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Ladens men plan holy war on Intifadah technique - The Observer

Srinand Jha ()
October 10, 1998

Title: Laden's men plan holy war on Intifadah technique
Author: Srinand Jha
Publication: The Observer
Date: October 10, 1998

A Jihad (religious war) based on the Intifadah technique or techniques
employed by the Mujahideens of the Palestine Liberation Organisation
(PLO) are proposed to be experimented by the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir
(POK)-based Kashmiri insurgent groups, which are understood to have
received huge funds lately from Saudi-based billionairs such as Osama
Bin Laden and Sheikh Abdul Aziz, according to information available with
the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Special training camps on the PLO techniques of sabotage and war are
understood to have lately been conducted for the cadres of the POK-based
Kashmiri-militant organisations at the instance of the Islamic
fundamentalist leaders such as Bin Laden.

According to the information, desperate efforts to push through armed
mercenaries into the Kashmir Valley was likely to be made during the
coming winter months although there was no information or evidence to
vouch for the veracity of speculations that Laden had sought sanctuary
in the POK region and that the plan to infiltrate a group of 700
mercenaries into the Valley had already been effected.

Intelligence reports, however, stated that the number of Inter-Services
Intelligence (ISI)-run and Saudi-funded training camps of the Kashmiri
Mujahideens had grown to 23, and a plan had been worked out for enabling
the infiltration of the armed mercenaries m Jammu and Kashmir in a big
way.

According to reports, the training camps of the Kashmiri militants exist
at the POK area: Kel, Tejian, Dudhnial, Chak, Bor, Sandok, Ghel,
Muzaffarahad and Gojra opposite the Kupwara sector, Ghari Dupatta
Chakothi, Bagh, Aliabad and Kailar opposite the Baramullah sector and at
the following places opposite the Poonch sector: Kahuta forward,
Phulban, Palandari and Mandal.

Meanwhile, opposite the Rajouri sector, the camps are said to be located
at Sehra, Kotli, Sansa, Nikial, Mirpur and Bimbar.

The mercenaries of an outfit called the Harkat-ul-Ansar - comprising
desperadoes belonging mainly to the North-West Frontier Province - may
attempt to sneak in through the Kupwara sector, as groups such as the
Harkat-ul--Mujahideen and the Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami are already stated
to have their bases in the Rajwar forests along the Line of Control
(LoC), according to the information.

Activists of the Lashkar-e-Tahiba (the Punjabi-speaking stock from
Lahore and Multan) are, meanwhile, may make an effort to infiltrate
through the Rajouri and Poonch sectors as these areas are dominated by a
Punjabi-speaking populace.

According to latest report, the cadre strength of the mercenary groups
operating in J&K are: A strength of 1,200 trained Mujahideens belonging
to the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, 500 of the Lashkar-e-Tahiba and about 900
professional killers belonging jointly to the Harkat-ul-Ansar and the
Harkat-e-Jehadi-Islami.

The combined cadre strength of the Kashmiri militants present in J&K is
about 3,000 and approximately one-half of this number is said to
comprise foreign mercenaries.

The Intelligence agencies, meanwhile, are keeping a close watch on the
activities at the three major mosques of the Ahl-e-Hadis sect at Delhi
and several others in different parts of the country, as there are
reports that the premises of these mosques were being used for supplying
arms for the terrorist groups in Kashmir.

Besides the Jamait-e-Islami, there are two other religious organisations
based in Pakistan which are said to be directly responsible for fuelling
Islamic militancy in Kashmir. The Jamait-e-Ulema-e-Islam and the Markaz
Dawa-Ul-Irshad.


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