SRINAGAR: During the sidelines of the function to commemorate 50 years of 1965 Indo-Pak war war here, General Officer Commanding(GOC) of Srinagar based 15 Corps Lt Gen Satish Kumar Dua asserted that there are 25 launch pads across Kashmir with 315 to 325 militants waiting to sneak in. He said the launch pads are operative in obscure corners of POK with militants ready to take off given a slight chance. 17 training camps are operative in Pakistan occupied Kashmir(PoK) with 1000 and 1150 militants, with nine operational right opposite to LoC in Kashmir, 4 in Manshera and 5 in Muzaffarabad, claimed Dua.
A militant Sajjad Baloch, alias Abu Obaidullah, who was caught alive during an encounter at North Kashmir has apprised the army of the latest scenario and a few Lashkar-e-Toiba plans after thorough interrogation. The LeT rogue divulged that around 300 militant outfits operating across the fence are looking for a chance to venture into the Valley.
As the mountain passes along LOC get closed in winters, the militants are desperate to reach this side of the fence, he said. The GOC has however, assured that the anti-infiltration mechanism deployed at the LOC is strong enough to foil their attempts to sneak into the valley.
The Army Officer said that militants are under immense pressure from their peers to sneak into the valley before winter at any cost. With frequent foliage of the attempts made by militants and the pressure mounting over them, they end up shooting a civilian or a similar military target. At the same time he didn’t completely rule out the possibility of infiltration with militants like Naved hinting the same. The Pakistani militant who is supposedly from Pakistan, so he says, suggests that the infiltration hasn’t fully ceased.
He said that Army has had a rather rough time this year, controlling the boiling communal heat and nuisance in the valley and patrolling the Line of Control, but the situation has been dealt with and brought to a manageable level. He said that the Army has given and will continue to give its blood and sweat to maintain peace in the valley.
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