Army Predicts Spur In Kashmir Militancy In 201212 December 2011
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Kashmir's strategic 15 Corps general officer commanding (GOC) Lt Gen Syed Atta Hasnain on Monday warned of an increase in militant infiltration during the winters only saying 'the upcoming year 2012 could be a different story', pointing towards heightening militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir. “There are desperate attempts from militant groups to intrude in this part of Kashmir because strength of militants is receding. Most of the militant leaders have been eliminated since the early months of 2011. So I think the level of desperation will again rise,” said Hasnian during a media interaction in Srinagar. The army, Hasnain said, haven’t shown any negligence in dealing and foiling the infiltration attempts. 'Our grid of counter- insurgency has been very successful,' he said. Crediting the Army's counter infiltration grid for successfully eliminating top militant leaders since the early months of 2011, the GOC said the army lessened the militant related activities in Kashmir. Unlike the past predictions of low militants infiltration during winters given heavy snowfall, Hasnain said, 'Within few weeks, when there will be snowfall we believe there will be activities. The militants are still active on the launch pads. Earlier we used to focus on the northern Kashmir and the areas like Gurez Machil or Keran sectots, which has now started witnessing calm while as we have been informed that the areas like Uri and Leepa get their attention but we are geared to foil any such infiltration bid.' For the last two three months, he said, there hasn’t been any contact or any other major infiltration attempt. 'But that doesn’t mean the story and situation will remain same in the coming year of 2012,” said Hasnain. The army believes after December and, particularly in the month of February, the activities from the militant groups will remain high. “Besides that it will also depend on what will be the situation on the other side of the border, not only in Pakistan, Pakistan administered Kashmir but in Afghanistan too” he added. Hasnain said the situation in Afghanistan does have a fallout in Kashmir. 'Wherever there is any event that certainly causes a repel effect in the surroundings,' he said. The GOC maintained that there was no change in Pakistan army's mindset. 'The camps continue to remain in the same magnitude. The strength of the militants continues to remain the same,' he said.