According to the report, at least 40 youths have joined terror ranks this year while 50 are “missing”. Several of those “missing” are suspected to have joined militant groups but have not been included in the official count by the police and security forces as the recruitment is not established yet.
“This year there have been around 40 who have joined terror groups, basically the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Al-Badr. However, around 50 are still missing,” a senior-level source told ThePrint.
This continuing trend of recruitment was also confirmed by another arm of the defence and security establishment, which is involved in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.
“Yes, we have not been able to arrest this recruitment trend. The trend in numbers is around the same as 2020 and that is a worry,” Print quoted a source as saying.
Meanwhile, several new groups with different names have cropped up in Kashmir to provide a front to traditional Pakistan-sponsored militant organisations. This will allegedly allow the country to claim deniability on these terror groups.
On 2 June, ThePrint had reported that while there had been no ceasefire violations since 25 February, Pakistan’s support to militant elements in Kashmir continues through hawala operators and other means. The scale of the support, however, is smaller than before now.