May 2003 News

About 110 Terrorist Training Camps In PoK

10 May 2003
The Times of India

New Delhi: Contrary to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's claim that there are no terrorist training camps on its side, intelligence indicates there are about 110 of them in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), North West Frontier Province and some other parts. These are being funded and monitored by the Pakistan's ISI, a senior home ministry official told Times New Network here on Saturday. Some of these camps are at Habibullah, Peergarhi, Tarbela, Jangalmangal, Muzaffarabad, Bhimbhar, Kotli, Sarsawah, Sargodah, Attock, Manshera, Peshawar, Gilgit, Skardu and Asta, he said. 'These camps are mobile and keep shifting. So if Musharraf says there are no terrorist camps in PoK (and in Pakistan) and if there are any, they will be gone tomorrow,' perhaps he means they will shift out from one place to another,' the official argued. Intelligence sources said the size of a terrorist camp varies with holding capacity ranging between 50 and 2,000 trainees. These camps are a cluster of huts with roofs made of leaves and branches of trees to camouflage them. These are being run by terrorists outfits like Hizbul Mujahdeen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad. There are 1,200-1,500 trained militants of various outfits waiting to to infiltrate into J&K. An additional 3,000-3,500 militants are lodged in various training camps.


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