Al-Badr Most Active Terror Outfit In J&K
3 October 2007
The Times of India
Srinagar: The three day gunbattle in Kashmir's resort town of Gulmarg between security forces and militants has shattered the myth that the Army had finally got the Kashmiri terrorists on the run. Not only have terrorists trained in PoK camps made their annual push through the mountain passes before the winter freeze, they've come in with heavy arsenals. The last big encounter, again after a long gap, happened on July 31 when troops from the 9th Maratha Light Infantry foiled an infiltration bid in Uri sector. Commanding officer Col Vasanth V and an NCO were killed in that fighting, as were four terrorists. Al-Badr has of late been more active than any other terrorist outfit in the region, chiefly LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammed. The big groups have been identified in Pakistan, leading to international pressure on Islamabad to rein them in. JeM has come under fire in Pakistan for its involvement in attacks against General Pervez Musharraf, as also during the Lal Masjid stand-off in July this year. 'There is a clear change in strategy of using Al-Badr more and more,' said Wilson John, an analyst with a Delhi-based security think tank. While Lashkar-e- Taiba remains the bigger group, it has been in the Army's crosshairs and has bled, both in terms of men and equipment, John said.