20 Fidayeen Squads Ready To Enter Kashmir
27 September 2003
The Times of India
Jammu: In a bid to step up militancy in a big way in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan's ISI had revived support bases along the Line of Control and the International Border, closed after September 11, from where around 1,600 trained terrorists were set to infiltrate, top security sources said on Sunday. Most of the militancy support set-up, including 12 special operational intelligence units (SOUI), 13 launching pads and 25 arms training camps, have been revived in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Pakistan in the last three months, the sources said. Around 1,560 to 1,615 trained militants, including 20 suicide squads, were set to cross over into the country from these bases, the sources said citing intelligence reports. Revival of these bases is of concern to the security establishments here as SOUIs and launch pads, closed after September 11 attack in the US, are the main support system to highly trained militants for infiltration, sabotage activities and identification of specific targets, they said.