November 2004 News

Bonhomie Off, Terror On In J&K

9 November 2004
The Times of India

Jammu: There are nearly 90 transit and training camps for anti-India terrorists in Pakistan, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the northern areas, say Indian security officials. The same regions also have over 30 active pads for launching terrorists for infiltration across the Line of Control (LoC), the officials said. Terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and their mentors across the border exchange over 150,000 messages a year, and many of them relate to the planning and execution of the 4,000 or so violent incidents that occur in the state, say these officials. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said nothing had changed in Pakistan's attitude and support to terrorists in Kashmir. They said they had detected 31 radio control stations at six locations in PoK and one other spot in Pakistan. Pakistan's role in supporting the activities of terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir was highlighted in a statement circulated at a press conference by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. The statement said that Pakistan had been pressuring the All Party Hurriyat Conference, J&K's main separatist grouping, not to resume talks with the Centre. The officials said Pakistan also continued to 'recruit and train' terrorists and provide them safe havens and arms and ammunition. 'Its participation in subversive propaganda abroad is more than visible,' said an official. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had recently underlined that engaging Pakistan in a dialogue on all issues, including Kashmir, would depend on Islamabad living up to its pledge not to allow use of its territory for terrorist activities directed against India. While identifying areas of Pakistan's support to terrorists, the statement issued on Sunday spotlighted the subversion of the bureaucracy and the police. For funds of Rs 1.5 billion a year, Pakistan has been actively organising hawala or money laundering transactions, using banking channels and collection of funds by expatriate Kashmiris.


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