Fighting Terror: Israeli Army Team To Visit J&K
8 June 2007
The Times of India
New Delhi: A top-level Israeli military delegation will be in India next week on a hush-hush visit to discuss counter-terrorism and anti- infiltration strategies in Jammu and Kashmir. Sources said the delegation, to be led by Israeli deputy chief of general staff, Major General Moshe Kaplinsky, will be visiting some places in J&K, including the 16 Corps headquarters in Nagrota, which is responsible for guarding the line of control south of the Pir Panjal range. The Israeli visit comes at a time when the LoC has suddenly become hot with terrorists making concerted efforts to sneak into India from across the border. Official Army figures show a two to three-fold jump in infiltration in April and May this year compared with the same period in 2005 and 2006. 'In May alone, 11 terrorists were killed in seven infiltration bids foiled by our soldiers along LoC. But many crossings go undetected,' said an officer. Army chief General J J Singh himself said on Wednesday that there were reports to show that 'some elements' of Pakistan Army and ISI were giving 'support' to infiltrating terrorists.