- According to the Army official, insurgents are now concentrating on infiltration points other than the ones that have been discovered.
- The officer claimed that while overall militant numbers were at their lowest point in recent years, they will continue to fluctuate.
According to a senior Army soldier on Saturday, there are roughly 150 militants waiting to breach the Line of Control (LoC) at launchpads while 500 to 700 more are being trained at eleven terror camps across the LoC. He claimed that attempts by the militants to infiltrate the Valley along the LoC had been foiled by security troops.
The unnamed Army commander claimed that there are between 500 and 700 personnel residing in the 11 training facilities located in Manshera, Kotli, and Muzaffarabad across the LoC. According to intelligence reports, he claimed, there are roughly 150 terrorists waiting to enter Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at launchpads.
The officer claimed that as far this year, there hasn’t been a successful penetration along the LoC in the valley. Everything has been taken care of through the end of May. He made reference to the killing of foreign militants in clashes with the security forces, saying that there was a certain group that had arrived and that you are aware that it got annihilated at Bandipora and Sopore.
According to the Army official, insurgents are now concentrating on infiltration points other than the ones that have been discovered. I won’t claim that the system we have in place guarantees there will be no infiltration. Yes, there is a chance that infiltration will occur here, but in recent years, as a result of our efforts to strengthen the fence and our deployment of surveillance equipment, the success rate of infiltration has decreased.
As a result, when one side is under pressure, they attempt the other sides, the other ways. They (militants) are currently attempting the Rajouri-Poonch routes in the Pir Panjal region’s south. He claimed that compared to other routes, the infiltration has decreased in this area (the Kashmir valley). He claimed that south of Pir Panjal is currently primarily where infiltration is concentrated. In fact, he said, there are reports that some individuals may have also entered through Nepal.
The officer claimed that while overall militant numbers were at their lowest point in recent years, they will continue to fluctuate. On the ground, we have kinetic dominance. In the past 40–42 days, we have killed over 50 (terrorists). Despite having a very short lifespan overall, they are nonetheless a social curse. It continues to be difficult and dangerous for security. We are therefore focusing on that.
Whether it’s 100 or 150, these figures will keep rising until the populace realises how pointless it all is and how to distinguish between right and wrong.
They will continue to exist as long as there is a foundation of support, but once they (people) start to despise them, they will have nowhere to turn, and this entire idea will be abandoned or the population will decrease, he continued. When asked if the Army anticipated any negative effects from Pakistan’s withdrawal from the FATF, the senior Army commander responded that he did not anticipate any state-sponsored actions that could push Pakistan back onto the grey list.
It has not yet been completely released since a team needs to arrive and assess the situation on the ground. If after leaving it, it engages in similar action again, it is likely to be drawn back into the grey area, which will be a major determining factor.
The fact that they entered the cease-fire agreement knowing that there would be volatility, turmoil, and an unstable economy does not, in my opinion, give them the desire to indulge once more. Since there is no leadership present here (in the Valley), he continued, I do not believe that any such state-sponsored operation would take place. However, it can be accomplished locally with the assistance of the ISI.