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Militancy in J&K
Pak passports add new dimension to terror tactics
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 9
In a change of tactic by Pakistan-based terrorists, a new dimension has been added to the ongoing militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. The Army has nabbed six terrorists who were carrying Pakistani passports.

This implies militants can now fly out of Pakistan unhindered to countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh and sneak into India, said a senior functionary. Sources in the Army said it was after several years that Pakistani passports have been found from terrorists in J&K.

The Army and security agencies are interrogating the youths, who have been nabbed from various parts of Jammu and Kashmir in the past two weeks by security forces. Notably, all these youths are originally residents of the Indian side of the J&K and all of them have been to Pakistan and had disappeared for a few years before re-surfacing again in the past. At least one of them has been to Nepal and has an entry stamp on his passport of that country.

Entering India from others countries is easier as compared to an attempt to cross the Indo-Pak border. Almost the entire Indo-Pak border is fenced. Thermal imagers and ground sensors pick out any movement while radio and telephonic intercepts are more fine-tuned and targetted. This is not the case on the highly porous Indo-Nepal border while large swathes of the Indo-Bangladesh border just cannot be fenced. Lastly, the sea route from Sri Lanka to India is very easy to take. The LTTE and Al-Qaida have had traditional links.

Sources said the six are: Abid Hassain Gani of Hassanpur Bagh, Mushtaq Ahmed Bhatt of Arwini, Ashique Hussain Shah of Turigami Yaripura, Parvez Ahmed Wani of Bandipore, Mudassir Ahmed Wani of Kalantare Payen and Ashiq Hussain Teli of Kupwara.

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