Militancy is at its lowest ebb in Poonch, which was once considered a hub of militancy and one of the most favoured infiltration routes of militants as the Line of Control (LOC) passes through the district.
"There are only five to seven militants left in Poonch district. However, their movement on ground is not known or traceable," said Shamsher Hussain, Senior superintendent of Police (SSP), Poonch.
"We are trying our best to nab them and prevent their consolidation, but for sure their number is not more than seven," he added.
With accessible mountain passes connecting to the Kashmir valley, Poonch district's terrain is favourable for militants to infiltrate. Through Mandi, Mendhar, main Poonch, Balakot Sector militant can easily sneak into this side of the border.
The infiltration routes in the Kashmir valley remain inaccessible in winters due to heavy snow. Therefore, militants look towards Poonch for easier access to Valley.
The infiltration attempts are still on, but militants hardly succeed in their attempts. As per official sources, Pakistan Rangers also help them to infiltrate to this side of the LoC through ceasefire violations.
On Wednesday night, Pakistan troops opened fire on 2/4 GR of Kalas post near Nato base in Poonch to help the infiltrators to cross the LoC.