'The profile of those joining the militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba is changing', the Washington Times said citing Brig Gen Mahmood Shah, who served the Pakistani Army."The big change is that until a few years back most of the militants were hailing from the Afghan frontier, but now the scenario has changed and young men from all over Pakistan are joining," Shah was quoted as saying in a report from Lahore.
A new group of militants is budding in the Southern Punjab. Since the school system in Punjab is better than in the tribal areas, most of the new entrants to militant groups are better educated, Shah said.
Young men with master's degrees in business administration and bachelor's degrees in computer science are the members of Let, said Kashmir based LeT Commander.
"We have doctors and engineers and computer specialists working for us," said the militant commander, who goes by the name Abu Aqasa, spoke by cell phone from Lahore to a News Group. "These people don't necessarily fight wars with us. They mainly help us spread our message in cities and villages and also help us in our dispensaries, hospitals and other charitable works."
Educated people have good communication skills hence they can convince the youngsters to join the team. Economic factor is the main reason for getting into the group, Washington Times quoted as saying.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)