Pak reactivates 7 launch pads on LoC to push in 275 jihadis
New Delhi: Pakistan has reactivated its terror camps and seven launch pads along the Line of Control to push around 275 terrorists, including Afghan and Pashtun mercenaries, into J&K. The move comes ahead of the meeting of global terror finance watchdog Financial Action Task Force next month when Pakistan’s fate would be decided.
Though the involvement of Afghan and Pashtun jihadists in cross-border terrorism in Kashmir is not unprecedented, it is quite unusual, top intelligence sources told TOI.
Pakistan first began pus
hing foreign mercenaries of different ethnicities into Kashmir in 1990 when it launched cross-border terrorism as a proxy war against India in the Valley. However, after the aggressive counter-terror operations conducted by Indian security forces against foreign terrorists, Pakistan began sending terrorists from mostly ethnic communities of Punjab and POK.
Official documents accessed exclusively by TOI reveal that there are credible inputs that the Pak army and ISI have set up launch pads along the LoC with the maximum number of terrorists prepared to infiltrate through Gurez sector in north Kashmir.
Across the LoC, around 80 terrorists are camping near Gurez, 60 in Machhal, 50 in Karnah, 40 in Keran, 20 in Uri, 15 in Naugam and 10 in Rampur, top intelligence sources said.
After the Jaish-e-Muhammad suicide bombing in February this year in Pulwama, TOI was the first to report that Pakistan had instantly shut down its terror camps and launchpads along the LoC and moved terrorists of various outfits to army installations fearing international scrutiny and retaliation from India. As a result, India launched airstrikes on Jaish’s camps deep inside Pakistani territory in Balakot.
Since Donald Trump became US president, Pakistan has been under tremendous pressure to crack down
on terror groups. FATF has put Pakistan in the “greylist” and this status would be reviewed next month.
Security specialists in Srinagar told TOI that they have credible intelligence that Pakistan is planning to escalate tensions by pushing in more terrorists into Kashmir. “Pakistan’s objective is to internationalise the Kashmir issue. They want to prevent restoration of normalcy in Kashmir by terrorising common people (to prevent them) from opening shops, schools, businesses and resuming normal life. For that, they need more than the 250 terrorists in Kashmir at the moment. The ISI realises that as of today, with not a single bullet fired since August 5, New Delhi has the situation in its control. So they will make their best efforts to create mayhem,” a specialist said.
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