IS trying to gain foothold in PaK: Army

Jhangar (Noushera): Militant outfit Islamic State (IS) is trying to gain a foothold in Pakistan administered Kashmir, a senior Army official said today.

“Whatever inputs we have, IS has not taken in a major way, but they are definitely trying to gain foothold in the area (PaK)”, General Officer Commanding (GoC), 16 Corps, Lt Gen K H Singh told reporters on sidelines of a function organized to commemorate the death of Brigadier Mohd Usman, who was killed during the 1947-48 operation in Noushera sector of Rajouri district.

He was replying to a question on the threat perception of IS in PaK amid media reports about the militant outfit’s presence in the valley.

Lt Gen Singh said that there were around 200 to 225 militants in 36 launch pads across the Pir Panchal range waiting to infiltrate into this side.

The militancy infrastructure across the border was intact and training camps were still active, he added. (PTI)