Pak is continuing to harbour terrorists: Home Secy

Patna: India today said Pakistan is continuing to harbour terrorists on its soil and despite repeated requests it has taken no steps to dismantle the terror infrastructure there.

"We have been taking up the issue with Pakistan. We have taken it up with Pakistan in various forums, bilateral as well as multilateral forums. But unfortunately, it has had no effect on the ground," Union Home Secretary R K Singh told reporters here. He was replying to questions on whether Pakistan has been taking action to stop cross-border terrorism.

"Though Pakistan keep telling us that they do not encourage terrorists or that they do not encourage people from operating from their soil, on the ground there has been no difference," he said. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had recently said that there were reports of cross-border camps being reactivated and attempts being made to induct fresh batches of militants into the country.

According to intelligence reports, around 2,500 terrorists were active in training camps and launching pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and some other areas in Pakistan and that all of them had been primarily trained to infiltrate into India, official sources said.

The sources said at least 60 infiltration attempts had taken place along the border in Jammu and Kashmir between January and August this year and such attempts had intensified ahead of the onset of winter.

According to a report of the Home Ministry, infiltration attempts had shown a marginal increase during 2010 in comparison to 2009. While there were 489 infiltration attempts in 2010, 485 such attempts were made in 2009.

There have also been increased incidents of ceasefire violation along the Line of Control. At least 23 incidents of ceasefire violation have been reported along the LoC till August this year. There were 77 ceasefire violations in 2008 which came down to 28 in 2009 but increased to 44 in 2010.