Pak army backing infiltration: Army chief
6 June 2007
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: With the past few months witnessing a spurt in infiltration bids across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, India today blamed 'elements in the Pakistan Army' for backing militants sneaking into the country. 'We have reports to suggest some elements of the Pakistan Army, including the Inter-Services Intelligence, are helping to push the militants across,' said Army Chief Gen J J Singh. 'There is always some support available to militants to infiltrate across the border,' Singh told reporters at a Defence Ministry function here. Earlier, Defence Minister A K Antony said April had witnessed an unusual upswing in infilration attempts. The Army has been asked to 'closely monitor' the situation all along the 742-km LoC to check the 'pattern and strength' of infiltration bids. Antony said the Army was asked to monitor the situation for three months to discern whether there was a pattern in the bids by militants to sneak across the LoC. 'There was a hike in infiltration attempts in April, and we will monitor the figures for the months of May, June and July,' he said. 'But the ceasefire is holding all along the Indo-Pak border,' Antony said, pointing out that the Director Generals of Military Operations of the two armies were in 'regular touch' on the hotline to discuss the situation along the border. Antony also dismissed reports that Pakistan had built new bunkers and watchtowers close to the border in no-manís land in the RS Pura sector in Jammu and Kashmir.