August 2003 News

Terror camps were temporarily shifted under US pressure : Ultra

22 August 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR: An arrested Hizbul Mujahideen militant today said all the training camps in Pakistan are 'operational' at their original places after being temporarily shifted following 'US pressure' last year. 'All the training camps in Pakistan were still operational. During the heightened tension between India and Pakistan and under US pressure most of the camps were shifted', the militant Shahbaz Ahmad Bhat, said when he was presented before the media after his arrest by BSF yesterday. Three base camps namely BOI, Garhi Habibullah and Mansera Jungles were shifted to Tarbela, Haripur and Taxila, which were running under the ISI supervision. But these camps have been shifted back to their original locations, he said. Bhat, a resident of Chukar village in Pattan tehsil of Baramulla district, was arrested by the troops during a raid on a hideout at Harbachu village in Tral township of Pulwama, a BSF Spokesman said. The militant said all the forward launching detachments along the LoC numbering approximately 17 have been fully activated and launching of militants to Indian side was going on unabated. From the forward Kahuta detachment of ISI, at least two groups were launched prior to his infiltration into the Valley and two more groups were waiting there to infiltrate during the first week of the August, he disclosed. The ultra said he was motivated by Hizb militants in Pattan belt and taken for training in one of the outfits camps in Pakistan in September 1999. After undergoing training at Hizb training camp ‘allaqa-e-gair’ in North East Frontier Province for four months, Bhat moved to Jungle Mangle camp and stayed there for more than three years, the BSF spokesman said quoting his interrogation report, adding he returned to the Valley last month. (PTI)


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