April 2007 News

J&K govt gives India list of 123 militants hiding in AJK

21 April 2007
The Daily Times
Iftikhar Gilani

New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir government has reportedly submitted to the Indian Home Ministry a list of 123 men wanted in connection with terrorist activities in the state, claiming that all of them have crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and are hiding in Azad Kashmir. The list includes 35 Pakistani nationals, while the rest are Kashmiris. Of the Kashmiris, 60 are from Poonch district, one from Baramulla district, four each from Srinagar and Rajouri districts, five from Anantnag, two from Udhampur and one each from Budgam and Doda. Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, LeT operations chief Bilal alias Salahuddin, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JM) deputy chief Mufti Asrar and JM operations chiefs Shah Faisal and Madni are among the Pakistanis whose names have been put on the list. In its report to the Indian Home Ministry, the state government has rapped the ministrys Special Economic Intelligence Cell for not producing desired results and added that terrorists are receiving funds from abroad without any check. It said that in some cases funds were channelled from foreign countries to terrorist groups in Kashmir through the Western Bank and Kashmir Bank. It claimed that 50 terrorist training camps were working in Azad Kashmir and that trained terrorists were waiting at 102 launching pads to sneak into the state. It said that terrorists were now trying to obtain US-made night-vision devices for infiltration. They were also using sea routes or Nepal and Bangladesh to enter Kashmir. Two LeT men recently held in Kashmir came through a sea route, while another arrested in Jammu revealed that he travelled through Nepal, the government claimed. The state government also warned of a terrorist attack on the occasion of shifting of the state capital from Jammu to Srinagar in May and Amarnath Yatra in June. It informed the ministry that a Pakistani intelligence agency had directed General Abdullah, chief of Jamait-ul-Mujahideen, to launch a group of terrorists in Kupwara district this month. Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin has asked the militants to use remote-controlled improvised explosive devices to sustain militancy in Kashmir, the government said. A massive campaign is going on across Azad Kashmir for the assassination of President Pervez Musharraf for being soft on Kashmir and donations for jihad in Kashmir, the government said.


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