27 Terror Camps In Pakistan: India
18 August 2005
New Delhi: New Delhi has claimed that there are around 27 militant training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The figures on the terrorist camps were given in a written reply in Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) by Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee on wednesday. There are about 2000 to 2500 terrorists at various camps and launching pads in Pakistan and PoK, he said. The defence minister reiterated that a large number of terrorists have been observed close to the Line of Control waiting to infiltrate. He also outlined the steps being taken to contain this infiltration. According to an English daily, India has expressed concern about the existence of the terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his Independence Day speech, had also asked Islamabad to dismantle the camps. The Pakistani foreign office was quick to respond by saying that such bases were not operating in its territory. The Army has been expressing concern at the sudden rise in infiltration level. It has been noticed that the infiltration was down in the first five months of this year but went up in the last two months. The Army has been carrying out operations to eliminate the infiltrators. Several attempts were foiled including a major operation in the Gurez sector in which more than a dozen terrorists were killed. The figures show that the Army had killed 560 terrorists in various operations during this year till July 27, 2005. Some 71 officers and soldiers were killed by terrorists in 2005.