Over 300 Pakistan Militants Waiting to Infiltrate Into Kashmir Before The Onset of Winter, Says Army

A senior officer of the Indian Army has said that over 300 Pakistani militants are waiting to infiltrate into Kashmir before onset of winter.

Published: 23rd September 2015 09:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd September 2015 09:42 AM   |  A+A-

Ceasefire-Pakistan-PTI
By ANI

SRINAGAR: A senior officer of the Indian Army has said that over 300 Pakistani militants are waiting to infiltrate into Kashmir before onset of winter.

Lt. Gen. Satish Dua, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, said that several militants had either been arrested or killed while trying to infiltrate into India.

Related: Militant Killed in Encounter With Security Forces in Pulwama

“There are 23 different launch pads, which are closer to the LoC  (Line of Control), and a strength of over 300,  to be precise it is between 315 and 325, is the strength of terrorists who are there in the launch pads waiting to be or trying to be launched,” Lt. Gen. Dua said in Srinagar.

He added that nearly 1,150 militants were being trained at 17 camps in Pakistan to create havoc in Kashmir.

“As per our intelligence input, there are about 17 terrorists’ camps in Pakistan and PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) put together,” Lt. Gen. Dua added.

He pointed out that the infiltration of militants at this time of the year was nothing new.

“The total assessed strength of terrorists in these camps is anything between 1,000 to 1, 150,” Lt. Gen. Dua added.

“The time is not right for us (the army) to pull out. If we pull out now, we may just lose the ground and that space may be filled by elements which are inimical to the civil society," Lt. Gen. Dua said.

"Today, we have a network grid of security forces in Kashmir. We have brought the situation down to such a manageable level, to a low level of violence so that the work for development can be undertaken. We have made these gains painstakingly, with blood and sweat of our comrades and friends from civil life. Now that we have come to this, I think we need to give it some more time," the GOC of the 15 Corps said.  

On reports of Kashmiris waving ISIS flags in the valley at frequent intervals, he said, "We see flags every Friday. Is that flag actually sponsored by IS? I don't know. There are some youths who come and wave flags. They know that it will grab your attention. It is only to grab attention. A twelve second flag-waving is shown for 30 minutes in the evening on the news. So, that is it. But, it is the manifestation of some radicalisation. It is there to see...it is that radicalisation that we have to guard against."

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp