Cross-border Infiltration This Year More Than Double Than Last Year
11 November 2006
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: Ahead of Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary level talks, infiltration remains a cause of worry for New Delhi as the number of infiltrators from Pakistan has been put at nearly 650 this year, more than double than last year. The infiltrators, entering the valley mainly through Kupwara region in North Kashmir and Balakote in Jammu region, have cut the barbed wires at certain places, sources in the Union Home Ministry said. At a recent meeting of Union Home Ministry officials with central security agencies and other central para military forces, inputs from various forward posts and those gathered through Technical Intelligence (TECHINT) and Human Intelligence (HUMINT) were shared after which the figure of nearly 650 was arrived at, the sources said. India's concern over infiltration would be shared with the visiting Pakistani delegation, the sources said. Most of the militants who infiltrated are from Afghanistan and Pakistan while a small number of terrorists, mostly belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen, are Kashmiri. Besides sneaking into the valley through traditional routes in Kupwara, the militants also used difficult terrain along the Razdan Pass in Gurez sector, they said. In Jammu region, the militants entered into the state through Poonch and Mendhar sectors. The infiltration figures last year stood at less than 200.