Militants training at 42 camps in Pakistan

Border violation continues: Ministry shared info with states

Militants training at 42 camps in Pakistan

Around 2,500 militants are undergoing training at 42 camps in Pakistan, waiting to cross over and strike in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country.

The Union Home Ministry shared this information with states at the chief ministers’ conference on internal security.

Twenty-five of these camps are located in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). According to the information compiled by the Multi Agency Centre, an umbrella body that collects and collates intelligence inputs before sharing them with other stakeholders on a need-to-know basis, 230 armed militants have already sneaked into India.

They belong to the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Harkat-ul Jehadi Islami and the Hizbul Mujahideen. There are several local Kashmiri ultras as well, said sources.

Infiltration, however, has come down considerably this year. Twenty-five militants have tried to cross over till March. Infiltration bid is 19.3 per cent less than the corresponding period last year, when 31 such attempts were made.

Overall, 264 infiltration attempts were made last year and 247 in 2011.

Data compiled by security agencies affirms that there has been a decline by 49 per cent in terrorist infiltrations since 2010, when 489 attempts were observed.

Consequently, violence in the Valley has also reduced. Government sources attributed this improved situation to meticulous and proactive safeguarding of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. In the last one week, the Army, along with the local police, has eliminated top self-styled commanders in the Valley.

The Pakistanis are, however, trying to push the militants from PoK. Melting of snow in the upper reaches has made it easier for the ultras to move through the mountain passes.
A few days ago, the Army shot dead three militants along the Line of Control (LoC) who attempted to sneak into the Valley in north Kashmir.

Till March, 28 terror incidents were reported in the state. Eight security personnel, six civilians and three militants died. Forty-eight such incidents were reported till March 2012 in which 12 militants were killed.

The government sources said the states have also been directed to ensure that a democratic process is followed to instil confidence among the people.

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