July 2005 News

2,000 Militants Waiting To Cross LoC: India

17 July 2005
The Indian Express

Poonch: Posted at handshaking distance with Pakistani troops on the LoC, the army is on a hawk-eye vigil with information of 2,000 armed intruders waiting to cross into Jammu and Kashmir to keep the 'pot of militancy boiling'. Despite the peace initiatives between India and Pakistan, the terrorist infrastructure is intact across the Line of Control where nearly 2,000 armed militants are poised to cross to this side to keep the pot of militancy boiling,' a defence spokesman said. Most of these militants were currently waiting at 'launching pads' on the PoK side of the LoC such as Kopramain, Badayan Gopalpur, New Thruti, Daramsal, Sona, Pattan and Kanjur, he said. He said the terrorist camps churning out armed 'jihadis' in Pakistan- occupied Kashmir were Paddar, Hazira, Rawalakote, Nikial, Mangu, Barnallah, Khorian, Jandrote, Kotli and Fogosh. 'The troops are keeping a hawk-eye on the zero line round the clock to stop cross- border infiltration, which has picked up after the snowline started melting in the Pir Panchal ranges,' 16 Corps GOC Lt Gen Sudhir Sharma said. Infiltration 'has picked up though we had achieved near zero infiltration syndrome till May,' he said. The soldiers were making use of thermal imagers and night-vision devices to keep tabs on infiltration activity along the 740-km LoC some of which had three-tier fencing. He said the soldiers were 'positioned at handshaking distance with Pakistani troops' in the mountainous belts from Malu (Akhnoor) at altitudes ranging from 1,500-21,000 feet in the Siachen glacier and Ladakh sectors.


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