'Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizbul Mujahideen Working Closely to Attack India', Reveals Apprehended Terror Operative
Militants at a training camp in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) | File Image | (Photo Credits: Getty)

New Delhi, June 11: A Srinagar-based terror operative, apprehended recently by the Indian forces, has revealed the plot being hatched across the border by anti-India terror forces - Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen - to boost insurgency in Kashmir.

The detained handler, identified as Ashiq Baba, was working directly for the JeM. During the interrogation with the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Baba claimed to had travelled to Pakistan on various occasions between 2015- 2017.

In the course of his visits, Baba said, he met most among the top rung leaders of JeM, including the group's emir and most wanted terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar.

The JeM, he claimed, is running terror camps directly under the watch of ISI and Pakistani Army in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The youths recruited via the camps are being sent to India for carrying out "spectacular operations" against the Indian security forces in Jammu & Kashmir.

Baba, who claimed to had worked closely with JeM second-in-command Abdul Rauf and Maulana Mufti Asghar, said the the outfit is working in "close coordination with Lashkar and Hizbul" to target the Indian forces.

In the past couple of years, the JeM has been responsible for a string of major terror attacks in the Valley, beginning from Gurdaspur in August 2015 to Pathankot in January 2016, and a spree of militant strikes in 2017, including the one at Pulwama Lines (in August, 2017) where 13 security personnel were killed.

The most recent terror attack was carried by JeM at the Army's Sunjawan camp on February 11, 2018. A junior commissioned officer (JCO) was martyred in the terror assault.

Baba was arrested for his alleged involvement in the attack on Army's Nagrota base in 2016. A source from NIA, while speaking to TOIclaimed Baba was responsible for "receiving terrorists infiltrated from the Pakistani side". In lieu of his services, Baba was paid a hefty amount routed through a Gulf nation, the source added.