On March 20, Zabiullah alias Hamza named Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist was arrested during an anti-terror operation in Kupwara. The terrorist revealed that Hafiz Saeed, accused of 26/11 Mumbai terror and Zakir-ur-Rehman Lakhvi are recruiting young boys under patronage Jamat-ud-Dawa for waging war against India.
For the recruitment of youths, they are using a seven tier-hierarchy. The new recruits get training for two years at seven locations, including a regional centre at Mudrike, forests in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and hilly terrains of Muzaffarabad.
The operation in which Hamza got arrested killed five of his associates and three soldiers and two policemen. National Investigation Agency (NIA) prepared a report which stated, “It’s an open invitation. JuD leaders openly invite boys from 15-20 age group of Pakistan to join ‘jihad’ and are willing to sacrifice themselves. They write down their names, address and phone numbers.”
These new trainees are handpicked from madrassas by town masool, said Hamza. Later, they are brought to the training centre of the LeT in Lahore. The seven-tier hierarchy starts with Amir Sahab or Amire-Masgar who is actually none other than Hafiz Saeed. The hierarchy is followed by instructors or recruiters at different levels such as zonal, district, tehsil, town and sector. The ‘kakroons’ are at the lowest level.
Hamza also revealed the details of six training locations called ‘maskars’ where he received training. The locations were Tabooq in Mansehra (two months), Daiken (five months), Ambore (two months), Aksa (two months), Khaiber (two months) apart from Muridke. Hamza was picked by his father only, who was a town masool in Multan. After completion of training in which army and ISI personnel are available for help, both Lakhvi and Saeed make appearances.
Hamza also revealed, “In our case, during second training, in January 2017, Lakhvi visited the terrorist training camp at Daiken.” Later, Saeed appeared in Ambor and gave hugs to trainees and motivate them against India. The training focused on ‘route marches’ on how to carry loads up to 25 kg on shoulders. Then they were sent to Karachi Food Centre in Muzaffarabad for a training in managing ration.
The trainees are taught to move in snow-clad areas. For communicating between LeT members, LeT’s student wing, Al Mohammadiya has prepared a mobile handset in which they put a chip for communication. The clip makes sure that if security forces try to intercept the communication, the connection of the phone automatically terminates.