Pak Army's Help To Militants A Cause For Concern: Army

23 July 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Nagrota: The Army today expressed concern over the help provided by Pakistan's army and paramilitary forces to militants in infiltration bids from across the Line of Control (LoC). The Army said unlike Kashmir, no youth from the Jammu region had joined the militant ranks or seemed to be influenced by the ISIS ideology. Since March this year, 50 youths have disappeared from the Valley. Of the total, 15 are from Awantipora in south Kashmir, nine from Kulgam, seven from Shopian, eight from Anantnag and 11 from north Kashmir. 'Infiltration bids in the Poonch sector are a routine activity, particularly from June to September every year. There is no unusual rise in them, but the difference this year is that the Pakistani army and their paramilitary forces like the Mujahid Battalions are helping militants and it is a cause for concern for us,' said Lt Gen KH Singh, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 16 Corps (White KnightCorps). 'The ceasefire violations are also aimed at helping intrusion bids. There is some kind of cooperation between Pakistani security forces and terrorists,' the 16 Corps GOC said. In this context, he referred to the recent truce violations in the Shahpur sector of Poonch. 'When our troops were trying to neutralise an intrusion bid, their Mujahid Battalion opened fire on our posts and men, which clearly indicated that the Pakistan army is helping them (ultras),' the Army officer said. He recalled how Pakistani troops had shelled civilians areas in Shahpur on Eid. Five persons, including a girl, were injured in the shelling. 'We gave them an adequate response. Since then, the Shahpur and Guntrian areas are quiet,' he said. Lt Gen KH Singh said a robust and near foolproof anti-infiltration obstacle system (AIOS) was in place all along the LoC and the Army would defeat any sinister design from across the border. 'We have an effective AIOS on the LoC that includes fence, surveillance devices and area domination patrols. I assure you that infiltration bids will not succeed,' he said. Lt General Singh put the number of militants between 150 and 190 in various launch pads from Sialkot to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on the other side of the border. 'While not a single youth joined the militant ranks or seem to be influenced by the ISIS ideology in the Jammu region, terror outfits are using cyber space to attract them,' he said. He said he didn't want to give hype to ISIS, but of late, it had started appearing in Pakistan and PoK. 'This is an area where we have to keep a watch, but there are no footprints of it across the Jammu region and we will not allow it here,' he added.