Pak Still Keeping Amassed Jihadi Elements Across LoC: DIA
19 June 2003
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: Pakistan is still keeping amassed large batches of jihadi elements in 'launching pads' across the Line of Control for infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir and there is no 'perceptibile change' in the crossing pattern on the LoC, according to country's Defence Intelligence Agency Chief, Lt Gen Kamal Dawar. 'Despite pronouncements from Islamabad and Washington,' Dawar said, 'terrorist infrastructure remained intact across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir and infiltration is continuing at last year's levels'. Briefing newsmen on Wednesday night on the pace of developments in DIA, set up as a services intelligence coordinating body two years ago under the Integrated Defence Staff, Dawar said that to hoodwink international opinion, Pakistan was shifting terrorist training and launching pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and a large number of jihadis remained concentrated to be pushed across the Line of Control. Reeling out figures, he told newsmen that 182 terrorists had been killed in last two months in Jammu and Kashmir and said the pattern of pushing in terrorists under the cover of Pakistan army shelling had resumed. Describing the recently launched large scale anti-militancy operation Sarp Vinash a 'roaring success', the DIA Chief said along with this a number of other operations had been started to keep the heat on militants. Asked about the presence of Al-Qaeda terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, Davar said with linkages of groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad with Al-Qaeda and Taliban, it would be no wonder if these forces switched camps to operate under a new garb.