Central security agencies: Pak moving terror camps to populated areas
A report prepared by Central security agencies indicate that terror training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) might have been moved deeper into Pakistan territory following the attack by India’s special forces’ groups. The report is prepared on the basis of satellite images, ground reports and inputs from western intelligence agencies. Pakistan, it seems, has been rattled by the sudden Indian strike and has got the tough message that cross-border terror will not be tolerated any longer.
The agencies are said to have also informed the Home Ministry that at least 12 terror camps belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) have been shifted from Muzaffarabad in PoK to various areas like Mansehra (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Naushehra and Jhelum (both in Pakistan’s Punjab). These camps house around 500 armed militants.
This possible move could be attributed to the recent surgical strikes by India that had caught the militants groups totally off-guard.
The militant groups were taken by surprise when the Indian Army, in a daring operation across the LoC, demolished many terror launch pads and inflicted heavy loss and multiple casualties. The Indian army on the other hand did not suffer any casualties .
“We have been informed by our sources in Pakistan that many terror camps have been vacated and shifted near crowded towns deep inside Pakistan. This has been primarily done to minimise casualties to their assets,” said a senior Home Ministry official, according to media reports.
“While the launch pads are located just along the LoC, where the terrorists halt briefly or wait for an appropriate time to cross over to India, the terror camps are spread over a large area and house many people,” said the official.
According to his estimate, about 300 cadres belonged to the LeT in these camps. All the camps that were shifted were located at Pir Chanasi, Aksha Maskar and Tabuk near Muzaffarabad in PoK, said the official.