The Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police paraded a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrosist amid a joint press brief over foreign terrorists arrested in Baramulla, who then made explicit admissions.
The terrorist identifying himself as Pakistani, Mohammad Waqar Awan, a resident of Mohalla Miana in Mianwali area of Punjab in Pakistan, divulged the details of his training being conducted in Pakistan occupied Kashmir's Muzaffarabad and Republic TV learnt that the 27-year-old terrorist was trained at the residence of 26/11 mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
He confessed that he was indoctrinated that Muslim women are victimized and that he infiltrated Kashmir in 2017.
He said, "My name is Mohammad Waqar. I am from Pakistan. I am associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba. I am 27 years old. I came here in 2017. I got a training for four months in Muzaffarabad."
"I was sent here by saying that Muslims are maltreated, I was told that Muslim women are raped, that's why I was trained. I was told that atrocities are committed on children and women. Prayers are not allowed in mosques and houses of Muslims are destroyed." the LeT terrorist added.
Police officials said Awan's arrest and "confession" is a live evidence for Pakistan as to how youths are manipulated on its soil, prepared for militancy and then sent here to join Jaish-e-Mohammad or Lashkar-e-Toiba.
Asked if he was involved in any attacks in the valley, Awan said, I was not involved in any attack.
The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom, said Awan had infiltrated in the valley in July 2017.
He was active in Handwara (area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district). For the last about two years, he was active in different places of Srinagar. When he was returning to Baramulla, he was intercepted at a naka (check post). However, the driver of his vehicle rammed it into police vehicle and sped away. The police chased them and about 1.5 km away from the naka, they left their vehicle on the road and tried to flee, but were apprehended. The driver, a conduit, is a Kashmiri. We will share further details when we have them, the SSP said at the press conference.
Qayoom said Awan's primary task was to revive terrorism in those areas which had been declared militancy-free.
We had this input that since Baramulla was declared free of terrorism, they (terror leadership) were under pressure to revive the terrorism there and that is why these two were going to Baramulla, he said.
He said a pistol and some other things were recovered from the Pakistani terrorist when he was arrested.
During the joint brief, the Forces announced that recruitment has reduced and that post the Pulwama terror attack 41 terrorists have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis.
DGP J&K, Dilbag Singh said, "Recruitment of local youth continues to be low, it is a healthy sign. 272 terrorists were eliminated in the state during 2018 and a large number were apprehended."
This piece of proof looks fixedly at Imran Khan's Pakistan, who preached New Delhi of 'giving peace a chance.'
Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh, who also briefed the media, said Awan's "confession" is evidence of how Pakistan is sending youths here for militancy.
Pakistan always wants some live evidence. Police will share that evidence. A Pakistani militant is here since the last two years and an active member of LeT and involved in many activities.
During questioning, the two men told the police that they were located at a camp in Islamabad. A large number of other inmates at the camp were Pakistani teens, most of them from the restive Balochistan province. Some of the boys roped in for training were as young as 10 years old.
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(With PTI inputs)