82 foreign and 53 local among 300 militants
Poonch: The northern army commander on Tuesday said that the total number of militants active in Jammu and Kashmir is 300 that includes 82 foreign militants and 53 locals.
Addressing a press conference in Poonch on the occasion of Poonch Link Up Day, General officer Commanding-in-Chief northern command Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi said that figures available with the army suggest that there are 300 militants active in JK including the Rajouri-Poonch area.
“There are 82 foreign militants and 53 local militants active in JK. Worrisome is that there are almost 170 unidentified militants listed with the army who are tasked to conduct criminal activities,” he said.
Replying to a query about the number of active militants on the launch pads, the army officer said that there are 160 militants sitting on the various launch pads across the border.
He said that militants operating in JK are facing a shortage of weapons and the neighboring country is sending consignments of pistols, grenades, and drugs.
“Small weapons are being used to target non-JK residents who come here to earn their living. Locals, armed forces and police have strongly condemned such acts. Those involved in killing innocents will face action,” the army officer said. (KNO)