Srinagar: A Pakistani terrorist who had been operating in Srinagar for more than a year and wanted to resurrect militancy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district has been arrested, security forces have said.
The police say the terrorist, Mohammad Waqar, crossed the border in July 2017. He was presented before journalists at a press conference.
He is a resident of Mohalla Miana, Mianwai, in Pakistan’s Punjab, Senior Superintendent of Police Abdul Qayoom said.
According to the police, Waqar said he joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba after he was told that Muslims are not allowed to offer Namaz in Kashmir and are being persecuted, their houses are destroyed.
The police said he was an example how young people in Pakistan are being manipulated to join terrorism. Waqar has admitted he found the conditions in the state to be nothing like what he had been told.
The police said they have also learn from him how terrorists are trained and pushed across the border from Pakistan to carry out attacks. Waqar, however, had not carried out any attacks so far.