500 ter­ror­ists wait­ing in POK to sneak in: Army

Im­ran says Modi has ‘played his last card’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - San­jay Kha­juria Omer Fa­rooq Khan

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.”

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