AJK Remains A Training Ground For Militants: BBC3 March 2010
Lahore: Militant training camps for those fighting in Indian held-Kashmir are once again being established in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and recruitment is also on the rise in Punjab, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said on Wednesday. In its latest report, the BBC also mentioned that the United Jihad Council (UJC) meeting was held in Muzaffarabad in mid-January, chaired by former ISI chief Lieutenant General (r) Hameed Gul. The meeting decided that the freedom struggle or jihad should continue until the Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir comes to an end. Pakistan has long been accused of supporting militant groups operating in Kashmir, which it denies. As a fledgling peace process between Pakistan and India developed in the years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US, it was widely believed that Islamabad’s support for the militancy had declined as it sought better relations with its nuclear-armed neighbour. But this has changed once again. Since 2009, militant activity has been on the rise in the Kashmir region, the report said. The Pakistani government denies any knowledge of Kashmir militant groups increasing their activities and says the militant groups in Indian-held Kashmir are operating on their own. According to the BBC, it looks evident now that the Kashmiri militant groups are once again working under the ‘patronage of the Pakistani establishment agencies’.