February 2006 News

The Pak Terror Tap Still Flows

4 February 2006
The Indian Express

Jammu: Despite the Indo-Pak thaw and a slew of Confidence Building Measures, Pakistan is yet to turn off its terror tap. Six militants who surrendered before the Army on Friday revealed that thousands of militants are undergoing training at camps in Pakistan-Occupied- Kashmir.The six militants had decided to lay down arms after their families established contacts with senior Army officials in the Jammu division and sought their help in absorbing them back into the mainstream. With more families approaching the Army to facilitate the surrender of misguided youth, Army officials are not ruling out the possibility of more surrenders of Kashmiri youths in near future. The six Kashmiri youths who surrendered on Friday belong to a lesser-known militant outfit called Kashmir Freedom Force. These men, who laid down their arms before senior Army officials during a ceremony held at Nagrota on Friday, have disclosed that they were trained by Pakistani Army officials in civil dress. 'This is just a beginning. We are in touch with the families of several Kashmiri youths undergoing training at camps in PoK. In future, more surrenders are expected,' said Brigadier Arumi Raj, sector commander 11 RR, during the surrender ceremony on Friday. These surrendered youths have revealed that there are thousands of youths undergoing arms training in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. The help rendered by the humanitarian face of the Army during natural calamities like snow tsunami and the recent earthquake have changed the image of Army amongst the Kashmiri people. No longer afraid of the Army any more, people are coming forward with surrender requests. 'Many Kashmiri youths undergoing training in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir are willing to join the mainstream. They are in constant touch with their family members over the issue,' said sources. But in a telling comment on the situation in the Valley, they prefer to lay down arms in Jammu instead of Srinagar. 'The surrender ceremony receives widespread publicity in the Valley, which could create security problems for the surrendered militants,' sources added.


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