May 2003 News

Kashmir Border Still Bristles: Army

6 May 2003
The Statesman

New Delhi: For all the high-level peace moves, the militancy situation in J&K is virtually unchanged, top defence officials said but asked for more time to assess the situation. While the situation is not identical to the past years, the army officials attribute the marginal decrease in the level of violence in the Valley and the number of militants killed to the steps taken in the recent past. These includes instalation of sensors on the Line of Control, and two and three tier defensive positions taken by army troops tasked to check infiltration. 'Infiltration is continuing and virtually every day there are encounters. A number of militants are still being killed and the army is still losing troops in the fighting,' a senior official said. Nor is there any clear signal that the 'pipeline' of militancy- the camps across the line of control and in Pakistan- have been closed down. Officials said it could take anything between a fortnight and a month to get a positive indication about Pakistan's intentions. Recent intrusions over the 1,000 km line of control or some in the future could even be 'local' efforts. But the long-term situation remains hardly changed, they said. 11 Pakistani ultras among 13 killed in J&K Thirteen people including 11 Pakistani ultras, four of them top commanders of different outfits, were killed in J&K since last night, official sources said today. Eleven Pakistani ultras, including commanders of the Jamait-e-Mujahideen, Harkat-ul-Jehadi-Islami, Hizbul Mujahideen and Muslim Janbaz Force were killed in Rajouri, Poonch and Doda, they said. Police recovered two bullet-ridden bodies from Kathian and Dudalpul in Udhampur today, adds PTI from Jammu.


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