Terror Network Intact In Pak Despite Quake: Army
25 November 2005
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: Even though supply lines of arms and ammunition got clogged due to the October 8 quake, the terror infrastructure across the border is intact and the level of infiltration the same, a top Army official has said. 'Supply lines of arms and ammunition to the terrorists got choked somewhere due to the October quake, but the terrorists have been carrying out attacks in desperation, using grenades and IEDs to show their presence,' Northern Command General Officer Commanding-in- Chief Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor said. Reports of the entire terror infrastructure being destroyed in the quake were incorrect, he said. 'It has been damaged to some extent only.' The infiltration level too had not come down, he said. 'It is as it was before the quake.' Several terrorist training camps around Muzaffarabad had been damaged due to the quake but terrorists were continuing to sneak into the state, Kapoor told reporters in Jammu on Thursday. On the recent spurt in terrorist activities in J&K, the Army commander said the acts had a twin aim - to show their presence and to hamper development by creating panic. The terrorists were 'frightened by the alienation' of the civilian population people and were desperately trying to win them over, he said. He said terrorism 'will affect tourism, which continues to be the backbone of the state's economy. The killing of a single tourist can lead to sudden decline in tourist traffic'.