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ISI pushing Pak armymen to keep militancy alive in J&K - The Observer

Press Trust of India ()
November 9, 1998

Title: ISI pushing Pak armymen to keep militancy alive in J&K
Author: Press Trust of India
Publication: The Observer
Date: November 9, 1998

Pakistan's Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) is inducting its
regular armymen into Jammu & Kashmir to keep alive militancy in
the valley, a senior police official has said.

This new gameplan of using "regular Pak armymen" was uncovered
following the killing of one Pakistani soldier in an encounter
with security forces in Arnas area of Udhampur district,
Inspector-general of Police, Jammu, Kuldeep Khuda said.

There were over two hundred regular Pak armymen engaged in
militancy in state, Khuda said adding "most of them are
operating in state's border district of Rajouri and Poonch".

Giving details of the militancy related incidents in Jammu
region, he said as many as 77 improvised explosive devices (IED)
explosions have been engineered by militants in Rajouri, Poonch
and Doda districts of Jammu during last ten months.

According to a senior army officer over 9,000 militants had been
killed and 33,000 captured in the last nine years in Jammu and
Kashmir, where Pakistan is waging a "low level, low cost proxy
war" through ISI against India.

"Till August 31 this year, 9,339 militants have been killed.
Various category of weapons numbering over 26,000 - enough to
arm two divisions of the Indian army - have also been seized",
Col P P Singh told reporters here.

The proxy war in J&K, he said, had so far taken a heavy toll
with 910 army personnel being killed and 2,763 wounded.

Stating that militancy in the state was under control and local
support to it was fast dwindling, Col Singh said the increase in
number of foreign mercenaries killed in J and K from seven per
cent in 1995 to 43 per cent in 1998 bore testimony to the fact.

Col Singh is part of a team of officers who have come here to
put on display weapons. communication equipment, improvised
explosive devices, other warlike stores and a wide range of
propaganda material seized from the militants.

In order to increase public awareness about the proxy war, the
army had embarked upon the holding of exhibitions of weapon and
warlike stores captured from militants from J&K in important
cities in the country, it was noted.

Meanwhile, one militant was killed and a Border Security Force
(BSF) jawan injured in an encounter between ultras and the
paramilitary forces in Jatmala forest area in Rajouri district
of Jammu region on Saturday, a BSF spokesman said on Sunday.

The spokesman said acting on a specific information about the
presence of militants in forest belt of Jatmala the BSF troops
raided the place on Saturday evening.

The militants hiding in forest fired upon the troops compelling
them to return fire, the spokesman said adding that in the
ensuing encounter one militant was killed on the spot and a BSF
jawan injured.

The jawan was shifted to military hospital in Rajouri where his
condition was stated to be critical, the spokesman said. During
the search operation of the area, one AK-47 rifle, 4 grenades, 3
magazines, 148 rounds and rupees 15,000 Indian currency were
recovered, he add.

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