Pakistan pushing preachers into Kashmir: DNA
File photo: Schoolchildren pelt stones at security forces in Kashmir. Photograph: (Reuters)
The DNA newspaper reported Tuesday that Pakistan, in a change of strategy, has also begun pushing "preachers" into Kashmir rather than just militants.
The preachers, the newspaper said, then recruit young men to take up arms against Indian security forces, the paper said.
India blames most of its Kashmir problems on Pakistan, saying its neighbour sneaks militants into the state from over the border.
"The brief given to these individuals is fairly simple -- brainwash as many young men, including teenagers, into taking up arms, reveals a recent review done by Intelligence agencies and the army," the DNA reported.
"Sources in the security establishment told DNA that out of the 150 Pakistani terrorists currently operating out of J&K, 40 to 50 have not fired a bullet in recent times, but have become preachers tasked with recruiting and influencing youngsters to take on security forces," the newspaper added.
The DNA added that sources in the security establishment had told it that out of the 150 Pakistani militants currently operating out of Kashmir, "40 to 50 have not fired a bullet in recent times".
The DNA report did not name its sources.