Rise in militancy in J&K, more youth join militant groups

In this Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 photo, masked Pakistani Taliban militants take part in a training session in an area of Pakistan's tribal South Waziristan region along the Afghan border. Associated Press reporter, photographer and videographer Ishtiaq Mahsud spent six days with fighters from the Pakistani Taliban close to the Afghan border. His account of their travels through South Waziristan offers a glimpse into an area that the Pakistani military claimed had been brought under control following an army offensive two years ago. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mahsud)
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In a report published by TOI, stats show that more number of youth have joined militant groups in J&K. According to the report, fresh estimates indicate there are around 450 terrorists in J&K, with the bulk of them being “active” rather than dormant. Of them, over 350 are located north of the Pir Panjal or in Kashmir, it adds. The number of local terrorists is also fast going up as compared to foreign ones from across border, report says.

The report states, “Overground workers of terrorist groups are also increasingly providing “intelligence” about the movement of forces in terrorism-hit areas, which has also seen rise in stone-pelters.” As earlier reported by TOI, the Army had informed that at least 25 terrorists have managed to escape the security dragnet over last one year due to interference from the stone-pelting mobs.