Pak pays heavily to lure militants
12 October 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: In view of dwindling local support, Pakistan army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have started offering huge emoluments to the youths in Pakistan and PoK to lure them into the militancy, according to army officials. The officials, who accompanied Army chief Gen Nirmal Chander Vij during his three day tour to Jammu which concluded yesterday, told EXCELSIOR that a militant is being offered Rs two lakh before his infiltration to Jammu and Kashmir. An equal amount is paid to the militant after his exfiltration to Pakistan or PoK after completion of one year tenure in the border state. 'In case a militant is killed during his tenure, the amount is paid to his family', they said. In addition to this amount, a foreign militant is paid between Rs 5000 to Rs 7000 per month while a commander among the foreign militants is paid Rs 25,000 per month. However, according to sources, Pakistan army, in order to keep the foreign militants (mostly hailing from Pakistan and Afghanistan) in good humour, has kept monthly emoluments of the local militants less than the foreigners. A local militant is paid between Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 per month while a Company Commander or a Battalion Commander is paid between Rs 5000 to Rs 10000 per month. A District Commander is, however, being paid Rs 20000 per month. During training in local forests i.e. within Jammu and Kashmir, a recruit is paid a lumpsum amount ranging between Rs 20000 to Rs 50000 while the recruits, who undergo training in Pakistan or PoK, are being paid between Rs 50000 to Rs 1.50 lakh. Sources said the higher amount is paid to a recruit who displays efficiency during the training. Sources said the figures were based on disclosures made by the arrested and surrendered militants. They said the militants are given training for four to five months in the camps organised by the ISI. During basic training, the militants are trained in handling and firing of small arms and explosives and basic small unit tactics on ambush and raid. Selected personnel with higher educational qualification are trained in radio communication. Further, selected cadres are trained in high caliber weapons and suicide missions. 'About 85 training camps are being run by Pakistan army in different areas of Pakistan and PoK while over 120 launching pads have been established, which are albeit changed frequently, for pushing the militants into Jammu and Kashmir after completion of their training', the sources said. Rejecting as baseless the Pakistan media reports regarding restrictions on terror camps, they pointed out that there was no visible manifestation on ground as on date. 'Infiltration is comparable to previous years and the percentage of Pak based militants is extremely high owing to proven Pak support', they observed. Figures of third quarters of the year (between July to September) also revealed that there was no let up in the militancy-related violence on ground. According to sources, 150 civilians were killed in third quarter of the year while in first and second quarters of the year, 170 and 163 civilians were killed respectively in the state. Number of the civilians wounded during third quarters was 308 as against 208 in first quarter. A total of 320 militants were killed during July to September as against 263 militants shot dead during January to Marh. Besides killings, other violent incidents have also increased in third quarter in comparison to first and second quarters. In first quarter, the number of violent incidents was 212 while it went upto 240 during second quarter and further increased too 266 in third quarter. 'Figures clearly indicated that there was no let up in violence', the sources said, adding that the number of infiltration attempts also went to all time high at 28 in September thus year. Prior to that, a maximum of 13 infiltration bids were reported in the month of August. In first week of October, seven intrusion bids have been thwarted—three on Line of Control and four on international Border.