Pakistan, which is battling the coronavirus disease just like the remainder of the planet , has doubled the amount of terrorists waiting to infiltrate into Kashmir from its 14 operational launch pads, a senior government official told Hindustan Times.
“Our information is that there are about 450 terrorists affiliated to different Pakistan -backed terrorist groups at these launch pads,” the official said. Pakistan has reported nearly 12,700 Covid-19 cases and 268 deaths.
The new estimate, powered by new intelligence inputs received by national security planners in Delhi, indicates that Pakistan has doubled the presence of terrorists at the launch pads in only a few week approximately . As reported by Hindustan Times on April 9, intelligence agencies had put the amount of terrorists at the launch pads at about 230.
“The situation has changed vastly over the last 2-3 weeks,” the official cited above said. consistent with information available with national security planners, the 450 terrorists include 244 from the Lashkar-e-Taiba, 129 from the Jaish-e-Mohammed and 60 from the Hizbul Mujahideen. Smaller groups like the Al Badr structure for the remainder .
Most of those terrorists were minted recently from the various camps that are being run in Pakistan, mostly in its occupied territories. Available intelligence inputs with security agencies indicate that out of 16 terror camps, 11 are functioning in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), two in Punjab, Pakistan and three in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) region.
Seven of the 11 terror camps running out of PoK are hybrid camps where the trainees include recruits of various terrorist groups. “The existence of such mixed terror camps is evidence that there’s one force that oversees them; the Pakistani deep state,” a counter-terror official in Delhi said.
Three other camps are dedicated to coach Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and one for training Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) group. within the KPK region, the Hizbul Mujahideen runs two camps and therefore the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) runs one.
The LeT and JeM share one camp each in Punjab province of Pakistan. Officials said Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence had gone to great lengths through the year to boost the presence of terrorists in Kashmir.
this is often the primary summer after India scrapped Article 370 in August last year and there are attempts to incite street protests, and violence, ever since. the fear reinforcements at the launch pads, an intelligence official said, were designed to strengthen the strength of terrorists in Kashmir depleted thanks to some recent setbacks.
it’s estimated that there are about 240 terrorists in Kashmir including about 100 foreigners. Every 6 of 10 foreign terrorists are affiliated to the Lashkar-e-Taiba; the opposite four are linked to the Jaish.
As things stand, officials said, Pakistan’s ISI has only operationalised 14 of the 86 launching pads or detachments along the road of Control in Srinagar sector, Rajouri-Poonch sector and in Jammu sector across the international border. within the Srinagar sector, 10 out of 51 pads are employed by terrorists belonging to LeT, JeM, HM, Al-Badr and other sundry groups.
In Rajouri-Poonch sector, three out of 13 pads across the LoC are occupied while one out of 4 pads are occupied by terrorists in Jammu sector largely belonging to LeT, JeM and HM terror groups.
“Pakistan Army has no option but to continue with jihad in Kashmir else the general public will start that specialize in the poor domestic situation on the economic and Covid-19 response front and begin questioning the leadership,” said a senior Indian general.
albeit Rawalpindi GHQ plans to underplay its role by projecting local participation through the newly-formed Resistance Front and Tehreek-e-Millat-e-Islamia (TMI), Pakistani terrorists are being infiltrated to make sure that things don’t go south within the Valley and international attention .
Besides, a sustained effort is on by the Imran Khan government to boost the Kashmir issue at multilateral fora including filing a petition through an NGO within the International court at Hague aside from moving the United Nations Security Council .
[Source: Hindustan Times]