Mohammad Naveed, the Pakistani terrorist captured alive on Wednesday, is one of the fresh recruits of the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is changing the face of terrorism in the state after having replaced a sort of indigenous Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), hit most by the counter-insurgency operations.
Police source said the LeT has established a large pool of over-ground-workers (OGWs), who provided logistics and arms to the terrorists who carried out the Wednesday attack after crossing the LoC.
LeT, like HM, has also established its social and ideological base in the valley. While HM draws its ideological and social support from the Jamaat-e-Islami, the LeT is drawing its supporter and cadre from the Al-Hadees (also written as Ahl al-Hadith), a simultaneously conservative and radical school of thought.
“India and especially the state government allowed the changed strategy of Pakistan to succeed. Al-Hadees flushed with funds from Saudi Arabia and also Gulf countries established a vast network in the interiors the valley, especially in south Kashmir, near the borders. They established religious institutions and also publications, propagating the radical school of thought. The ideological time bomb was ticking and it has now started to explode,” said a senior security official.
The extremely radical people have become the face of LeT, which had recruited, and is recruiting, gullible youth as terrorists and OGWs.
“We have reports where even 15-yr-old boys are telling people to pray for them as they will be soon be going for jihad. It’s a dangerous dimension which was left unchecked,” the official said.
Naveed, caught after the attack on CSF convoy, seemingly did not show any remorse for his actions but said it is "fun" killing people. “I am doing it as Kashmiris are being harassed,” he added.
The officials say huge amount of money is being pumped for this purpose but for quite some time ‘hawala’ transactions are off the radar of intelligence agencies, which was not the case some years back.
“Pakistan is pumping in money and using religion for radicalisation. But, we have done nothing to counter it!” said one of the senior officials.
“A terrorist manages to carry out strike near Jammu after travelling about 200km -- it is self-manifestation of the network of the growing tribe of LeT, which has not been checked by the security and intelligence agencies in an equal manner,” the official added.
Militants attacked a police post in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur district late on Thursday night, waging an encounter a day after Naveed and another terrorist ambushed a Border Security Force convoy and killed two soldiers.