In a shocking revelation, it has come to light that a secret network of secret jihadist organizations is operating in Dhirkot, POJK (Pak occupied Jammu and Kashmir) under the nose of local authorities and agencies. Led by a commander from the jihadi outfit in Seri Bandi, this network is actively recruiting young individuals, including college and university students, for jihad and the establishment of a Sharia regime in Afghanistan. Alarming reports indicate that these individuals are being transferred to Afghanistan for training without the knowledge or consent of their parents, causing distress among families in the POJK region.
The recent incident involving the disappearance of seventeen youths from Kilis-Pachay and Chadala (POJK) has raised serious concerns. Out of the missing individuals, seven are from Kilis-Pachay, while the remaining are from Nadakot, Chadala, and Dhirkot (POJK). All of these young people are enrolled in educational institutions, highlighting the deep infiltration of the jihadist organization into academic circles.
Sources reveal that this jihadi organization has been in contact with the youths for the past two years, systematically subjecting them to blackmail. Reports suggest that a commander belonging to the jihadi organization in Union Council Chadala Seri Bandi has been persuading them to undergo training in Pakistan for the implementation of Sharia law in Afghanistan.
On 1 June under the cover of night, all the youths silently left their homes and gathered in Rawalpindi (Pakistan). Using a secret communication app and changing their mobile numbers, they departed in small groups of three and four, ultimately heading towards Balochistan. Today, it is unclear whether they have successfully crossed the border into Afghanistan or are still within Pakistani territory. Despite the efforts of local administrations in the tribal areas and Quetta, no trace of the missing youths has been found thus far.
This distressing situation raises questions about the efficiency of government institutions and law enforcement agencies in POJK and Pakistan. The failure to apprehend such a network indicates a potential support system within Pakistan for these extremist activities.
The parents are urged to pay close attention to their children’s activities, including the people they associate with, their relationships, and the environments they frequent. It is essential to identify those who may be misleading and exploiting vulnerable individuals, luring them into extremist ideologies by promising them seemingly alluring dreams.
The names of some of the missing youths include Ali Inam, Sami Tasadduq, Talha Liaqat, Waleed Sajid, Shayan Maruf, Izharul Haq, and Umar Jameel. It is crucial that the government of Azad Kashmir, the government of Pakistan, and the law enforcement agencies take immediate action to apprehend this network and ensure the safe return of the missing individuals.
The discovery of this secret jihadist network in Dhirkot serves as a grave reminder of the ongoing threat posed by extremist organizations and the pressing need for effective counterterrorism measures. Combating such networks is not only vital for the safety and security of the region but also for safeguarding the impressionable minds of the youth who may be targeted and exploited for destructive purposes.
This incident highlights the urgency with which authorities must address and dismantle such networks, while also emphasizing the importance of community vigilance and parental involvement in preventing the radicalization of vulnerable individuals.