In a startling revelation, a senior Army officer, in charge of a formation along the Line of Control (LoC), has said in an interview to ThePrint that high-tech weapons and night-vision gadgets left behind by the US troops in Afghanistan have made their way into the hands of terrorists in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (Pok), who are trying to infiltrate into India.
Additionally, several Afghan-speaking men are reported to have reached PoK and hundreds of Afghan SIM cards are active in areas close to the LOC, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 19 Infantry Division, Major General Ajay Chandpuria told ThePrint.
According to Major General Ajay Chandpuria, it is also suspected that the coming summer could see attempts by terrorists who have fought in Afghanistan, to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistani terrorists using American equipment left behind by the American troops were discovered over the past few months following encounters at the LoC, which led to the killing of the infiltrators armed with these weapons and night-vision gadgets.
Major General Ajay Chandpuria said the Army has intelligence inputs that there are 100-130 terrorists present in launch pads opposite the area of responsibility of his formation, which is also known as the Dagger Division.
“In the last one year, about half a dozen infiltration attempts were made and all of them were eliminated and a large number of terrorists were killed,” said Major General Ajay Chandpuria.
He added: “Interestingly, from the weapon and equipment which were recovered, we realised that there was a lot of spillover of hi-tech weapons, night-vision devices, and equipment, which were left over by the Americans in Afghanistan, now finding their way towards this side,” he said.