Pak Forward Posts Directly Involved In Intrusion Bids22 August 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: A bid to sabotage the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) on cross-LoC points proposed by the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan and compensate for the losses suffered by the militant outfits of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) outfits by pushing in more militants into this side were stated to be major reasons behind a sudden spurt in intrusion attempts by the militants from Pakistan into Indian territory in twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri. According to official sources, Army and police have eliminated 20 militants in the area of 16 Corps during past few months, 10 of whom were top commanders of the LeT and HM outfits. Besides, four HM militants have recently surrendered before police. Intercepts gathered by the Army on the Line of Control (LoC) as well as some other militancy-prone areas indicated that after the killing of Salman Gujjar, Shah Din Khandey and other top commanders of the two outfits, the militants have been asking for induction of more cadre from Pakistan. Sources said initially the Pakistan Army had been resorting only to ceasefire violations but making no serious attempt to push the militants. However, during past few days, it has been observed that Pakistan Army had made serious attempts to push militants into this side from Krishna Ghati, Mendhar and Keri sectors of Poonch and Rajouri districts. 'The recent attempts by Pakistan Army to push militants under the cover of firing on the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri were very serious. The militants had come close to the fence and Pakistani forward posts were directly involved in facilitating intrusion bids. The Pakistani troops were clearly giving cover to the militants to infiltrate but they failed due to heavy retaliatory firing brought down by the troops from this side’’, they added. They pointed out that in one of the recent infiltration attempts along Mendhar Nullah in Balnoi area of Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district, the militants, who escaped back after firing from the Army posts, were clearly visible taking shelter in forward posts of Pakistan Army. They were also seen dragging body of one of their dead and an injured colleague to the Pakistani posts. Sources said the Pakistan Army wanted to give a clear message to the militants that it was making all out efforts to infiltrate the militants into this side but was finding it hard to do so. They noted that intercepts indicated that the intrusion bids could go up in the next few days as a number of militants were still camping in forward posts of Pakistan Army opposite Mendhar, Krishna Ghat, Balakote, Keri, Sunderbani and Nowshera sectors of Rajouri and Poonch districts. Sources said the troops had already been maintaining a very high alert on the LoC in both the border districts in anticipating of infiltration by the militants. They said so far the militants have not succeeded in entering into this side from the LoC. According to them, the cross-LoC CBMs, announced recently by the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan, including increase in trade between two parts of divided State from two to four days and inclusion of more items in the list of import-exports, were not liked by a section of Pakistan Army and ISI. The ceasefire violations across the LoC by the Pakistan Army were also an attempt to sabotage the CBMs, they said.