Islamabad, July 27: Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has been building a complex in Bahawalpur to train thousands of children for the cause of Jihad, a Firstpost report said. The work at the 15-acre terrorist training academy is going on for the last three months and the people who have visited the complex say that it already had a kitchen, classrooms and an underground facility.
The report said that the JeM had supported Imran Khan before the Pakistan Election Results 2018 and had openly campaigned against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif calling him a traitor to Pakistan and Jihad. JeM is now looking at Imran Khan to support it in its endeavors to set a 15-acre terrorist training camp.
The report also said that the Bahawalpur land was purchased directly by Masood Azhar, the group’s commander. It is said that the fundraising for the complex was done from the cash donations from pilgrims who are heading to Haj. In the year 2017, the landowners were also asked to donate a part of their earnings to help “martyrs, prisoners detained for Islam, the families of religious warriors, seminaries, offices and needy individuals”.
Earlier it was reported that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar was setting up a squad to target prominent politicians including the cabinet ministers and a high-profile chief minister. Intelligence agencies are working around the input and have shared the information with all stakeholders.
The JeM and Lashkar-e-Toiba have joined hands for the task and are using a Bangladesh-based cadre or logistics, as per the initial tip-off. According to the intelligence input, some of the men have reportedly crossed the border, Times of India reported.
The input is yet to be fully verified, sources said. Teams from a foreign intelligence agency have reportedly visited the hideout mentioned near Dhaka, Bangladesh, but did not find anything.