SRINAGAR: Amidst continued allegations that Pakistan was sharing information about Kashmiri freedom fighters with the Indian army in occupied Kashmir, the Indian Army has for the first time accepted that the Pakistani troops shared intelligence about militants with them on Thursday and helped the soldiers foil an infiltration attempt of militants in Mendhar sector in occupied Kashmir, by killing four heavily armed militants. A Jammu based spokesman of the Indian army claimed that the infiltration attempt of militants was foiled after receiving inputs from the Pakistani troops, a Kashmiri daily reported.
“The field commander of the Pakistani unit shared information with our commander that a group of militants were infiltrating to this side in the Krishna Gati sector in Kashmir. An operation was subsequently launched and four heavily armed militants were killed,” said Lt Colonel S.D. Goswami, the army spokesman. The army spokesman, however, refused to divulge any further details. This is the first time that the Indian troops have confirmed that they received intelligence inputs from the Pakistani army about the movement of militants. The sharing of information has come a few months after the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government took over the reins in the neighbouring country.
Earlier, the security analysts in Kashmir were expressing apprehensions that the Pakistani army was sharing information about militants with Indian army. “The way the top commanders of different militant groups, especially Hizbul Mujahideen was wiped out shows that Pakistan is sharing intelligence with the Indian army,” said security analysts.
The troops and police in Kashmir has killed and arrested almost all the top leaders of Hizbul Mujahideen, which is considered the only indigenous group fighting Indian forces in Kashmir.
The sharing of information about militants by Pakistan army is bound to face criticism from the separatist leadership.-SANA