J&K Jehadis Get Bounty To Wed PoK Girls
4 April 2007
The Times of India
New Delhi: Marrying into a family based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) brings in big moolah for mercenaries who hail from J&K and are being trained in PoK camps for jehad against India. The bounty includes Rs 30,000 (Pak currency) for marrying a local girl, besides a handsome monthly allowance of Rs 4,500. This reward is exclusive of the pocket expenses and other remuneration militants of Kashmiri origin receive while they are in PoK. According to an intelligence report prepared on the basis of the questioning of LeT militant Hussain Shah, who surrendered in Doda a few months ago, most of the Kashmiri youth in Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have married in PoK with their Pakistani mentors arranging a 'free of cost marriage' in Muzaffarabad. The report says the bounty offered to a Kashmiri youth to get married to a local girl is intended to break the ranks of HM, which is a predominantly indigenous Kashmiri outfit with most of its cadres drawn from the Valley. In contrast, the LeT is dominated by Pakistanis with almost 90% of its militants being Pakistani nationals. The LeT operative, who had surrendered to the Army in Banihal in February, had been put through a multi-agency rigorous questioning. A resident of Chareel tehsil in Doda district, Shah had crossed over to PoK in May 2004 and had been trained in several LeT camps and also treated in a hospital controlled by LeT when he had developed a knee injury while he was in PoK. Pakistan intelligence agency ISI still plays an active role as its officials organise a two- week special map-reading training programme at a camp situated in Kotli, in Deena forests on the banks of Jhelum near Mirpur, the report says. The report also talks about how the militant camps have been pushed into more interior areas to avoid detection by an overwhelming presence of foreign forces on Pakistani soil. It says Lashkar has become self-sufficient in generating funds, most of which comes from Arab countries. Shah's inputs speak volumes about marginalisation of the Hizbul Mujahideen in the Pak-controlled jehad in Kashmir. This may further add to the frustration of Kashmiri youth who now feel they have little role in Kashmir.