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Pak army backing influx of terrorists, says jihadi

Posted by :) on April 26, 2009


M Saleem Pandit | TNN

Srinagar: At least 15 of the 31 terrorists who sneaked into Jammu and Kashmir are still at large and many more are waiting to infiltrate the state with full backing of the Pakistani army. This disturbing disclosure, confirming the worst apprehensions of the Indian security establishment, came from a Pakistani mercenary, Sakib Moinullah Shah, captured by the armed forces.
Shah was part of different terror groups that had made incursions into the forests of Kupwara district last month. Of the 31 terrorists, nine were killed by security forces in encounters, while six died under an avalanche. With Shah under arrest — he’s singing like a canary — 15 other terrorists remain untraced.
“In all, 120 of us infiltrated into Kashmir,’’ Shah told a press briefing on Saturday. “Thirty-one were ter
rorists. The rest were porters, guides and those who cut the snow to make way for us,’’ Shah said.
That explains the heavy ordnance the terrorists infiltrated with: 13,000 rounds and 245 grenades, apart from 30 AK-47s. All these were recovered from a terrorist hideout near the LoC.

The revelation comes ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in the Valley that begin on April 30, but that is hardly the chief concern of the security agencies.
Terrorists at large in J&K; India worried Captured Man Says He Was Brainwashed
Srinagar: Terrorists, smarting from the success of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls, have plotted to disrupt the elections. But the security forces are geared to meet the threat. What is worrying them is the confirmation from Shah about the revival of Pakistani army’s collaboration with the jihadis, marking the end of the brief lull when it was forced to cut down its support to terrorists.
The resumption of the assistance ties in with India’s assessment that Pakistani army — under tremendous international pressure to take on the Taliban — is trying to divert jihadi energies towards India.
Security forces are, in fact, apprehending sustained terrorist violence in May to coincide with the transfer of the government from Jammu to Srinagar. Shah said he was trained at a camp in Mansehra in North Western Frontier Province. Significantly, Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone captured terrorist caught during the the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, was also trained at Mansehra along with his fellow attackers.
Shah said he was brainwashed into joining the Hizbul Mujahideen. “I was told there was oppression in Kashmir and motivated to join the jihad.’’ He said the terrorists are given 18-90 days’ arms training. Singing a different tune, he reportedly said there is no need for jihad in Kashmir as the situation there is quite contrary to what he was told in Pakistan.

A Srinagar-based Army officer, Brigadier Gurmit Singh, said Shah was captured while he was trying to sneak back into Pakistani territory along the LoC in north Kashmir’s Gurez sector. “Six terrorists of the group died in an avalanche while around 15 are still at large,’’ he said. The porters, guides and snow beaters had managed to escape to PoK.
Brigadier Singh said: “The weapons, communication equipment… the method of communication between infiltrating terrorists and the launch pad, it’s quite evident that the armed forces across (Pakistan) support them.’’ He also said the fencing erected to check infiltration along the LoC had been damaged due to heavy snow, which made the job of terrorists to cross over easy. The Army has killed 53 terrorists in the Valley since the beginning of this year.

Chidambaram vows to protect India
Madurai: “I will not let any harm befall our country, till the last drop of my blood and any terrorist who tries to play with India will be dealt with severely,’’ home minister P Chidambaram said on Saturday while addressing a meeting of Congress workers in Sivaganga, where he is contesting.
Terrorists trying to cross into India through its borders would be dealt with an iron hand and security has been tightened manifold since the November 26 attacks throughout the country, he said. TNN

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Cache of recovered arms
HELD: Sakib Moinullah Shah
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