100 Fidayeens Being Trained In 3 PoK Camps
18 June 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: About 100 Pakistanis are being trained exclusively as fidayeens in three training camps of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit in Pakistan, according to disclosures made by two Pakistani militants recently held on Line of Control (LoC) while infiltrating into Indian territory. The fidayeens are being trained to target political leadership in Jammu and Kashmir, the militants have said during their questioning. The disclosures have been made by Pakistani militants identified as Mohd Yaseen Jat son of Ashiq Hussain R-o Gilchar, Jat Mohalla Pasron, Sialkot and Akhter-ul-Islam, who were arrested by Army at Lilum Vilgam in Handwara area of Kupwara district. According to sources, the militants have disclosed that the fidayeens were being given special training at Akas training camp at Muzaffarabad, LeT's base camp at Kotli and Lashkar Point, a new training camp created for fidayeens. Mohd Yaseen and Akhter-ul- Islam told interrogators that they too were among 150 militants shortlisted for undergoing fidayeen training by the Lashkar leadership in March this year. However, after one month training, 50 militants were asked to leave the camp as they were not found fit for undergoing rigorous training for fidayeen attacks while 100 other ultras were selected. The 'rejected militants' were asked to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir and report to different commanders for fresh directions, Mohd Yaseen Jat said during his questioning. He named five instructors specially selected for fidayeen training in the three camps as Usman, Saif-ur-Rehman, Abdul Wahid, Umar Bhai and Abu Rafi. While three of the instructors were former Pak army officers, two others were veteran Afghan warlords and were among the few dreaded militants. Jat said the fidayeen and instructors used to get repeated instructions besides all kind of help including financial assistance from Lashkar's secret offices located at 5 Chamber Lane road, Mochi Darinza, Lahore and Druma Walla Chowk, Sialkote. According to information made available by the arrested militants, the LeT leadership was mostly relying on Pakistani youths only for fidayeen and other major attacks and that was the reason that almost all 100 militants undergoing fidayeen training in three LeT camps were Pakistanis. He said the fidayeens were being trained only for targeting political leadership in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of State Assembly elections next year. He added that training of the fidayeen, which had started in May, was expected to go on for next five to six months. This is for the first time when Intelligence agencies in the State have gathered information of exclusive training for such a large number of fidayeens across the border. Jat's revelations have further confirmed the charges of Central and State leadership that Pakistan has not given up its support to terrorism and its entire infrastructure for terrorism was intact in PoK and parts of Pakistan.