Lure Of Money Makes 400 Cross Over To Pak
11 January 2003
The Times of India
Jammu: Lured by the financial inducements by Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), over 400 border people, including women and children have crossed over to the Pakistan side along the Line of Control (LoC) in the districts of Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir in last three years, according to police. 'As many as 404 people living along the Line of Control (LoC) in border districts of Rajouri and Poonch ex-filtrated to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) due to lure of money,' police officials said here on Sunday. The Pak ISI through their over ground workers (OGWS) and militants lured them with financial packages to PoK and Pakistan, where they were used as 'human rights tools' to defame security forces and government of India at international fora, the official said. 'Not only this, they are being paraded in different camps before people of Pakistan as well as some foreign Muslim countries not only to project human rights violations and attracting sympathy for Kashmir militancy, but also to collect money in the name of Kashmir,' the officials said. While 338 people including men, women and children crossed over to the other side of LoC the in Poonch-Rajouri belt in 2000, 31 and 35 such people exfiltrated to PoK in 2001 and 2002 respectively, they said. ISI doles out Rs 5000 to 10,000 per family to cross over to Pakistan, besides assuring them monthly amount of Rs 2500, the officials said. Not only this those who motivate a family to exfiltrate are also paid Rs 1000 to Rs 2000 each as per the family's strength, they added. The Pak army uses shelling and firing methods to engage Indian Army, along LoC for a period, when these border people are guided by the ISI agents and militants towards Pak side, they added. 'Even Pak army uses these border dwellers for mapping of defence locations, security setup and topography in order to change their patterns of shelling, firing and infiltration of militants into J and K via LoC in Rajouri and Poonch belt,' they added.