Alarm raised after some Kashmiri youths travelling to Pakistan on visa

SRINAGAR: Nearly 100 Kashmiri youths, who travelled to Pakistan on legitimate visas for short periods, have either not return or have actually vanished after their return in last three years, raising an alarm within security firms which fear that they could be possible sleeper cells of terror groups running from throughout the border.Alarm bells rang in April last year when a group of five terrorists were killed in jungles of the border area of Handwara in North Kashmir. One of them was a regional who went to Pakistan in 2018 and had actually not returned since, numerous officials from security companies said.Between April one to six of last year, youths coming from Shopian Kulgam and Anantnag districts of South Kashmir were seen as part of the penetrating groups of terrorists and all of them had travelled to Pakistan on valid documents and never ever returned thereafter, they said.Security firms, together with the migration officials at Wagah border as well as at the New Delhi airport, have actually been gathering data of Kashmiri youths who took a trip on legitimate visa for durations varying more than seven days over the last 3 years, the authorities said.The figures were astonishing and in some of the cases it was found that the youths never returned and in others they vanished after their return, raising speculation that they might have ended up being “sleeper cells”, waiting on instructions from the masters in Pakistan’s snooping firm, ISI, or handlers in terror groups located throughout the border.Kashmiri youths, who took a trip to Pakistan even two years back, were required questioning and an appropriate analysis of their activities after their return was being carried out by the security agencies, the officials stated, including some trouble was caused but precaution was constantly better than cure.Those questioned by the security firms were asked a valid factor for their travel to Pakistan, the officials said, including that the background history of all these individuals was checked and validated at the minutest level.While the security firms think that there was a six weeks’ training course for brand-new terror employees, intelligence inputs suggest that some of the youths were provided a quick module of fabrication of improvised explosive gadgets using quickly offered explosive product within a week’s time, they said.The recruitment of youths for different terror organisations is also being carried out discreetly and it is quite possible these youths could also be functioning as “employers” for brain-washing of vulnerable men in the militancy impacted union territory.The missing out on youth are primarily from an average middle class and have actually been described as the new faces of terrorism in Kashmir. They might be waiting for shipment of arms and ammunition for all of them which has actually been considerably been choked due to increased surveillance at the Line of Control, they said.

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