December 2001 News

Lashkar trains its militants in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

22 December 2001
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LET) is the armed wing of the Pakistan-based religious organisation, Markaz-ud-Dawa-wal-Irshad (MDI), a Sunni anti- US missionary organisation formed in 1989. LET is one of the three largest and best-trained groups fighting in Kashmir against India, and is not connected to a political party. LETís leader is MDI chief, Professor Hafiz Mohammed Saeed. LET has conducted a number of operations against Indian troops and civilian targets in Kashmir since 1993. LET is suspected of eight separate attacks in August that killed nearly 100, mostly Hindu Indians. LET militants are suspected of kidnapping six persons in Akhala, India, in November 2000 and killing five of them. LET has several hundred members in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, and in Indiaís southern Kashmir and Doda regions. In their operations, LET uses assault rifles, light and heavy machineguns, mortars, explosives, and rocket propelled grenades. LET is based in Muridke (near Lahore) and Muzaffarabad. LET trains its militants in mobile training camps across Pakistan-administered Kashmir and Afghanistan. LET collects donations from the Pakistani community in the Persian Gulf and United Kingdom, Islamic NGOs, and Pakistani and Kashmiri businessmen. The amount of LT funding is unknown. LET maintains ties to religious-military groups around the world, ranging from the Philippines to the Middle East and Chechnya through the MDI fraternal network.

 

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