ISI Mistreatment Makes Militants Flee
31 July 2006
Daily News And Analysis
Srinagar: Mistreatment of Kashmiri ultras by the Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) in the training camps of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) has driven many youth to commit suicides. This was revealed by the 12 militants of the Hezbollah, Tehrik-e-Jehad, Hizb- e-Islami and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits who surrendered before the army in Baramulla on Monday, after sneaking into Kashmir.The surrendered militants revealed growing disillusionment amongst their cadre. The militant leaders are enjoying a plush life style while the common Kashmiri terrorist is being paid Rs 500 or Rs1000 in a month. A number of Kashmiri youth in camps have committed suicide while others are doing menial jobs to earn a living,' said a defence spokesman. The militants were presented before media persons and they narrated horrifying tales of people languishing in training camps. All the 12 militants kept their faces covered due to the security reasons. 'We contacted our family members and told them of the ill-treatment meted to us. We also made ground for our surrender and persuaded Pakistani authorities to send us back. Soon after crossing the LoC we laid down our arms,' said a surrendered militant, who refused to reveal his identity. The defence spokesman said Kashmiri youth in militant camps are fed up because they are not trusted by the ISI and the locals also treat them with suspicion. 'A large number of them wish to surrender and return home but are fearful that the ISI will kill them if their intentions are known. Still, surrenders from across the Line of Control are increasing,' he said. Lieutenant Colonel SD Nautyal of 19 infantry division said sanity has dawned on the militants and in the recent past 68 youth have laid down their arms. 'Ultras are disillusioned and they want to give up arms. We are expecting more surrenders in coming days,' he said.