500 terrorists waiting in POK to sneak in: Army
Imran says Modi has ‘played his last card’
Jammu: Nearly 500 terrorists in various training camps along the Line of Control in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (POK) are waiting to sneak into India, the Northern Army commander, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, said on Friday.
Even today, the terror infrastructure is being run within Pakistan covertly or overtly, including arms training and launching pads for terrorists to infiltrate into the country, he said. “Around 500 terrorists are waiting in various training camps along the LoC in PoK looking for opportunities to sneak into Jammu & Kashmir,” said Lt Gen Singh, who was the chief guest at the launch of the five-day “Sangam Youth Festival” organised by the Army in Bhaderwah.
Replying to a query about the headcount of terrorists operating in J&K and in POK, Lt Gen Singh said that 200 to 300 terrorists, supported by Pakistan, are operating in the hinterland of Jammu & Kashmir to keep the region in turmoil.
He added that the headcount keeps changing as per the training schedule at terror camps across the LoC. “Whatever the number, we (security forces) are capable of stopping and eliminating them to ensure peace and normalcy in this region,” he said.
The use of drones to smuggle arms to terrorists is Pakistan’s new modus operandi, Lt Gen Singh said, adding, Prime
Minister Imran Khan reiterated on Friday that Indian PM Narendra Modi had “played his last card” by revoking the special status of Jammu & Kashmir, stressing that the decision would never be accepted by the people of Kashmir. “I have full faith in Allah that whatever Narendra Modi is doing to the people of Kashmir will end soon. Modi committed a mistake, he has played his last card,” Khan said at a Kashmir solidarity event in Islamabad.
“We have gathered here to give a message to the people of J&K that Pakistan stands with them. ...Our women, our elderly, our children — everyone will fight for the rights of Kashmiris,” he said.
He regretted that the international media was giving headline coverage to the Hong Kong protests but ignoring “human rights violations” in J&K. “I want to highlight the issue of double standards as Kashmir is not a part of India and Hong Kong is a part of China but the proportion of coverage of the Kashmiri people is very less as compared to protests in Hong Kong,” he said. “But I assure you that our troops are capable and determined to foil any nefarious design of Pakistan.”