42 terror camps in Pak and PoK, says govt - The Times of India NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday said there were 42 terror training camps in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and majority of these were active, with officials pointing out that the neighbouring country's refusal to rein in terrorist outfits within its territory was a signal for India to finetune its preparedness. Sharing the status of terrorist training camps, minister of state for home affairs Jitendra Singh told Lok Sabha that there was no specific input to indicate that terrorist camps were still functional in other neighbouring countries (like Bangladesh and Myanmar). "As per the available intelligence inputs, there are approximately 42 training camps in Pakistan and PoK and majority of these camps are reported to be active. Government continuously monitors all developments having a bearing on India's national security and takes all necessary steps to safeguard it," Singh said in his written response to a Parliament question. A couple of hours after Singh's remarks, BSF chief U K Bansal said at the investiture ceremony of the force, "The recalcitrance of the Pakistani establishment to rein in Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders such as Mullah Omar and Hafiz Saeed should be read as a straw in the wind in checking the nature of activity which we anticipate on the borders. The BSF is cognizant of these future challenges and is preparing itself in terms of doctrine, infrastructure, weaponry and training." The BSF director general said as smuggling of fake Indian currency notes, drugs and weapons continue from across the Indo-Pakistan border, "the next few years seem to have the potential of upgradation of these hostile activities particularly in the context of the phased disengagement of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan". On Bangladesh, the BSF chief said the situation on the eastern borders with Bangladesh is known to follow the contours of internal politics in that country. "While we a have mutually beneficial border management strategy with our counterpart Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), the BSF is absolutely aware of its responsibilities to prevent border smuggling and human trafficking," a news agency quoted Bansal as saying.