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Kashmir militants hit by shortage of money

Kashmir militants hit by shortage of money

Author: Press Trust of India
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: December 9, 2001

Militant groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir have lately been hit by shortage of arms and funds prompting them to make distress calls to their mentors across the border in Pakistan, defence sources said on Sunday.

Security agencies had intercepted conversation between militant cadres based in the state and their leaders in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) during the last fortnight. Defence sources also said that the groups were under pressure due to the killing of terrorists by security forces in the state and on the border.

"Colleagues require stores and faloose (funds)", was one of the distress messages sent by Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in the state to the outfit's leaders in PoK on December 5.

A Lashkar leader in PoK was heard responding, "everyone is demanding that. But there is shortage of funds. We cannot do anything".

A similar conversation intercepted on December 4 between Hizbul Mujahideen operatives in Kashmir and their leaders in Pakistan also indicated the "demoralisation" within the cadres on account of shortage of arms and funds, they said.

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