A militant from Pakistan who was held by the BSF at the international border in Pargwal on Friday was on a mission to raise funds and recruit people from the Valley for the Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to BSF officials.
Besides being skilled in handling sophisticated weapons, Abdul Qayoom (35), also appears to be capable of radicalising people, a BSF officer said. Qayoom was apprehended after he received an electric shock from the barbed wire fence near the international border and fell unconscious. A mobile phone and two SIM cards were seized from him, sources said.
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He has studied till Class XII and is deft in handling computers and Internet. Father of a six-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy, Qayoom has reportedly told interrogators that he owns 40 acres of land at Pul Baujwan village, opposite Pargwal. He is learnt to have told interrogators that he started listening to speeches of leaders of various terror outfits at the age of 16.
According to sources, he he underwent weapons training at Manesar camp in Muzaffarabad, PoK, where he also learnt how to influence people.