2,500 terrorists present in launching pads in Pak

About 2,500 terrorists are present in launching pads in Pakistan and PoK, Government said on Tuesday.

Updated: Aug 09, 2011, 15:20 PM IST

New Delhi: About 2,500 terrorists are present
in launching pads in Pakistan and PoK, Government said on Tuesday.

"A number of training camps and launching pads are
reportedly active in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir/ Pakistan. As
per assessment, there are around 2,500 terrorists in Pakistan
Occupied Kashmir/Pakistan," Minister of State for Home
Jitendra Singh told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.
The minister also said that 52 infiltration attempts along
the Jammu and Kashmir border have taken place till June this
year, while last year the number was 489, slightly higher than
in 2009 (485).

"Infiltration attempts from across the border in Jammu and
Kashmir have shown a marginal increase during the year 2009
and 2010 in comparison with the year 2008," he said.

On ceasefire violation along the Line of Control
(LoC), he said the number of violations which were 77 in 2008
came down to 28 in 2009 and it further increased to 44 in
2010.

19 ceasefire violations have been reported along LoC up to
July this year, he said in a reply to another question.

There were no reports of ceasefire violation along the
Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Jammu and Kashmir, he added.
Government of India has taken up the issue of ceasefire
violations with Pakistan consistently. All such violations of
ceasefire are also taken up with Pak military authorities at
appropriate level through the established mechanism of
hotline, flag meetings as well as weekly talks between the
Director General of Military Operations, the minister said.

"India has also consistently emphasised to Pakistan the
need to implement its solemn commitment of January 6, 2004
that it would not permit any territory under its control to be
used to support terrorism in any manner," Singh said.

While two infiltrators have been killed till June this
year, the corresponding figure for 2010 was 112, for 2009 was
101 and 90 intruders were killed in 2008.

The figures for arrested infiltrators stand at one (2010),
nine (2009) and six in 2008.

"The government in tandem with the state government have
adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross border
infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir, which includes
strengthening of border management and multi-tiered and
multi-modal deployment along international border/Line of
Control and infiltration routes.

"Construction of border fencing, improved technology,
weapons and equipment for security forces, improved
intelligence and operational coordination, synergising
intelligence flow to check infiltration and pro-active action
against the terrorists within the states," Singh said.

The counter infiltration efforts are reviewed periodically
at various levels in the state government and in the central
government. The government has adopted various
counter-terrorist methods to neutralise the efforts and
capabilities of militant to disturb peace in the state.

The government has also encouraged policies to mainstream
the youth and discourage the local youth from joining
militancy, he said.

PTI