60 for­eIgn Ter­ror­IsTs have en­TereD kash­MIr

Agen­cies have warned se­cu­rity forces of at­tacks on crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture.

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

Around 60 for­eign ter­ror­ists be­long­ing to Jaish-e-Mo­ham­mad and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba have en­tered Kash­mir in the last two months. Ac­cord­ing to in­tel­li­gence in­puts, these ter­ror­ists have en­tered the val­ley in 12 batches, the process of which had be­gun in the last week of Septem­ber. They have man­aged to en­ter the val­ley right be­fore the onset of win­ter, after which it gets dif­fi­cult to cross over to In­dia from Pak­istan.

In­tel­li­gence agen­cies track­ing these two ter­ror out­fits have warned the se­cu­rity forces of at­tacks on crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture and key mil­i­tary es­tab­lish­ments.

These ter­ror­ists have been in­structed to carry out fi- day­een (sui­cide) at­tacks and are ex­pected to com­plete their mis­sion within two to three months.

Since more than 200 mil­i­tants be­long­ing to Jaish and Lashkar have been killed by the se­cu­rity forces this year, the groups are now shift­ing their re­liance from lo­cal youths to for­eign ter­ror­ists, sources in the in­tel­li­gence agen­cies said.

“They feel that re­liance on lo­cal youths is not help­ing them as these lo­cal youths are not ‘strong’ and are eas­ily iden­ti­fied by the se­cu­rity forces. Re­cent in­ci­dents of youths com­ing back to their fam­i­lies after join­ing these ter­ror­ist groups have also un­nerved them and now they have tasked the re­spon­si­bil­ity to carry out the op­er­a­tions on for­eign re­cruits,” an of­fi­cial said.

As per in­tel­li­gence in­puts, these 60 ter­ror­ists, were “stay­ing” at the launch­pads in Domel and Te­jian in Pak­istan oc­cu­pied Kash­mir (PoK ) be­fore they en­tered In­dia.

“They are mov­ing in and around Kup­wara, Machil, Uri, Nowgam, Keran, and Bandi­pora re­gion. Some of them even forcibly en­tered a mar­riage func­tion to take part in the feast, but were not ‘wel­comed’. Jaish and Lashkar, su­per­vised by the In­ter Ser­vices In­tel­li­gence (ISI), have be­come des­per­ate as they have not been able to carry out any high­pro­file at­tacks in re­cent months, and are un­der a lot of pres­sure to do some­thing. The re­lease of Hafiz Saeed has come as a big morale boost for the Lashkar cadre and we are ex­pect­ing that Saeed will be vis­it­ing PoK soon,” the of­fi­cial said.

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