Terrorism

Has LeT taken a new identity?

New Delhi: Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) has attracted world-wide attention because of its alleged role in the Mumbai 26/11 attack. It has again revived its activities and is recruiting people as a “liberation” organisation. It has also launched fund collection drives at several places. The BBC has released a recent report covering its activities and has claimed that in PoK it has setup terror training camps at different places. Training of hundreds of educated persons alongwith foreign nationals is in full swing. Such training camps are mostly in areas adjoining PoK capital, Muzaffarabad. For several decades Muzaffarabad and its adjoining areas have been bastions of several terrorist groups such as Jaishe Muhammad and Hizbul Mujahideen in addition to LeT. A camp near Sahwai nullah has been established under a new name – Baitul Mujahideen – where training programmes are said to continue round the clock. It is this camp which has been associated with Ajmal Aamir Kasab the convict in Mumbai attack case. Commander Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi is believed to have trained him here.

Pakistan government had raided the Baitul-Mujahideen camp in the wake of Mumbai attack. However, this organisation established a new camp quite close to the earlier one which is carrying on Lakhvi’s assignment. This place is considered safer because of the mountain ranges which allow them to carry on their activities without interruption. BBC in its report has also informed that this camp is being run like a school under the supervision of a 23-year-old engineering student who divulged that hundreds of recruits are being trained here for jihad. Most of the recruits are from Pakistan’s Punjab province where two major centres of Lashkar have been sealed by Pakistani authorities. These recruits are awaiting instructions from Hafiz Saeed who is accused of masterminding the Mumbai attack. The recruits claim that they would either be sent to Kashmir or would work within Pakistan for establishing an Islamic society.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2011 on page no. 6

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