The Lashkar-e-Taiba militants are highly motivated and trained. Their brief is simple and that is you must kill and be ready to die. What goes into the making of a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist and why is it still considered to be one of the most dangerous terrorist outfits in the world?
This is largely because of the kind of training that the recruits undergo. The Lashkar-e-Taiba is extremely strict about its training programme and those unwilling to follow it correctly are either thrown out of the camp or even killed.
Mohammad Naved and Bahadur Ali, the two Pakistani terrorists who have been questioned by the National Investigation Agency detail the three stages of training that all recruits undergo. The Lashkar-e-Taiba focuses equally on discipline, arms training and religion. The three stages of training include, Daura-e-Talba, Daura-e-Aam and Daura-e-Khas.
In this programme the recruit has to wake up at 3 am and follow it up with Namaz or prayers at 4 am. The Namaz is read until 5 am following which the recruit undergoes physical training between 5.30 am and 6.30 am.
At 7 am he is served breakfast and then given permission to rest until 9 am. Following this there is a religious class until 10 am. There is another Namaz at 12.30 pm followed by lunch and rest. At 3 pm there is reading of Namaz following which weapons training is imparted until 5 pm. At 5.30 pm there is another Namaz session which goes on until 7.30 pm. This is followed by a Namaz session at 9 pm.
This is the second round of training which requires the recruit to wake up at 3 am and then read Namaz at 4 am. At 5.30 am after reading of Namaz is completed there is a physical training session till 6.30 am.
Breakfast is served at 8 am. At 10 am after rest, there is a weapons class which goes on up to 11.30 am. A Namaz session at 12.30 pm is followed by lunch at 1 pm. At 3 pm there is another Namaz session which is followed by arms training at 4.30 pm.
This is followed by Namaz at 6 pm and dinner at 7.30 pm. After dinner at 8 pm the recruits have a discussion. Before going to bed all recruits have to fire six rounds from their pistols and AK-47s before retiring to bed.
This is the final round of the training programme. All activities until afternoon remain the same as the earlier two training programmes. Between 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm the recruits are taught map reading and the use of GPS.
There is a lot of technical knowledge that is imparted during this training programme.
Under this programme the recruits are taught how to patrol during the night. This is an activity that is carried out for 5 days. Here the recruits are also taught on how to fire during the night with help of night vision technology.
For at least 10 days there is shooting practise at night. It involves firing 25 rounds from the pistol and 30 rounds from an AK-47.