Militants in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir are regrouping in preparation for a new phase in the ‘proxy war’ with India, according to a leading politician from there.
Arif Shahid, General Secretary of the All Parties National Alliance, an umbrella group representing the nationalist parties from PoK and Gilgit Baltistan, told BBC that, “jihadi activities have been restarted in the past few weeks”.
Shahid, who had personally visited the area with other leaders from the alliance, said militant camps had come up in the Neelam Valley and along the Line of Control. “The men are not locals…most do not speak the local language”, he said.
This information comes close on the heels of Defence Minister AK Antony’s warning “this summer is going to be a hot summer in terms of security”.
Antony and army authorities have spoken of about 2,500 militants waiting to cross the LoC into India.
Violence has already seen an increase in Kashmir in the recent past after a situation of near normalcy last year.
The increased violence comes at a time when India and Pakistan are taking steps to resume peace talks, which had been disrupted by the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.