New Delhi: Days after Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat warned that a number of youngsters are being lured to terrorism, a news report on Tuesday surfaced that thousands of young men in Pakistan are being attracted by terrorists and being taken to centres called as ‘deradicalisation camps’. Also Read - CDS Bipin Rawat Expresses Confidence in Armed Forces, Says ‘Prepared to Tackle Any Situation From Pakistan'
Sources at the Central government told news agency ANI that the neighbouring country is running dozens of deradicalisation camps and nearly 80 per cent of the people in such camps are below the age of 35. Also Read - CDS Rawat's 'De-Radicalisation' Idea: 'Who'll De-Radicalise Meerut SP, Mob Lynchers,' Asks Asaduddin Owaisi
“There are more than 80 per cent people in these camps who are less than 35 years, while 12 per cent of them are less than the age of 18,” the sources added. Also Read - ‘Counter-radicalisation Programmes Should Start to Save Youth of Country,’ Says CDS Rawat
These young men are being trained by terrorist groups to exhibit extreme behaviour in the social, religious and ideological domains.
Saying that these people are being trained to disrespect constitutional and social norms and are a risk to society, the sources said deradicalisation is not a one-time effort but a multi-layered process to dilute and sanitise their personal biases.
As per updates, the Pakistan Army has also catered to the demands of the Muslim religious fanatics who radicalise the youth.
Reports suggest that each of the ‘deradicalisation camp’ has a capacity to accommodate 700 men and dozens of such camps are present in areas of Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The satellite images grabbed by the intelligence sources indicate that these camps are increasingly expanding with new centres being constructed on daily basis to accommodate more young people.