Terror Camps Exist Alongside Pak Army Regiments: India
20 July 2006
New Delhi: Terror training camps exist alongside the Pakistani Army regiments across the border and traces of Al-Qaeda's presence in Jammu and Kashmir have been found in communication intercepted over the last two months. Infiltration in the valley has been on the rise and the militants have changed their terror tactics as well as the mode of supply of ammunition into the trouble-torn state, said a report in a leading english daily 'Asian Age' published here today quoting a senior official of the Central Reserve Police Force said. 'The language and the codes of the communication intercepts suggest that the global terror outfit has been operating in the valley for last two months,' the official said adding that two Afghans were gunned down in the valley last week during counter-insurgency operations. The terror outfits have started recruitment of female cadres to avoid frisking and to make up for the loss of middle-level cadre lost during counter-insurgency operations in the state in the last few years, the official said. 'After the Mufti Mohhamad Sayeed government released about 20,000 militants when it came to power, the madrassas have started indoctrination programs and mass mobilization against the symbols of state, including the police, administration and the government are being undertaken,' the official elaborated. This, besides the four outfits active in the valley, including Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizbul Mujahidden and Al-Badr, have been networked and are sharing their tactics, technology and cadre for carrying out attacks in the state, the official said. The outfits have changed their earlier tactics of use of car bombs and suicide squads on security forces to attacking soft targets as tourists. People from rural areas are recruited by the outfits as they have not been direct beneficiaries of the surge in tourism in the state, he said, and added that 'it is disturbing to note that no rights group has condemned over the recent killings in the valley.' Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal said: 'We have reports that infiltration is on the rise in Jammu and Kashmir and peace talks with Pakistan cannot go hand in hand with terrorist activities. Terrorist training camps are being run in Pakistan and their cadres in valley are being indoctrinated in jihadi ideology in the valley.' Troop deployment in the valley will be enhanced in view of the escalation of violence and increase in infiltration, the minister said. The internal security situation was also discussed at a high-level meeting of chief secretaries of the states with Cabinet Secretary B K Chaturvedi, Union Home Secretary V K Duggal and chiefs of intelligence agencies. Meanwhile, sources in the armed forces said that 59 terrorist training camps are active in Pakistan and the divisions' corps and commands have chalked out their own strategies and identified weapons to be used in case of an operation for 'hot pursuit' against the training centers across the border.