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‘LeT trains 360 terrorists annually for fight in Afghanistan, India’

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a Pakistan-based notorious terrorist organization, trains nearly 360 terrorists yearly for anti-state activities in Afghanistan and India, said Indian investigators who grilled captured LeT operative Bahadur Ali.

Ali alias Saifullah, a resident of Lahore, told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India that he saw 30-50 people being trained in camps of the terrorist group “any time every month since 2013 when he was provided a 15-day basic training” at Mansehra in Pakistan.

The 21-year-old resident of Zia Bagga village of Raiwind in Lahore said that he underwent three training courses arranged by the LeT in 2013, 2014 and 2016 before being sent into India on June 11-12 along with two other comrades known by their pseudonyms Saad and Darda.

“There are 30-50 trainees at any time in each course which runs throughout the year,” an NIA official quoted Ali as saying.

According to the captured LeT militant, new fighters were provided 15 days basic training called ‘Daura-e-Tulba’. He attended this training session at Mansehra in 2013.

Later, the recruits graduate to an arms and ammunition course called ‘Daura-e-Aam’. Ali got this training at the Aksa camp near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir in September-October 2014, he told NIA.

In the final course, ‘Daura-e-Khas’, the militants get to handle sophisticated arms and learn field crafts. Ali went through this also near Muzaffarabad in the summer of 2016.

“If we calculate on the basis of 30 people trained in every batch, as many as 360 people are trained every year by the LeT,” an NIA officer told IANS.

Ali, a son of a police constable in Pakistan’s Punjab, was arrested on July 25 from Kupwara in Indian-administered Kashmir.

According to IANS, an Indian news agency, all recruits like Ali are radicalized and motivated to carry out subversive activities against Afghanistan and India. Pakistan’s intelligence and military set-up views New Delhi and Kabul as impeccable enemies of Islamabad.

Ali revealed to the NIA that Pashto-speaking trainers focused on those headed to Afghanistan.

The NIA officer said the terrorists from Pakistan waging jihad against India might not be well educated but were highly trained in using hi-tech gadgets, suggesting the support of Pakistani military experts.

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