August 2005 News

Delhi Says Infiltration Is Continuing

21 August 2005
The Nation

New Delhi: Despite the recent confidence-building measures between India and Pakistan, infiltration of 'militants' into Indian held Kashmir is continuing and 'militant infrastructure' in Pakistan is intact, a senior Indian army officer said, Outlook reports. 'Infiltration of militants into Jammu and Kashmir from across the border is continuing and their numbers are larger than previous years. There have been increased sneaking-in attempts in June-July this year than last year,' Lt Gen Hari Prasad told reporters on the eve of his retirement as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Command. He said notwithstanding the CBMs between India and Pakistan, terrorist infrastructure, launching pads and communication network were intact across the line of control. Though he refused to directly comment on Pakistan's role in militancy, Prasad said there was a desperate attempt to push 'militants' in from all over to continue the movement. He said army has had the bitter experience of announcing a ceasefire in 2000 as 'militants' utilised the period to regroup and arm themselves and came back with a bang. However, Prasad said, the level of militancy had decreased to a large extent in the state as 75 per cent of 'militant leadership' had been eliminated.


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