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Focus of infiltration has shifted to South of Pir Panjal, 150 militants waiting at launchpads: Indian Army officer

There are about 150 militants present at the launchpads across the Line of Control ready to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir while 500 to 700 more are undergoing training at eleven camps there, a senior Army officer said on Saturday.

He said forces have successfully thwarted infiltration attempts by the militants along the LoC in the Valley.

“There are about 500 to 700 people at the 11 training camps at Manshera, Kotli, and Muzaffarabad across the LoC,” the Army officer, who did not wish to be named, said.

As per the intelligence inputs, he said, there are about 150 militants at the launchpads in Pakistani Kashmir ready to infiltrate into J and K.

The officer said there has been no successful infiltration along the LoC in the valley so far this year.

“Till May end, everything has been taken care of. There was a particular group which had come and you are aware that it got killed at Bandipora and Sopore,” he said, referring to the killing of foreign militants in encounters with the forces.

The Army officer said militants are now focusing on other infiltration routes other than those that have been identified.

“I am not saying that we have put in place a system that ensures zero infiltration. Yes, there is a possibility of infiltration taking place here, but in recent years, the way we have made the fence stronger, the way the deployment has been made including the surveillance equipment, the success rate of infiltration has gone down.

“As a result, what happens is that when there is pressure on one side, they try other sides, the alternate routes. They (militants) are now trying the Rajouri-Poonch routes, the areas the south of Pir Panjal. The infiltration here (in Kashmir valley) has gone down compared to other routes,” he said here.

He said the focus of infiltration has largely now shifted to the south of Pir Panjal. In fact, there are inputs that some people may have also trickled in via Nepal, he added.

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