February 2002 News

Militants, al-Qaeda regrouping in PoK

20 February 2002
The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Far from any decrease in cross-border terrorism, the last few months have been used by Pakistan for the regrouping of militants in PoK, official sources have said. Members of Osama Bin Ladenís al-Qaeda organisation were also moving from Afghanistan towards PoK, the sources added.The sources said that Pakistan was using the period to build up defensive positions, constructing cement and concrete road blocks right across the border where the eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation continued without any change.While the government assessment shows a drop in infiltration, it is felt that Pakistan is using the period to build up the militant groups. Pakistan had not given up cross-border terrorism but viewed this period as an interegnum, sources said.


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