Amid heightened tension, Pakistan has moved terrorists to the terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) for possible infiltration into the restive Kashmir valley.
“Yes we have the information. There are intelligence reports of terrorists waiting on the launch pads (in PoK) to infiltrate whenever they get a chance,” said Lieutenant General KJS Dhillon, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps of the army.
The revelation comes against the backdrop of Indian Air Force air strikes on the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps in Balakot area of Manshera in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan last month.
Figures compiled by different security agencies reveal that nearly 48 terrorists were killed on the borders while trying to infiltrate last year.
Last year nearly 120 terrorists infiltrated from PoK compared to 123 in 2017. Around 119 terrorists infiltrated in 2016, 33 in 2015, 65 in 2014, 97 in 2013 and 121 in 2012.
Figures reveal that last year over 256 terrorists were killed in Kashmir which was a 10 year high. Among those, 160 terrorists were neutralised in the restive south Kashmir region alone. This year so far 47 terrorists have been killed in different operations across Kashmir.
Figures reveal that 270 terrorists were killed by security forces in 2010. The figure came down to 119 in 2011. Around 84 terrorists were killed in 2012 followed by 100 in 2013, 110 in 2014 and 113 in 2015. Despite unrest, security forces killed 165 ultras in 2016.
Last year was also bloody for the security forces as they lost around 91 personnel including 45 policemen in the line of duty. Some of the policemen were killed after they were abducted from homes when they were unarmed.
Figures reveal that more than 190 youth were recruited into militancy in 2019 though the recruitment has fallen in the last few months in the valley.
“Local recruitments in the last few months has seen downward decline. Point of suicide bomber any other modus operandi terrorist might adopt. We are aware and keeping track of such modus operandi terrorists can use and we are taking corrective measures also,” said Lieutenant General Dhillon.