Pakistan Keen On Keeping Kashmir On Boil: Report26 March 2010
The Indian Express
New Delhi: In Kashmir, the summer of 2010 will be as bloodier as or even worse than the mid-90s, says an internal assessment of the Union Home Ministry. This is based on Pakistan fast turning back to pre-Musharraf era strategy of keeping Kashmir on the boil as suggested by intelligence assessment, infiltration figures and happenings in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Not only Pakistan and the ISI have allowed United Jihad Council chairman and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and LeT commander Abdul Wahid Kashmiri to openly hold meetings in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir but the statements of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief also corroborate their apprehension. Moreover, in January alone, 60 infiltration attempts were made in Kashmir. Union Defence Minister A K Antony has also said on record that as many as 42 large terror camps are functioning in PoK and Pakistan is doing little to curb them. There are also indications that Pakistan is now on the verge of pushing in at least 250-300 trained terrorists waiting across the border. Intelligence agencies suspect that in the coming months not only the Lashkar- e-Toiba (LeT) and HuM will step up terror attacks in Kashmir, but they will also carry out targeted attacks in metropolitan cities and other Indian towns. According to their assessment, the ISI will be using Nepal and Bangladesh route to fund the remnants of Indian Mujahideen and SIMI to carry out attacks in the Indian hinterland.