NEW DELHI: Sensing the popular unrest from growing radicalisation among Kashmiris, Pakistan’s ISI has cynically changed strategy to keep militancy alive. According to a senior intelligence official, local novice recruits comprise a new section of jihadis trained more in the Koran than terror.
They cross the border with a limited cache of ammunition and fall to the bullets of the Indian Army becoming instant martyrs. ISI’s target is to radicalise and recruit 10 local Kashmiri youths at each funeral procession of such an unskilled terrorist. It is no secret either that ISI recruits and sends highly motivated terror operatives into Kashmir to wreak mayhem.
“Most new terrorists have learned to load and fire AK-47 only by watching YouTube videos. Pakistan doesn’t want battle-hardened militants always. If an inexperienced terrorist is killed, his encounter will fuel public sympathy and get the ISI more volunteers,” the official said.