The Pakistan Army today released a video of Ali Babar Patra, a captured Pakistani terrorist who claims to have been trained by the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Pakistan Army.
On Monday, during an army counter-infiltration operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri region, the 19-year-old surrendered.
He is seen talking with the media at an army camp in the Uri area in the footage.
His handlers gave him Rs 20,000 to cross over and transfer arms supplies to Pattan in Baramulla district, he said reporters.
Ali Babar Patra described how he met a man in Sialkot who used to gather youth for the LeT and ISI, revealing the Pakistan-ISI-LeT nexus trying to create disturbance in J&K. Ali Babar moved to Sialkot from Punjab, Pakistan, to work at a textile factory after his father died in 2014. “With him, I went. He paid me 20,000 dollars and said he will give me another 30,000 dollars later. He handed him over to the ISI, who subsequently sent me to the Pakistan Army, where I was trained by a retired Pakistani army officer. We learned how to use the Ak 47 and grenade during our training. We were then dispatched to LeT, where I was chosen.”
Patra further claims he was infiltrated with a gang of six militants on September 18 after being trained in a Lashkar camp in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
When the army apprehended a Pakistani terrorist near the Line of Control, it was a rare operation in recent years. The attempted infiltration was foiled in the same location where terrorists crossed in 2016 for the brazen terror attack on an army base in Uri, which killed 19 troops.
India followed up with surgical strikes across the border to destroy militant launch facilities a few days later.
Terrorist launch pads have been created, according to the army, and recent infiltration attempts are targeted at carrying out dramatic strikes in Kashmir.