Islamabad : The American announcement of a reward of $10 million for information leading to arrest or conviction of Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) has shaken up the terror outfit. Terrorists employed by the LeT, apprehending a crackdown on the organisation have already started looking out for greener pastures.
Intelligence agencies have intercepted conversations that many LeT operatives have contacted rival terrorist organisations like Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Indian Mujahideen and Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJi) for jobs. The servers of realmonster.com and illegalnaukri.com that cater specifically to jobs in terrorist networks crashed on Tuesday because of too much traffic on their sites. IB sources told Tenali Rama that in these times of economic slowdown, it is only natural that terrorists too want stable jobs.
The HR departments of JeM, IM and HuJi have told candidates that they are keen on candidates with :
1. A proven track record in carrying out bomb blasts. Candidates will need to furnish clippings from newspapers as evidence
2. Knowledge of explosives and computers
Candidates will need to provide a recommendation letter from a retired terrorist and salary slips of the last three months. All three outfits say they will prefer young legs as they feel seniors are slow movers on the field and take too much time to execute a task, and this gives the rival team – the police – the upper hand.
Candidates who are selected will be put on probation for six months. Unlike LeT, which is generous with its salaries, HuJi and JeM deduct tax at source and the TDS is deposited with the Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Terrorists have also been asked to attach copies of Form 89, which is the terror world’s version of Form 16. Indian Mujahideen is less transparent than the other three organisations and quite often, disburses salaries in cash.
While JeM is keen to beef up its Washington bureau, IM and HuJi, it is learnt, are focussed on their India operations. Foreign postings, though very risky, are much sought after in all terrorist organisations.
IB sources told Tenali Rama that is perhaps one reason why LeT’s freelancers in India, who are called stringers or sleeper cell members, have applied in large numbers to IM and HuJi. This despite an e-mail from Hafiz Saeed to everyone asking them not to panic. In his e-mail, Saeed said, “I do not live in a cave. For 10 million USD, no one is going to give me away.”
To ensure against a mass exodus, Hafiz Saeed has announced a 20 per cent hike in salaries across the board.
It is learnt that the three rival organisations have identified key LeT terrorists and are negotiating their packages with them individually. On offer are generous LTA packages for families and increase in TA/DA. In the past, terrorists have gone on strike, demanding hike in TA/DA and LeT has had to postpone planned terror strikes till a settlement was reached with the LeT terrorist union.