In what has rung serious alarm bells for the security establishment, the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) is raising a group of 21 highly-trained girls — the first by the banned terrorist organisation. Not just that, the Army has confirmed intelligence about the plans of these fairer sex terrorists to sneak into Jammu & Kashmir through the LoC from Uri or Nepal.
“These girls are trained in basic infantry tactics and guerilla warfare besides handling sophisticated weapons and explosives and the LeT trained them after floating a new outfit named ‘Dukhtran-e-Tauba’,” sources said here on Tuesday. The girls were trained for about six months at a camp in Divalia, Muzzafarabad in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Officials also admitted that countering this threat is difficult as women generally are not suspects and security forces on ground are now getting re-oriented to prevent any attempt by the ISI to exploit this weak spot.
Realising that infiltrating into Jammu & Kashmir through the more traditional routes in Kupwara and Sopore will be tough due to snow blocking ingress routes and pro-active patrolling by the security forces, the group may try to come in through Uri or Nepal.
These 415-plus LeT militants, based in Aksha camp in PoK, are trained by the Pakistan army regulars in disciplined firing and withstand retaliation like professional infantry soldiers. Sources said this added a new dimension to terrorism in Kashmir as security forces are now up against more determined and better trained militants.