ISI Forcing PoK Youth To Carry Out Subversive Activities

ISI Forcing PoK Youth To Carry Out Subversive Activities

27 December 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Jammu: A 27-year-old Pakistani youth, who was captured by the Army on December 16 after he illegally crossed over the Line of Control in the Krishna Ghati (KG) sector in Poonch, has told the interrogators how the ISI has been “forcing unemployed youth” from poverty-ridden families in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to carry out “subversive activities” on the Indian soil. “In a startling incident that reveals the latest operating philosophy of the ISI, 27-year-old Mohammed Iftikhar, a resident of Khuni Batakot village in district Sudhnutti in PoK, has told the interrogators that the ISI has been recruiting unemployed youth from low income households in PoK to carry out subversive activities on Indian soil,” a top Army source said. “These activities range from carrying out reconnaissance of Indian posts in proximity of the LoC to dissident activity like planting improvised explosive devices or landmines to kill or maim Indian troops,” the source said. Identified from his Azad Kashmir Riyasat (J&K) Hukumat Pakistan identity card as Mohamed Iftikhar, he was apprehended while crossing over to the Indian side of the LoC, whereupon he was challenged and subdued by the troops in an operation conducted with prodigious competence and proficiency. “Despite moving in a stealthy and tactical manner in areas heavily beset with landmines, Iftikhar was apprehended alive, which clearly demonstrates the fire control and restraint exercised by the Army despite grave provocation,” the source added. While Pakistan’s sponsoring of such terrorist activities is not a new phenomenon, its recruitment of local civilians in PoK to aid and abet terrorism, certainly is. Individuals such as Mohamed Iftikhar are neither trained nor possess the requisite competence to match the highly proficient Indian Army and are almost certain to be killed or captured in the process of undertaking these clandestine operations. “These daily wage earners, bearing the burden of poverty and looking to bolster their impoverished lifestyles, undertake these missions without fully comprehending the hazards of the task and the probability of imminent death,” a senior Army officer said.