300 Militants Waiting To Infiltrate: Army Chief19 March 2010
New Delhi: Army chief Deepak Kapoor has said that around 250-300 militants are poised for infiltration across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. The army chief said Syed Salahuddin (United Jehad Council supremo) is exhorting his cadres to step up violence in Jammu and Kashmir. “In recent times, Syed Salahuddin accompanied by Pak Army and ISI officials visited the launch pads all along the LoC. At the behest of Pak, he is also exhorting his cadres to step up violence in J&K,” Kapoor said in an interview to the Manas Defence Yearbook. Gen Kapoor said the support to militancy from across the border continues even today. “The militant infrastructure and training camps do exist. These trained militants thereafter infiltrate into Indian borders to perpetrate violence,” he said and added that the militants are probably more emboldened. “The comparison of pre and post 26-11 period reveals that there is no decline or change in the quantum of Pak support to militant operations in J&K. To the contrary, the militants are probably more emboldened by the sustained support enjoyed by them despite international pressure on Pak, post 26-11,” he said. He said although Pakistan has always projected militant activities in J&K as an indigenous movement, the top leadership of various militant ‘Tanzeems’ (groups) including Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin are operating from Pak territory. “The assistance is provided for infiltration, incursions, recce, coordination and logistics or intelligence support through establishing launch pads existing along the LoC,” Kapoor said. The Army chief said that the institutional support is evident in equipping the militants with latest communication system organisations like Thuraya satellite phones, mobile phones and SIM cards. “The militant organisations are also being funded through various Hawala channels and FICN (fake currency),” Kapoor said.