New Delhi: Dreaded terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) is recruiting “vulnerable young men in Pakistan” as part of a larger conspiracy to wage war against India, the government said on Tuesday.
There are inputs that LeT is recruiting vulnerable Pakistani youths for carrying out terrorist acts in India, Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, MoS Home, said in a written reply to Parliament.
The Minister further informed the lawmakers that there were credible intelligence inputs to believe that several terrorist camps are functioning in PoK.
These camps belong to terror outfits like LeT, JeM and the Hizbul Mujahideen, he added. The warning from the government came months after the National Investigating Agency (NIA) said LeT is hiring Pakistani youths to execute its anti-India plans.
The NIA, in a chargesheet filed in connection with the Pathankot attack case, had said the LeT “recruited these impressionable young men and put them through various training regimes with the twin objectives of radicalising their world view and providing them with ‘military’ skills and they were then illegally pushed into India to join their colleagues and commit terrorist acts.”
The outfit had recruited “guides” to help “trained terrorists” infiltrate into India through Helen Det — a launch pad being operated by the outfit in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) near the Line of Control (LoC), the NIA said in the chargesheet.