They said no training camp ever existed in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, parts of which, of course, acted as base or transit camps for militants before and after their military training, which is mainly given near the border with Afghanistan.
During a week in the rented Muzaffarabad house, they would occasionally be visited by senior militant commanders to brief them mainly about jihad and some military theories. “But informally,” he said.
“We were trained in the use of AK-47 rifles, grenades, explosives and shoulder-fired rockets at these camps located near the Afghan border. The training lasted for about a month. Military instructors would be either Pakistan Army officers or Afghan mujahideen commanders,”said Shafeeq, another Pakistan-trained militant who too did not want to give his second name.
He had received a bullet injury on his left hand in a border shootout when he made an attempt to return from Pakistan but was spotted by the Indian Army on the LoC in Kupwara. The injury led to the amputation of one of his fingers.
He remained an active militant for about five years before he was arrested and then released on court orders.
The account of the former militants was confirmed by the police intelligence officer.
“All the talk about surgical strikes and special operations in the areas across the border is trash. You cannot, because there is no terror camp located near the LoC.”