December 2002 News

ISI pushes HM ultras to motivate youth for ‘jehad’

24 December 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu: Several groups of Hizbul Mujahidden outfit have been pushed into this side by the Pakistani ISI officials to intensify recruitment of local J&K youth and motivating them for carrying over ‘Jehad’ in the State. These startling revelations have been made by a top Hizbul Mujahideen Pir Panjal Regiment (HMPPR) commander who fell into the Army trap during operation in higher reaches of Dharmari in Reasi tehsil late last evening. About ten more members of his group are engaged in this work for the last four months now and have managed to send a few groups of local youth from Reasi, Budhal and Mahore area so far. This top Pakistani militant, was pushed into this side of the Line of Control by the ISI officials from Ghora, Pakistani. Army Post opposite Nowshera sector alongwith huge quantity of arms and ammunition in a group of ten members of the outfit. While, his other associates managed to give a slip to the security forces he was surrounded and shifted to the nearby Army unit in Reasi. Identified as Saifullah Khan alias Rashid Khan, son of Mohammed Khan of Darosh in Chitral district of Pakistan, he managed to cross over to this side with the help of ISI and Pak Army personnel. He had attained training of handling Ak-47- 56 rifle, Pikka gun, Anti-Aircraft gun, hand grenades and communication systems during 1999 at Sensa training camp being run by ISI with the help of Pakistan Army in PoK. A senior Defence official, disclosed that Saifullah alongwith nine other ultras including three from Mahore area were pushed from Ghora Pak Army post in Sunderbani area of Nowshera in July, 2002 and indulged in intimidating people not to participate in elections. They forced the people in Budhal and Mahore not to exercise their franchise but the main instructions were to motivate local youth and recruit them in the cadre for carrying out ‘Jehad’ in the State. The HMPPR group commander was equipped with one AK-47 rifle, one UBGL, wireless set, 8 UBGL grenades, 5 AK magazines, 107 rounds, 150 pencil cells and 3 detonators. He had been given Rs 20,000 by the ISI officials at the Ghora launching pad. Of the total money he gave Rs 18,000 to the district commander of the outfit in the area and remaining Rs 2000 kept with him. During elections here, the HMPPR ultras pushed here for the specific task were directed by the ISI to disrupt elections and halt the recruitment process for some period but after the campaign and the elections process was over the members further switched over to the basic mission of motivation and recruitment, he maintained. He said that on witnessing the ground reality here, he was convinced that ''Pakistan Humko Galat Patti Padata Hai'' (Pak is misguiding us). Most of these groups have managed to sneak from Sunderbani, Manawar, Dori Dagel, Chowkichora, Kalidhar, Kalsian and Laam area of the LoC and after trekking the route of Pouni, Bharakh, Kalakot were now operating in remote areas of Budhal, Gool Gulabgarh and Mahore. Some of them have also sneaked into Banihal and Doda areas for intensifying their recruitment process.


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