Pakistan’s secret service ISI training Muslim women for jihad in India’s Kashmir

At the time when terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir has fallen to its lowest levels in two decades, desperation across the border is evident with Islamic Pakistan’s secret service ISI preparing women terrorist squads to fuel violence in the state.

The revelation of a Pakistani woman, Asiya Bibi (23), who is in J&K police’s custody, that Pakistan’s ISI is training about 100 women for Islamic terror assignments in the state has sent the Indian security establishment into a tizzy.

Asiya, arrested from Rajouri along the Line of control between India and Pakistan in November last year, told her interrogators that the women fidayeen or suicide bombers were undergoing arms training in various terror camps at Bimbar, Kotli and Sensa in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

“In Bimbar, dozens of women are receiving arms training along with men,” an interrogator quoted Asiya as saying.”Pakistani army soldiers are training women in Sensa and Kotli while ISI men are in charge at Bimbar.”

Asiya, wife of a Pakistani soldier Mohammed Sajjad, confessed that ISI had deputed her for spying along the Line of control.

“She was on mission to take photographs of the fencing and collect information on the deployment along the Line of control” a source said. She also told her interrogators that Pakistani ISI was initially planning to push 17 girls into India to mix with the local population. “As per the plan, they were to marry locals and finally act as spies,” the source said.

Jammu Police chief Manohar Singh said Muslim women have been involved in terrorism in the past too. “Dozens of Muslim women may be directly involved in militancy but most of them are driven by money and not conviction,” Singh said. He said last year in March, police identified six such women. “We arrested three of them and kept the rest under surveillance,” he said.

In November 2007, a Lashkar-e taiba alias Jaish-e-Mohammed (the same Islamic terror organization responsible for Mumbai Blasts) suicide bomber Yasmeena (22) had blown herself up at Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

In 2006, police arrested an Lashkar –e-Taiba terrorist Khalida Akhter, who had undergone arms training in Pakistan occupied Kashmir 2002. “She was sent back with a mission to befriend security forces and kill them,” a police officer said.

Khalida was provided a safe house in Srinagar from where she coordinated Islamic terrorist activities along with two of her associates.

In March 2008, police arrested two women Rafiqa Begum and Rubeena Begum after intercepting an ammunition-laden vehicle on its way from Doda to Qazigund in the Valley.

“The two told their interrogators that they were assisting the terrorists for money. They also confessed to having delivered Rs 2 lakh or $7000 hawala money to Lashkar –e Taiba commanders Abu Yasir and Mohammed Iqbal in Doda,” Police chief Manohar Singh said.

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