Terror camps thriving in Pakistan: Govt review
A government review has rubbished repeated assurances by Pakistan that it had dismantled the terror infrastructure on its soil.delhi Updated: Aug 09, 2013 01:33 IST
A government review has rubbished repeated assurances by Pakistan that it had dismantled the terror infrastructure on its soil.
Evidence has been found that it is still running 22 training camps to train terrorists for India-centric operations, security sources told HT .
“It was the most comprehensive exercise taken in the last five years involving inputs from around two dozen intelligence and investigation agencies, military and paramilitary forces,” said a security official who did not want to be identified.
External intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) is preparing a separate dossier for each camp now, the source added.
Most of these terror camps are in and around Manshera of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Some of them are in neighbouring Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pak-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).
“In the last review, it was found that Pakistan security establishment was running around 40 terror camps but they were not organised. Whenever Pakistani intelligence agency ISI and its terror progenies like Lashkar-e-Taiba or Hizbul Mujahideen found 15 to 20 recruits, they would house them in a room anywhere in the PoK and start training them. But now, the camps are more organised and run in a systematic manner with more resources at their disposal,” said the official.
According to sources, the review is still on. Once the R&AW prepares dossiers on each terror camp, the matter will be taken up with Pakistan at every possible level.
“Though most of these camps are run by terror outfits, they are under tight control of the ISI. The ISI helps the terror outfits to run these camps by providing them former army or ISI officials as trainers. We have evidence on the existence of these camps,” said the official.