400 militants wait to cross LoC, border
26 September 2001
The Asian Age
Line of Control, Pallanwala : Over 400 Kashmiri militants are lying in wait at different launching pads to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir across the Line of Control and the International Border, defence sources said here on Wednesday.The Pakistani Army, which has shut down training camps in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, has segregated foreign mercenaries from Kashmiri militants and sent those of Kashmiri origin, trained as well as those under-training, to 15 prominent launching pads along the LoC and IB with Jammu and Kashmir, particularly with the Jammu sector, the sources said. These launching pads, where armed Kashmiri ultras have been kept for a push back into Jammu and Kashmir, are located opposite the Indian areas, which include Nanga-Londi (Kathua sector), Mukwal, Chimbiliyal, Ramgarh, Arnia, Checkenneck, Keri, Akhnoor East (Jammu sector), Laam, Nowshera, Sunderbani (Rajouri), Poonch Gali, Galakote, Sabzian, Mendhar (Poonch). Most of the militants are being pushed into the Jammu region to keep the pot of militancy boiling during the coming winter and in the event of a conflict in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, foreign mercenaries have been asked to leave Jammu and Kashmir and enter PoK immediately to help the Taliban against the Northern Alliance and to defend Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden, who is hiding in Afghanistan. Security forces, who have stepped up security along the Line of Control and the International Border, have managed to kill five Kashmiri militants along the Jammu border over the last three days. The foreign mercenaries, mainly Afghanis, Pakistanis and Sudanese, are moving from indepth areas of Doda, Udhampur and Pir Panch ranges towards the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri, the sources said. Their main thrust will be on the borders of Rajouri, Poonch, Kupwara and Baramulla in the next few days, when mercenaries start exfiltrating into PoK. Before shifting towards the borders, mercenaries are handing over heavy weapons to the local militants of the pro-Pakistani outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and have only kept their service weapons with them. A high alert is being maintained along the border with Pakistan with the upgradation of surveillance and monitoring, the sources said, adding that the night patrol has also been intensified.