New terror camps being added in PoK: Army Chief

Anti-India terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan is intact and currently 42 terror camps, including new ones in Pak-occupied Kashmir, are being run, Army Chief Gen V K Singh disclosed Thursday.

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2010, 16:16 PM IST

New Delhi: Anti-India terrorist
infrastructure in Pakistan is intact and currently 42 terror
camps, including new ones in Pak-occupied Kashmir, are being
run, Army Chief Gen V K Singh disclosed Thursday.

Now even women are being trained to wage Pakistan`s proxy
war against India, he told PTI in an interview.

Gen Singh said infiltration has gone up recently and
around 600 terrorists are waiting at "launch pads" in PoK
along the Line of Control and International Border to sneak
into India.

Pakistan has "invested heavily in the proxy war against
India" and there has been "no substantial effort" by it to act
against terror groups which operate from its soil and are used
as a "strategic tool" by that country.

"Currently, 42 terrorist training camps are located in
Pakistan/PoK. Inputs reveal that some new camps have also been
established in PoK for undertaking terrorist training," he
said.

The Army Chief was responding when asked whether
Pakistan has done something to dismantle anti-India terror
infrastructure as has been promised by it repeatedly.

"It is assessed that Pakistan will continue to foster
terrorism against India and the terrorist infrastructure is
likely to remain intact in the foreseeable future," he said.

Gen Singh revealed that the terror outfits are
maintaining a number of officers, stores, transit
accommodations and temporary training facilities at various
locations in PoK.

"Launch pads are used extensively for infiltration into
Jammu and Kashmir and are located all along the Line of
Control and parts of International Border," he said, adding
"As on date, approximately 600 terrorists are located in the
launch pads, poised for infiltration in the near future."

Talking about infiltration, he said it has recently gone
up, with 10 incidents being recorded in June, six in July and
33 in August.

Significantly, August witnessed the peak of
stone-pelting incidents and other forms of agitation in the
Kashmir Valley, which also was being fuelled from across the
border.

Gen Singh felt that about 20-25 infiltration attempts had
succeeded, which is indicated by the fact that 12 to 15
terrorists were killed in the last 15-20 days. "This shows
people have come from somewhere," he said.

Noting that Pakistan perceives Kashmir as an "unfinished
agenda", he said, "it is assessed that Pakistan will continue
to foster terrorism against India and the terrorist
infrastructure is likely to remain intact in the foreseeable
future."

On meeting the challenge, he said the Army has a "robust
counter-infiltration strategy" which has yielded "excellent
results".

He said the Army`s ability to detect and neutralise
terrorists attempting to infiltrate or exfiltrate has
increased with dynamic troop deployment, pro-active use of
surveillance and monitoring devices and the anti-infiltration
obstacle system.

"Inputs also reveal use of terrorist tanzeem (groups)
sponsored madrasas for religious indoctrination of new
recruits," Gen Singh said.

To a question on ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the
recent months along the LoC and International Border, he said
these are "generally in few specific areas and we are trying
to ensure that these remain confined as also reduce
altogether."

He said the ceasefire has generally been holding out
except for a "few aberrations" and all violations of ceasefire
are taken up with Pakistani military authorities at the
appropriate level through the established mechanism of
hotlines, flag meetings and weekly talks between the Director
Generals of Military Operations.

On the situation in North East, the Army Chief said the
multi-pronged strategy adopted by government and sustained
operations by security forces have considerably marginalised
the activities of various insurgent groups operating in the
region.

He said these initiatives have also brought a few of the
insurgent groups to the negotiating table, resulting in
"relative peace" in the region. "However, the situation needs
constant monitoring."

PTI