Pak-based terror groups in Kashmir continue to target India: US
Several outlawed Pakistan-based terror groups, which are active in Kashmir, continue to target and plan attacks on India, a US report on global terrorism said.india Updated: Aug 19, 2011 10:23 IST
Several outlawed Pakistan-based terror groups, which are active in Kashmir, continue to target and plan attacks on India, a US report on global terrorism said.
Prominent among these terrorist groups are Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Harkat ul-Mujahideen (HuM), which are having hundreds of armed supporters in Kashmir.
LeT, designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in 2001, is one of the largest and most proficient of the traditionally Kashmir-focused militant groups.
"It has the ability to severely disrupt already delicate regional relation," said the State Department in its annual
report on terrorism.
The actual size of LeT is unknown, but it has several thousand members in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, Pakistan's Punjab Pakistan and in India's southern Jammu, Kashmir, and Doda regions.
"Most LeT members are Pakistanis or Afghans and/or veterans of the Afghan wars. The group uses assault rifles, light and heavy machine guns, mortars, explosives, and rocket-propelled grenades," the State Department said.
LeT maintains a number of facilities, including training camps, schools, and medical clinics in Pakistan. It has global connections and a strong operational network throughout South Asia, the State Department said.
First Published: Aug 19, 2011 10:17 IST