Some terror camps in Pak resumes anti-India operations: Gen Kapoor

Last Updated: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 23:58

London: Some terror camps in Pakistan have
reinitiated operations against India which has conveyed its
worries over US military aid to Pakistan finding its way to
terrorists, Army Chief Deepak Kapoor has told top American
official, according to diplomatic cables released by
WikiLeaks.

During a meeting between US National Security Advisor
James Jones and Defence Minister A K Antony in June, 2009 in
Delhi, in which General Kapoor was also present, the Army
Chief spoke about "several" incidents of infiltration this
year, including that of 40 terrorists in March who were found
possessing significant ammunition and other equipment.
Details of the classified cable of the meeting released by
the whistle-blower website was published today by the Guardian
newspaper.

Kapoor also told Jones that India had not made any
threatening move against Pakistan even after the 26/11
terrorist strikes on Mumbai.

"Pakistani military`s statements regarding the Indian
threat on its eastern border are wholly without merit," Kapoor
said, adding, "India did not make any move of a threatening
nature toward Pakistan."

Kapoor told Jones that "there are 43 terrorist camps in
Pakistan, 22 of which are located in Pakistan-administered
Kashmir (PoK)."

Although the Pakistanis raided some camps in the wake of
11/26, the Army Chief told Jones that some terror camps have
reinitiated operations.

"Infiltration across the Line of Control cannot occur
unless there is some kind of assistance and/or degree of
support that is institutional in nature, Kapoor said.

"India is worried", Kapoor said, adding that "some part
of the huge US military package to Pakistan will find its way
to the hands of terrorists targeting India".

Furthermore, if "we can catch them (the infiltrators),
why can`t the Pakistani military?" Kapoor asked.

"There`s a trust deficit between the US and Pakistan but
there`s also one between India and Pakistan," he stressed.

The cables says that Jones asked Kapoor how the
Pakistanis react when they confront them with these incidents.
Kapoor replied the Pakistanis remain in denial mode, but
fortunately today India`s counter-infiltration posture is
stronger than in the past.

Asked about the percentage of infiltrators that get
through, Kapoor estimated between 15 to 20 per cent but cited
the challenge posed by India`s open border with Nepal.

He said that at least 16 terrorists this year entered
India through Nepal and then traveled to Kashmir. Throughout
his remarks, Kapoor stressed that infiltration bids were "acts
of aggression."

Jones also queried Kapoor on prospects of upgrading
Indo-Pak military talks to discuss these issues. Kapoor said
that there should be a degree of confidence in Pakistan before
such a dialogue can even begin.

Antony interjected that unless there is some tangible
follow-up action by Pakistan against the perpetrators of the
11/26 attacks, discussions with Pakistan will be difficult.
Regarding terrorist camps in Pakistan, Jones told Antony and
Kapoor that the US will take up the issue with Pakistan, the
cable said.

The meeting also discussed the situation in Afghanistan.

Antony told Jones that India has a stake in Afghanistan,
reminding him that India`s borders before partition extended
to Afghanistan.

"The Indian military is concerned by the situation in
Afghanistan," Antony said, and stressed that the international
community`s operations there must succeed because the India
cannot imagine for a moment a Taliban takeover of its
"extended neighbour."

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 23:58

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