Militants take new route to Pakistan; travel on valid visa for arms training

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Security agencies claim to have busted a new trend of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, wherein Kashmiri youth are crossing over to Pakistan for arms training at the Wagah border with valid documents, giving the security apparatus a tough job.


Jammu and Kashmir police said that some 6 youth have crossed over to Pakistan on a valid visa, two of whom were arrested by Baramulla Police. Two more were recently killed in an encounter at Amargarh in Sopore town.


Following the arrest of two militants on Saturday, Baramulla Police said that the newly recruited militants had been given Pakistani visas by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.


Travel documents accessed by The Varmul Post reveal some of these youth traveled to Pakistan on a valid tourist visa.


Baramulla Police chief told The Varmul Post said that youth crossing over to Pakistan on valid visas is a new trend but they are keeping a check on it.


“Yes there is a new trend wherein boys travel to Pakistan on a valid visa and get weapons training in militant training camps located there,” said SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain.


He said that security agencies are looking into this matter and are keeping a vigil on everything and the arrest of two militants is part of the operation.


Earlier in a joint operation Baramulla Police, the Army and CRPF claimed to have arrested two militants who, according to the police, had gone to obtain arms training in Pakistan-based militant camps.


Baramulla Police said that the arrested militants had obtained passports specifically for travelling for arms training.


“These militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba were nabbed immediately after returning via Wagah-Attari border before they could formally join the militant ranks here in Kashmir,” SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain said.


The arrested militants have been identified as Abdul Majeed Bhat son of Habibullah Bhat resident if Mughalpora,Saloosa Kreeri (Passport No R3981036) and Mohammad Ashraf Mir son of Ghulam Ahmad Mir resident of Nilla, Palpora, Pattan (Passport No N7084132).


Police said that on questioning, the duo revealed that they had undergone arms training in Pakistan along with a huge number of Pakistani boys and most of them were from Balochistan, some as young as 10 years old.


“The militants revealed that the training camps are located near Burma Town, Islamabad, Pakistan and being run by one commander operating under code name Hanzala Adanan and Omar. Other militants imparting training to young boys are operating with code names Osama, Naveed and Hataf,” police said.


SSP Baramulla said that over the past couple of years, police have unearthed several such modules which lure young boys to Pakistan. Several boys have been arrested and some killed in encounters.


On February 4, 2017 two militants namely Azharuddin alias Qazi R/O Natnusa,Kupwara and Sajad Ahmad alias Babar R/O Duroo, Sopore were killed in an encounter in Amargarh,Sopore. Both of them had gone to Pakistan on valid visas to obtain terror training and subsequently joined militancy in Kashmir.


Suhaib Farooq Akhoon son of Farooq Ahmad Akhoon, a resident of Khanpora, Baramulla has also visited Pakistan in August last year and acquired arms training at a Lashkar-e-Toiba camp. He is still active.
Abdul Rashid Bhat resident of Krankshvan, Sopore was arrested last year on July 17 by Baramulla Police and he had also undergone training in Pakistan under similar circumstances.
FIR Number 12/2018 under section 13 ULA(P) Act has been registered in Police Station Baramulla and the investigation has been taken up.