Tuesday, September 4, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Lashkar raids Doda Police Lines, SI killed
Red alert in Jammu region
Tribune News Service and UNI

Jammu, September 3
At least ten foreign militants were killed in separate militancy-related incidents in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir overnight even as red alert has been sounded in the entire Jammu region, official sources said today.

Red alert has been sounded in the entire Jammu region and security beefed up following reports that the militants were planning to attack security installations.

The police and Army have launched massive search operations in Doda town after three fidayeen of the Lashkar-e-Toiba carried out an armed attack on the district police lines yesterday in which one Sub-Inspector was killed and seven others, including one inspector, were wounded.

Reports from Doda said that while the police functionaries were in the evening roll call exercise three Fidayeen, belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit, stormed into the Police Lines and first hurled a grenade and later opened indiscriminate fire.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Ashqoor Wani, spent the whole day today at the Police Lines to assess the security bandobast and find out as to how the Fidayeen were able to sneak into the well-fortified Police Lines.

This attack by the rebels is the third in succession in the Jammu region during the past 10 days.

In a joint operation launched by the police and the Army, five hardcore militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen, were eliminated at Azmabad village in the Mandi police station area of Poonch district early this morning.

As the forces neared the hideout, they came under fire which was retaliated, killing all five militants on the spot.

Large quantities of arms and ammunition, including 12 hand grenades, 10 kg of RDX and 150 rounds of assault rifles, were seized. The police said that the group of militants had plans of carrying out subversion and sabotage on a major scale in the Mandi belt of Poonch.

Meanwhile, security forces eliminated five more militants, three in the Surankot area of Poonch and two in Nowshehra, raising the total toll to 10.

The security forces, on receipt of information, raided a militant hideout in the Surankot forest belt and killed three rebels. In another operation, two rebels were eliminated in the Nowshehra area. These two militants were among the 11 who had kidnapped four boys on Friday and gunned them down. Earlier five of the killers had been eliminated.


Nambiar pins hope on New York meeting

Islamabad, September 3
Asserting that Pakistan has to address India’s concerns over cross-border terrorism for progress in Indo-Pakistan talks, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan V.K Nambiar has said the New York meeting between Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and President Pervez Musharraf is expected to be productive.

The meeting between the two leaders later this month on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly is expected to be based on better instinctive assessment of issues that were discussed by them at Agra, he said while interacting with members of the Centre for Development and Democracy at Karachi yesterday.

Pakistan must stop cross-border terrorism if it wanted the talks to progress, he said.

Stating that he “expected the New York summit will be productive,” Mr Nambiar said there had been talk of maximum restraint along the LoC but it had been breached by cross-border infiltration from the Pakistan side of the border.

He also said an emotional concept like jehad was not a recipe to solve an issue like Kashmir.

Mr Nambiar said though the Agra summit caused certain build-up of political emotions in both the countries, it opened new vistas of bilateral engagement.

Underscoring the importance of continuing the dialogue process, he said: “Initiatives have to be taken at the top political level if there has to be a change in the direction of relationship between the two countries.”

Reiterating the Indian Government’s stand, Mr Nambiar said instead of getting bogged down with one issue of Kashmir, both countries should normalise relations by going from easy to difficult issues.

In this regard, he referred to India’s decision to announce confidence-building measures like easing of restrictions, opening of border and encouraging people to people contacts. PTI

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