Across the border, a training camp as Pak readies 30 terrorists for Kashmir
Focus on North Kashmir and send in more foreign militants was an ISI directive. The Intelligence Agencies in India have sighted a camp at Murdike in which 30 terrorists are being trained and are also all set to be launched in Jammu and Kashmir.
With the Indian Army specifically targeting the foreign terrorists, the ISI feels that more should be launched into the Valley. The ISI wants lesser reliance for now on the locals as their locations are being busted with much ease.
A core team of the terrorists comprising around 30 of them are training and planning to launch an assault in Jammu and Kashmir before the winter sets in. What is worrying is that none of them are training with the Ak-47 or 56 rifle. Pakistan has helped them source the US Army's M4 Carbine and this indicates a total shift in strategy.
Recently a Pakistani terrorist Saleem Tiger was seen sporting M4 Carbine. He had managed to infiltrate into Kashmir a few months back and Intelligence Bureau officials suspect that he is hiding somewhere at Pulwama.
The IB reports suggest that a 22-day training programme was undertaken across the Line of Control in September during which special training on how to carry out attacks during the winter was imparted to a batch 30 terrorists.
The Pakistan army apart from the high-altitude gear used in Siachen has also handed out the terrorists the M4 Carbine, the IB report also states.
During a recent meeting between the Pakistan Army officials and terrorists, it was decided that infiltrations should continue even when the snowfall is high, and so, high-altitude gear was provided to them.
The Pakistan Army wants to ensure that the process continues and the Indian forces do not get time to settle down.
IB officials say that there was a meeting that was held two weeks ago at Muridke in Punjab, Pakistan, in which officials of the Pak army and terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba were present.
In normal circumstances, during the winter, security forces get a bit of a breather as infiltrations are down. However this time around security forces will have to prepare for a long winter as terrorists will look to beat the snow and infiltrate, the report also states.