Camps closed earlier by terrorist outfits in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) have resurfaced with full-fledged operations of training in arms as well as in techniques of infiltration. The Pakistan administration has helped open terror camps in new places. The Indian Army is keeping a close watch on them. Along the lines of the retaliatory firing and shelling on 19 October, or in other manners, the Army can carry out more operations in the future to destroy such camps, said sources.
According to Army sources, many a terrorist had switched camps after the surgical strike in PoK. Almost all the camps located in the old places were closed. But these camps that remained empty for two or three years have been reactivated.
Meanwhile, terror camps were built in many new places but they did not last long. Terrorist groups have repeatedly changed locations. This was done to avoid possible attacks by the Indian Army and security forces.
According to sources, many camps, which had been closed earlier, had to be restarted to mislead the Indian security forces’ human and mechanical surveillance in the meantime. The four camps that were destroyed by the Army in the Neelam valley around the LoC in the night of 19 October were similar camps. They had been closed earlier. But as soon as there was a stir in the camps, the Army came to know of their activities.
About 20 terrorists present in these camps have been reported killed in the Army’s action as per the revised assessment.
Army sources said that the situation in the terrorist camps near the LoC is a clear sign that the Pakistan Army is in a mood to push them from there to Jammu and Kashmir. Therefore, the Army has sharpened its focus on dozens of previously closed terrorist camps.
There are also signs of activities in many more camps, a study of which could be taken up in the coming days. Army sources believe that after Saturday night’s action, both Pakistan Army and the terrorists have turned alert and they can evacuate these camps again.