With the Hizbul Mujahideen suffering heavy blows in the Kashmir Valley, the Jaish-e-Mohammad has spruced up local recruitments. A report by the Intelligence Bureau submitted to the Union Home Ministry states that the Jaish will look to make major inroads in 2018.
The Jaish has been scouting for locals. It may be recalled that for the first time in 2017, the Jaish had used two locals in a Fidayeen strike. The report states that the Jaish would try and localise its operations during 2018.
This decision was taken after the Indian Army stepped up vigil along the border making infiltrations difficult.
The first signs of the Jaish going local were found during the recent Lethopora attack. This was a clear sign that the foreign terrorists had dried up. On one hand, the Army gunned down a majority of foreign terrorists and on the other made infiltrations difficult.
The report states that locals are now being trained for fidayeen strikes. It is a cost-effective option and does not involve the pains of infiltration.
The report states that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba too is adopting a similar approach. Training centres have been set up to breed lethal terrorists. The locals are being trained on the lines of their counterparts in Pakistan, the report further states.