India-Pakistan: May 30, 2003

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In Kashmir, five rebels were killed and six surrendered to police. At the same time, India is moving 10,000 troops to the Line of Control and erecting electric fences to keep Islamic radicals from sneaking in from camps in Pakistan. India already has about half a million troops and security personnel in Kashmir. This sudden burst of activity was prompted by the discovery of some rebel camps in sparsely populated areas along the border.  For the past six weeks, Indian troops have been searching the remote Surankote area of Kashmir. The operation is called "Sarp Vinash" (Annihilation of Snakes). Several hundred Islamic radicals fled when Indian troops reached these camps, and nearly a hundred of these rebels have been killed. The largest camp contained many bunkers, and six tons of food. In the past, neither country erected fences on the Line of Control, because neither wanted to admit that this was a permanent border. This thinking is changing. 

Pakistan is restricting the movement of Islamic radicals who maintain camps and send rebels across the border into Kashmir. The fighting in Kashmir, including the attempt to drive out all "infidels" (non-Moslems), and the Islamic radicals doing it, is popular in Pakistan. 

 

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