August 2006 News

ISI continues to support terror groups in J&K

23 August 2006
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: Maintaining that Pakistan has not dismantled the terror infrastructure existing on its soil, India today said the neighbouring country's intelligence agency ISI continues to provide 'directions' and 'logistics' support to terrorist groups like LeT active in this country. 'We have not received any information on dismantling of terrorist training camps,' Home Minister Shivraj V Patil said replying to supplementaries during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha here. He said information about existence of terrorist training camps was passed on to Pakistan during the Home Secretary-level talks between the two countries. 'Results have not been satisfactory... We are not satisfied,' he said. According to available inputs, ISI continues to provide directions and logistics support including recruitment, arms training and funds to militant outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e- Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen and Al-Badr for terrorist related activities in Jammu and Kashmir despite Government's peace initiatives and Prime Minister's invitation to separatist leaders for two Round Table conferences. 'Available inputs indicate Pakistan's ISI continues to remunerate terrorists for attacks on security forces and political leaders. 'The serial grenade attacks on April 14 and July 11, 2006 in Srinagar city and killing of tourists are reportedly the result of directives received by the terrorist outfits from across the border,' he said. Patil said the list of India's most wanted was also discussed at the Home Secretary- level talks but no action has been taken. 'We have given documents pointing out to places where training is imparted to terrorists,' he said adding Pakistan was in a denial mode. Emphasising its commitment to the dialogue process, India has conveyed to Pakistan that talks can be sustained if it takes action on dismantling the infrastructure of terrorism, including training camps, launch pads and communication links between terrorist groups on the Indian side and their handlers on the Pakistan side, he said. To another question, Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal said the Government was committed to provide security cover to all citizens, including Kashmiri Pandits. 'This year the State Government had assured security cover to Panun Kashmir, an organisation of Kashmiri Pandits in order to enable them to perform 'Mahashradh' in the Valley,' he said. But despite the assurance given by the Government, Panun Kashmir chose to perform 'Mahashradh' in Jammu (Akhnoor) on August 6, 2006, he said. 'Many religious functions such as Kheer Bhawani Mela and Amarnathji Yatra are held in the Valley every year in which Kashmiri Pandits take part in large numbers and Government takes all measures for their security and safety,' he added.


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