Ghazi Baba brainwashing Kashmiri youth
20 December 2001
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: Ghazi Baba— the supreme commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammad in India and the mastermind behind the December 13 terrorist attack on Parliament—is a restless person obsessed with the thought of brainwashing the Kashmiri youth to join militancy, according to Mohammad Afzal—the main conspirator in the attack. Ghazi Baba, who hails from Bahawalpur town of Punjab province in Pakistan and is working on the directions of Pak-based Jaish supremo Masood Azhar, is running terrorist training camps in Jammu and Kashmir, Afzal told ‘Aaj Tak’ news channel in an interview. His main motive is to get independence for Kashmir. Till then, he says, he won’t rest with peace, said Afzal who is in the custody of the special cell of Delhi Police. To a question as to how many terrorist training camps were being run in Jammu and Kashmir, Afzal said: I am aware of four such camps in Pahalgam and Kargil areas. Asked whether his mentor had planned other such attacks after the assault on Parliament, Afzal said: Ghazi Baba is a restless person. Once an action is complete, he starts planning the next one. I have spent a night with him. I slept but he never sleeps. He always thinks how to influence more and more boys to do something, he added. Afzal said that after the attack on Parliament, he was scheduled to meet Ghazi Baba at 1330 hours on Sunday (December 16) in Kashmir. However, he was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, alongwith his accomplice Shaukat Hussain in Srinagar on Saturday.