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and other areas. Militants arrested recently and information collected from border outposts indicated that all five camps of Lashkar-e-Taiba in PoK had been revived and several hundred cadres, 80 per cent of them foreign mercenaries, were being trained in them, official sources said here. These militants who were arrested after Vajpayee's two-day visit to the Kashmir Valley, have reportedly told their interrogators that several camps in northern areas of Gilgit and Baltistan, which had been shut for long, had been reactivated to carry out violent activities in Kashmir. They revealed that several militants were waiting across the border for the snow to melt to enter the Valley for unleashing a rein of terror, the sources said. The militants had specific instructions to carry out as many suicide attacks as they could, the sources said. Vajpayee's public rally at the Sher-e- Kashmir stadium was a cause of frustration for the Pakistan-based militants, they said.


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