Four terror camps in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir have been shut down fearing action by the Indian Army, according to reports. They were controlled by leaders of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen. An alert was issued to terror groups amidst the increasing ceasefire violations to shut down the terror camps.
Intelligence agencies have received information about a meeting that was held on the 16th of March which was attended by ISI representatives and Lashkar and Hizbul terrorists. As per reports, four terrorists were ordered to shift their camps from the Line of Control. These include Lashkar terrorist Ashfaq Barwal operating from Kotli, Jaish’s Nadeem from Bagh, Zahoor Qari from Pala and Hizbul’s Wasim Dar from Kotli.
Along with closing the camps, the terrorists also have been asked to don Army fatigues. In the meeting, it was decided to raise the funding of Jaish-e-Mohammed as a “reward” for successfully executing terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir. But Lashkar was criticised by Pakistan government representatives for not being able to do so.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has said in an interview that his country can no longer allow the terror elements to operate on its soil with impunity. Imran had claimed that his country has come down hard against terrorists using its land. “We are dismantling terror networks on a level that has never happened before. We cannot afford to be held responsible for terror activities like Pulwama. Armed groups within Pakistan cannot be supported any further,” he had said.
However, in light of the recent report, it appears that Imran Khan, as usual, was bluffing when he said Pakistan was dismantling terror networks. It appears that the terror camps were shut down in consent with terrorists fearing action by Indian Army.
The hostilities between the two countries peaked as India conducted airstrikes deep inside Pakistan targetting terror camps in the country in response to the Pulwama attack. Although tensions have deescalated since then, ceasefire violations continue to occur at the border.