Fighters in the numerous training camps in the tribal belt of Pakistan or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas are undergoing weapons and terror training either to operate in Kashmir or in Afghanistan, a top Afghan intelligence official has told HT.
"Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Tayyeba run their own training camps in tribal areas of Pakistan. Most fighters have a dual assignment - to fight in Kashmir or in Afghanistan," said Lutfullah Mashal, spokesperson, National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan.
"This belt has become a training base and a safe haven for 'global jihadis' from across the world. There are Arabs, Chechens, Uzbeks, Uighurs, some Europeans and Americans of Pakistani origin, and a core group of Kashmiri militants...."
Another terror group that is looked up to is the Haqqani Network (HN) which is based in Miransha, a city in the north Waziristan. HN, the key Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) proxy in Afghanistan, is believed to be behind the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul in July 2008 which claimed 60 lives.
"...We have information and confessions of some terrorists detained in connection with the bombing. The attack was planned in Pakistan, carried out by a mixture of Pakistani and Afghan citizens, and led and implemented by Haqqani Network," Mashal said. He was reacting to a new WikiLeaks cable on the 2008 Kabul blast which alleged Pakistan was aware of who was responsible for the attack.
"Most of the attacks on Indian interests in Afghanistan have been carried out by this network, and due to this, HN people are regarded as heroes in Pakistani territories and enjoy a lot of support from Pak religious radical groups...," the intelligence officer said.