February 2003 News

Foreign mercenaries' infiltration in JK increases three-fold

15 February 2003
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

New Delhi: Serious trends have been witnessed in the infiltration from Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan's ISI depending more and more on foreign mercenaries rather than local terrorists even as the human rights records have improved considerably.According to data prepared by the security agencies from November to first week of February, as many as 304 terrorists are reported to have crossed over to the state from International Border and Line of Control (LoC), official sources said in New Delhi on Sunday.The figure during the corresponding period in 2001-2002 was 467. However, the percentage of foreign elements during the present turmoil has increased to nearly 80 per cent as compared to 24.62 per cent during the same period in 2001- 2002, they said.Pakistan's ISI pushed 241 foreigners and 63 locals during November last year to February this year as compared to 352 locals and 115 foreigners during the corresponding period in 2001- 2002, they said.Terrorists backed by Pakistan troops made 11 bids of infiltration this time as compared to nine during the previous period, the sources said.However, what was heartening to see was that during the same period this time only four complaints of human rights violations were reported in the state as compared to 32 during the corresponding period in 2001-2002, they said.The charges of rapes and molestations against the security forces also dropped to mere one this time as compared to 43 during the previous period.


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