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Fourth Edition

A Kashmir Bachao Andolan Publication

August 2002

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Proof of infiltration obtained from Pak

S Hussain Zaidi


Coded messages exchanged between a Pakistan-based controller and a Kashmir-based local, and intercepted by Indian intelligence, are clear indication that despite Pakistan’s claim, infiltration from across the border, and even the return of militants to ‘the other side’ after execution of certain ‘tasks’ continues unabated.

According to army intelligence, in the last two months alone, 84 teams of infiltrators have crossed over from Pakistan into India.

Date: July 14

Control (across the border):
Rupaiye aur hathiyaar aapko kuch din ke ander yahan se rawana karenge (Shall send you cash and weapons from here, in a few days)

Local (somewhere in Udi sector of Kashmir): Tamaam maslein Naazam ko pahuchane hain (All problems have to be conveyed to Naazam)

Control: Agar inki marzi hui, hum tumhari taraf kal hogein (If they permit, we will be on your side of the border tomorrow)

Local: Receive kar lenge (We will receive)

Date: July 13

Local:
Aath (8) July ko yahan saathi de diye hain (We have assigned men here on July 8)

Control: Baaki sathi bhej doonga (We will send the rest soon)

Local: Main aapki kisi baat se inkaar nahin karoonga (We will not say no to any of your instructions)

Date: June 6

Control:
Humein badi khushi hui aap apni manzil par theek pahunch gaye hain. Wahan pahunch kar aap ne humein ilaqe ki zaroorat ke hawale se paigham dena hai (We are glad you have reached your destination safely. Tell us what you need after you study the region)

Local: Inshallah (God-willing)

Control: Hamari poori koshish hai Ghaznavi ke ilaqe ke liye zyaada saathi rawana karein, taaki Gaznavi aap tak us saathi ko pahunchaye choonki sarkari dost kuch kaam se kafi arse ki long leave par hai, aur office bandh hai (We will try our best to send more men to Ghaznavi’s area, so he can ensure his friend is with you, since our friends in government are on a long leave and the office is closed)

Local: Is liye saathi aur saaman vagerah abhi kuch bhi rawana nahin karenge? (So are you not going to send more weapons and men till then?)

Control: Agle mahine poori umeed hai ki aap tak saaman aur saathi pahunch jayenge (We hope the men and weapons will reach you next month)
 

These are some of the coded messages exchanged between the Pakistan-based controller and the Kashmir-based local and intercepted by Indian intelligence. The messages are clear indication that despite Pakistan’s claim to the contrary, infiltration from across the border, and even return of militants to ‘the other side’ after execution of certain ‘tasks’ continues unabated.

According to army intelligence, in the last two months alone, 84 teams of infiltrators have crossed over from Pakistan into India. Of these, 30 teams crossed over in June, while 54 entered India in July. Each team comprises three to four militants accompanied by two or three ‘guides’.

The coded messages intercepted in June and July were sent by operatives of the Hizbul Mujahideen. One of the uncoded direct messages issued on July 6 was sent by members of the Harkatul-Jehade-Islami (HUJI) from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The message said one Tariq (from PoK) had informed Masood-ul-Rehman operating in Kupwara near Jammu that the situation in PoK was “better” and “activities of terrorist groups (stopped for some time) had resumed.” Restrictions on infiltration and “exfiltration” (militants’ return to PoK) had been relaxed, he had said. Tariq was then requested by Masood-ul-Rehman to send funds and arms and ammunition at the earliest.

According to military intelligence, each militant who enters Indian territory carries an AK-56 rifle (or two in some cases), 8-10 handgrenades and a couple of pistols.

The militants’ guides are local Kashmiris who found themselves in PoK due to demarcation of the Line of Control (LoC). These guides know the treacherous mountains, narrow passes and valleys well and are therefore recruited by militants for a hefty sum to take them across the LoC, a stretch of three to four kilometres. The guides carry food, water, spare magazines and a first-aid kit.

Dodging the army surveillance, scanners, barbed wires and landmines, the guides escort militants to the receiving points inside the Indian border. However, there are a few instances where infiltrators are spotted and killed in a skirmish with the army. Therefore militants prefer to travel during the night and rest during the day.

It takes a week to complete the four-kilometre journey on foot. But there are certain locations along the 190-km-long Ladakh border or near the Siachen Glacier from where militants can cross over in a day. Similarly, Macchal and Gurez in Kashmir too are close to LoC and easily accessible by foot in a day-and-a-half.

The entire Jammu region, with its 221-km-long international border and 220 km of LoC, is porous and militants can sneak in through Poonch, Rajouri, Surankot, Mendhar, Bafliaz, Naushera, Sunderbani, Keri, Laam and Kathwa.

However, the 460-km-long LoC in Kashmir is not as porous and only few points can be exploited by militants for sneaking in, like the Udi sector (about 60 km from Srinagar), Lipa Valley, Macchal and Gurez, which is at a distance of less than 10 km from LoC.

Incursion has come down, Advani tells RS

Infiltration from across the border has come down, but not stopped, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani told the Rajya Sabha yesterday.

Intervening during Question Hour, Advani said it was too early to say infiltration had stopped. That, he said, could only be judged with the passage of time. But compared to June and July last year, there has been some decline in infiltration this year, he said.

Advani added there are enough Pakistani infiltrators already inside Jammu & Kashmir to carry out violence for another three to four months with the same intensity. Referring to Pakistan’s claim that it had put a check on infiltration, Advani said the statement suggests Islamabad encouraged infiltration in the past.

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