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'Terror camps continue to run in Pakistan'

The Herald magazine said Pakistan-backed militant group Hizbul Mujahideen has one of its training camps in Hisari, NWFP.

india Updated: Aug 10, 2006 21:00 IST

Contrary to claims by Islamabad, training camps of various militant groups continue to be run in different parts of Pakistan with militants attempting to infiltrate into India through Line of Control (LoC).

In its cover story, The Waiting Game, the Herald magazine said Pakistan-backed Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) has one of its training camps in Hisari near Garhi Habibullaj in North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), where 250 militants were being trained.

This has been written by a correspondent of the magazine who visited the camp. A few months back, the magazine had come out with details of how the training camps, which were closed earlier, were being reopened in places like Manshera in NWFP.

It said apparently more than a thousand trained militants from Jammu and Kashmir were currently there in three camps in Hazara region of the Frontier province alone. Of these, Hisari and Batrasi camps were located in the Mansehra district while the third camp was in Boi district in Abbottabad, the report said.

Thousands of other militant were stationed in camps run by half a dozen small Kashmiri groups or predominantly Pakistani outfits such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba, (LeT), Jaish-e-Muhammad (JM), Harkatul Muzahideen (HUM) and al-Badar Mujahideen (ABM), the report said.

Unlike in the past when the Hisari camp bustled with "verve", the mood is one of "lethargy and disorientation" which the members of the camp attributed to squeeze of funding from Pakistan, it said.

While many camps were folded up and militants shifted to different locations due to international pressure, the camps were "restored" in the areas a year later, he said.

According to the magazine, smaller groups received funding from Pakistan intelligence agencies ranging from Rs four to Rs seven lakh a month while bigger groups like LeT, JM and ABM got Rs two to three million a month besides communication equipment, weapons, explosives, trekking equipment and food for thousands of militants, guides and porters to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir.

Much of the funding has been drastically reduced in the recent months, it said.

The squeeze in funding has made HM leader Sayed Salahuddin, ABM Chief Bakht Zamin and Tehrik-e-Mujahideen chief Shaikh Jamilur Rehman and representatives of 18 "Pakistani and Kashmiri" militant groups restricted to the camps in March this year, when an international conference on Kashmir was being held in Islamabad, it said.

First Published: Aug 10, 2006 19:02 IST