J&K militants send SOS for funds, Arms
9 December 2001
The Asian Age
Jammu: Militant groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir have lately been hit by a shortage of arms and funds prompting them to make distress calls to their mentors across the border in Pakistan, defence sources said on Sunday. Security agencies had intercepted conversation between militant cadres based in the state and their leaders in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir during the last fortnight that also indicated the groups were under pressure due to the killing of terrorists by security forces in the state and on the border, sources said. “Colleagues require stores and faloose (funds),” was one of the distress messages sent by Lashkar-e-Tayyaba ultras in the state to the outfit’s leaders in PoK on December 5. A LeT leader in PoK was heard responding, “Everyone is demanding that. But there is shortage of funds. We cannot do anything.” A similar conversation intercepted on December 4 between Hizbul Mujahideen operatives in Kashmir and their leaders in Pakistan also indicated the “demoralisation” within the cadres on account of shortage of arms and funds, they said. The defence sources narrate another conversation between Hizb operatives in Jammu and Kashmir and those across the border. “How is the situation in your area? Why are colleagues being lazy in carrying out actions,” asked a Hizb leader in Pakistan. The reply from a Hizb commander in the state was, “You know the situation here. Colleagues have not received stores (arms) because of which actions cannot be carried out.” The sources said some militant outfits whose accounts have been seized across the world as part of the clampdown on terrorism are afraid of desertions by foreign mercenaries because of the shortage of funds. “We are facing a shortage of faloos (funds). Most of the colleagues are still to be given their share, if we behave like this with our Pathan colleagues (Afghans), they will not come back. They are going home for Ramzan,” said a message from a Harkat-ul-Mujahideen operative in Kashmir to leaders based in Pakistan on December 1. The sources said terrorist groups were also feeling the heat following intensification of vigil on the Line of Control.