April 25, 2009 1:10:39 am
Militant groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir have set up their own separate training centres across the line of control but the Taliban do not operate in the Kashmir valley,a surrendered Pakistani militant said.
“Every group has its own training mechanism. Each ‘Tanjeem’ (group) has its own character and agenda,” Syed Moinullah Shah,a Hizbul Mujahideen militant who was part of the group of 31 militants who crossed over to Indian side of Kashmir told the media in Srinagar.
Giving graphic details of the training imparted to militants in Pakistan,Shah said the recruits undergo training of three separate durations – 21 days,40 days and three months.
Even after being trained at the camps across LoC these militants are not given any details about any specific mission or targets in Kashmir.
“We are not given any specific target to hit. Once we come to this side of LoC we are given missions by Commanders who are already located here. They tell us where to go and what to do,” he said.
During his brief interaction with media in presence of Brigadier General Staff of 15 corps Gurmeet Singh,Shah ruled out role of Taliban in the Kashmir.
“Taliban do not operate here. They are separate and have different set up. They are involved in Afghanistan and certain parts of Pakistan,” Shah said.
Shah was produced before the media by Army came waving hands at reporters. During his 10 minutes of appearance before the media,he only answered some basic questions about himself,training and his group.
But as soon as he started giving details about the surrender,he was whisked away by the Army from the media. “Please appreciate that he is of immense intelligence importance to us,” Brigadier Singh said while asking his men to take him away.
“There were 31 militant belonging to four different groups including HM,LeT,JeM,and Pir Panchal Regiment (PPR) of which six were killed in an avalanche. Rest were all porters,ice cutters and guides who went back to Pakistan,” he replied to a question.
He said he was disillusioned about the reports of atrocities on Kashmiris by Indian Army only after coming to the state.
“I realised that people were doing their jobs and there were no atrocities as claimed by Kashmiri preachers who come to Pakistan seeking our support in jihad,” Shah told reporters when asked why he decided to surrender.
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