Srinagar: A terrorist from Pakistan, who has links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba, after being arrested from Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, said he did not see in the Valley what his Pakistani handlers had tutored him.
The terrorist was working with the intention of reviving terrorism in some areas of the Kashmir Valley.
Muhammad Waqar Avan, a resident of Mohalla Miani of Mianwali area of Punjab, was arrested in Pakistan earlier this week. He was presented before the media in the police control room.
Avan alias ‘Chhota Dujana’ told reporters that, before joining the terrorist group, he had been told that the security forces of India were oppressing the people of Kashmir, but he did not see any such thing in the Valley.
Avan told reporters, “I took a four-month-long training in Muzaffarabad. I was told that atrocities on women and children were happening in Kashmir. I was told that Namaz was not allowed in the mosques and that the houses of Muslims were being destroyed. But I saw different circumstances in Kashmir. ”
Police officials said that Avan’s arrest and “accepting the crime” are evidence of how youngsters are indoctrinated and misled in Pakistan against India and then they are trained and deployed by Jaish-e-Mohammad or Lashkar-e-Taiba and sent to this country to execute terror plots.
Lashkar-e-Taiba is one of the largest and most active Islamist terrorist organisations in southern Asia, operating mainly from Pakistan. It was founded in 1987 by Hafiz Saeed, Abdullah Azzam and Zafar Iqbal in Afghanistan, with funding from then al Qaidah head Osama bin Laden. Its headquarters are in Muridke, near Lahore in Punjab province of Pakistan, and the group operates several training camps in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
When Avan was asked if he was involved in any attack in the Valley, he said, “I am not involved in any attack.”
Baramulla Senior Superintendent of Police Abdul Qayyum said that Avan had entered India in July 2017.
During the media briefing of Jammu and Kashmir Police, inspector Dilbagh Singh said that Avan’s “acceptance of the crime” was proof of how Pakistan sent youth here for terrorist activities.
Total 69 terrorists have been killed and 12 have been apprehended this year. Post Pulwama 41 terrorists have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis according to an ANI report.
KJS Dhillon, GOC 15 Corps: Total 69 terrorists have been killed and 12 have been apprehended this year. Post Pulwama 41 terrorists have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis. pic.twitter.com/IYkBLXs1TR
— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2019