NEW DELHI: After deploying them to honeytrap Indian Army officers, women are now being trained in Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)-backed terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to infiltrate into the Kashmir valley under the banner of an outfit called “Dukhtaran-e-Toiba”.
The project to train women to conduct terror strikes in the valley has been conceptualised by Lashkar-e-Toiba’s (LeT) commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. The plan aims to replace the all-women outfit Dukhtaran-e-Millat (meaning Daughters of the Nation) run by Asia Andrabi.
According to latest intelligence reports, 21 girls are being trained by LeT at Diwalia in Muzzafarabad in PoK. “The girls after their initial training are being placed under the command of Syed Sadakat Hussain of LeT for future training. The women terrorists are likely to infiltrate into the country via Uri along the LoC (Line of Actual Control) or Nepal,” sources said.
According to Ministry of Home Affairs statistics, about 2,500 terrorists are waiting in the training camps and launching pads ‘reactivated’ in PoK to cross over to the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC).
The use of female terrorists, called Mujahidaats, in conducting terror strikes could be a tricky issue, as a senior army officer said that searching and questioning women can be quite complex.