SRINAGAR: Eighteen-year-old Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Ali Babar Batra, who was captured by the army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri, has asked the militant outfit, ISI and the Pakistan army to take him back home to his mother just like they made him infiltrate into the Indian side of the LoC.
In a video message released by the Indian Army, the captured militant gave his name as Ali Babar Patra hailing from Dipalur, Punjab (Pakistan). “I am 18 years of age. My father’s name is Mohammad Latief and my mother’s name is Shamima Bibi. I have an elder sister and her name is Sumaira. In 2014, my father died and since our financial condition was not good, I had to quit studies,” he said the in the video
“I got job in a cloth factory in Sialkote and there I met one Anas. He was working for LeT and ISI and collecting men for them. Since I was facing economic problems and needed money, I was forced to accept his help. He gave me Rs 20,000 and also promised to give me Rs 30,000 more. He took me to the ISI, which handed me over to the Pakistan army,” he said.
Babar said the Pak army trained him in Camp Khyber Delihabibullah. “Eight more people were trained with me. Later, we were shifted to another camp and given weapons. “We cut the border fence and entered the Indian side, but came under heavy fire from the Indian Army.
We got scared and four men returned. Anas and I too wanted to return but the soldiers encircled us and asked us to surrender. But Anas fired on the them. In the retaliatory fire, he was killed. The army gave me another opportunity to surrender and I surrendered. After surrendering, the army behaved well with me.”
Patra said the LeT, Pakistan Army, the ISI were telling that situation in Kashmir was very bad and “the Indian Army was committing genocide”. However, everything looks fine here. I can hear the Azaan (call for prayers) five times a day.”