More than 1,300 terrorist are currently in a chain of launching pads along the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, ready to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir to step up terrorist activities in the state, top security sources said on Thursday.
"Over 1,300 militants are stationed along the LoC, ready to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir to keep the pot of militancy boiling here," a source said.
Intelligence inputs and ground reports collected by various security agencies put the figure of militants at launch pads at 1,300, the sources said. These agencies have also detected increased infiltration along the LoC this year, particularly in the Rajouri-Poonch sector of Jammu region and Gurez sector of Kashmir.
The terrorist are stationed at some 18 launching pads, mostly in Goi, Kotli, Nikial, Bindi, Samani, Dhallupar, Hijira, Sensakudiala Bhimber and Mamana along the LoC, the sources said.
There are 26 militant training camps in PoK, including 21 along LoC and four along the international border, they said.
"There was no major loss to the terror infrastructure in PoK in the October 8 earthquake as most militants are in makeshift camps in PoK and Pakistan, mostly in forest areas," a source said.
Though the Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashker-e-Taiba suffered some casualities due to the destruction of four camps in Muzaffarabad and Neelam Valley during the quake, they managed to rebuild their infrastructure, the sources said.