The Straits Times
Published on Dec 04, 2012

India denounces 42 Pakistan 'terrorist' camps


NEW DELHI (AFP) - India said on Tuesday there were more than 40 training camps in Pakistan for militants who make regular attempts to cross the heavily fortified border between the countries.

India has identified 25 camps in Pakistani-administered Kashmir and 17 in Pakistan containing around 2,500 militants, junior home affairs minister Mullappally Ramachandran told parliament.

"The terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan or Pakistan-occupied Kashmir remains intact and infiltration attempts from across the border still continue to pose a challenge to the security forces," Mr Ramachandran said.

Pakistan-based militants - with the support of Pakistan's army - have made 249 attempts to sneak into Indian territory so far this year - two more than last year but far below the 489 in 2010, he said.