Lashkar-e-Toiba and other Pakistani jihadi groups are entrenching themselves in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir and the local government apparently under pressure from Islamabad is providing them official facilities, a spokesman of the United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) has said.
Mujtaba Ali Shah, Secretary of UKPNP, said that LeT and militants from other jihadi groups were being accommodated in state-run schools and madrassas in PoK.
"I myself have witnessed the fact that the Lashkar-e-Toebba and other jihadi groups have entrenched their positions in PoK and the puppet government there has instructed the local administration to accommodate the Pakistani and other jihadis by all means possible", Shah said while addressing the 'Black-Day Conference' on Kashmir in Watford, near in London.
He said when local people protested the activities of the LeT militants in PoK, they were murdered or disappeared.
The comments by the Britain-based PoK leader of the presence and mushrooming of LeT and other Pakistani jihadi groups in occupied Kashmir comes as New Delhi has been pointing to the presence of militant camps across the border.
The Conference, organised by Kashmir National Party, condemned "tribal invasion" of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947, charging it was planned and supported by government of Pakistan. PTI