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Talk, Don’t Fire

With dialogue taking a backseat, army warns of difficult days ahead

Fayaz Bukhari


Srinagar: In an internal report submitted by the army in Kashmir to the Prime Minister’s Office, the force has listed more than 40 training camps in Pakistan, mostly in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). Nineteen of these are quite advanced; they impart training in map reading, GPS use, weight and weapons to the militants waiting along the Line of Control (LC) for launch into the Valley.

These camps are at Skardu opposite Gurez, Kel opposite Macchil, Karko opposite Keran, Dullu-Muzaffarbad opposite Kupwara, Tithwal opposite Tangdhar, Chakoti opposite Uri, Kotli opposite Poonch, Dehri opposite Mendhar, Barhal-Mirpur opposite Naushera and Chaprai Sialkote opposite R.S. Pora.

According to this report these militants are well trained and adept in latest technology. Equipped with GPS and maps, they have been trained to cross the electrified border fence. ‘They are taking new routes for infiltration and are also reactivating many old routes,’ states the report.

It further adds that over 200 heavily-armed militants in army fatigues are ready to infiltrate into Kashmir. Groups of trained Lashkar-e-Taiyyaba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) informers keep watch on army deployments, convoys, their operations, locations and logistics. Many ex-militants and locals are also hired for providing information about the movement of the army and other security forces. They are chosen by head-hunters of these groups and are asked not to use cell phones and email for communication. The thrust is on human couriers.

The report basically sums up the situation on the ground. Clearly, the Central government’s ‘no talk on Kashmir’ approach against Pakistan and the refusal to engage even the Kashmir-based separatists, is turning out to be counter-productive. Militancy is showing an upsurge. There have been frequent and deadly strikes in recent times. Moreover, the rate at which the militants are infiltrating into the state this year signals trouble ahead. The Multi Agency Centre (MAC) figures of infiltration for this year until May is 36. Last year, the total infiltration was 35.

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