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Terror camps still active in J&K: India

india Updated: Jan 12, 2007 19:53 IST

Training camps for terrorists in Kashmir are still functioning across the border in Pakistan, the Indian army said on Friday, ahead of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee visit to Islamabad, beginning Saturday.

Pakistan has long denied the existence of such camps and says it is doing all it can to stop the movement of terrorists into Indian side of Kashmir, where a revolt has raged since 1989.

But a top Indian army commander said terrorists were continuing to operate from Pakistan.

"As per information, the terrorist camps are still there. They have not been wound up," Lieutenant-General AS Sekhon told reporters in Srinagar.

"Some militant communication hubs, located on their side of the Line of Control ... are still functional," he added, referring to the heavily militarised ceasefire line that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Analysts do not expect any major breakthrough during Mukherjee's two-day trip -- the first by an External Affairs Minister in over 15 months.

But they add that both sides are expected to discuss ways to resolve their disagreement over Kashmir.