Training Camps In Pakistan And PoK Were Shifted After 26-11, Says Top LeT Militant

Training Camps In Pakistan And PoK Were Shifted After 26-11, Says Top LeT Militant

26 November 2010
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

Srinagar: A top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant has revealed that the training camps for militants still operate in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and after 26-11, the camps were only shifted and not closed down. Saim Rehman alias Abu Saad, the 24-year-old resident of Sindh in Pakistan told interrogators that he knew at least such five camps operating in PoK. Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir zone, S.M. Sahai, who presented him before the media, said it was also revealed that over 250 militants were being trained in these camps. Rehman disclosed that soon after the Mumbai attack it was reported that one of the main training camps in Muzaffarabad-Baitul Markaz was closed down. “It was locked, but the arms and ammunition were lying there. It was shifted to some other place, where training resumed,” an official quoted him as saying. Fifty militants were being trained in five camps and five launching pads existed close to the Line of Control, officials said. Rehman is believed to have told investigators that militants are being pushed to the Indian side “after proper coordination with the Pakistan Army.” Rehman, the police said, had been operating in north Kashmir's Bandipore area for the past five months and was part of a group of nine militants, of whom three were killed in Bandipore, three in Kangan and two are missing. Rehman was arrested in Budgam area by the Srinagar police. He told interrogators that he did not find any problem in Kashmir. “Wherever I went, I saw expensive carpets in the houses. In my place we do not have even a log to lie down on,” an official quoted him as saying. Rehman led an LeT operation in Bandipore area, but after he lost his men he travelled to central Kashmir to set up a new base. He was trained in a mosque in Mansara Nowashah. Mr. Sahai said that militants were trying to reorganise. The political unrest in the State was being supported by the LeT, he added. “We have evidence that the stone-pelters who were booked by police had links with LeT.” He said even a functionary of Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat was in touch with a top LeT militant, Furqan, in Rafiabad area of north Kashmir. “We are keeping an eye on such people.”


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