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'Pak Army has taken control of ISI, militants'

'Pak Army has taken control of ISI, militants'

Author: PTI
Publication: Times of India
Date: July 31, 2000

JAMMU: Following Kargil reverses and dwindling local support, the Pakistani Army has taken direct control of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), militant outfits and proxy war to reestablish secessionism in the Valley, an Indian Army official said on Sunday.

``The Pakistani Army, which was involved in proxy war, has taken direct control of ISI and terrorist outfits operatin in the Valley,'' operation chief, brigadier general staff of 16 corps headquarters, Nagrota, Brig.  Randir Sinh, said.

He said the control over militancy had slipped away from the Pakistani hands for some time due to the change in situation, increasing number of militants' killings and recovery of weaponry and ammunition.

Over 400 militants have been killed, Rajouri and Poonch accounting for about 180 deaths, during the last six months, he said adding this dealt a severe blow to the militants in the Jammu region.

The Pakistani Army has now kept mercenaries in their own posts along the Line of Control (LoC) and named them activists of `Border Action Teams' or `Tehreek Jehadi'.

Over 3,000-odd armed border action teams are waiting to cross over and foment violence in the Jammu region.

Indian villagers are wooed with money to work as guides, porters and couriers for militants in the Pir Panjal ranges in the Jammu region, Sinh said and added, ``Over 400 Indian border people and their families have been forced to cross over to Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) to send them back along with the militants.''

Turnmandi and two other villages are now deserted after 300-odd families shifted to Pakistan after being tempted by the ISI with money, he said.  (PTI)

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